Film-Noir

The Mask of Dimitrios

The Mask of Dimitrios

The Mask of Dimitrios

IMDb: 6.1
1944
95min

A meek novelist investigates the mysterious death of a notorious scoundrel.

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Crime Wave

Crime Wave

Crime Wave

IMDb: 6.8
1953
73min

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter. The other two former cellmates then attempt to force him into doing a bank job.

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Backfire

Backfire

Backfire

IMDb: 6.8
1950
91min

When he’s discharged from a military hospital, ex-GI Bob Corey goes on a search for his army buddy Steve Connolly. A reformed crook, Connolly is on the lam from a trumped-up murder rap, and Corey hopes to clear his pal. Tagging along is Army nurse Julie Benson, who has fallen for Corey.

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Who Done It?

Who Done It?

Who Done It?

IMDb: 7.5
1942
77min

Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

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In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

IMDb: 7.9
1950
94min

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.

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To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not

IMDb: 7.9
1944
100min

A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.

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Hollow Triumph

Hollow Triumph

Hollow Triumph

IMDb: 7.1
1948
83min

A film noir drama in which a sophisticated con man, who has just stolen from the mob, is forced to impersonate a psychiatrist who looks just like him, going so far as to cut himself on the cheek to duplicate a similar scar on the doctor. When he takes matters even further, karma arrives, forcing him to pay the debts of his double.

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The Violent Years

The Violent Years

The Violent Years

IMDb: 6.2
1956
65min

A newspaper publisher’s daughter suffers from neglect by her parents. She and her friends turn to crime by dressing up like men, holding up gas stations, raping young men at gunpoint, and having makeout parties when her parents are away. Their “fence” gets them to trash the school on request of sinister un-American clients, and they run afoul of the law, apple pie, and God himself.

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I Walk Alone

I Walk Alone

I Walk Alone

IMDb: 6.7
1947
97min

Frankie Madison returns to New York after 14 years in prison. Noll Turner, Frankie’s former partner in bootlegging, is now a wealthy nightclub manager, and Frankie is expecting him to honor a verbal ’50:50′ agreement they made when he was caught and Noll got away. Fat chance! Can Frankie, who knows only the strong-arm methods of Prohibition, win out against Big Business? It’ll be tough…even with the unlikely alliance of torch singer Kay (Noll’s ex-girlfriend).

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No Way Out

No Way Out

No Way Out

IMDb: 7.3
1950
106min

The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain it’s murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance. But there are black racists around too, and the situation slides rapidly toward violence.

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Sirocco

Sirocco

Sirocco

IMDb: 6.3
1951
98min

A mysterious American gets mixed up with gunrunners in Syria.

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Journey Into Fear

Journey Into Fear

Journey Into Fear

IMDb: 6.6
1942
68min

Naive American engineer Howard Graham (Joseph Cotton) is taken by a fellow employee to an Istanbul nightclub, where he becomes attracted to dancer Josette Martel (Dolores del Rio). An attempt to murder him results in the death of an unfortunate magician instead.

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Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

IMDb: 7.1
1950
110min

A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he’s accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.

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Deadline – U.S.A.

Deadline – U.S.A.

Deadline – U.S.A.

IMDb: 7.2
1952
87min

With three days before his paper folds, a crusading editor tries to expose a vicious gangster.

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The Third Man

The Third Man

The Third Man

IMDb: 8.2
1949
104min

Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, “The Third Man” stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to find him dead. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a “third man” present at the time of Harry’s death, running into interference from British officer Maj. Calloway and falling head-over-heels for Harry’s grief-stricken lover, Anna.

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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

IMDb: 8.0
1945
111min

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.

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Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

IMDb: 8.5
1950
110min

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

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

IMDb: 7.6
1950
95min

Tough NYC police detective Dixon misses out on a promotion because of his record of roughing up suspects. When he accidentally kills a suspect in a murder case he plants clues to absolve himself. But when the father of a woman he recently fell in love with is accused of the crime his plan looks like it’s back firing.

