British Noir

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1. Across the Bridge (1957)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A wealthy businessman attempts to run to Mexico to escape capture for embezzlement. On the way, he switches identities for a visa but that only complicates matters.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Rod Steiger, David Knight, Bernard Lee, Noel Willman

Votes: 507

2. Alias John Preston (1955)

Approved | 71 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

Wealthy John Preston arrives in small town Deanbridge. He invests in local businesses and gets involved in community affairs. Eventually, he meets a local belle, Sally, and wins her from ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Betta St. John, Alexander Knox, Christopher Lee, Sandra Dorne

Votes: 147

3. All Night Long (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

The film, based on Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period - including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Paul Harris

Votes: 786

4. Another Man's Poison (1951)

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

In an isolated house, mystery writer Janet Frobisher is involved in potentially murderous relationships.

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

Votes: 1,762

5. Assassin for Hire (1951)

67 min | Crime, Mystery

Pretending to be rare stamp dealer, a man devotedly supports wife and musically talented younger brother as a professional hit-man.

Director: Michael McCarthy | Stars: Sydney Tafler, Ronald Howard, Katharine Blake, John Hewer

Votes: 37

6. Game of Danger (1954)

88 min | Drama

When a local bully is found shot to death, the police suspect a young man who had recently been seen arguing with him. When thy discover that they had been arguing over the affections of a ... See full summary »

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Jack Warner, Derek Farr, Veronica Hurst, Michael Medwin

Votes: 98

7. Wild for Kicks (1960)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

An impetuous teenage girl, resentful of her father's new wife, tries to wreck the marriage regardless of the consequences.

Director: Edmond T. Gréville | Stars: David Farrar, Noëlle Adam, Christopher Lee, Gillian Hills

Votes: 716

8. Twist of Fate (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ginger Rogers, an actress living with Stanley Baker on the Riveria, becomes involved with Jacques Bergerac and learns he is a dangerous criminal.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Herbert Lom, Stanley Baker, Jacques Bergerac

Votes: 223

9. Bedelia (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Romance

Bedelia, a newly remarried beautiful widow, is on honeymoon in Monte Carlo. A painter approaches her inquiring about her past. When she and her husband go back to England the artist will soon be there. Danger, crime and truth will follow.

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Ian Hunter, Barry K. Barnes, Anne Crawford

Votes: 111

10. Web of Evidence (1959)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A British-American returns to Britain after 20 years to discover that his father has been jailed since WW2 for a murder that took place in murky circumstances.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Emlyn Williams, Bernard Lee

Votes: 123

11. Die grosse Chance (1957)

98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Heidelberg teenagers make jazz music.

Director: Hans Quest | Stars: Walter Giller, Gardy Granass, Michael Cramer, Wera Frydtberg

Votes: 56

12. The Big Chance (1957)

59 min | Drama

A clerk sees his big chance to escape a humdrum existence, but his resolve is tested as many unexpected obstacles arise.

Director: Peter Graham Scott | Stars: Adrienne Corri, William Russell, Ian Colin, Penelope Bartley

Votes: 63

13. Bitter Harvest (1963)

91 min | Drama

A pretty young woman will do anything to escape her deadly dull existence in the backlots of Wales. But when she reaches the bright lights of London is the price too high?

Director: Peter Graham Scott | Stars: Janet Munro, John Stride, Alan Badel, Anne Cunningham

Votes: 249

14. Footsteps in the Sand (1939)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A murder case sparks a sensationalist press frenzy as it becomes clear that the killer only strikes when there is a full moon.

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Joan Marion, Raymond Massey, Elliott Mason, Walter Hudd

Votes: 23

15. Black Memory (1947)

73 min | Crime, Drama

Danny Cruff returns home years after his father was wrongly accused and hanged for murder. But he can't escape his past.

Director: Oswald Mitchell | Stars: Michael Medwin, Frank Hawkins, Winifred Melville, Moyra O'Connell

Votes: 48

16. Black Narcissus (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird

Votes: 18,393

17. Black Orchid (1953)

Not Rated | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A doctor's ex-wife dies of nicotine poison.

Director: Charles Saunders | Stars: Ronald Howard, Olga Edwardes, John Bentley, Mary Laura Wood

Votes: 186

18. Black 13 (1953)

Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama

20th Century-Fox gets the blame for distributing this in the USA but they were not the production company in any manner. Peter Reynolds is the screwed-up son of a college professor who ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Peter Reynolds, Rona Anderson, Patrick Barr, Lana Morris

Votes: 6

19. 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: 1,741

20. Blackmailed (1951)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mrs. Christopher, a kindly volunteer worker at a large hospital, does a favor for a patient by delivering a sum of money to Mr. Sine. When she discovers he is a blackmailer, she threatens ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Mai Zetterling, Dirk Bogarde, Fay Compton, Robert Flemyng

Votes: 19

21. Blackout (1950)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man suffering from temporary blindness accidentally walks into a house where a murder has just occurred. The killers, realizing he's blind, decide not to kill him but just knock him out ... See full summary »

Director: Robert S. Baker | Stars: Maxwell Reed, Dinah Sheridan, Patric Doonan, Kynaston Reeves

Votes: 148

22. Blanche Fury (1948)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The childless widow of Allan Fury bequeaths the Fury estate to her Fuller relatives but Allan's illegitimate son who masquerades as a servant hopes to grab the estate for himself.

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Valerie Hobson, Stewart Granger, Michael Gough, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 663

23. Man in the Dark (1964)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama

When the wife of a blind composer discovers that her husband will cut her out of his estate, if he discovers that she is having an affair with a young artist, she and her lover plan to commit the perfect murder.

