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Based on the original film noir "High Sierra", this is not a bad remake. some good casting including Palance, Winters and Marvin. Here are the top 10 contributors responsible for this film. It averages a 6.5 IMDb rating.
A mediocre film noir released in 1948, The Hunted centers around the relationship between a policeman (Preston Foster) and a criminal (Belita). Here are the major collaborators that brought this film to the public.
George was born July 3rd, 1906 in St Petersburg, Russia to English parents. He made his film debut in 1936. He appeared in 122 feature films and 32 television series. He got bored with life and completed suicide in 1972 in Spain. He is the brother of fellow actor Tom Conway. His top ten films average 7.8 in the IMDb.
Born on July 7th in Owensboro, KY, Powers is most noted for playing Stanwyck's husband in Double Idemnity. It was his big break in Hollywood after spending years on the stage. Powers appeared in 66 feature films and 19 television series. Tom appeared in 12 film noirs, five of which appear in his top 10 movies. His top ten movies average 7.4 in the IMDb. Powers died in Hollywood in 1955 of a heart attack.
One of my favorite, biggest villains of the 20th century. Born in Philadelphia in 1913, Laird came from a well-to-do family. Awarded a scholarship to the Pasadena Community Playhouse to study acting. Got his big break with Paul Muni in 1941. Cregar was a hug man(300+ pounds) subsequently played large, scary killers. His career was tragically cut short through a heart attack in 1944. He appeared in only 16 films but they were of the highest quality. His top 10 movies average 7.2 in the IMDb.
This is one of my top 100 film noirs with an outstanding cast. Here is a list of the top 10 contributors that created this film noir classic.
This is an above average film noir with a very good cast. Stars include Raymond Burr, George Raft, Virginia Mayo and Gene Lockhart. Here are the top 10 contributors to bring this movie to the screen. It is listed in five of my top 10 lists for: Raft, Mayo, Lockhart, Burr and Harry Morgan.
One of the more creative forces in Hollywood history, John was the son of Walter Huston, actor. John was born in Nevada, MO. He got his big break in 1941 when Warner Brothers asked him to direct The Maltese Falcon, a classic crime drama. It is one of the greatest films of all time. John is the father to Anjelica Huston and also Danny Husston, both actors. He was not only a director but an actor, writer and also producer. Here are his top 10 movies as a director by IMDb ratings.
One of the more creative and controversial directors, a Stone film always gets me thinking about the subject matter. And they are also entertaining. Here are Stone's top 10 movies as rated by IMDb ratings.
This film was released today in 1948 via Edward Small Productions. It is directed by Anthony Mann, one of my favorite directors of both film noir and westerns. It can be found in five of my top 10 lists including: Anthony Mann, Claire Trevor, John Ireland, Raymond Burr and my top 100 film noir movies. Here are the ten contributors to this classic.
William C. Cline has written a wonderful book about motion picture sound serials entitled IN THE NICK OF TIME. There were a total 29 film serials released during this decade. This is the top 10 film serials released during the 1950s with the highest IMDb rating. Five of the ten were westerns.
This is an adequate film noir but not an outstanding one. It has a good cast but lacks the intensity of other film noirs. It is noted in four of my top ten lists: Henry Fonda, Vincent Price, Elisha Cook Jr and Charles McGraw. Here are the top 10 collaborators that produced this film.
One of my favorite actors that I grew up watching him in Shane, a classic western. Born in 1910 in Walters, Oklahoma, Van got his big break when Katherine Hepburn recommended he try movie acting. For years, Heflin went between the live stage and making movies. He died at an early age, 60, in 1971 from a heart attack. He appeared in 57 feature films and 13 televisions series. Here are his top 10 rated movies by IMDb users.
Born in Lacrosse,Wisconsin, Losey got his start in Hollywood in 1948 with RKO Pictures. He quickly got in trouble with HUAC blacklisting/communist hunting effort in the 50s. Exiled to England where he spent the remaining of his life. Here are his top 10 movies rated by IMDb raters.
One of the more controversial film noir, it stars good guy actor Van Heflin as a "bad cop." A film definitely before its time. It is on four top 10 lists created by me: director, top 100 film noirs, Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. Here are the top ten contributors that created this film noir classic.
Emile was always the heavy, playing ruthless and nasty characters. Born in August of 1910 in New Orleans, LA, he lead a full life and died in 1987 in Covington, LA. Appeared in 62 feature films and 55+ television series. Here are his top 10 rated movies from the IMDb raters.
A film noir classic that attacks the gossip columnist and the impact of their stories on others. This film already has appeared in five of my top 10 lists: top 100 film noir, Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Sam Levene and Emile Meyer. Here are the major contributors to this film's success.
An adequate film noir effort from director Richard Rouse in 1955. Here are the top 10 contributors that was responsible for this film.
I remember Crawford from his days as Dan Mathews on Highway Patrol, 1955. I always enjoyed watching that series. Born in Philadelphia, Broderick got his start in Hollywood in 1937. He appeared in 89 feature films and won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1950 in All the King's Men. He died in April of 1986 in Rancho Mirage, CA from flu complications. Here are his top 10 film noir & crime movies.
Born in December of 1911 in Middletown, CT, Jules studied acting in NYC and became involved with the communist party. He arrived in Hollywood in 1940 and began to make movies. Harrassed by the HUAC committee, he moved to France in 1953. The won Best Director at the 1955 Cannes Festival for Riffi. He died of flu complications in Greece at the age of 96. He directed 29 feature films and worked in 9 television series. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings, five of which are film noir classics.
One of my favorite film noir classics, this had a different slant, having a prison as the setting for the story. It already appears on 7 of my top 10 lists. These include: top ten 100 film noirs and six actors: Lancaster, Bickford, Raines, Levene, Corey and Flippen. Here are the top 10 contributors. It receives a respectable 7.7 from IMDb viewers.
One of my favorite character actors, Ireland had a very successful movie career, appearing in 116 feature films. John also was seen in 82 television series. Born in Vancouver, Canada, Ireland got his Hollywood start in A Walk in the Sun in 1945. His was nominated as Best Actor for All the King's Men in 1949. Here are his top 10 movies as rated by the IMDb database.
Although she did not appear in many films, the ones she did were outstanding & memorable. She was the Oscar for Best Actresses in 1962 for The Miracle Worker. Anne appeared in 57 feature films getting her start in 1952. Married to Mel Brooks, actor and director for 40+ years. She was born and died in New York City. Here are her top 10 IMDb rated movies.
This is one of the last films to be designated as part of the film noir genre. It is one of my favorite and has an outstanding cast. It already appears in 6 of my top 10 movies: director, top 100 film noirs and actors: Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley and Gloria Grahame. Here are the most important contributors to this classic film.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY Richard, I have always admired your acting abilities. Your TV series Have Gun, Will Travel was the best half hour western in the 50s-60s. Boone served in WW II and used the GI bill to enroll in Actor's Studio in NYC. He made his film debut in 1950 and appeared in 47 movies. Boone died in 1981 in St Augustine, FL. Here are Boone' top ten movies according to IMDb ratings. I note that half were westerns.
One of the prolific actors of the 20th century, Fonda appeared in 100+ feature films and 50 television series. He has sired two actors - Jane and Peter Fonda who followed their father's footsteps. This top ten list receives a 8.1 IMDb average.
One of the higher rated film noir classics within the IMDb. This top ten list outlines the major contributors that created this classic. It was released by Columbia Pictures on June 6th, 1947.
One of the most prolific character actors from the 20th century, Lockhart appeared in 114 feature films and 32 television series. Born in Ontario, Canada, he spent time in London England learning the craft of acting. He got his Hollywood start in 1939. He is the father to June Lockhart, a popular American actress. Here are Lockhart's top 10 movies according to the IMDb. Gene died in 1957 in Santa Monica, CA
Born on June 16th in New Orleans, LA, she was an adopted child and her parents moved to California. She was discovered by Howard Hughes and made her film debut in 1946. She never quite obtained stardom like Jane Russell or Ava Gardner but she was an excellent actress in the limited # of films she made (# 28). She died in Santa Barbara, CA in April of 1999. Here are her top 10 movies according to IMDb ratings.
