Top 50 Film-Noir Movies



1. The Big Night (1951)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.4
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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: 687

2. A Woman's Face (1941)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.2
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A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen

Votes: 2,505

3. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 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: 186,762

4. The Big Sleep (1946)

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

7.9
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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.

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

Votes: 75,425 | Gross: $6.54M

5. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.4
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 97,860 | Gross: $8.18M

6. The Breaking Point (1950)

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

7.5
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An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 2,377

7. While the City Sleeps (1956)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the first of his senior executives who can get the earliest scoops on the case.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff

Votes: 5,074

8. 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: 143,423 | Gross: $2.11M

9. The Roaring Twenties (1939)

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

8.0
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Gladys George

Votes: 11,949

10. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 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: 149,939 | Gross: $0.45M

11. 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: 94,532 | Gross: $2.24M

12. 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: 117,211 | Gross: $7.63M

13. 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: 133,361 | Gross: $5.72M

14. Dead Reckoning (1947)

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

7.1
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A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott, Morris Carnovsky, Charles Cane

Votes: 6,127

15. 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: 21,604

16. 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: 20,913

17. 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: 22,146

18. 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: 23,732

19. 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 $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

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

Votes: 77,265 | Gross: $0.65M

20. The Big Steal (1949)

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

7.0
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An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Patric Knowles

Votes: 3,906

21. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 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: 76,191

22. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | 96 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, May Whitty

Votes: 44,134

23. 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: 87,314 | Gross: $10.46M

24. Race Street (1948)

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

6.6
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In San Francisco, when a bookie is murdered by a protection racket syndicate, his bookie friend Dan Gannin and police lieutenant Barney Runson investigate.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: George Raft, William Bendix, Marilyn Maxwell, Frank Faylen

Votes: 440

25. Gambling House (1950)

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

6.2
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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: 310

26. City That Never Sleeps (1953)

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

6.9
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Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman, Edward Arnold

Votes: 1,076

27. Backfire (1950)

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

6.6
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While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 984

28. The 39 Steps (1935)

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

7.7
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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: 48,296

29. 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: 40,547 | Gross: $7.00M

30. Talk About a Stranger (1952)

Passed | 65 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.2
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In an idyllic setting, a likable but dangerously volatile twelve-year-old boy tries to settle a score with his disagreeable, mysterious neighbor.

Director: David Bradley | Stars: George Murphy, Nancy Reagan, Billy Gray, Lewis Stone

Votes: 581

31. 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: 25,780

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: 39,884 | Gross: $4.36M

33. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 26,824

34. Conflict (1945)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.2
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An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Rose Hobart

Votes: 3,031

35. To Have and Have Not (1944)

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

7.9
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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: 28,983

36. 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: 25,519

37. The Killers (1946)

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

7.8
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Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker

Votes: 17,739

38. 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: 30,189

39. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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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 rekindle 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: 26,959 | Gross: $3.97M

40. 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: 24,345 | Gross: $0.01M

41. 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: 21,022

42. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

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

7.9
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A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

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

Votes: 22,449

43. 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: 35,037

44. Act of Violence (1949)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.5
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An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor

Votes: 4,181

45. Kiss of Death (1947)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Nick Bianco is caught during a botched jewellery heist. The prosecution offer him a more lenient sentence if he squeals on his accomplices but he doesn't roll over on them. Three years into the sentence an event changes his mind.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Richard Widmark

Votes: 6,710

46. D.O.A. (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.3
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Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland

Votes: 10,024

47. Born to Kill (1947)

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

7.2
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A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak, Phillip Terry

Votes: 4,187

48. 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: 13,869

49. Danger Signal (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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A very romantic murderer has plans to seduce, marry and kill a beautiful woman for her wealth, but finds her younger sister to be even better prey.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Faye Emerson, Zachary Scott, Richard Erdman, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 600

50. Desperate (1947)

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

6.8
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A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 1,840


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