Top 22 films in Film-Noir

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The Third Man

Directed by Carol Reed | 93 min | 1949|

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

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Sunset Boulevard

Directed by Billy Wilder | 110 min | 1950|

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

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The Maltese Falcon

Directed by John Huston | 100 min | 1941|

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

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Double Indemnity

Directed by Billy Wilder | 107 min | 1944|

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

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The Night of the Hunter

Directed by Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Terry Sanders | 92 min | 1955|

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

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Touch of Evil

Directed by Orson Welles | PG-13 | 95 min | 1958|

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 101 min | 1946|

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?

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 130 min | 1940|

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

A Place in the Sun

Directed by George Stevens | 122 min | 1951|

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

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Sweet Smell of Success

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick | 96 min | 1957|

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.

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Directed by Otto Preminger | 88 min | 1944|

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

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Brighton Rock

Directed by John Boulting | N/A | 92 min | 1947|

Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide. ...

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Ace in the Hole

Directed by Billy Wilder | 111 min | 1951|

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.

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All the King's Men

Directed by Robert Rossen | 110 min | 1949|

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

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The Lost Weekend

Directed by Billy Wilder | 101 min | 1945|

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout.

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The Shanghai Gesture

Directed by Josef von Sternberg | 95 min | 1941|

A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling, a dragon-lady who worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino. Sir Guy ...

In a Lonely Place

Directed by Nicholas Ray | 94 min | 1950|

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts...

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy | 92 min | 1932|

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

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Out of the Past

Directed by Jacques Tourneur | 97 min | 1947|

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.

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The Big Sleep

Directed by Howard Hawks | 114 min | 1946|

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

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Dead End

Directed by William Wyler | 93 min | 1937|

The Dead End Kids, an unemployed architect, and gangster Baby Face Martin interact with an East Side neighborhood over one day and night.

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White Heat

Directed by Raoul Walsh | 114 min | 1949|

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn

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