Another 100 Film Noirs (BFI Screen Guide)by TheWanderingFish | created - 25 Jan 2012 | updated - 25 Jan 2012 | Public
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1. Act of Violence (1949)
Passed | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.
3. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself in the murder of a stripper as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.
4. Black Angel (1946)
Approved | 81 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.
5. Reign of Terror (1949)
Approved | 89 min | History, Romance, Thriller
Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.
6. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 580,352 | Gross: $27.00M
7. Mang jing (2003)
Unrated | 92 min | Crime, Drama
Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident, and extort money from the boss to keep the incident ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,124 | Gross: $0.03M
8. Blood Simple. (1984)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
Votes: 74,968 | Gross: $2.15M
9. The Blue Gardenia (1953)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.
11. Body Heat (1981)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Votes: 25,922 | Gross: $24.06M
13. Bound (1996)
R | 108 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller
Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.
Votes: 44,727 | Gross: $3.80M
14. Branded to Kill (1967)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After a badly done assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organisation, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman in particular.
15. The Brasher Doubloon (1947)
Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Detective Philip Marlowe encounters a variety of characters while checking on why Leslie Murdock stole a rare doubloon from his mother.
16. Brick (2005)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Votes: 91,573 | Gross: $2.06M
17. Caught (1949)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
It was Leonora Eames' childhood dream come true. She had married Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions. But her innocent dream became a nightmare once she realizes the truth about her husband ... See full summary »
18. Clash by Night (1952)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.
19. Classe Tous Risques (1960)
Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Abel Davis is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,530 | Gross: $0.09M
21. Coup de torchon (1981)
Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.
25. The Dark Mirror (1946)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.
26. The Dark Past (1948)
Passed | 75 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
An escaped psychopathic killer who takes the family and neighbors of police psychologist hostage reveals a recurring nightmare to the doctor.
27. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
PG | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.
Votes: 18,051 | Gross: $18.20M
28. The Deep End (2001)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.
Votes: 10,257 | Gross: $8.82M
29. Le dernier tournant (1939)
90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its naive owner, is a good man married to Cora, a young and sexy bitch, half his age. Frank, although ... See full summary »
32. The Element of Crime (1984)
Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.
33. The Fallen Idol (1948)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy.
Votes: 6,363 | Gross: $0.06M
34. The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)
Passed | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Assistant district attorney Cleve Marshall falls for the mysterious Thelma Jordon when she seeks help solving robberies of her aunt's estate.
36. Hard Eight (1996)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.
Votes: 32,887 | Gross: $0.22M
37. Harikomi (1958)
116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Harikomi is an atypical film noir with a social background. It tells the story of two detectives of Tokyo that, on the trail of a murderer, they have to faced with Sadako that will end up questioning their role of police officers and men.
39. His Kind of Woman (1951)
Approved | 120 min | Action, Crime, Film-Noir
A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.
40. The Hot Spot (1990)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter quickly gets into trouble with the local authorities- and the local women- after he robs a bank.
Votes: 8,914 | Gross: $1.29M
42. Human Desire (1954)
Approved | 91 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in an affair with a co-worker's wife following a murder on a train where they meet.
43. Infernal Affairs (2002)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.
Votes: 106,946 | Gross: $0.17M
44. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
92 min | Crime, Drama
An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.
Votes: 1,039 | Gross: $0.01M
45. Johnny One-Eye (1950)
Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Martin is a wounded gangster comforted by a visits from a little girl and her tiny dog with one bad eye. As he hides out, he makes plans to find his abusive, double crossing, partner.
47. Key Largo (1948)
Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
49. The Killers (1964)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.
51. Klute (1971)
R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller