100+ Films Noir (2020)

This weekend I put out a call to my Twitter timeline for lists of ten films noir only, figuring that every film listed would carry with it definitionally an enthusiastic endorsement from that contributor. 64 ballots were received in all, some with only one or two films that respondents thought no one else would recommend.

For the purposes of putting the list together, I settled on an expansive definition of noir: while the classic era is considered to begin in the 1940s and some consider the period to end in 1958 with Touch of Evil and Vertigo, I included the few outlier films submitted from the 1930s and 1960s, while cutting off anything released after 1970. There were a number…

  • In a Lonely Place

    1

  • Touch of Evil

    2

  • Out of the Past

    3

  • Detour

    4

  • The Big Sleep

    5

  • Double Indemnity

    6

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    7

  • The Third Man

    8

  • The Night of the Hunter

    9

  • The Big Heat

    10

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    11

  • The Killing

    12

  • Laura

    13

  • Pickup on South Street

    14

  • Sunset Boulevard

    15

  • Gun Crazy

    16

  • On Dangerous Ground

    17

  • The Maltese Falcon

    18

  • Notorious

    19

  • The Set-Up

    20

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    21

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    22

  • The Big Combo

    23

  • Mildred Pierce

    24

  • Criss Cross

    25

  • Phantom Lady

    26

  • Raw Deal

    27

  • They Live by Night

    28

  • Angel Face

    29

  • Gilda

    30

  • Murder by Contract

    31

  • The Reckless Moment

    32

  • Scarlet Street

    33

  • Dark Passage

    34

  • 99 River Street

    35

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    36

  • Caught

    37

  • Force of Evil

    38

  • Night and the City

    39

  • The Prowler

    40

  • Sorry, Wrong Number

    41

  • Too Late for Tears

    42

  • The Wrong Man

    43

  • Blood on the Moon

    44

  • The Breaking Point

    45

  • Cat People

    46

  • The Crimson Kimono

    47

  • D.O.A.

    48

  • The Hitch-Hiker

    49

  • Le Jour Se Lève

    50

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    51

  • M

    52

  • Ministry of Fear

    53

  • Moonrise

    54

  • Mr. Arkadin

    55

  • The Naked City

    56

  • The Narrow Margin

    57

  • Nightfall

    58

  • Nightmare Alley

    59

  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    60

  • The Phenix City Story

    61

  • Reign of Terror

    62

  • Time Without Pity

    63

  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    64

  • Vertigo

    65

  • Ace in the Hole

    66

  • Act of Violence

    67

  • Alphaville

    68

  • Awaara

    69

  • Bad Day at Black Rock

    70

  • Bob le Flambeur

    71

  • Brainstorm

    72

  • Caged

    73

  • Casablanca

    74

  • Citizen Kane

    75

  • City That Never Sleeps

    76

  • Crime Wave

    77

  • Daisy Kenyon

    78

  • Le Deuxième Souffle

    79

  • Experiment in Terror

    80

  • Fallen Angel

    81

  • Fever Mounts at El Pao

    82

  • Flamingo Road

    83

  • Girl with Hyacinths

    84

  • Hangover Square

    85

  • High Sierra

    86

  • His Kind of Woman

    87

  • I Wake Up Screaming

    88

  • Key Largo

    89

  • Lady in the Lake

    90

  • Lured

    91

  • M

    92

  • Murder, My Sweet

    93

  • Mystery Street

    94

  • Niagara

    95

  • Odd Man Out

    96

  • Outrage

    97

  • Panic in the Streets

    98

  • Pickpocket

    99

  • Quai des Orfèvres

    100