One of the my favorite film noirs, this classic was released in 1945. It has an outstanding cast and support staff. It is also in five different top 10 lists of my own: top 100 film noir, Fritz Lang, Edward G Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea.
I recently purchased a copy of this forgotten film noir movie from 1949. It is an average film noir with some good future stars such as Scott Brady, Peggy Dow, John Russell and a young Rock Hudson. Here are the top 10 contributors for this film.
This film noir is orientated around the communist menace of the late 40s. Here are the top ten contributors that brought this mediocre movie to the screen. It is listed in four of top 10 with actors: Robert Ryan, Thomas Gomez, Richard Rober and William Talman. It receives a 5.9 IMDb rating.
Today, this film noir classic was released by MGM in 1950. It is the seminal film noir movie. It appears on ten of my top 10 lists in IMDb. These include: director, top 25 film noir, top 100 film noir, top 10 released in 1950, and six different actors. It is a tribute to its excellence. Here are the top ten collaborators behind this gem.
Born of Armenia parents in Goldfield, Nevada, Brad migrated to Hollywood and the Pasadena Playhouse. Got his first break by being casted in The Asphalt Jungle by John Huston. Excels at playing villains and bad guys. Dexter appeared in 41 feature films and 38 different television series. Here are his top ten movies rated by IMDb.
Born in Chicago, Barry was brought to Hollywood by Elia Kazan in 1947. He is a big, heavy-chested and outstanding at portraying villains. Appeared in 59 feature films and 80+ television series. I always enjoyed his performances in a film. Here are his top ten movies.
Born in Tenafly, New Jersey, Ed attended Columbia University and played football. Traveled to Oklahoma to be close his parents, enrolled in Oklahoma theater company. Big break came when Harris played John Glenn in The Right Stuff in 1983. Ed has appeared in 80+ feature films and 30+ television series. Here are his top 10 movies by IMDb, average is 7.8 for the ten.
One of the most prolific and honored directors of all time, Huston is one of my favorite directors. He either wrote, acted or directed in 114 films. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings. These top 10 movies average 8.0 on the IMDb rating scale. Six of them are of the film noir genre.
Because Mitchum and Greer were so popular from Out of the Past, the studio decided to pair them up again for this film noir. It receives a 7.1 IMDb rating. The director and three leading actors all have their own top ten lists created by me.
One of the more innovative film noir, taking place during the holiday season - quite unusual. It receives a 6.7 movie rating from IMDb reviewers. Here are the ten most important collaborators in getting this movie made.
These ten contributors assisted in the production of this classic film noir movie. Decoy receives a 6.9 rating from IMDb raters.
A wonderful film noir from director Robert Siodmak, here is a list of the major contributors to the release of the this movie. This film can be found in five of my top 10 lists: director, Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly and the top 100 film noir movies.
Charles was born in Cambridge, MA in 1891. His stage career began in 1929. Because of his gravely voice and his skills, he has been a very successful character actor. He has appeared in 87 feature films and 26 television series. He died in November of 1967 in Los Angeles. His top ten movies are listed below in IMDb rating order.
Happy Birthday Tony!!! Born in the Bronx, NY from immigrant Hungarians, Tony served in World War II in the Navy. Using his GI Bill, Curtis used it to enroll in acting school in 1947. His film debut was a minor role in Criss Cross with Burt Lancaster. Curtis was a voracious working actor - appearing in 115 feature films and 100 television series. I always enjoyed watching Tony work. He died in 2010 in Henderson, NV. Here are his top ten movies based on IMDb ratings.
From one of my favorite directors and writers - Sam Fuller. It is one of the few film noir stories set in a foreign land - Japan. This title is listed in three of my top 10 lists: Robert Ryan, Sam Fuller and my top 100 film noir titles. Here are the major contributors to putting this classic on the screen.
One of my favorite character actors, John appeared in 59 feature films and 77 television series. Born in May of 1915 in Osceola, NE , his family moved to Hollywood, CA when John was 5 years hold. He was one of the major stars of the radio and TV shows "The Shadow." Appeared in many westerns, here are his top 10 movies according to the IMDb.
Audie was born in Kingston, Texas in June of 1925 to a poor sharecropping family. He received 30+ military honors in WW II for his heroic behavior. He started in movies in 1948 and struggled initially. He appeared in 48 movies, his favorite genre was the western. He tragically died in a plane crash in Roanake, VA in 1971.
One of the last film noir movie that was released by Warner Brothers. Three actors in this movie have their own top 10 lists: Edward G Robinson, Nina Foch and Hugh Marlowe. Here are the major contributors that brought this movie to the screen. It achieves a 7.0 rating in IMDb.
Happy Birthday Marilyn, you were born this day in Los Angeles, CA in 1926. One of the more tragic figures in Hollywood history, Monroe was nicknamed "Blond Bombshell". Signed her 1st movie contract in 1948 with Columbia Features. Here are her top ten movies based on IMDb ratings. I note three of these movies are classified as film noir.
Born in Cleveland, OH, Holbrook learned his craft on the TV soap operas. First performed a Mark Twain story in 1954. He has appeared in 57 feature films and 54 television series. Here are his top 10 movies rated by IMDb.
The remake of Hemingway's classic short story that was first released in 1946. Big difference between the remakes. I enjoy both of them. Here are the significant contributors who brought this neo-noir movie to the screen.
One of my favorite actors of all-time, Mitchum was quite versatile appearing in various genres of film. Born in Bridgeport, CT, Robert appeared on screen in 1945 in minor role of Story of GI Joe. As a father, he has produced two actor sons: James and Christopher. He appeared in 124 feature films and 39 television series. Here are Mitchum's top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings.
Born in December, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, Douglas got his first break in 1946, appearing in The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers. He has been a movie star ever sense. He has appeared in 87 feature films and 85 television series. He is the father to movie star Michael Douglas. Here are his top 10 rated movies according to IMDb.
One of my favorite film noirs, Gene Tierney is the ultimate femme fatale in this movie. You have to watch it to see what she does to keep her man. This film has been listed in 8 of my top ten lists: top 100 film noir, top 10 film noir released in 1945 and six different actors. Here are the major collaborators behind this classic.
One of my favorite narrators of a movie and also an excellent actor. Appeared in multiple film serials during the 40s and 50s. Television star in the 50s with Racket Squad and Public Defender. Appeared in 109 feature films and 18 television series. Born in Petrolia, Texas, Reed passed away in Los Angeles, CA in 1974. Also a major contributor to mystery radio broadcasts in the 40s and 50s.
Best remembered as Lt Tragg on the Perry Mason television series, Collins appeared in 75+ movies during his career. He also appeared in 16 television series. Born in Sacramento, California in 1889, Ray also passed away in California, specifically Santa Monica. Adept in dramas, westerns and film noir genres.
Born in British Columbia, Candada, Dmytryk was raised in the San Francisco area. Became US citizen in 1931. One of the Hollywood Ten in the 50s, hounded and persecuted for his involvement in communism. He directed 79 feature films. Won one award Cannes Film Festival - Best Social Film for Crossfire in 1947. Here are Dmytryk's top ten movies.
Born in Arkansas in 1904, Dick Powell started in show business during the 30s during musical productions and vaudeville. Appeared in 70 feature films, eventually becoming a director and producer of various TV shows.
