The Noirest of Them All

From BFI’s “What makes a film noir?” infographic, these are the 32 films that appeared most frequently in the 12 critics’ lists cited.

  • Double Indemnity

    1

  • Out of the Past

    2

  • Touch of Evil

    3

  • The Big Sleep

    4

  • In a Lonely Place

    5

  • The Maltese Falcon

    6

  • Laura

    7

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    8

  • Detour

    9

  • Gun Crazy

    10

  • The Killing

    11

  • Gilda

    12

  • The Big Heat

    13

  • The Killers

    14

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    15

  • Murder, My Sweet

    16

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    17

  • Force of Evil

    18

  • Pickup on South Street

    19

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    20

  • The Woman in the Window

    21

  • D.O.A.

    22

  • Raw Deal

    23

  • The Big Combo

    24

  • The Reckless Moment

    25

  • Criss Cross

    26

  • Scarlet Street

    27

  • Nightmare Alley

    28

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    29

  • Mildred Pierce

    30

  • They Live by Night

    31

  • The Prowler

    32