Top 50 Film-Noir Movies



1. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

Votes: 25,699 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Brute Force (1947)

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

7.6
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80 Metascore

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: 8,577

3. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.4
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A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 193,790

4. Storm Warning (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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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: 1,465

5. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 146,012 | Gross: $2.11M

6. The Phenix City Story (1955)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews

Votes: 2,246

7. Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A man visits his war buddy's family hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 36,043

8. Murder Is My Beat (1955)

Approved | 77 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

6.1
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A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne, Selena Royle

Votes: 441

9. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.3
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95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 138,189 | Gross: $5.72M

10. The Third Man (1949)

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

8.1
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97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 154,104 | Gross: $0.45M

11. Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.1
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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: 5,416

12. Bodyguard (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.5
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After being fired for insubordination, homicide detective Mike Carter is hired as bodyguard by the owner of a local meat-packing plant where a meat inspector has been murdered.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Priscilla Lane, Phillip Reed, June Clayworth

Votes: 623

13. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 79,555 | Gross: $0.65M

14. Strangers on a Train (1951)

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

8.0
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88 Metascore

A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

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

Votes: 120,130 | Gross: $7.63M

15. The Killing (1956)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 78,914

16. Gaslight (1944)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty

Votes: 23,225

17. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.9
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Private detective Philip Marlowe's hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 77,086 | Gross: $6.54M

18. Notorious (1946)

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

7.9
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100 Metascore

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 89,681 | Gross: $10.46M

19. Touch of Evil (1958)

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

8.0
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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: 96,339 | Gross: $2.24M

20. The Stranger (1946)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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76 Metascore

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

Votes: 22,933

21. In a Lonely Place (1950)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. However, she soon starts to have her doubts.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 24,908

22. Out of the Past (1947)

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

8.0
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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: 31,432

23. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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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: 24,475

24. The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | 86 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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93 Metascore

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 49,946

25. Spellbound (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 41,850 | Gross: $7.00M

26. The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

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

6.4
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Police seek a smuggler while doctors, unaware she's the same person, desperately comb unprotected New York for a smallpox carrier.

Director: Earl McEvoy | Stars: Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 1,037

27. Gilda (1946)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.7
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A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino discovers his employer's new wife is his former lover.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 26,862

28. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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100 Metascore

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Votes: 26,935

29. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Film-Noir

7.8
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During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 29,995

30. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Passed | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 21,809

31. One Girl's Confession (1953)

Passed | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has less hair-shirt torment than most of his offerings, although his camera, as usual, ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas | Stars: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, Glenn Langan, Helene Stanton

Votes: 350

32. Laura (1944)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Votes: 41,266 | Gross: $4.36M

33. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 22,652

34. Crime Wave (1953)

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

7.4
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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: 3,213

35. Impact (1949)

Approved | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker

Votes: 2,961

36. San Quentin (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Barton MacLane

Votes: 1,672

37. All the King's Men (1949)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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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: 12,750

38. Angel Face (1953)

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

7.3
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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: 6,555

39. Human Desire (1954)

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

7.1
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A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in an affair with a co-worker's wife following a murder on a train where they meet.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 4,222

40. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 5,541

41. The Narrow Margin (1952)

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

7.7
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A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Queenie Leonard

Votes: 6,795

42. Niagara (1953)

Not Rated | 92 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.0
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter

Votes: 14,420

43. They Live by Night (1948)

Passed | 95 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance

7.5
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An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 6,753

44. The Sign of the Ram (1948)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.4
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The wheelchair-bound matriarch of an English family uses her handicap to cynically manipulate all those around her. She coldly destroys a daughter's relationship with a man she truly loves,... See full summary »

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Susan Peters, Alexander Knox, Phyllis Thaxter, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 393

45. The Woman in the Window (1944)

Approved | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.7
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When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Edmund Breon

Votes: 13,410

46. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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A major heist goes off as planned, but then double crosses, bad luck and solid police work cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 23,245

47. Women's Prison (1955)

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

6.5
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Life at a 1950s women's maximum security prison where the warden and the guards are as brutal as the inmates.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter

Votes: 687

48. Scarlet Street (1945)

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

7.8
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When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 13,829

49. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper

Votes: 6,041

50. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.6
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 17,833


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