A film noir classic movie from the pen of Raymond Chandler. One of the higher rated film noir, garnishing a 7.7 IMDb rating. Found in four of my top 10 lists: Claire Trevor, top 10 film noir released in 1944, top 25 film noir and top 100 film noir classics. Here are the top 10 collaborators:
One of my favorite film noir classics, this is in my top 100 list and also a top 25 list. Other lists that this film makes is: top 10 film noir releases in 1947, Tyrone Powers, Colleen Gray, Helen Walker and also Joan Blondell.
One of my favorite character actresses going up, I always enjoyed watching her in either a comedy role or a serious drama. Just finished watching her in Nightmare Alley, one of my favorite film noirs. Joan brought into movies with James Cagney in 1930. She had a long and productive career - appearing in 73 feature films. Also prevalent on TV during the 50s and 60s. Sadly, Joan died on Christmas day - 1979 in Santa Monica, CA. Here are her top 10 IMDb rated movies.
This film noir classic was one of five released in Warner Brothers initial collection series. It receives a 8.1 rating from IMDb. Here are the top ten contributors to this classic film.
This classic film noir had a good cast for this story written by Jay Dratier. I always enjoy watching it and just did yesterday. Here are the top 10 collaborators that brought this film noir to the screen. It receives a 7.2 rating from IMdb and I have it listed in four of my other top ten lists: Andre De Toth, Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott and Raymond Burr.
Having been born in 1925 in Hackensack, NJ, Carey served during two wars - WW II and the Korean War. His first appearance in a film was with John Wayne in 1951 - Operation Petticoat. His greatest impact was in the TV soap opera - One Life to Live. He appeared in 43 feature films and 220+ television episodes. Here are Carey's top 10 rated movies from IMDb. Philip died of lung cancer in New York City in 2009.
This film noir movie is classified as "documentary style" supported by the FBI. It was one of the first movies to film "in the streets." Here are the top ten collaborators that brought this movie to the screen. It received a 6.8 rating in the IMDb.
Considered a film noir western, this classic was directed by Fritz Lang back in 1940. It had an excellent cast and director. Here are the top ten contributors to the creation of this film.
A minor film noir movie, it is better than one expected. Ahead of its time with unusual visual effects. It receives a 6.5 IMDb rating, here are the ten contributors to the production of this movie.
Hugh Sanders was the quintessential character actor who appeared in 72 films and multiple TV series. He usually played a heavy or a policemen. He appeared in 12 film noir movies, none of which distinguished themselves. His top 10 movies averaged only 6.7 in IMDb. It took me years to recognize him and admire his added value to a movie.
Will always be remembered as "Archie Bunker" in All the Family, playing that role for 12 years. Won Golden Globe for that portrayal in 1972. Also starred in TV series "In the Heat of the Night." Developed his acting skills in Europe between 1951 and 1954. Appeared in only 22 films. Here is a list of his top 10 rated movies from IMDb.
One of my favorite film noir movies, this has an unusual plotline. Received a 6.9 IMDb and is on four of my top ten lists: director Otto Preminger, actors Gene Tierney, Richard Conte and top 10 film noirs released in 1949. Here are the top ten contributors to this film.
One of the very first film noir movies, this one was adapted from the pen of Dashiell Hammett. Here are the top ten collaborators that helped create this masterpiece of film noir history.
This classic film noir movie was released yesterday in 1956 by United Artists. This amazing film has been listed in 12 different top 10 lists by this IMDb user. This includes the director, 8 actors in the movie and three special lists: top film noir by actor, my top 25 film noir and top 10 film noir released in 1956.
One of the more innovative directors, Ray came out of the progressive & radical theatre of New York City in the 40s. Best friends with Elia Kazan, also studied with architect innovator Frank Lloyd Wright. Made his film debut in 1948 with the noir classic They Live by Night (# 7 on his top 10 list). Ray was also married to Gloria Grahame, another noir icon. He died of lung cancer in NYC in June of 1979. His ten movies averaged 7.7 in the IMDb.
One of my favorite actors growing up, James Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma in April of 1928. After having served in the Korean war, Garner got his first acting break in 1954. His first smash TV hit was Maverick in 1956. James appeared in 60 feature films and 50+ television series. He was in three TV series hits: Maverick for 3 seasons; The Rockford Files in 6 seasons and 8 Simple Rules for 5 seasons. Here are his top 10 rated films from his career to date.
This classic film noir was released today back in 1950 by Columbia Pictures. It is part of my personal collection and one of my favorite film noirs. It is listed in 12 of my top 10 lists: (1) film noir actors, (2) directors with highest rated film, Columbia Pictures, (3) Hard-boiled Fiction, (4) Frank Lovejoy, (5) noirs released in 1950, (6) my top 100 film noirs, (7) Gloria Grahame, (8) Humphrey Bogart, (9) noir actresses, (10) noir actors, (11) top 25 noir pictures, (12) Humphrey Bogart. This film receives an 8.0 IMDb rating. Here are the major contributors that produced this classic.
Debra was born this day in 1955 in Cleveland Heights, OH. At the age of 5, the family moved to California so Debra could begin an acting career. She acted mostly in TV series in the 70s before she got her first big break playing John Trevalota's wife in Urban Cowboy in 1980. She has appeared in 34 feature films and 21 different television series. Her top 10 films average 7.2 in the IMDb database.
In the May 9th issue of Entertainment Weekly, they published a list of the top 20 films that the EW team decided were the best summer blockbusters. Here is my list. I have listed EW's rating in the notes section.
One of the "psychological" focused film noir from director Robert Siodmak. Receives a solid 7.1 IMDb rating. Here are the major contributors to this successful film from 1946.
One of the earliest movies classified by some as film noir, it is not one of my favorite, having only received a 5.7 IMDb rating. These are the ten collaborators behind this movie.
One of the earliest film noir, this movie was released this day in 1942 by Paramount Pictures. Here are the major contributors to the success of this classic film noir. It rates 7.6 in the IMDb.
A classic film noir that has generated lots of interest over the years. Outstanding young cast in their first major roles. Here are the ten collaborators who created this classic. It is rated 7.6 by the IMDb.
A very good film noir from 1949, starring Richard Basehart and Audrey Totter. Good supporting cast. These are the top 10 collaborators that put Tension together. Tension is rated 7.2 in the IMDb database.
One of my favorite noir actors, Basehart was borned in Zanesville, OHIO in August of 1916. After studying on broadway, Richard made his way to Hollywood in 1947, immediately starring in He Walked by Night, a noir classic from 1948. He appeared in 51 feature films and 40 television series. He is known for his role of Admiral Nelson in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964). His top 10 movies average 7.7 in the IMDb. Basehart died of a stroke in 1984 at the age of 70 in Los Angeles.
An Adaptation of Raymond Chandler's High Window was released by 20th Century Fox in 1947. Here are the top 10 collaborators involved in bringing this material to the screen.
I became aware of Ennio Morricone through TCM and A Fistful Full of Dollars. Ennio was born in November, 1928 in Rome, Italy. He has composed music for 425+ feature films and 20 television series. His top 10 movies average 8.4 in the IMDb.
One of the icons of the motion picture industry, Wells was born yesterday 5/6 in 1915 in Kenosha, WI. He had made his theatre debut in 1934 on the New York stage. At the age of 27, Welles was the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay - Citizen Kane during the 1942 Oscars. He has appeared in 140 feature films and 68 television series. Orson died October 10th, in 1985 in Hollywood, CA. Here are his top 10 rated movie appearances. They average a solid 8.0 in the IMDb.
One of my favorite actors who is still alive, I became aware of Sean Connery when you starred in the James Bond movies. Born in 1930 in Edinborough, Scotland, Connery made his first movie at age 27 in 1957. His James Bond career started with Dr. No in 1962. He won a Golden Globe for supporting actor in The Untouchables in 1988. He has appeared in 80+ films. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated movies. These ten movies have an IMDb rating of 7.9
One of my favorite character actors, he was outstanding in Decision at Sundown. Born in July of 1906 in New Orleans, LA. Was the first actor, in 1956, to get paid a % of the film's grosses. Appeared in 53 feature films and 3 television series. Died in April of 1979, age 72 in Hollywood, CA. Here are his top 10 movies according to IMDb ratings.
