The Best of Film Noir and the Classics

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1.
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ The finest piece of Noir (and maybe the finest movie) that I could ever recommend. *Note: The first 4 minutes are legendary Directing. Take the time, after you've watched it, to read the discussions regarding the Directing. Also watch the Special Features on the DVD. The stories behind the filming of this movie are wonderful. Marlene Dietrich as the fortune teller, Tanya, and Mercedes McCambridge with her line, "I wanna watch." **You want the "Restored" 111 minute version with the Bonus material on the DVD.** ” - jeffreycox
 
2.
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. (125 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Tie with 'Touch of Evil'. Incredible movie. Huston is genius. Watch the Special Features to see what they went through to film this movie. 'Shot on location' is an understatement. If you have never watched this film, you owe it to yourself. ” - jeffreycox
 
3.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Huston writes the Screenplay and Directs, and creates a masterpiece. What a movie... ” - jeffreycox
 
4.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
“ Wow... So strange and so powerful. ” - jeffreycox
 
5.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Yes, it's just that good. Billy Wilder and that subtle humor. ” - jeffreycox
 
6.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ More of a movie that I suspected. Lives up to its fame and legend. ” - jeffreycox
 
7.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Another one of those "Classics" that is always held in the Pantheon of filmmaking, and I guess I'd never seen it. Spectacular... Brando IS Terry... This is certainly among the very, very best. The very best. ” - jeffreycox
 
8.
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
“ I've seen it referred to, but could have never expected the incredible quality of this film. One of the Great Films. Truly a 10. ” - jeffreycox
 
9.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ I just love this movie. Billy Wilder/Director. Nominated for 6 Oscars. Agatha Christie play, with Billy Wilder writing the screenplay. ” - jeffreycox
 
10.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ Never heard of this film before. Fuller, Fuller, Fuller. This got us on a hunt for all things "Fuller". Richard Widmark at his best. ” - jeffreycox
 
11.
Double Indemnity (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Classic Noir in all respects. A pleasure to watch. Billy Wilder/Director. This one started us on the great Billy Wilder safari. ” - jeffreycox
 
12.
To Have and Have Not (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer. (100 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ The staggering electricity between Bacall and Bogart is not the only reason this film is so monumental (they met and fell in love during the filming of this movie). Although it's a "Hemingway Script" it's really not. No, it's William Faulkner... Not bad... ;) Rather than Hemingway's Cuba, however, the US Government insisted it not be Cuba. So it's French Martinique. I've gotta say, though: Bacall's classic "You know how to whistle, don't you?" is only outdone by that walk she does at the very end of the movie, as she walks away from Cricket, to Steve. Wow....... ” - jeffreycox
 
13.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? (160 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ A solid 9 with hints of 10... Duke Ellington soundtrack. Incredible opening Title sequences by Saul Bass. ” - jeffreycox
 
14.
In a Lonely Place (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts... (94 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ Watch this film!! I mean it. Watch this film. You will not be disappointed. Bogart is great as Dixon. This was a big surprise from a film we'd never heard of. ” - jeffreycox
 
15.
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ Stewart and Grace Kelly are incredible. Hitchcock's Direction is stunning. This film is often rated as #1 in the Noir catagory. Best I can do is 15, compared to the above. Fabulous movie, don't get me wrong.... ” - jeffreycox
 
16.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Just as good and brilliant as Legend and Reputation would have it. ” - jeffreycox
 
17.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. (87 mins.)
“ What a huge surprise and fantastic film! Rita Hayworth is really wonderful and wicked. This film is a solid 9. Orson Welles is a helluva Director. ” - jeffreycox
 
18.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ What a great film. ” - jeffreycox
 
19.
The Petrified Forest (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert. (82 mins.)
Director: Archie L. Mayo
“ Once again, we have been blown away by Bogart and the films that he made. This is known as his "break through" film, and for good reason. He and Leslie Howard had played their roles on Broadway for years, and when it came time to cast the film, Leslie Howard insisted on Bogart. It has the 'stage play" feel that it needs to have and the dialog is exceptional. Great film. Pre-Noir Noir. ” - jeffreycox
 
20.
Notorious (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
“ One of Hitchcock's very, very, very best. Don't miss this movie. ” - jeffreycox
 
21.
Key Largo (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ This movie is really exceptional. Classic film, Classic Noir!! ” - jeffreycox
 
22.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. (108 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Elizabeth Taylor is stunning. Paul Newman is great. Burl Ives is killer-creepy. ” - jeffreycox
 
23.
A Place in the Sun (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. (122 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Elizabeth Taylor at 18 years old. Unbelieveable that it is so. This is a classic Classic. Great movie. ” - jeffreycox
 
24.
It's All True (1993 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America. (87 mins.)
“ This is a unique film, in that it was assembled by the team that was with Orson Welles in Brazil to film it. Suffice to say; this is a wholly moving film/meditation/tribute to Welles and a project that is so stirring and (in the end) selfless. Just watch it. ” - jeffreycox
 
25.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
“ One of the first films we watched. Exceptional and required viewing. ” - jeffreycox
 
