Paste's 100 Best Noirs

This list was originally published with details and analysis here.

  • The Woman in the Window

    1

  • The Big Sleep

    2

  • Double Indemnity

    3

  • Chinatown

    4

  • Touch of Evil

    5

  • The Third Man

    6

  • Out of the Past

    7

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    8

  • Laura

    9

  • Sunset Boulevard

    10

  • The Maltese Falcon

    11

  • The Night of the Hunter

    12

  • Gilda

    13

  • Elevator to the Gallows

    14

  • Ace in the Hole

    15

  • They Live by Night

    16

  • Raw Deal

    17

  • Thieves' Highway

    18

  • The Killers

    19

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    20

  • Drunken Angel

    21

  • In a Lonely Place

    22

  • The Killing

    23

  • The Big Heat

    24

  • The Wrong Man

    25

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    26

  • Mildred Pierce

    27

  • Night and the City

    28

  • Blade Runner

    29

  • The Set-Up

    30

  • Blue Velvet

    31

  • Criss Cross

    32

  • Crime Wave

    33

  • Night Moves

    34

  • Murder, My Sweet

    35

  • Nightmare Alley

    36

  • Blood Simple

    37

  • L.A. Confidential

    38

  • Odd Man Out

    39

  • Pickup on South Street

    40

  • White Heat

    41

  • The Hitch-Hiker

    42

  • Taxi Driver

    43

  • Body Heat

    44

  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

    45

  • The Blue Dahlia

    46

  • Sorry, Wrong Number

    47

  • Journey Into Fear

    48

  • One False Move

    49

  • Le Samouraï

    50

  • The Long Goodbye

    51

  • Mulholland Drive

    52

  • Le Doulos

    53

  • Miller's Crossing

    54

  • The Last Seduction

    55

  • Clash by Night

    56

  • Sexy Beast

    57

  • Gun Crazy

    58

  • Shoot the Piano Player

    59

  • The Verdict

    60

  • Red Rock West

    61

  • The Limey

    62

  • Fargo

    63

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    64

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    65

  • T-Men

    66

  • Angels with Dirty Faces

    67

  • Force of Evil

    68

  • Brick

    69

  • The Sound of Fury

    70

  • Key Largo

    71

  • Zodiac

    72

  • Detour

    73

  • D.O.A.

    74

  • Memento

    75

  • Lady in the Lake

    76

  • The Prowler

    77

  • Drive

    78

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    79

  • Bound

    80

  • Oldboy

    81

  • King of New York

    82

  • Tension

    83

  • Se7en

    84

  • Obsession

    85

  • Gaslight

    86

  • Dark City

    87

  • Black Widow

    88

  • The Usual Suspects

    89

  • Kiss of Death

    90

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    91

  • State of Grace

    92

  • The Naked City

    93

  • The Grifters

    94

  • Angel Face

    95

  • After Dark, My Sweet

    96

  • Croupier

    97

  • A Simple Plan

    98

  • Hard Eight

    99

  • Angel Heart

    100