Film Noir from the Beginning

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1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 49,377

2. Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)

Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Alfred Abel

Votes: 6,498

3. The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny, Paul Askonas

Votes: 1,887

4. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney

Votes: 8,910

5. Sunrise (1927)

Passed | 94 min | Drama, Romance

An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Votes: 42,888

6. Asphalt (1929)

90 min | Drama

Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German filmmaking in the silent era: a dazzling visual style, a psychological approach to ... See full summary »

Director: Joe May | Stars: Albert Steinrück, Else Heller, Gustav Fröhlich, Betty Amann

Votes: 1,199

7. Pandora's Box (1929)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

Votes: 8,788 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Roadhouse Nights (1930)

68 min | Drama

A boozing newsman (Charles Ruggles) woos a singer (Helen Morgan) while spying on her bootlegger boyfriend (Fred Kohler).

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Helen Morgan, Charles Ruggles, Fred Kohler, Jimmy Durante

Votes: 62

From a story by Dashiell Hammett .

9. La Chienne (1931)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Janie Marèse, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard

Votes: 3,139

10. City Streets (1931)

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

Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Gary Cooper, Sylvia Sidney, Paul Lukas, William 'Stage' Boyd

Votes: 1,101

11. Faubourg Montmartre (1931)

115 min | Drama

Two sisters struggle to stay on the straight and narrow.

Director: Raymond Bernard | Stars: Gaby Morlay, Line Noro, Florelle, Pauline Carton

Votes: 28

13. Der Mann, der den Mord beging (1931)

93 min | Drama

The Marquis de Sévigné is put in a difficult position when he falls for the lovely Lady Falkland, a married woman whose husband, the strict Lord Falkland, subjects her to constant abuse.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Trude von Molo, Heinrich George, Friedl Haerlin

Votes: 22

14. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 125,915 | Gross: $0.03M

15. The Maltese Falcon (1931)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel

Votes: 2,512

20. Lilac (1932)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Lilac is consorting with the criminal scum of Paris but then she falls in love with a handsome detective...

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Marcelle Romée, André Luguet, Jean Gabin, Madeleine Guitty

Votes: 138

21. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

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

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Votes: 10,480

22. The Phantom Fiend (1932)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Crime, Romance

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, A.W. Baskcomb, Barbara Everest

Votes: 244

23. Night at the Crossroads (1932)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gang of thieves utilizes a cross-road garage as the hideaway. During their last caper, the gang has accidentally murdered a jewel thief, and the heat is on.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Pierre Renoir, Georges Térof, Winna Winifried, Georges Koudria

Votes: 561

24. Quick (I) (1932)

97 min | Comedy

A woman at a spa keeps sneaking out to see a performer "Quick" (in heavy make-up) do his act. She goes backstage to see him but he is out of his make-up. He tries to get her to fall in love... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Lilian Harvey, Hans Albers, Willy Stettner, Albert von Kersten

Votes: 54

25. Rome Express (1932)

94 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A sinister character boards the Rome Express on the trail of a valuable Van Dyck painting, recently stolen from a Paris gallery. Much to his annoyance he finds the train populated with a ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Forde | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Esther Ralston, Hugh Williams, Donald Calthrop

Votes: 304

26. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 22,777

28. Two Seconds (1932)

67 min | Drama, Thriller

A condemned murderer, in the process of being executed, relives the events that led to his being sentenced to die in the electric chair.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Vivienne Osborne, Guy Kibbee, Preston Foster

Votes: 801

29. Advice to the Forlorn (1933)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Los Angeles newspaper reporter Toby Prentiss is continually in trouble with his editor. He is demoted to running the paper's "Miss Lonelyhearts" advice column because he missed the scoop on... See full summary »

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Lee Tracy, Sally Blane, Paul Harvey, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 54

30. The Burning Secret (1933)

92 min | Drama

A boy and his mother stay in a hotel near a lake where they meet a fascinating man.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Alfred Abel, Hilde Wagener, Hans Joachim Schaufuß, Lucie Höflich

Votes: 84

31. The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

70 min | Drama

A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldridge

Votes: 898

32. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime

A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Otto Wernicke, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Schündler

Votes: 10,171

33. La tête d'un homme (1933)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Willy Ferriere is dead broke and his mistress costs a lot. One day, he says in a pub that he would give 100,000 francs to get rid of his wealthy aunt. Someone lets him know it's a deal. The... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Harry Baur, Valéry Inkijinoff, Alexandre Rignault, Gaston Jacquet

Votes: 273

34. The Clairvoyant (1935)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A fake music-hall clairvoyant meets a woman, and suddenly his predictions seem to come true ...

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Claude Rains, Fay Wray, Mary Clare, Ben Field

Votes: 848

35. Crime Without Passion (1934)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama

Prominent lawyer shoots unfaithful girlfriend during quarrel, has to establish alibi.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Lee Garmes | Stars: Claude Rains, Margo, Whitney Bourne, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 352

36. Le grand jeu (1934)

120 min | Drama, Romance

Pierre (Pierre Richard-Willm), a young lawyer, has enormous debts due to his mistress Florence (Marie Bell), and her whims of luxury life. Pierre has gone too far and put the family firm in... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Marie Bell, Pierre Richard-Willm, Charles Vanel, Georges Pitoëff

Votes: 316

37. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.9