Classic Film-Noir...

by jmarinko-1 | created - 30 Jun 2012 | updated - 09 Jul 2012 | Public

A Complete List of Classic Film-Noir Movies. (1941-1959)

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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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor

Votes: 4,068

2. Abandoned (1949)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Newspaperman helps girl find her sister's illegitimate baby, gets mixed up in baby-adoption racket.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Gale Storm, Jeff Chandler, Meg Randall

Votes: 190

3. Accomplice (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

Private Eye Simon Lash is hired by an old flame to find her missing husband.

Director: Walter Colmes | Stars: Richard Arlen, Veda Ann Borg, Tom Dugan, Archie Twitchell

Votes: 98

4. The Accused (1949)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 667

5. Accused of Murder (1956)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Police detective falls for singer, gets involved with gangster killing.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: David Brian, Vera Ralston, Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Grey

Votes: 100

6. An Act of Murder (1948)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A hard-line judge is tempted toward mercy-killing by his wife's terminal cancer.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Fredric March, Edmond O'Brien, Florence Eldridge, Geraldine Brooks

Votes: 492

7. Affair in Havana (1957)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Film-Noir

Songwriter falls in love with a crippled man's wife.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: John Cassavetes, Raymond Burr, Sara Shane, Lilia Lazo

Votes: 131

8. Affair in Trinidad (1952)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Nightclub singer and her brother-in-law try to find her husband's killer.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby, Valerie Bettis

Votes: 1,638

9. Alias Nick Beal (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Film-Noir

A district attorney rises to political success and the governorship but loses his sense of morality once he starts associating with the shadowy and perhaps diabolical Nick Beal.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready

Votes: 663

10. Alimony (1949)

Passed | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Music

A promising young composer is tempted away from his devoted wife by a fortune-seeking woman who cares more for his prospects than for him.

Director: Alfred Zeisler | Stars: Martha Vickers, John Beal, Hillary Brooke, Laurie Lind

Votes: 101

11. All My Sons (1948)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir

During WW2, industrialist Joe Keller commits a crime and frames his business partner Herbert Deever but years later his sin comes back to haunt him when Joe's son plans to marry Deever's daughter.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Burt Lancaster, Mady Christians, Louisa Horton

Votes: 1,452

12. All the King's Men (1949)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek

Votes: 12,092

13. The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Approved | 78 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Thriller

On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell, Richard Carlson

Votes: 1,271

14. Among the Living (1941)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Frances Farmer, Harry Carey

Votes: 388

15. Angel Face (1953)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 6,168

16. Angela (1954)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama

Angela (Mara Lane, secretary to an important businessman in Italy, Bertolati (Nino Crisman), is an attractive and sophisticated girl, which is sufficient cause for Steve Catlett ('Dennis ... See full summary »

Directors: Edoardo Anton, Dennis O'Keefe | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Mara Lane, Rossano Brazzi, Arnoldo Foà

Votes: 32

17. Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The Devil arranges for a deceased gangster to return to Earth as a well-respected judge to make up for his previous life.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Onslow Stevens

Votes: 2,153

18. Angels Over Broadway (1940)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen

Votes: 817

19. Another Man's Poison (1951)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A mystery writer becomes involved in a tangled web of murderous deception not unlike the plots of her novels.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steel

Votes: 1,959

20. Apology for Murder (1945)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a reporter helps his girlfriend murder her rich husband, an innocent man gets the blame and faces execution.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Ann Savage, Hugh Beaumont, Russell Hicks, Charles D. Brown

Votes: 181

21. Appointment with Danger (1950)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling

Votes: 920

22. Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 2,067

23. The Arnelo Affair (1947)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Anne Parkson feels neglected by her lawyer-husband Ted, so she falls in love with night-club owner Tony Arnello, a shady character who is a client of her husband's. This being a MGM picture... See full summary »

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: John Hodiak, George Murphy, Frances Gifford, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 239

24. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 21,960

25. Attack (1956)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Drama, War

In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert, Robert Strauss

Votes: 4,305

26. Autumn Leaves (1956)

Approved | 107 min | Drama

Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles, Lorne Greene

Votes: 1,961

27. Baby Face Nelson (1957)

Approved | 85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

George "Babyface" Nelson became one of the most important gangsters of 1930's Chicago by making brutal robberies. In order to compete with Al Capone, he allied himself with John Dillinger.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Carolyn Jones, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo Gordon

Votes: 503

28. Backfire (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 952

29. Backlash (1947)

Passed | 66 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A man tries to frame his wife for a murder that he has committed.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Jean Rogers, Richard Travis, Larry J. Blake, John Eldredge

Votes: 215

30. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance

An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell

Votes: 11,811

31. Bad Blonde (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Sport

A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Barbara Payton, Frederick Valk, John Slater, Sidney James

Votes: 230

32. Bait (1954)

Approved | 79 min | Drama

A beautiful blonde leads a man down the road to ruin.

Director: Hugo Haas | Stars: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, John Agar, Emmett Lynn

Votes: 132

33. The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Approved | 88 min | Horror, Mystery

In a turn-of-the-century Renaissance Italian mansion, its tyrannical owner, a one-handed, wheelchair-bound pianist, with a strong belief in the occult, is murdered.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen

Votes: 2,072

34. The Beat Generation (1959)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren, Ray Danton, Fay Spain

Votes: 271

35. Beat the Devil (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley

Votes: 7,498

36. Bedlam (1946)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, Billy House, Richard Fraser

Votes: 3,228

37. Behind Locked Doors (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Lucille Bremer, Richard Carlson, Douglas Fowley, Ralf Harolde

Votes: 706

38. Berlin Express (1948)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,593

39. Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Mark Stevens, Edmond O'Brien, Gale Storm, Donald Buka

Votes: 386

40. Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A psychopath takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely widow.

Director: Harry Horner | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes, Barbara Whiting

Votes: 1,471

41. Bewitched (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young woman has two distinct personalities, one of whom is evil and constantly gets her in trouble.

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: Phyllis Thaxter, Edmund Gwenn, Henry H. Daniels Jr., Addison Richards

Votes: 398

42. 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 for the murder of a burlesque dancer as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz

Votes: 4,085

43. Beyond the Forest (1949)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

Resentful of her small-town life, a married woman schemes to run off with a rich businessman.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman

Votes: 1,985

44. The Big Bluff (1955)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions.

Director: W. Lee Wilder | Stars: John Bromfield, Martha Vickers, Robert Hutton, Rosemarie Stack

Votes: 344

45. The Big Caper (1957)

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

A con man in debt and down on his luck comes up with what he thinks is the perfect caper--robbing a small-town bank that keeps a lot of money on hand because of the payroll of a nearby army... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Mary Costa, James Gregory, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 244

46. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.2