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!

  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Third Man
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Double Indemnity
  • Rififi
  • Ace in the Hole
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Touch of Evil
  • Out of the Past
  • Notorious
  • White Heat
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Mildred Pierce
  • The Big Sleep
  • The Big Heat
  • The Killing
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Night and the City
  • Laura
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Stray Dog
  • The Set-Up
  • The Breaking Point
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Scarlet Street
  • Gun Crazy
  • Bad Day at Black Rock
  • Leave Her to Heaven
  • Odd Man Out
  • They Live by Night
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Gaslight
  • The Killers
  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Gilda
  • Brighton Rock
  • Caged
  • Brute Force
  • Key Largo
  • Thieves' Highway
  • Act of Violence
  • On Dangerous Ground
  • Criss Cross
  • Moonrise
  • Detour
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • The Prowler
  • Murder, My Sweet
  • Ride the Pink Horse
  • Sudden Fear
  • Odds Against Tomorrow
  • Murder by Contract
  • Body and Soul
  • The Naked City
  • The Crimson Kimono
  • Ossessione
  • The Big Clock
  • The Lineup
  • The Wrong Man
  • Force of Evil
  • This Gun for Hire
  • Road House
  • Hangover Square
  • The Sound of Fury
  • Angel Face
  • Woman on the Run
  • Nightfall
  • The Woman in the Window
  • Pursued
  • Crime Wave
  • Dark Passage
  • Raw Deal
  • Cry of the City
  • Detective Story
  • Cry Danger
  • The Harder They Fall
  • Too Late for Tears
  • Kansas City Confidential
  • 99 River Street
  • High Sierra
  • The Reckless Moment
  • The Stranger
  • Phantom Lady
  • The Desperate Hours
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • Caught
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • House of Bamboo
  • Panic in the Streets
  • I Want to Live!
  • Kiss of Death
  • The Spiral Staircase
  • The Tall Target
  • Scandal Sheet
  • Reign of Terror