26.
Gilda (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer. (110 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
“ If you do any reading about "Film Noir", this film will be cited among the best. Rita Hayworth at her smokiest. Great film. Watch it!! ” - jeffreycox
 
27.
Giant (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Seems weird to have this down at #27... It's only because the films above it are just so incredible. It's in the Top 3 of the 8's, though! ;) ” - jeffreycox
 
28.
The Killers (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ Never had heard of this film. What a great movie!!! This is the movie that launched Burt Lancaster. Ava Gardner as a "double-crossing, two-timing babe". ” - jeffreycox
 
29.
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. (114 mins.)
“ Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Written by Tennessee Williams with the screenplay by Gore Vidal. The script is busy in places, but the lines are some of the best ever written. Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor were both nominated for Best Actress in Oscars for 1960 for this film. Get to it, and watch this film! ” - jeffreycox
 
30.
I Want to Live! (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Powerful, fabulous, disturbing and killer soundtrack with the best of the 50's jazz players. This is a 'very high 8'. Very high. Susan Hayward is wonderful. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for this. ” - jeffreycox
 
31.
East of Eden (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend. (118 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ James Dean's first film. The only film released while he was alive. For me, the most striking aspect of his on-screen persona was his cat-like movement and presence. 3 films. Gone at 24. ” - jeffreycox
 
32.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ Classic and exceptional. Required. ” - jeffreycox
 
33.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. (96 mins.)
“ I love this film!!! One of the great 'finds' of this whole Film Noir expedition. ” - jeffreycox
 
34.
Park Row (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Globe is a small, but visionary newspaper started by Phineas Mitchell, an editor recently fired by The Star. The two newspapers become enemies, and the Star's ruthless heiress Charity Hackett decides to eliminate the competition. (83 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ A lot has been written and told about how this is Samuel Fuller's favorite film, and testament to his years as a newspaper man. Exceptional. ” - jeffreycox
 
35.
Ace in the Hole (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. (111 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Noir at it's best!! Billy Wilder and his wry, dark humor. ” - jeffreycox
 
36.
This Gun for Hire (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies. (81 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
“ Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. Lots of twists and turns in a great mystery. ” - jeffreycox
 
37.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions. (113 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
“ Such an incredible film, drenched in Noir. ” - jeffreycox
 
38.
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down. (119 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ Sinatra is brilliant. Elmer Bernstein soundtrack. Opening Title sequences by the masterful Saul Bass. ” - jeffreycox
 
39.
House of Strangers (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective. (101 mins.)
“ Really a great movie! Mankiewicz is superb in his Direction, Susan Hayward is exceptional and Edward G. is incredibly believeable. Big surprise. ” - jeffreycox
 
40.
The Big Sleep (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ It's "The Big Sleep", for God's sake!! Watch it!! ” - jeffreycox
 
41.
Dark Passage (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
“ Excellent movie! Delmer Daves Direction is perfectly suited for the script and setting in San Francisco. Great cast. ” - jeffreycox
 
42.
Angel Face (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne. (91 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ Solid Film Noir. Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons are great. Excellent. Where else, but in Film Noir, can you find a wealthy woman passionately pursuing an ambulance driver?? ” - jeffreycox
 
43.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Pulp Noir filmed in 3 weeks in LosAngeles, mostly at Bunker Hill and Chinatown by Robert Aldrich. Mickey Spillane wrote the novel, but there's darn-near nothin' here from the book. Screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides dismantled it and pulled in everything sleazy, seedy and noir. Ending is classic early '50's! ” - jeffreycox
 
44.
Night and the City (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter. (101 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
“ Richard Widmark at his 'sketchyiest' best. This is an excellent noir film, although Dassin doesn't agree with the "Film Noir" label for this work. I highly recommend this, in that you've probably never heard of it. I know I hadn't. ” - jeffreycox
 
45.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement. (101 mins.)
“ Excellent Murder/Mystery/Noir. ” - jeffreycox
 
46.
The Third Man (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
47.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel. (112 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
48.
BUtterfield 8 (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Manhattan call girl has a tragic affair with a rich married man. (109 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
“ Maybe not Classic Noir, but Elizabeth Taylor is killer in this Classic. ” - jeffreycox
 
49.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Legendary film. Classic film. No doubt. It's just that it's not as 'special' as the films above. Really, really good. Not brilliant. ” - jeffreycox
 
50.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ Great film!!! Great!! ” - jeffreycox
 
51.
Mirage (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A New York man suffers amnesia. He soon learns that he's mixed up in a life-and-death situation, but what exactly is it? (108 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ Soundtrack by Quincy Jones. Excellent Noir/Mystery!!!! ” - jeffreycox
 
52.
High Sierra (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort. (100 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ "Hard-boiled Ida Lupino" There's something exceptional in that phrase... Bogart is supposed to have "broken through" with this movie, not sure I could agree, but it's darned good. Truely Noir. ” - jeffreycox
 
53.
The Letter (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing. (95 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Bette Davis. One of her very best. ” - jeffreycox
 
54.
White Heat (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn. (114 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ Cagney in his opus. ” - jeffreycox
 
