Film Noir Down In Mexico

by karljhickey14 | created - 30 Jul 2017 | updated - 30 Jul 2017 | Public

Classic American Films Noir set in Mexico , wholly or in part . Everyone's favourite getaway destination , a symbol for corruption and sleaze as well as a symbol for a more innocent community .

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1. Out of the Past (1947)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

Votes: 29,410

2. One Way Street (1950)

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

After stealing a gangster's money and his girlfriend, a doctor heads for a small village in Mexico.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: James Mason, Märta Torén, Dan Duryea, Basil Ruysdael

Votes: 323

3. Kitten with a Whip (1964)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A rising political star faces scandal and blackmail when the young woman he tries to help turns out to be a juvenile delinquent.

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Ann-Margret, John Forsythe, Peter Brown, Patricia Barry

Votes: 1,101

4. The Tijuana Story (1957)

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

Tijuana is a city ridden with crime, vice and corruption, with the local Mexican mob stopping anyone who attempts to clean up the city. However, the mob meets its match when it is ... See full summary »

Director: László Kardos | Stars: Rodolfo Acosta, James Darren, Robert McQueeney, Jean Willes

Votes: 43

5. Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

WW2 veteran Lucky Gagin arrives in a New Mexico border-town intent on revenging against mobster Frank Hugo but FBI agent Bill Retz, who also wants Hugo, tries to keep Gagin out of trouble.

Director: Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Thomas Gomez, Wanda Hendrix, Rita Conde

Votes: 2,159

6. Bordertown (1935)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama

Embittered when prejudice cuts short his nascent law career, once-idealistic Johnny Ramirez leaves his home in Los Angeles and ends up in Mexico. He quickly becomes the invaluable ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 1,306

7. Border Incident (1949)

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

Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang exploiting illegal farm workers in southern California.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell

Votes: 1,991

8. A Life in the Balance (1955)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In Mexico City, a working-poor single-father is mistaken for a serial killer by the local cops but the man's son stumbles upon the real killer and tries to warn the police after being abducted.

Directors: Harry Horner, Rafael Portillo | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Anne Bancroft, Lee Marvin, José Pérez

Votes: 136

9. The Big Steal (1949)

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

An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Patric Knowles

Votes: 3,753

10. The Breaking Point (1950)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 2,253

11. The Great Flamarion (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

Part of an entertainment act, a beautiful but unscrupulous female performer manipulates all the men in her life in order to achieve her aims.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Mary Beth Hughes, Dan Duryea, Steve Barclay

Votes: 891

12. Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

US Treasury agent George Morton persuades convicted criminal Johnny Evans to help him destroy a drug smuggling ring in exchange for early parole.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Howard Duff, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Tony Curtis

Votes: 319

13. Mystery in Mexico (1948)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Mystery

Insurance detective Steve Hastings is sent by his company to investigate the disappearance of a fellow agent. His first lead is the agent's fetching sister, Victoria, whom he trails to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Lundigan, Jacqueline White, Ricardo Cortez, Tony Barrett

Votes: 236

14. Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

When a lovely woman and her new husband settle in an ancient mansion on the East coast, she discovers that he may want to kill her.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 3,969

15. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 93,244 | Gross: $2.24M

16. Where Danger Lives (1950)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, becomes involved in the death of her husband, and has to flee with her to the Mexican border.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains, Faith Domergue, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 2,227

17. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

98 Metascore

Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 104,626 | Gross: $5.01M

18. Illegal Entry (1949)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A former pilot goes undercover to help break up a smuggling ring.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Howard Duff, Märta Torén, George Brent, Gar Moore

Votes: 58

19. Serenade (1956)

Approved | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli's Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Mario Lanza, Joan Fontaine, Sara Montiel, Vincent Price

Votes: 405

20. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

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

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 5,913

21. Second Chance (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Mobster Vic Spalato's girlfriend Claire is in hiding in Mexico and she's willing to testify for a US Senate investigation committee, if she can make it back to the US alive.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jack Palance, Linda Darnell, Sandro Giglio

Votes: 803

22. Borderline (1950)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two undercover agents infiltrate a drug-smuggling ring in Mexico, but neither is aware of the other's identity.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor, Raymond Burr, José Torvay

Votes: 987

23. Jeopardy (1953)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A family vacationing on the coast of Mexico have to cope with multiple threats to their safety.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker, Lee Aaker

Votes: 1,558

24. The River's Edge (1957)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A murderous thief on the run with stolen loot forces a poor rancher to guide him across the desert into Mexico. Accompanying them is the rancher's wife, who happens to be the killer's former girlfriend.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Ray Milland, Anthony Quinn, Debra Paget, Harry Carey Jr.

Votes: 829

25. Wetbacks (1956)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama

About to lose his sole possession, his boat, for lack of payments, ex- Coast Guardsman Jim Benson takes a gamble on a fishing charter and removes the boat from the dock despite a sheriff's ... See full summary »

Director: Hank McCune | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Nancy Gates, Barton MacLane, John Hoyt

Votes: 32

26. A Woman's Devotion (1956)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A newly married American couple vacationing in Mexico is prevented by the police from leaving Acapulco when the husband becomes prime suspect in a local girl's homicide.

Director: Paul Henreid | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Janice Rule, Paul Henreid, Rosenda Monteros

Votes: 167



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