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Possessed

Possessed

Possessed

IMDb: 7.2
1947
108min

A dazed woman walks the streets of Los Angeles looking for a man named David. After collapsing in a diner, she’s taken to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. Flashbacks reveal her obsession for David as a result of borderline personality disorder which ultimately leads to murder.

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Night and the City

Night and the City

Night and the City

IMDb: 8.0
1950
101min

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

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Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

IMDb: 8.2
1954
104min

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan – to frame her for murder instead.

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Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

IMDb: 8.0
1951
101min

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.

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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

IMDb: 8.0
1946
116min

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.

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Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

IMDb: 8.1
1958
95min

Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town.

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Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces

IMDb: 8.0
1938
97min

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his Solicitor – prior to his jail term.

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Murder My Sweet

Murder My Sweet

Murder My Sweet

IMDb: 7.6
1944
95min

Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by hulking Moose Malloy to locate his old girlfriend that he lost track of while serving time in prison. With each lead he follows, Marlowe encounters lies, larceny, perjury, theft and a beautiful femme fatale. Based on Raymond Chandler’s novel “Farewell My Lovely”, which was also the film’s title in the United Kingdom.

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Out Of The Past

Out Of The Past

Out Of The Past

IMDb: 8.1
1947
97min

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.

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Laura

Laura

Laura

IMDb: 8.1
1944
88min

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

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A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

IMDb: 6.8
1956
94min

Bud Corliss (Wagner) is an ambitious student who is wooing Dorothy Kingship (Woodward) purely for her father’s mining fortune. When he discovers that Dorothy is pregnant with his child, he realizes she is quite likely to be disinherited by her wealthy family. He assures Dorothy that he’ll take care of her, yet he hesitates when Dorothy insists on marrying. Bud then murders Dorothy and stages it in a way that it appears to be a suicide. He then reaches out to her sister Ellen (Leith) with the hopes of marrying her in order to ingratiate himself with her father. After a couple of months Ellen finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, and then discovers Bud knew Dorothy. Ellen struggles to avenge her sister and save her own life.

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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

IMDb: 8.1
1941
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Gaslight

Gaslight

Gaslight

IMDb: 7.8
1944
114min

In the late 19th century, Paula Alquist is studying music in Italy, but ends up abandoning her classes because she’s fallen in love with the gallant Gregory Anton. The couple marries and moves to England to live in a home inherited by Paula from her aunt, herself a famous singer, who was mysteriously murdered in the house ten years before. Though Paula is certain that she sees the house’s gaslights dim every evening and that there are strange noises coming from the attic, Gregory convinces Paula that she’s imagining things. Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard inspector, Brian Cameron, becomes sympathetic to Paula’s plight.

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The Night Of The Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter

IMDb: 8.0
1955
93min

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

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The Killers

The Killers

The Killers

IMDb: 7.8
1946
105min

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called “the Swede”. When the killers find the Swede, he’s expecting them and doesn’t put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator, on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede’s past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man.

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Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

IMDb: 8.3
1944
107min

A rich woman [Barbara Stanwyck] and a calculating insurance agent [Fred MacMurray] plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental. Directed by Billy Wilder from a screenplay he wrote with Raymond Chandler, and from the novel by James M. Cain.

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The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

IMDb: 7.0
1953
71min

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

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Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

IMDb: 6.7
1954
83min

A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder while looking out her bedroom window.

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Gilda

Gilda

Gilda

IMDb: 7.8
1946
110min

Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson, who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples is strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda, whom Johnny once knew and learned to hate. The relationship of Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre after Mundson disappears…

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The Naked City

The Naked City

The Naked City

IMDb: 7.6
1948
96min

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl’s killer.

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The Big Clock

The Big Clock

The Big Clock

IMDb: 7.7
1948
95min

Stroud, a crime magazine’s crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try to disrupt his ordinarily brilliant investigative team as they increasingly build evidence (albeit wrong) that he is the killer.

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White Heat

White Heat

White Heat

IMDb: 8.2
1949
114min

A psychopathic criminal (Cagney) with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events take a crazy turn.

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