Highest Rated Film-Noir Feature Film Titles Released 1 January 1955 to 31 December 1959 With Lucien Ballard

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1. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 71,600

2. Murder by Contract (1958)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.

Director: Irving Lerner | Stars: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi, Caprice Toriel

Votes: 1,697

3. A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.8
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A ruthless college student resorts to murder in a futile attempt to marry an heiress.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward

Votes: 2,540

4. The Killer Is Loose (1956)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey, Alan Hale Jr.

Votes: 1,315

5. The Unholy Wife (1957)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.7
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Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen meets blonde bombshell Phyllis in a bar...and marries her. In due course, Phyllis is bored by Paul, and finds an exciting new lover in rodeo rider San. To adjust... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Diana Dors, Rod Steiger, Tom Tryon, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 248



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