Wikipedia's List of Film Noir: Classic American noir, 1951-1953

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1. 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: 22,569 | Gross: $3.97M

2. 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: 795

3. The Big Night (1951)

TV-PG | 75 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A teenager comes of age while seeking revenge on the man who beat up his father.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring, Howard St. John

Votes: 486

4. Cause for Alarm! (1951)

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

An invalid husband wrongly believes his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him and outlines that suspicion in a letter, which causes a serious concern when he ends up dying anyway.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling, Margalo Gillmore

Votes: 1,421

5. Cry Danger (1951)

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

Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, William Conrad

Votes: 1,671

6. Detective Story (1951)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 5,892

7. The Enforcer (1951)

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

A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.

Directors: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane

Votes: 3,496

8. F.B.I. Girl (1951)

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

A governor planning to run for U.S. Senate has a secret past that could prove damaging to his political aspirations: he's a convicted murderer, and that will come to light if the FBI does ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke | Stars: Cesar Romero, George Brent, Audrey Totter, Tom Drake

Votes: 124

9. Fourteen Hours (1951)

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

An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget

Votes: 1,793

10. Gambling House (1950)

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

In New York, a small-time hood, who took the rap for a murder committed by his crime-boss in exchange for 50 G's, faces deportation because he doesn't hold American citizenship.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Victor Mature, Terry Moore, William Bendix, Zachary Charles

Votes: 250

11. He Ran All the Way (1951)

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

Nick and his partner Al stage a payroll holdup. Al is shot and Nick kills a policeman. Nick hides out at a public pool, where he meets Peg Dobbs. They go back to her apartment and he forces her family to hide him from the police manhunt.

Director: John Berry | Stars: John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle

Votes: 1,492

12. 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.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt

Votes: 3,130

13. Hollywood Story (1951)

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

During the 1950s Hollywood, an independent producer unwisely opens an old can of worms when he decides to make a movie about the 1930s unsolved murder of a famous silent-film director.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan, Henry Hull

Votes: 218

14. The Hoodlum (1951)

PG | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, Lisa Golm

Votes: 591

15. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

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

Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan, Fay Baker

Votes: 2,203

16. Iron Man (1951)

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

An ambitious coal miner is talked into becoming a boxer by his gambler brother.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Evelyn Keyes, Stephen McNally, Rock Hudson

Votes: 120

17. I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Pittsburgh, PA, an F.B.I. agent works to undermine the Communist party, but his brothers and his teenage boy thinks he's a real Red.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican

Votes: 563

18. Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)

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

Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Richard Todd, Ruth Roman, Mercedes McCambridge, Zachary Scott

Votes: 542

19. M (1951)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel, Luther Adler

Votes: 1,152

20. The Man with My Face (1951)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A man arrives home one night to find that a look- alike has taken over his life completely.

Director: Edward Montagne | Stars: Barry Nelson, Carole Mathews, Lynn Ainley, John Harvey

Votes: 216

21. The Mob (1951)

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

Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett

Votes: 884

22. No Questions Asked (1951)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Film-Noir

An insurance lawyer unhappy with his rate of company advancement becomes a middleman in deals to recover stolen property from the Mob, thus earning a nice living. But his actions attract police attention and set him up for a double-cross.

Director: Harold F. Kress | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Arlene Dahl, George Murphy, Jean Hagen

Votes: 454

23. The People Against O'Hara (1951)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son facing a homicide charge.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn, John Hodiak

Votes: 821

24. Pickup (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Low-budget, tabloid-lurid story with high camp value of older man falling for much younger beauty who's busy figuring out how she can kill him now that they're married. Nasty verbal ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas | Stars: Hugo Haas, Beverly Michaels, Allan Nixon, Howland Chamberlain

Votes: 201

25. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Romance

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Votes: 17,077

26. The Prowler (1951)

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

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren

Votes: 2,201

27. The Racket (1951)

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

In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, Tay Garnett, Nicholas Ray, Sherman Todd | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Talman