Just watched Philadelphia again for the 2nd time after watching the original movie when it came out. It still resonates with me and our culture. It gets a 7.7 IMDb rating. Here are the ten collaborators that created this original message movie.
This film noir would be categorized as a psychological noir with excellent flashbacks and visual effects. Here are the ten collaborators behind this noir movie.
Directed by Anthony Mann, one of my favorite all-time directors, it is a mediocre film noir. This list includes the ten collaborators that brought this film to the screen. It has a 6.7 rating from IMDb participants.
I will always remember Mary Astor from the Maltese Falcon, one of the most iconic film noir movies. Today is her birthday, having been born in 1906 in Quincy, IL. Her father was a German immigrant who married an American woman from Illinois. Mary's father pushed into show business through a contest. Mary made her first movie at the age of 15 called The Scarecrow. Her career lasted 44 years, she appeared in 119 feature films and 34 TV series. Her last film was Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte released in 1964. She died in 1987 at the age of 81 at the Motion Pictures Home in Woodland Hills, CA. Here are her top rated films according to the IMDb. Her top 10 movies average 8.0 in the IMDb.
Born in 1964 in Long Beach, CA, Nicholas has a family history of cinema. He has appeared in 89 feature films and 60+ television series. He won the Oscar in 1996 as leading actor for his betrayal of a drunk in Leaving Las Vegas. Here are my favorite Cage flicks listed in IMDb order.
This classic film noir movie was released this date in 1946 by MGM pictures. It has been made into a feature film four times, 2 in English, once in French and once in Italian. Here are the ten collaborators that created this quintessential film noir.
Yesterday was Glenn Ford's birthday, having been born in 1916 in Quebec, Canada. I am celebrating his birthday by listing his top 10 films according to IMDb. Ford started with Columbia Pictures in 1939 and became a hit actor within years. He appeared in 100+ feature films and multiple TV series. He won the Golden Globe award in 1962 for Pocketful of Miracles. He passed away in August of 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. My previous top 10 list was created in November of 2011.
One of the classic film noir movies of the genre, it was released today in 1950 by Cardinal Pictures. It receives a 7.4 rating from IMDb raters. Here are the top ten collaborators that brought this movie to the screen.
Ms. Carolyn Jones was born today in 1930 in Amarillo, Texas. She always aspired to be in theatre and enrolled in Pasadena Playhouse in 1947 at age of 17. Her first movie was Turning Point in 1950. Her claim to fame was appearing on the Addams Family television series as the mother. Carolyn appeared in 80+ TV series and 34 feature films. Carolyn died at the age of 53 in West Hollywood, CA. Here are her top 10 films based on IMDb ratings.
Today is Pacino's birthday, born 74 years ago in New York City. In May of 2013, I created a list of my favorite Pacino films. Here is my second entrée, minus the ones from last year. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AL!!!!!
William Castle was born yesterday (4/24) in 1914 in New York City. He changes his name from William Schoss to William Castle when he got involved in the movie business. Castle was noted for B-budget movies and films that had a gimmick, something strange to attract his audiences. He died at the age of 49 in 1963 in Los Angeles, CA. Castle's top ten movies according to the IMDb are listed before.
This crime drama was released April 23, 1947 by Paramount Pictures. This list outlines the major contributors to the creation of this movie.
One of my favorite actresses going up, Nina was born yesterday (4/20) in 1924 in Netherlands. She migrated to the USA quickly and was in movies at the age 19 in 1944. Through her career, Nina appeared in 58 feature films and 110+ television series. She appeared in 7 film noir movies including My Name is Julia Ross, Dark Past and Johnny O'clock. She taught acting at USC for4 40+ years. She died in 2008 at the age of 84. Here are her top 10 rated movies based on the IMDb.
This film noir classic was released on March 15th,1946 by Columbia Pictures. It was a instant hit with two upcoming budding stars: Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth. Here are the major collaborators that created this noir classic.
This prolific music composer was born April 18, 1907 in Budapest,Hungary. He migrated to the United States in the late 30s and became a fixture in Hollywood films. Miklos created music for 180+ films and won three Oscars. Here are his top 10 film noir movies, ranked by IMDb ratings.
This classic film noir movie was released this date back in 1946 by Paramount Pictures. It was an instant hit with two bankable stars: Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Here are the top 10 collaborators responsible for creating this classic.
This film noir movie was released on April 7, 1948 by Allied Artists. It has received a 6.9 rating by IMDb users. Here are the top 10 collaborators that created this movie.
This minor film noir classic was released on April 13th, 1945 by RKO Radio Pictures. Anthony Mann was the director behind this film. Here are the top 10 collaborators that brought this film to the screen.
Growing up in the 50s, I was a big fan of Dragnet, a police procedural that hit TV in 1951. Much later did I learn that Jack Webb was an actor in the late 40's and a successful producer. Webb was born on April 2nd, 1920 in Santa Monica, CA. He got his start in film in 1948 - small role in He Walked By Night that was the link to Dragnet's creations. Here are the top 10 films that Webb appeared in.
This classic film noir movie was released on April 9th, 1946. I owe a copy and it is one of my top 100 film noir movies. Here are the top 10 collaborators who created The Dark Corner.
Ang Lee has been quite proficient as a Director since getting his start with Spike Lee in 1983. His first film Wedding Banquet was released in 1993 and got rave reviews. This was the first of a trilogy of films. He has made a variety of films from straight comedies to action/adventure films and serious dramas. Here are his top 10 films according to IMDb ratings.
Born in Philadelphia in 1912, Brooks got his break in 1950 by director Gary Grant for MGM. He directed 41 films over his career which spanned for 40+ years. He died in March,1992 in Beverly Hills, CA. His movies received 6 Oscar nominations. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated films. I will compile another list later in the year.
One of the best and first film noir classics. Here are the top collaborators to bring this novel to life on the screen.
I watched this movie again this morning, it is one of the best crime dramas ever made. Here are the major collaborators to bring this story to the screen. This film received five Oscar nominations.
Born in 1928 in New York City, Kubrick began his film career in 1950 in New York City. Stanley was an extremely talented and creative director. He demanded absolute control over the film, scheduling, etc. He completed 32 feature films. He died in England in March of 1999. Here are his top 10 feature films based on IMDb ratings.
David Goodis, noted writer of crime fiction, was born this day in 1917 in Philadelphia, PA. While working in an advertising company, David wrote his first novel "Retreat from Oblivion" in 1939. He published under a variety of names. During the 40s he began working in Hollywood as a screenwriter. His big break came in 1946 when his novel Dark Passage was published. Goodis died tragically in 1967 at the age of 49. Many of his stories have been translated into movies. Here are his top 10 films based in rank order from IMDb.
One of the major influential people within the film noir genre is Samuel Fuller. Sam not only wrote stories but also directed a number of the movies. This script for Shockproof was written by Fuller. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind the 1949 film noir. I am disappointed that more pictures of the collaborators are not available in IMDb.
A wonderful film noir classic from the novel by Samuel Fuller "The Dark Page." Outstanding cast in film directed by Phil Karlson. Here are the top 10 collaborators in the creation of this movie.
Born in 1930 in New York City, Frankenheimer spent his formative years in the city. He began working at CBS in 1953. He directed only 36 films but many were outstanding. John produced more than 150+ live shows on television between 1954 and 1960. He died in 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. Here are his top 10 films based on IMDb ratings.
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915, Sinatra began his career as a singer and was quite successful. His first film was with Gene Kelly in 1945. Over the years, he appeared in 77 feature films and 81 television shows. Frank won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1953 in From Here to Eternity. He died in 1998 in Los Angeles, CA - his music is still popular and he has his own channel on Sirius radio. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated movies.
