Essential Film Noir List

A list of 100 essential film noir movies, according to me. The first fifty are more or less in order.

Note: I've left out classics like The Night of the Hunter, The Third Man and Notorious, partly because to me, they're not strictly film noir, even if they have noirish elements and are often included on film noir lists. I went back and forth on a couple of Hitchcock movies (Shadow of a Doubt is his only real film noir), but decided Strangers on a Train could stay in. I’ve also not included “colour noirs” like Niagara and Leave Her To Heaven, even though I love both films.
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  • Double Indemnity

    1

  • Murder, My Sweet

    2

  • Out of the Past

    3

  • Sunset Boulevard

    4

  • The Maltese Falcon

    5

  • Mildred Pierce

    6

  • The Big Heat

    7

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    8

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    9

  • Laura

    10

  • In a Lonely Place

    11

  • Scarlet Street

    12

  • Angel Face

    13

  • Dead Reckoning

    14

  • They Won't Believe Me

    15

  • The Killers

    16

  • Fallen Angel

    17

  • The Set-Up

    18

  • Ace in the Hole

    19

  • Born to Kill

    20

  • Christmas Holiday

    21

  • Nightmare Alley

    22

  • Gun Crazy

    23

  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    24

  • The Big Sleep

    25

  • Gilda

    26

  • Touch of Evil

    27

  • Brute Force

    28

  • Body and Soul

    29

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    30

  • Criss Cross

    31

  • My Name Is Julia Ross

    32

  • Human Desire

    33

  • The Narrow Margin

    34

  • Cape Fear

    35

  • D.O.A.

    36

  • Detour

    37

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    38

  • Strangers on a Train

    39

  • Night and the City

    40

  • The Killing

    41

  • The Lineup

    42

  • Nora Prentiss

    43

  • The Reckless Moment

    44

  • The Hitch-Hiker

    45

  • Champion

    46

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    47

  • Hangover Square

    48

  • Cornered

    49

  • Raw Deal

    50

  • Sudden Fear

    51

  • Phantom Lady

    52

  • This Gun for Hire

    53

  • The Blue Dahlia

    54

  • Suddenly

    55

  • White Heat

    56

  • Key Largo

    57

  • The Glass Key

    58

  • They Live by Night

    59

  • Force of Evil

    60

  • Shock

    61

  • The Blue Gardenia

    62

  • The Big Knife

    63

  • The Big Combo

    64

  • He Ran All the Way

    65

  • Crossfire

    66

  • The Dark Corner

    67

  • The File on Thelma Jordon

    68

  • The Dark Mirror

    69

  • The Desperate Hours

    70

  • I Wake Up Screaming

    71

  • Kansas City Confidential

    72

  • Pickup on South Street

    73

  • Road House

    74

  • The Big Clock

    75

  • Kiss of Death

    76

  • The Letter

    77

  • Caught

    78

  • The Locket

    79

  • The Lodger

    80

  • The Naked Kiss

    81

  • Panic in the Streets

    82

  • Johnny O'Clock

    83

  • The Phenix City Story

    84

  • Lady in the Lake

    85

  • Clash by Night

    86

  • Scandal Sheet

    87

  • Sorry, Wrong Number

    88

  • The Naked City

    89

  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

    90

  • Talk About a Stranger

    91

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    92

  • Armored Car Robbery

    93

  • I Walk Alone

    94

  • The Burglar

    95

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    96

  • Dark Passage

    97

  • While the City Sleeps

    98

  • The Wrong Man

    99

  • The Woman in the Window

    100