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: William Sylvester, Barbara Shelley, Elizabeth Shepherd, Alexander Davion

Votes: 57

24. Chance Meeting (1959)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime

In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, causing Van Rooyer to become prime-suspect for the Scotland Yard.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, John Van Eyssen

Votes: 526

25. The Blue Parrot (1953)

69 min | Crime, Drama

A London Soho nightclub is the focus for an undercover investigation into the murder of a small-time crook.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: Dermot Walsh, Jacqueline Hill, Ballard Berkeley, Richard Pearson

Votes: 95

26. Boys in Brown (1949)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama

A slice of life in a British Borstal reform institution for young criminals.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley

Votes: 133

27. The Brain Machine (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Thriller

A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Patrick Barr, Elizabeth Allan, Maxwell Reed, Vanda Godsell

Votes: 88

28. The Great Armored Car Swindle (1961)

59 min | Crime, Drama

The nephew of a printer gets involved with foreign spies intent on making counterfeit money.

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Peter Reynolds, Dermot Walsh, Joanna Dunham, Lisa Gastoni

Votes: 53

29. 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: 4,575 | Gross: $0.22M

30. Cage of Gold (1950)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama

A young bride believes her husband has been killed. After a suitable period of mourning, she re-marries. But then her "dead" husband comes back and tries to extort money from her.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jean Simmons, David Farrar, James Donald, Madeleine Lebeau

Votes: 148

31. Cairo (1963)

91 min | Crime, Drama

A man called Major is in Cairo after being released from a German Prison. He is there to proceed with his plan to steal the jewelry from the King Tutankhamen exhibit at the national gallery... See full summary »

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: George Sanders, Richard Johnson, Faten Hamama, John Meillon

Votes: 211

32. Calculated Risk (1963)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Drama

Crooks plan a bank heist by digging through a basement of a neighbouring house.

Director: Norman Harrison | Stars: William Lucas, John Rutland, Dilys Watling, Shay Gorman

Votes: 63

33. Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Mystery

With a ruthless gang terrorizing London, Scotland Yard calls Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond out of retirement. With the help of detective Helen Smith, Drummond infiltrates the gang under an ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Margaret Leighton, Robert Beatty, David Tomlinson

Votes: 287

34. Candidate for Murder (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The professional killer Kersten arrives in England and is hired by Donald Edwards to murder his wife Helene. But Helene's lover Robert Vaughan discovers the plot and he trails Kersten and Edwards to a country cottage.

Director: David Villiers | Stars: Michael Gough, Erika Remberg, Hans von Borsody, John Justin

Votes: 45

35. Carnival (1946)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A dancer attempts to escape from the narrow conventions of society and from the fate foretold for her at her birth.

Director: Stanley Haynes | Stars: Sally Gray, Michael Wilding, Stanley Holloway, Bernard Miles

Votes: 77

36. The Frightened Lady (1940)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

"Mark's Priory". the family seat of the Lebanons, is a house of terror to Ilsa Crane, secretary and niece of Lady Lebanon. The strange behavior of two sinister butlers, Gilder and Brooks, ... See full summary »

Director: George King | Stars: Marius Goring, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Helen Haye, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 177

37. Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)

Approved | 82 min | Thriller

A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh, Kathleen Harrison

Votes: 1,006

38. Cat Girl (1957)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror

A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered.

Director: Alfred Shaughnessy | Stars: Barbara Shelley, Robert Ayres, Kay Callard, Ernest Milton

Votes: 287

39. It Takes a Thief (1960)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A gang leader dumps her criminal boyfriend when he is convicted of robbery, but he recovers the stolen loot once he's released. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps his son and demands the money as ransom.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Anthony Quayle, Carl Möhner, Peter Reynolds

Votes: 189

40. Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Alexander Knox

Votes: 892

41. Circle of Danger (1951)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Clay Douglas an American, comes to England, to find out the truth behind his brothers death during a commando operation in occupied France. After tracking down the surviving members of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Ray Milland, Patricia Roc, Marius Goring, Hugh Sinclair

Votes: 359

42. Circle of Deception (1960)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

Unbeknownst to him, a soldier is sent on a doomed mission because of the high likelihood of him divulging secrets if captured and tortured.

Director: Jack Lee | Stars: Suzy Parker, Bradford Dillman, Harry Andrews, Robert Stephens

Votes: 165

43. Cloudburst (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Mystery

A Canadian World War II veteran working for the British Foreign Office scours England for the killer who murdered his wife.

Director: Francis Searle | Stars: Robert Preston, Elizabeth Sellars, Colin Tapley, Sheila Burrell

Votes: 246

44. The Clouded Yellow (1950)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A former British agent is employed at the Fenton country estate where he aids Fenton's niece elude the police when she's unjustly accused of murdering a local gamekeeper.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel, Barry Jones

Votes: 568

46. The Deadliest Sin (1955)

74 min | Crime, Drama

A falling-out between thieves over the proceeds of a stickup results in several killings and a priest being marked for murder because of a confession he heard from one of the gang members.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Sydney Chaplin, Audrey Dalton, Jefferson Clifford, John Bentley

Votes: 86

47. Blackout (1940)

Not Rated | 80 min | Adventure, Romance

Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Joss Ambler

Votes: 891

48. Corridor of Mirrors (1948)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Mystery

A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Eric Portman, Edana Romney, Barbara Mullen, Hugh Sinclair

Votes: 268

49. The Slasher (1953)

Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama

The life of a juvenile delinquent is threatened by his own incessant desire for trouble.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: James Kenney, Joan Collins, Betty Ann Davies, Robert Ayres

Votes: 210

50. Bombsight Stolen (1941)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Allied spies and Nazi agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim, Jeanne De Casalis, Carla Lehmann

Votes: 842