Personal Favorite American Films Noirs

Not a Best Of list, not a Most Significant list. "Personal Favorite" means that your mileage may vary, and I'm not going to argue with you about it. Some may not meet all definitions of noir, but to my mind they belong to noir as a movement in Hollywood cinema. *shrugs in trench coat by the light of a street lamp*

  • The Maltese Falcon
  • This Gun for Hire
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Phantom Lady
  • Murder, My Sweet
  • Laura
  • The Mask of Dimitrios
  • Double Indemnity
  • Detour
  • Leave Her to Heaven
  • My Name Is Julia Ross
  • Decoy
  • Specter of the Rose
  • Night Editor
  • The Blue Dahlia
  • The Big Sleep
  • Black Angel
  • Deadline at Dawn
  • Three Strangers
  • Deception
  • The Stranger
  • Out of the Past
  • The Web
  • Lured
  • Repeat Performance
  • Dark Passage
  • The Devil Thumbs a Ride
  • Ride the Pink Horse
  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • The Red House
  • Born to Kill
  • Road House
  • The Sign of the Ram
  • He Walked by Night
  • The Big Clock
  • The Amazing Mr. X
  • Raw Deal
  • Too Late for Tears
  • Reign of Terror
  • The Threat
  • Mystery Street
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Gun Crazy
  • Armored Car Robbery
  • Woman on the Run
  • Cry Danger
  • On Dangerous Ground
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Jeopardy
  • Niagara
  • Pickup on South Street
  • 99 River Street
  • Crime Wave
  • Pushover
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Nightfall
  • The Burglar
  • Murder by Contract