Noirish 1935 to 1958

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1. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 51,716 | Gross: $11.90M

2. 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: 11,311

3. Angel Face (1953)

Not Rated | 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: 5,717

4. 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: 6,974

5. A Dangerous Profession (1949)

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

LA ex-cop Vince Kane is a bail-bondsman who bails out the suspect of a securities bonds robbery but his client disappears, prompting Vince to investigate.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O'Brien, Bill Williams

Votes: 393

6. A Stolen Life (1946)

Approved | 109 min | Drama

When a woman's twin sister is drowned, she assumes her identity in order to be close to the man she feels her sister took from her years before.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan

Votes: 2,487

7. 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: 3,656

8. A Blueprint for Murder (1953)

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

Whitney Cameron suspects his sister-in-law has poisoned his brother and niece, but without proof how does he prevent the murder of his nephew?

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill, Catherine McLeod

Votes: 959

9. 711 Ocean Drive (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger, Barry Kelley

Votes: 868

10. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 22,814 | Gross: $3.97M

11. 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: 1,830

12. A Bullet for Joey (1955)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Montreal, a police inspector slowly discovers a plot to kidnap a nuclear physicist, American mobsters, foreign spies, and a blonde seductress, are all involved.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, George Raft, Audrey Totter, George Dolenz

Votes: 745

13. A Double Life (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Anthony John is an actor whose life is strongly influenced by the characters he plays. When he's playing comedy, he's the most enjoyable person in the world, but when he's playing drama, ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Ronald Colman, Edmond O'Brien, Signe Hasso, Shelley Winters

Votes: 2,497

14. Above Suspicion (1943)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

Oxford Professor Richard Myles and new bride Frances are off on a European honeymoon. It isn't your typical honeymoon though, for they are on a spying mission for British intelligence on ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, Conrad Veidt, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,485

15. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | 141 min | Drama, Romance

A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 3,701

16. 13 Rue Madeleine (1946)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Cagney, Annabella, Richard Conte, Frank Latimore

Votes: 2,373

17. All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance

An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 11,042

18. Arena (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Sport, Western

Rodeo rider's marriage is endangered because of his commitment to the sport.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Gig Young, Jean Hagen, Polly Bergen, Harry Morgan

Votes: 163

19. 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: 1,330

20. A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

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

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: 2,482

21. 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: 629

22. Bad for Each Other (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Drama

A doctor returning from the Korean War to his hometown in Pennsylvania must choose what next to do with his life

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Dianne Foster, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 381

23. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 3,074

24. 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: Virginia Mayo, Gordon MacRae, Edmond O'Brien, Dane Clark

Votes: 779

25. 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: 807

26. 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.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 2,127

27. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 345,903 | Gross: $1.59M

28. City for Conquest (1940)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Music, Sport

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco | Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,812

29. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 450,795 | Gross: $1.02M

30. Born to Kill (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak, Phillip Terry

Votes: 3,744

31. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 6,943

32. 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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe

Votes: 4,741

33. Big House, U.S.A. (1955)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Jerry Barker finds a lost boy whose rich father is extorted into paying a ransom for his return but the boy accidentally dies and Jerry goes to prison.

Director: Howard W. Koch | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, Reed Hadley, William Talman

Votes: 568

34. Blonde Ice (1948)

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

A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Jack Bernhard | Stars: Robert Paige, Leslie Brooks, Russ Vincent, Michael Whalen

Votes: 670

35. Cornered (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale

Votes: 1,548

36. Criss Cross (1949)

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

An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Votes: 5,854

37. Crime of Passion (1957)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray

Votes: 1,643

38. Crime Wave (1953)

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

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 2,491

39. Crossfire (1947)

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

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of demobilized soldiers he met in a bar. But which one? And why?

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame

Votes: 6,326 | Gross: $1.30M

40. Brighton Rock (1948)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama

Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie murders a journalist called Fred Hale whom he believes is responsible for... See full summary »

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams

Votes: 4,523 | Gross: $0.22M

41. Blind Alley (1939)

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

Gangster Hal Wilson takes psychiatrist Dr. Shelby hostage. While captive, the doctor analyzes Wilson as though he were a patient.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Chester Morris, Ralph Bellamy, Ann Dvorak, Joan Perry

Votes: 301

42. Black Widow (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, George Raft

Votes: 1,681

43. Crime Doctor (1943)

66 min | Crime, Drama

Amnesia victim, Robert Ordway, becomes the country's leading criminal psychologist. When he is hit on the head (by someone from his past) he suddenly remembers his previous life as a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Warner Baxter, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Ray Collins

Votes: 295

44. Cry 'Havoc' (1943)

Passed | 97 min | Drama, War

A chronicle of the experiences of a mixed group of Army nurses stationed in Bataan during World War II.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, Ann Sothern, Joan Blondell, Fay Bainter

Votes: 734

45. Brute Force (1947)

Passed | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo

Votes: 7,421

46. Boomerang! (1947)

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

The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Cara Williams

Votes: 3,438

47. Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

7.8