Definitive Classic Film Noir

My title is meant in jest because it is difficult to truly categorize film noir, but as an unspoken rule all of these films will be approximately between 1941 and 1958. Most will be in black & white with a cynical worldview and possibly a femme fatale or two.

*This is an Unranked List

Also please comment if you have any possible additions!

  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Double Indemnity
  • Out of the Past
  • Murder, My Sweet
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • The Woman in the Window
  • The Big Sleep
  • In a Lonely Place
  • The Third Man
  • Cry Danger
  • Touch of Evil
  • The Big Heat
  • Criss Cross
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Gilda
  • Pickup on South Street
  • The Killers
  • Laura
  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • The Killing
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • 99 River Street
  • Angel Face
  • Niagara
  • Human Desire
  • Cornered
  • His Kind of Woman
  • Desperate
  • Pitfall
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Raw Deal
  • Notorious
  • T-Men
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Ride the Pink Horse
  • Act of Violence
  • On Dangerous Ground
  • Detour
  • White Heat
  • Force of Evil
  • D.O.A.
  • The Big Clock
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • The Set-Up
  • Gun Crazy
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • The Naked City
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Night and the City
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Leave Her to Heaven
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Key Largo
  • They Drive by Night
  • Bad Day at Black Rock
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Gaslight
  • Dark Passage
  • The Stranger
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Moonrise
  • Phantom Lady
  • This Gun for Hire
  • The Lodger
  • Ministry of Fear
  • The Spiral Staircase
  • Hangover Square
  • The Dark Corner
  • Fallen Angel
  • The Blue Dahlia
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • Odd Man Out
  • Pursued
  • Born to Kill
  • Brute Force
  • Crossfire
  • Body and Soul
  • Kiss of Death
  • Call Northside 777
  • They Live by Night
  • Sorry, Wrong Number
  • Cry of the City
  • Caught
  • Too Late for Tears
  • Champion
  • Thieves' Highway
  • Reign of Terror
  • Whirlpool
  • The Reckless Moment
  • Caged
  • Panic in the Streets
  • No Way Out
  • The Breaking Point
  • The Prowler
  • Fourteen Hours
  • Detective Story
  • Scandal Sheet
  • Clash by Night