Votes: 2,217

28. The Raging Tide (1951)

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

A San Francisco hood is rubbed out by rival Bruno Felkin, who himself reports the crime to Homicide Lieut. Kelsey in an alibi scheme which fails. To escape, he stows away on a fishing boat.... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Shelley Winters, Richard Conte, Stephen McNally, Charles Bickford

Votes: 86

29. Roadblock (1951)

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

Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director: Harold Daniels | Stars: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore, Louis Jean Heydt

Votes: 671

30. The Scarf (1951)

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

A man believe to have murdered a woman, escapes from the insane asylum to find if he was the one to actually kill her using the scarf she was wearing.

Director: Ewald André Dupont | Stars: John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, James Barton, Emlyn Williams

Votes: 334

31. Sirocco (1951)

Approved | 98 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir

A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lee J. Cobb, Märta Torén, Everett Sloane

Votes: 1,595

32. Storm Warning (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Marsha Mitchell, a traveling dress model, stops in a southern town to see her sister who has married a Ku Klux Klansman. Marsha sees the KKK commit a murder and helps District Attorney Burt Rainey in bringing the criminals to justice.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran

Votes: 1,135

33. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 109,134 | Gross: $7.63M

34. The Strip (1951)

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

Drummer Stanley Maxton moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club, but falls in with a gangster and a nightclub dancer and ends up accused of murder.

Director: László Kardos | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Sally Forrest, William Demarest, James Craig

Votes: 507

35. The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950)

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

A young man is wrongly convicted and sentenced to be executed. Reporters covering the execution relate the story, each from his own perspective.

Director: Paul Sloane | Stars: Sally Parr, Patrick Waltz, Walter Reed, Lee Frederick

Votes: 148

36. The 13th Letter (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

Respectable citizens receive anonymous letters revealing their adulterous relationships.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Linda Darnell, Charles Boyer, Michael Rennie, Constance Smith

Votes: 262

37. Three Steps North (1951)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a prison sentence an American GI stationed in Italy discovers that his hidden loot has disappeared and goes searching for it.

Director: W. Lee Wilder | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Lea Padovani, Aldo Fabrizi, William Tubbs

Votes: 71

38. Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A man who spent his formative years in prison for murder is released, and struggles to adjust to the outside world and escape his lurid past. He gets involved with a cheap dancehall girl, ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Lurene Tuttle, Ray Teal

Votes: 693

39. Two of a Kind (1951)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A lawyer for a rich elderly industrialist works out a complex inheritance scam to pass off a con as the industrialist's long-lost son and claim the huge inheritance.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott, Terry Moore, Alexander Knox

Votes: 398

40. Under the Gun (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

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Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Richard Conte, Audrey Totter, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire

Votes: 86

41. The Unknown Man (1951)

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

Prominent attorney Brad Mason takes on the defense of Rudi Walchek, a young hit-man hoodlum accused of murder. Convinced of the youthful thug's innocence, Mason get him acquitted. Later, he... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Ann Harding, Barry Sullivan, Keefe Brasselle

Votes: 337

42. The Well (1951)

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

A small, racially-mixed American town succumbs to violence and utter mayhem after a white man suspected of kidnapping a missing black girl is released by the white authority.

Directors: Leo C. Popkin, Russell Rouse | Stars: Gwendolyn Laster, Richard Rober, Maidie Norman, George Hamilton

Votes: 534

43. 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: 1,417

44. 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: 5,683

45. 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: 1,282

46. Breakdown (1952)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Framed for murder, heavyweight boxer Terry Williams is sent to prison, but is released after a few years on good behavior. He becomes a championship contender and then, on the eve of the ... See full summary »

Director: Edmond Angelo | Stars: Ann Richards, William Bishop, Anne Gwynne, Sheldon Leonard

Votes: 40

47. The Captive City (1952)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: John Forsythe, Joan Camden, Harold J. Kennedy, Marjorie Crossland

Votes: 602

48. 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: 4,713

49. Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 4,884

50. The Green Glove (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery