Curated | Film Noir | Worldwide | Classic | 1940-1965 | Master List

A work in progress, with many films still to add. Corrections are always welcome, email is preferred: kevin@royalbooks.com.

A master list of classic world noir (i.e., films noir made between 1940-1965), drawing from five major sources noted below.

Entries from the US, UK, France, United Kingdom, and Japan can be found in separately curated lists on Letterboxd, broken out by the five guides. Other countries are in the Notes field accompanying each entry, with the guide source referenced for each.

Spencer Selby. The Worldwide Film Noir Tradition. Ames, IA: Sink Press, 2013. In my opinion the most considered guide to film noir worldwide, fairly exclusive in terms of noir content, focused solely on films made between 1940-1965. Separate Selby lists,…

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  • Alphaville
  • Angel's Flight
  • Bad Girls Do Cry
  • Brainstorm
  • Bunny Lake Is Missing
  • Change Partners
  • City of Fear
  • Crime on a Summer Morning
  • Dead Man's Chest
  • El crimen de la pirindola
  • Game for Three Losers
  • Hysteria
  • I Saw What You Did
  • L'heure de la vérité
  • Sexus
  • Mickey One
  • Mirage
  • Once a Thief
  • Repulsion
  • The Collector
  • The Dictator's Guns
  • The Fool Killer
  • The Ipcress File
  • The Money Trap
  • The Sleeping Car Murder
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • The Wise Guys
  • Walk a Tightrope
  • Who Killed Teddy Bear?
  • Act of Murder
  • Band of Outsiders
  • Death Comes at High Noon
  • Death of a Killer
  • Della
  • Do You Know This Voice?
  • Downfall
  • Clash by Night
  • Face of a Stranger
  • Intentions of Murder
  • Joy House
  • Kitten with a Whip
  • Lady in a Cage
  • Lilith
  • Mark of the Tortoise
  • Marnie
  • Never Mention Murder
  • Nightmare
  • Psyche 59
  • Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  • Signpost to Murder
  • Smokescreen
  • Stop-over Forever
  • The Killers
  • The Naked Kiss
  • The Night Walker
  • The Third Secret
  • The Unvanquished
  • The Verdict
  • The Visit
  • The Woman Who Wouldn't Die
  • We Shall See
  • Who Was Maddox
  • Woh Kaun Thi?
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • A Matter of Choice
  • A Place to Go
  • Accidental Death
  • Magnet of Doom
  • Any Number Can Win
  • Bitter Harvest
  • Blind Corner
  • Bluebeard
  • Calculated Risk
  • Chair de Poule
  • Crooks in Clover
  • Echo of Diana
  • An Alibi for Death
  • Five to One
  • Girl in the Headlines
  • High and Low
  • Impact
  • Incident at Midnight
  • Le Doulos
  • Enough Rope
  • Le Petit Soldat
  • Le concerto de la peur
  • Maigret Sees Red
  • Maniac
  • No Time To Kill
  • On the Run
  • Panic
  • Paranoiac
  • Return to Sender
  • Ricochet
  • Right Hand of the Devil
  • Shock Corridor
  • The Ceremony
  • The Cool World
  • The Double
  • The Girl Hunters