Born in 1928 in Lithuania, he migrated to England in the 40s serving in the armed services. His film debut was in 1948 - House of Darkness. Laurence appeared in 60 feature films and 30 different TV series. He died in 1973 in London, England. Here are his top 10 movies according to IMDb ratings.
One of the most prolific directors of the current era, Lumet had a smash hit with his directorial debut - 12 Angry Men. He made 63 feature films and worked on 32 TV series. He won the Golden Globe in 1977 for Network. Sidney passed away in 2011 in New York City. Here are his top 10 rated films - WHAT A LIST!!!!
One of the best political thrillers of all-time, I just recently watched it again. Here are the top 10 collaborators who came together to create this magnificent and captivating thriller.
I will always remember Marshall as the cool & collected Juror #4 on 12 Angry Men. He appeared in 48 feature films and 82 television series. He is noteworthy for being one of the leading lawyers on the TV hit The Defenders co-starring Robert Reed. Here are Marshall's top 10 films - many of major hit. He was a graduate of the first class of the Actors Studio in New York City.
Watched this classic film noir on February 17th as part of my collection. I always enjoy watching Lawrence Tierney and his acting performances. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind this film noir classic.
One of my favorite supporting actors, Balsam was born in the Bronx in 1919. Raised in the city, Martin fought in World War II and entered the Actors Studios in 1947. His big break was appearing in On the Waterfront in 1954. He appeared in 71 feature films and 65 different TV series. He won an Oscar for the best supporting actor - 1966 in A Thousand Clowns. He died in 1996 while in Italy filming movies.
One of the classic noir films from the 40s, this film originated from a story by Cornell Woolrich. This film was released on Monday, February 17th in 1944, one year after I was born. Here are the top collaborators that brought this classic to the screen. Its remarkable that IMDb has no pictures of the major contributors to this classic.
The # 1 movie on my top 10 lawyer movies, I just watched this classic again. What a film, it never gets old and I know the ending. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind the creation of this excellent film.
Released in 1950, this film noir is mediocre at best with a good cast. Its funny seeing a young Gordon MacRae in a film noir when he is more famous as a singer on television. Excellent supporting cast. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind Backfire!!
One of my favorite film noir classics, this one stars Charles McGraw and William Talman - two of better actors playing hard-nosed noir characters - one good and one evil. Here are the top collaborators that brought this movie to the screen.
One of my favorite directors of the film noir genre. Since he only directed eight film noir films, I have added 2 crime movies to make ten. Fleischer began directing at age 30 for RKO in 1946. He was a versatile director who did crime, war flicks. He directed 59 feature films with many hits including Tora, Tora, Tora!!! Here are the top 10 crime films
Shirley Temple died on Monday February 10th. She was 85 years old. Although I was never a big fan of hers, I did admire her life, especially what she accomplished after the movies. She appeared in 51 feature films and 21 television series. She was the first child movie star I remember from my youth. Here are her top 10 IMDb rating movies.
Directed by Don Siegel, this film noir attempted to cash in on the popularity of Rebel Without a Cause. It had an outstanding cast and writer. Here are the top 10 collaborators responsible for this classic.
Directed by Anthony Mann, this film noir classic had many collaborators that lead to its success. Here are the top 10 people responsible for this movie.
Today is John Farrow's birthday, born in 1904 in Sydney, Australia. John got his film start as a screenwriter in 1927 at age of 23. He became a versatile director in 76 feature films. Farrow directed all kinds of genres: film noir=5 and westerns=11. He was married to actress Maureen O'Sullivan for 25+ years and produced 7 children. Farrow won an Oscar in 1966 for screenplay(co-Oscar) of Around the World in 80 days. He died in January of 1963 in Beverly Hills, CA. Here are his top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings.
One of my favorite character actors, I always enjoyed watching him on the screen. Born in Fairport, NY in 1967, Hoffman graduated with BFA degree in 1989 and appeared in 60 feature films and 25 television series. He won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his portrayal of Capopte in the 2006 film by the same name. Here are the top 10 Hoffman movies based on IMDb ratings. He died tragically on February 2nd, 2014.
Today, Lana Turner was born in 1921, originally coming from Wallace, Idaho. She appeared in her fist film at the age of 17 in 1937. Lana appeared in 59 feature films and 21 television series. Most notable TV show was Peyton Place for which she won award. She appeared in 3 film noir movies - the best being The Postman Always Rings Twice. Ms Turner died in 1995 in Century City, CA. She lived until age 74.
One of my favorite film noir classics which I owe a copy of, this short (67 mins) movies carries a big punch. It has memorialized Tom Neal and Ann Savage as a classic film noir couple. Here are the top 10 collaborators who created this classic.
One of my favorite film noir classics, Hitch-Hiker is the quintessential short thriller directed by Ida Lupino. This was unheard of during the 50s. Here are the top 10 collaborators behind this classic. William Talman is awesome as Emmett Myers.
I reviewed a list on Yahoo Voices that listed the top 20 serial killer movies. I determined which of those movies were in the top 10 based on IMDb ratings. Here is the list from high to low. Seven had a rating of 8.7 while Natural Born Killers had rating of 7.3.
Today is Stuart Whitman's birthday. He was born in 1928 in San Francisco, CA. Spent three years in the army where he won 32 boxing matches. Got his start with a national touring company in early 50s. Stuart appeared in 96 films and 63 different TV series. Here are his top 10 movies.
Just watched this classic film noir/soap opera this morning, part of my noir collection. Stanwyck and Douglas are absolutely fantastic as a twisted couple who have lead their lives full of lies and deceit. Here are the top collaborators behind this 1946 melodrama.
Jean Simmons, a beautiful young & talent actress was born this day in 1929 - London, England. She began her acting career at the age of 14, in 1944. She appeared in 56 feature films and 31 television series. She battled alcoholism later in life, died in Santa Monica, CA in 2010 of lung cancer. Married to two Hollywood legends - Richard Brooks and Stewart Granger. Her top 10 movies are listed in IMDb rating order.
John Dall was born in May of 1918 in New York City. He got his start in Hollywood in 1944, however his career was quite brief. John made only 7 feature films through his career, although he experienced some success in television. He died young (1971) of a heart attack. Here are my top 5 Dall films based on IMDb ratings. Gun Crazy and Rope are his best by far.
There are 22 movies of the classic-era of film noirs that are listed in the National Film Registry. Here are the top 10 based on IMDb ratings. If a tie existed, I listed them in order of release date.
I was watching an Eddie Dean movie this morning and noticed his horse's name was White Cloud. That sparked my curiosity about various cowboy stars and horses' names. The horses actually got billing in the credits. This list is compiled by the top 10 actors, who appeared in most westerns - along with their horses' name.
Born today in 1913 in Louisville, KY Victor Mature got his start in Pasadena Playhouse in California. One of his friends at that time was George Reeves. Mature was handsome with a bodybuilder's body. He was featured in 58 films ranging from film noir, westerns, epic films such as The Robe and Samson and Delilah. Here are his top 10 IMDb movies.
Truly, one of a kind actors that I have watched, Timothy Carey is unique. My viewing of his presence and skills was in The Killing by Stanley Kubrick. Carey was born in May of 1929 in Brooklyn, NY. He appeared in 52 films and 33 different TV series. He passed away in May of 1994 in Los Angeles. Here are his top 10 IMDb movies.
I just finished watching Gun Crazy which was released on January 27, 1950. Lewis was born in April of 1907 in New York City. He lead a productive life directing 78 feature films and 75+ TV episodes. He died in August of 2000 in Santa Monica, CA. Here are his top 7 rated film noir movies along with highest ranked television western series.
Born in 1904 in Austria-Hungary, Edgar was one of the more influential European directors that came to America. Noted for the Black Cat which was released in 1934. Detour, a classic film noir, was Ulmer's quintessential noir classic. Here are Ulmer's top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings.