55.
Conflict (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister. (86 mins.)
“ Excellent Mystery. Surprising how good Bogart is in so many films. ” - jeffreycox
 
56.
The Stranger (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
57.
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ Exceptional Noir, and the plot is really involved, if not tangled up, ” - jeffreycox
 
58.
Fallen Angel (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for. (98 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
59.
Phantom Lady (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife. (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
60.
The Naked Kiss (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists... (90 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ So weird and so Fuller!! ” - jeffreycox
 
61.
The Big Heat (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Terrific film! Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford. ” - jeffreycox
 
62.
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Exceptional, Classic, Masterful Direction. Essential. ” - jeffreycox
 
63.
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands...but she does not say which one. (103 mins.)
“ A great premise for a film. Surprising to us, as to how good this film is. ” - jeffreycox
 
64.
No Way Out (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist White, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot. (106 mins.)
“ Incredibly confrontive work on Mankiewicz's part. Challenging to watch because of the direct and bare racial theme and language. Apparently, Poitier and Widmark were really close friends and Widmark apologized after several nasty scenes to Poitier. I can see that... ” - jeffreycox
 
65.
Sudden Fear (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
“ Joan Crawford is "all eyes" in this very good Noir mystery. It pushes the boundary between 'Classic Noir" and 'caricature', but it's really quite good. Gloria Grahame is always fun as the 'bad little girl'. ” - jeffreycox
 
66.
I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty... (117 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
“ Susan Hayward finally got her elusive Oscar with this performance. Rightfully so, in that her study in the life of a fallen stage performer is unnerving,, at the least. ” - jeffreycox
 
67.
The Wrong Man (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber. (105 mins.)
 
68.
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him. (95 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
69.
The Woman in the Window (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder. (107 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ This was filmed just before Scarlet Street and Fritz Lang used the same cast. Quite a good mystery! ” - jeffreycox
 
70.
Gaslight (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. (114 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
71.
Scarlet Street (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses. (102 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
72.
Fury (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Exceptional 30's 'Noir-ish' film. Truly a Moral Code theme, wherein Spencer Tracy is transformed into a vengeful, hateful character by an immoral, rudderless lynch mob. I'd be kinda' pissed, too!! ” - jeffreycox
 
73.
Whirlpool (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence. (98 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
74.
Kiss of Death (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ A very strong story sets you up for a twisty, squirmy ending. Richard Widmark in his debut. He pushes his character to some insane limits and really nails it. He got nominated for Best Supprting Actor for this, his first role in film. Widmark continues to really stand out in this list of films. ” - jeffreycox
 
75.
The African Queen (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Good, but not as Great as I would have thought. Fine film. ” - jeffreycox
 
76.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (96 mins.)
“ Hitchcock mystery. Well done. ” - jeffreycox
 
77.
Suspicion (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her. (99 mins.)
 
78.
The Narrow Margin (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. (71 mins.)
 
79.
Irma la Douce (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time. (147 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ It's way down here, and that's a shame. Its really a great film with Lemmon and Mclaine. I'd say it's 'Required Classic'. ” - jeffreycox
 
80.
Call Northside 777 (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case. (112 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ True story, filmed in the actual locales, as well. Jimmy Stewart makes a darn fine 'newspaper man". ” - jeffreycox
 
81.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (121 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Funny that it's down here. It is a Classic to the core, and probably would stand more to the top if I'd just looked at it as a comedy (that it is...). ” - jeffreycox
 
82.
Out of the Past (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. (97 mins.)
 
83.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion and the only living witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier. (116 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Barbara Stanwyck is very good in this 'blackmail mystery'. Lizabeth Scott's 2nd film, and she's a little 'forced' in her attempt to capture the Bacall persona. ” - jeffreycox
 
84.
Dead Reckoning (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow. (100 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
85.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
 
86.
The Glass Key (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign. (85 mins.)
Director: Stuart Heisler
 
87.
Nightmare Alley (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall. (110 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
88.
Now, Voyager (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
89.
Rope (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
“ Good Hitchcock mystery. Not in his 'very best' caliber, though IMHO. ” - jeffreycox
 
90.
Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American World War I soldier, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after twenty years, but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man, and his son is a grown young man. (104 mins.)
Director: Irving Pichel
 
91.
Crossfire (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why? (86 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
92.
Thieves' Highway (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw. (94 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
“ Good. Not terrific. Good. ” - jeffreycox
 
93.
The Naked City (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder. (96 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
“ Same as above... Good. Not terrific. Good. Haven't been wildly impressed by Dassin's films.. It's clear what he's doing, but I don't find it particularly compelling. Good.... ” - jeffreycox
 
94.
I Walk Alone (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business. (97 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
95.
I Confess (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional. (95 mins.)
 
96.
Criss Cross (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route. (84 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
97.
Patterns (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds. (83 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook
 
98.
Rebecca (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
99.
The 39 Steps (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
“ OK. It should be watched for its classic nature. It's not bad at all. I just wouldn't start here. ” - jeffreycox
 
100.
Boomerang! (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder. (88 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ A bit disappointing, in that is on so many lists, and yet not all that great. It's OK, but.... ” - jeffreycox