This list contains the top 10 rated (IMDb) movies based on real serial killers.
On this date in 1950, this classic film noir was released by United Artists as "Deadly is the Female." This title did not generate any interest so the title was changed to Gun Crazy. This is ONE of my favorite film noir classics. Here are the top 10 collaborators that created this classic film.
Neville Brand was born in Griswold, IA in 1920. He joined the army in 1939 and got hooked in acting by appearing in training films in the service. He used GI bill to complete acting school. His debut film was Port of New York in 1949. He appeared in 60 films and 66 television series. Because of his tough looks and deep voice, he always played the heavy and was quite good at it. Neville died in 1992 in Sacramento, CA. His top 10 films include war flicks as well as film noir movies.
One of the better supporting character actors who specialized in bad guys, villains and outcasts. He appeared in 84 feature films and 88 television series. The majority of his appearances were in the western genre as the top 10 reveals.
One of my favorite film noir classics, this film was released this day in 1941. It was the film that put Humphrey Bogart on the A list of actors. It receives a 7.6 rating from IMDb users. Here are the top 10 collaborators that created this masterpiece.
One of my favorite actresses from the 40s and 50s was Ruth Roman from Lynn, Massachusetts. She got her start in 1945 in her first speaking role. She appeared in 56 feature films and 47 television shows. She was quite versatile appearing in film noir, dramas and westerns. Here are her top 10 rated movies.
Vaughn Taylor was a character actor who appeared in 130 television series and 39 feature films. He was usually in the background, playing a secondary role. I always remember him from the Perry Mason series. Here are the top 10 movies that Taylor performed in - quite an impressive list.
One of my favorite Anthony Mann's directed film noir, this film was released on 1/22/48 according to Silver & Ward's Film Noir Encyclopedia. Here are the ten collaborators that lead to the creation of this wonderful noir documentary about the US Treasury department. I am disappointed that more pictures are not available of the people behind this film.
Born in 1892 in Washington DC, Alan received a break by hooking up with Cecil B. DeMille in his early career. He became life-long friends with Errol Flynn and starred with him in several movies (3 in his top 10). He fathered future actor Alan Hale, Jr who became popular on Gilligan's Island. Hale Sr died in 1950 in Hollywood, CA. He appeared in 174 feature films, below are the top 10 rated movies.
One of the more prolific supporting actors who starred in movies and television. Griffith was tall and dark, played a mean villain. He appeared in 89 films and 125 television series. Born in Los Angeles in 1916, James started in 1948 with a debut in Blonde Ice. He died of cancer in 1993 in Los Angeles area. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated movies.
Happy birthday Leon, born this day in Portland, Indiana. Leon's first movie was in 1932, he appeared in 119 films and 100+ TV episodes. His favorite genres were: drama, comedies and family-oriented films. He won a Lifetime Achievement award from SAG in 1981. His top rated films averaged 7.8 within the IMDb.
As one of the stars of Detour, a classic film noir from director Edgar Ulmer, Neal was a tragic actor born to the upper class in 1914 - Evanston, Illinois. He starred in 67 films, many of no statute. He went to prison for manslaughter in the 50s and died of heart failure at 58 in North Hollywood, CA. Here are his top 10 IMDb rated movies. These movies have a 7.1 compilative average.
George Tobias was born in New York City in 1901. He made his way to west coast in the 30's and the movies. He was a regular foil to James Cagney. He appeared in 62 feature films and 32 TV series. His most noted role as the noisy neighbor in Bewitched, a comedy series on television in the 60s. He died at the age of 80 in Los Angeles. His top 10 movies are a variety of genres. His top films average 7.7 from IMDb ratings. My favorite movies on the list include: Mildred Pierce, The Set-Up, Sergeant York, Tora Tora Tora!.
Thelma Ritter was one of my favorite supporting actresses of all-time. Although she appeared in only 31 films, Thelma was nominated for 6 different academy awards, she never won which is not justice. Born in 1902 in Brooklyn, NY she was noticed by Darryl Zanuck and made her film debut in Miracle on 345th Street. Here are her top 10 rated movies according to IMDb. My favorite movies on this list are: Rear Window, Pickup on South Street, Miracle on 34th Street and Birdman of Alcatraz.
According to Paul Duncan's directory of film noir movies, a subset of that genre is the gothic and/or Victorian-oriented style of presentation. Here is the top rated gothic noir movies based on IMDb ratings.
Ella Raines was a beautiful actresses from the 40s who was born in a small town in Washington. She was discovered by Howard Hawks and made her first film in 1943. Although Ella made only 22 feature films, she was talented enough to have two TV series in the 50s.
One of my favorite current actors, Jon was born in Yonkers, New York in 1938. He has appeared in 72 feature films and 69 television series. Here are his top 10 films based on IMDb ratings. Among my favorites are: Heat, Midnight Cowboy, Deliverance and The General. He was also the voice of numerous documentaries and animated films.
This classic film noir was released on January 16h, 1947, I was three years old. Here are the 10 major collaborators who contributed to the creation and production of this film. It is one of my favorite Bogart vehicles.
Kenneth Robey was an excellent supporting actor who appeared in 81 films and 275+ TV episodes. Born in Oakland, CA in 1917, Robey was classmates with Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach and Tony Randall in a New York playhouse during the 40s. He died peacefully in California in 2002. Here are his top 10 IMBDb rated movies.
One of my favorite supporting actors who frequently played the "heavy", the villain, the outlaw, Doucette had a very successful acting career. He appeared in 138 feature films and 125+ television series. He was born in Massachusetts in 1921 and passed away in California in 1994. Here are his top rated films based on the IMDb.
This film was released on January 12, 1948 so I decided to identify the top 10 collaborators in creating this film noir classic. These collaborators include: actors, director, cinematographer, music director, screenplay writer and writer of the original source of material.
One of my favorite actresses as I grow up, I always liked Susan Hayward. She was born in 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. Her life was cut short because of cancer. Susan died in 1975 at the age of 57. Here are her top 10 acting performances based on IMDb ratings.
Born this date in Vienna, Austria, Henreid appeared in 50 films during his careers. He got his career started by working for Otto Preminger back in the 30s. His acting debut was in 1933. He is most noted for his role in Casablanca released in 1942. Here are his top 10 films based on IMDb ratings.
According to the 2012 of the Film Noir Foundation, there are 38 films that tell a story involving racism, ethnicity with a piece of noir thrown in for good effect. Here are the top 10 films based on IMDb ratings.
Hugh Marlowe appeared in only 34 movies but 75+ television episodes. His top 10 list contains a variety of film types, some quite good. These 10 films compiled a 8.0 IMDb rating.
In Borde & Chaumeton's classic treatise on film noir, "A Panorama of American Film Noir", they identify ten films that were essentially a police documentary. Here are the films listed in rate order from the IMDb.
One of the best looking actors from the 40s and 50s, Tyrone Power was born in Cincinnati in 1914 and tragically died young at age 44 in Spain. He appeared in 61 feature films. My favorite is Nightmare Alley which is one of my TOP TEN FILM NOIR movies of alltime.
Today is Loretta's birthday, she was born in Salt Lake City in 1913. She is a beautiful and gracious woman who happened to be an actor. Loretta appeared in 106 films and more than 240+ TV episodes. Loretta appeared in only 3 film noir movies. I will watch two of them today to honor her career. She passed away on August 12, 2000 in Los Angeles.
One of the more charismatic actors of our lifetime, Flynn's onscreen persona matched his real life exploits. Born in Australia at the turn of the century, Flynn dies young at age 50, having starred in 68 feature films. As the top 10 list indicates, most of their were action/adventure films.
One of the most enduring but "average job" character actors in the business. Started his career in the 30s and ended in the 60s. Appeared in 106 feature films plus numerous TV series. Here are his 10 highest rated movies that Louis Jean starred in.
Joseph H Lewis was an innovative director who made 78 films over his career. His two greatest films were Gun Crazy released in 1950 and The Big Combo released in 1955. He began his career in 1935 with a job at Mascot Pictures. Lewis worked in television from 1957 to 1968. Here are my top 10 movies from Lewis.
One of my favorite supporting actors both in the movies and television. Edgar can do comedy, serious dramas and/or villainous bad guys. He appeared in 90+ films and three popular TV series. Note, five of the top 10 films were westerns. These ten movies average 7.9 on the IMDb scale.
One of the more colorful character actors to grace the screen, Elam appeared in 97 feature films. He was great as a vicious villain or a comic relief role as a drunk. He made a fantastic transition to television and appeared in multiple TV western series. Here are my top 10 westerns movies that Jack Elam played in.
One of the most reliable character actors, Millican appeared in 165+ films. Almost a quarter of them were the western genre. Here are my top 10 westerns based on IMDb ratings.
I compiled this list from Paul Duncan's list of film noirs published in 2000. Here is a list of the top 10 film noir movies that contain a man's name in the title. This list is organized by IMDb rating from high to low. These 10 movies compiled an IMBd average rating of 6.7.
One of the most beautiful leading woman actor, I will always remember O'Hara for her performance in Miracle on 34th Street. Her career began in 1939 appearing in Jamaica Inn. She retired in 1973 after having appeared in 55 feature films and 29 TV series. These top 10 films average an 7.8 IMDb rating.
One of my favorite character actors, Macready had a successful movie and television career. He appeared in 65 films and 75 television series. His top ten movies are listed below. It scores a remarkable 8.0 IMDb average rating.
Steven Geray was a short, foreign-accent actor who appeared in 125 films. He was usually in the background, playing a bartender or someone's butler. I always enjoyed his subtle performances in film noir movies. Here are his top rated movies based on IMDb. These movies average 7.7 on IMDb scale.
One of the original "blond" movie stars, Veronica Lake had a sporadic career in film and television. She appeared in 30 movies and 24 TV episodes. Here are her top 10 movies based on IMDb ratings. These ten films received a 7.7 average in IMDb.
I recently watch "Prefontaine" for the second time, one of my favorite sports movie. It got me thinking about my favorite sports biography movies. Here is my top 10 list listed in IMDb ratings order. Most of them are of the tear-jerker variety.
One of my favorite supporting actors within the film noir genre, Kelly had a long and quite successful acting career. He appeared in 99 films. Here are his top 10 rated film noir movies.
According to Alain Silver in the Film Reader 3 published in 2002, James Wong Howe was one of the most innovative cinematographers in the 40s and 50s. Here are his top 10 rated movies based on IMDb ratings.
According to Robert Porfirio & Alain Silver, Miklos Rozsa is the most influential music composer for the film noir genre. Here is the top 10 movies, based on IMDb ratings conducting Rozsa' musical scores. These ten classic movies average 7.8 rating in IMDb.
I just watched this classic western for the 2nd time in three years. I am struck by the remarkable quality of the cast of actors that performed in this 1940 western film. Here is my list of top ten actors performing in this movie.
On July 30th, my only sister, Judy was born in Warren, Ohio. Below are listed the top 10 movies released from that year. Lots of them were from the film noir genre. The 10 films compiled a 7.6 rating from the IMDb. Notable births that year included: Farrah Fawcett, Rob Reiner, Albert Brooks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Kline, Richard Dreyfuss and Sam Neill. Making their film debut in that year: Janet Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Sidney Poitier and Richard Widmark.
One of my favorite western character actors, Johnson began his career in 1950 with a John Ford vehicle. He acted in 80+ films and his career lasted 40+ years. He died in 1996, here are his top 10 IMDb rated films. Note - only two are non-western stories. Their IMDb rating is 7.6.
One of my favorite actors that I grew up watching in films and television, Jaeckel performed in 69 feature films and numerous TV series. This list features his top 10 rated movies from IMDb. These films range from westerns to war dramas to film noir. Most of them were released in the 50's. These 10 movies averaged 7.7 on IMDb ratings. Richard died in 1997.
One of my favorite femme fatale of the film noir genre, Greer did not make many movies (28) but she was good not only in film but also on television. Here are my favorite Greer performances based on IMDb ratings. These 10 films averaged 6.9 in the IMDb.
As I continue my life in movies, this year (1956) I am living in the suburbs of New Jersey and entering my teenage years. These are my favorite movies from that year, in IMDb rating order. These 10 films accumulated a 7.6 IMDb average. Famous births of this year include: Mel Gibson, Nathan Lane, Bryan Cranston, Dana Delany, Tom Hanks and Joan Allen.
One of my favorite character actors, John began his career in 1925 and remained an important actor for more than 60+ years. A good friend of John Barrymore, Carradine was known as a "John Ford" stock player. Here are John's top 10 rated movies according to IMDb ratings.
In 2008, the ABA Journal created a list of the top 25 legal drama movies. I reviewed the entire list and selected by top 10. One of my criteria was subject matter of trial and/or how the movie dealt with the legal system. I have listed them in order of IMDb rating, from high to low.
One of the most prolific actors, Ray had a 40+ year career in movies and television. Best known for the Bonanza western series, Teal appeared in westerns, crime drams and film noirs. Here are his top 10 performances based on IMDb ratings.
One of my earliest memories as a youngster was watching Bob Steele on a Saturday afternoon in the big screen theater. He appeared in 200+ westerns, here are my top 10 based on IMDb ratings. Bob was good pals with John Wayne, attending school together. In addition, Steele's father directed some of Wayne's first westerns.
One of more versatile actors during the 40s and 50s, Jeanne Crain was outstanding in Leave Her to Heaven and also Cheaper by the Dozen. Jeanne could do: film noir, western, musical and dramas. Here are my top 10 Crain vehicles.
As a supporting actress, Virginia Mayo was very versatile. She was popular in westerns, dramas and film noirs. I remember her most in White Heat and The Best Years of Our Lives. Here are my top 10 performances of Ms. Mayo.
One of my favorite action/adventure actors, I always enjoy watching Bronson in action. He is both successful in movies as well as the small screen of television. Here are my top 10 movie performances based on IMDb ratings.
According to the Film Noir Encyclopedia by Silver and Ward, Paramount pictures released 34 film noir movies during its peak. These pictures achieved a 7.1 rating from IMDb customers. Here are their top ten rated film noir movies. These 10 films averaged 7.7 IMDb rating.
Two years ago, I created a list of my favorite actors from the film noir genre. This list is in rank order according to IMDb rating. I have listed the actor in the comments section. The IMDb ratings range from a high of 8.6 to a low of 7.6.
One of my favorite sub-genre of the film noir genre is the "caper" flick. I have 5 of these titles in my personal collection. Here are the top 10 based on IMDb rating from high to low. All these films are above 7 except one.
My mother, Ruth Katherine Pealer, was born May 5th, 1922. Below is the top 10 movies released that year. There were a significant number of actors born that year: Betty White, Guy Madison, Joanne Dru, Carl Reiner, Doris Day, Gale Storm, Barbara Hale, Jack Klugman, Christopher Lee, William Schallert, Blake Edwards, Sid Caesar, Jackie Cooper, Lizabeth Scott, Coleen Gray, Barbara Bel Geddes, Veronica Lake, Ruth Roman and Ava Gardner.
One of my favorite actresses from the 40's who fell in love with Humphrey Bogart and became one of America's celebrity couples. Here are Lauren's top 10 movies by IMDb rating.
One of my favorite westerns of all time, I just watched it again on TCM for sixth time. Here is the list of creative collaborators of this epic western.
One of my favorite all-time horror and villain actors to ever grace the screen. As a kid, I remember him from horror flicks late on a Friday night. As an adult, I always enjoyed him in the Sherlock Holmes black & white series and also the Charlie Chan series. Here are Atwill's top 10 films based on IMDb ratings.
One of my favorite supporting actors, Sam Levene always delivers a solid and consistent performance. Here are my favorite film noir/crime movies with Same Levene playing a key part in each film. They are listed in IMDb rating order from high to low.
One of my favorite film noir movie, it is listed on many of my top ten lists. Here are my top ten collaborators that made this film a classic.
I recently re-discovered this classic film noir from 1946. I have ordered a copy for my film collection. This film has already been on seven top 10 lists that I have created(i.e. Edmund O'Brien, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, released in 1946, Robert Siodmak, Jeff Corey and Charles McGraw). Here is my list of top 10 supporting actors. It is pathetic that IMDb has only THREE pictures of these fine supporting actors in their database.
Years ago, I created my top 10 list of film noir directors. I have been thinking, what is their highest rated film noir movie? Here is the list, from high to low, based on IMDb rating. If the rating is the same, I went with the earlier release date.
This is a little known film noir released in 1950. I recently watched it on DVD and was intrigued by its main character, a drunken PI attempting to rehabilitate his reputation and life. Here are the top 10 collaboraters that created this film.
My Dad was born on September 12th in 1921. He led a full and meaningful life, having died in May 14th, 2012. I selected this films based on popularity and some which I saw growing up. They are listed in IMDb rating order.
One of my favorite actors from the 40s and 50s, my earliest memory is watching him in Shane as a 10 year old boy. I have come to appreciate his understated style and many film noirs and westerns. Here is my favorite Ladd performance based on IMDb ratings.
According to the Film Noir: Encyclopedic Reference, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released 30 film noir titles between 1936 and 1974. Here are the top 10 titles based on IMDb ratings. If films had a tied rating, I went with the release date to brake the tie. The highest rated film was 7.9 while the lowest rated noir was 7.0
It has been years since I saw this David Fincher vehicle that has a wonderful ending. It has been in my Netflix queue for awhile. Here is my list of the top collaborators that brought this film to life.
Based on a film noir book I am currently reading, I have created a new top 10 format based on the creative collaborators on a film. The creative forces will include: original writer, screenplay writer, director, cinematography, music director and key actors. Here is my list for the excellent neo noir film from 2001 - The Deep End
During the film noir period(1940s to late 50s) Columbia Pictures released 36 film noir titles. Here are the 1st top 10 based on IMDb ratings.
Andrew Dickos in his seminal film noir book entitled "Street with no Name" identified some of most influential film noir screenwriters. Here is my top ten list - number 1, with more to follow. They are listed in alphabetically order. It is sad that the IMDb has no pictures of these great screen writers.
In his excellent book, Street with No Name, author Andrew Dickos lists the credits for 43 noir classics in the appendix section. Here are his top 10 based on IMDb ratings. I highly encourage any serious film noir fan to read this book.
Got this idea from Andrew Dickos in his excellent history of American film noir entitled "Street with No Name." Here are my top ten film noir directors based on number of films produced. I find it fascinating that there are minimal pictures of these important film people in the IMDb.
I have created 220+ top ten lists and have failed to honor Barbara Stanwyck, one of the favorite actresses. I even had to review by listing to ascertain that she was missing. Here are my favorite Stanwyck vehicles.
One of my favorite directors of all-time, Mann developed into an excellent director starting with westerns, moving into film noir and finishing with huge, cinemascope epic movies. Here are my favorite western offerings listed in decinding IMBD order. Four of the ten starred Jimmy Stewart while all but two had an IMDB rating over 7.0+.
Cornell Woolrich is one of the most prolific writer of noir material. There are 20+ films created based on his material. Here are the top 10 based on IMDB ratings.
According to Andrew Dickos in his excellent study of film noir, "Street With No Name", there are 10 authors who have greatly influenced the development of film noir movies through their writing. Here are the top 10 films based on a book along with the author's name. NOT SURPRISINGLY, BOGART APPEARS IN 4 OF THESE FILMS.
One of the original directors of film noir movies, Lang was instrumental to bringing this genre from Germany to the United States. Here are my favorite film noir films directed by Fritz Lang.
I am currently revisiting Have Gun Will Travel. This is my absolute favorite western TV series. Here are the top ten lead actors from my favorite episodes from season # 1 (1957-58)
There have been a variety of film noir movies that have been remade over the years. Only one had substantial IMDB ratings higher than the original. Here are the top 10 in IMDB rating order.
One of my favorite current character actors, Giamatti was great in both Sideways and American Splendor. Here are his top 10 performances based on IMDB ratings.
Thanks to Quentin Tarrintino, Tierney had his career revived through his appearance in Reservoir Dogs. This lead to several appearances on television. My favorite is Tierney's performance as Elaine's Dad on Seinfield. Here are my favorite Tierney performances based on IMDB ratings.
According to R. Barton Palmer in Hollywood's Dark Cinema, the 2nd sub-genre within film noir is "detective films." Here are my top 10 based in order by IMDB ratings.
I just watched 3:10 to Yuma again to see Ben Foster still the film from everyone. Russell Crowe was his usual self and quite good in the film. Here are my favorite Crowe performances based on IMDB ratings.
I have decided to identify my top 10 movies from significant years of my life. Here is the first list from the year I was born - March 3rd. These top 10 are films I have watched recently. They are listed in rate order from high to low - IMDB ratings.
According to Paul Duncan's Film Noir Guide, there are 18 film noir movies with a women's name in the title. Here are the top 10 in rank order, based on IMDB ratings.
For the longest time when I saw this name during the initial credits in a movie, I thought it was a guy. How wrong could I be. Once I figured out who she was, I was in love with your beauty, tough facade, but vulnerable insides. For me, she always was the center of any scene she was here. My top 10 Stering performances.
One of my favorite actors who has a long career playing character actors. Has worked a lot with John Sayles who I really admire. David brings a quiet intensity to his performances. Here are my favorites.
The Northwest Film Center had a film noir festival last fall. They featured 12 films around the theme of "dangerous desires". Here are my top 10 based on IMDB ratings.
In his excellent book: Hollywood's Dark Cinema, R. Barton Palmer discusses in detail three sub-genre with the film noir genre. Here are my top ten of crime melodramas.
One of my favorite all-time character actors, Kennedy performed in 100+ movies in his lengthy career. Known to play "the heavy" in most of them, here are my top 10 Kennedy performances based on IMDB ratings.
Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite literary figures of all time. I thoroughly enjoy watching any Holmes/Watson vehicle. The studios created a 12 film series beginning in 1939. It starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as the dynamic duo. Here are the top 10 of movies, based from high to low - IMDB ratings.
According to Herb Fagen's Encyclopedia of Westerns, there are 24 westerns with the word "last" in its title. Here are the top ten based on IMDB ratings.
One of my favorite character actors, I have been watching Lovejoy for years. Here are my top 10 performances for this talented professional.
Based on Paul Duncan's 2003 Film Noir list, there are 24 noir movies with a number in its title. Here are the top 10 based on IMDB ratings from high to low. If there was a tie, I put my favorite ahead of the other movie.
According to Fagen's Encylopedia of Westerns, there were 27 westerns released with the word "Border" in its title. Here are my top ten based IMDB ratings.
According to Richard Martin in his book Mean Streets and Raging Bulls, more than 30+ neo-noir movies were released in the 70s. Here is my top 10 based on IMDB ratings from high to low. I am amazed at the high ratings and the quality of these films.
Val Kilmer has a long career in movies and television. I have always admired him in films. Here are my favorite Kilmer films.
Based on his book Mean Streets & Raging Bulls, Richard Martin outlines neo-noir films released by each decade, starring with the 60s. According to Martin, 16 movies were released in the 60s. Here is the top 10 based on Imdb ratings.