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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  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much
  • The Hi-Jackers
  • The Informers
  • The Man Who Finally Died
  • The Marked One
  • The Partner
  • The Rivals
  • The Running Man
  • The Sadist
  • The Set Up
  • The Small World of Sammy Lee
  • The Squeaker
  • The Very Edge
  • The £20,000 Kiss
  • To Have and to Hold
  • West 11
  • Youth of the Beast
  • 13 West Street
  • A Prize of Arms
  • All Night Long
  • Assault on the Pay Train
  • Candidate for Murder
  • Cape Fear
  • Carmen di Trastevere
  • Carnival of Crime
  • Chased by the Dogs
  • Danger by My Side
  • Dead Man's Evidence
  • Death Trap
  • Dilemma
  • Don't Talk to Strange Men
  • Eva
  • Experiment in Terror
  • Fallguy
  • Five Miles to Midnight
  • Flat Two
  • Hypnosis
  • Incident in an Alley
  • Jigsaw
  • Knife in the Water
  • Locker Sixty-Nine
  • Mix Me a Person
  • Night of the Prowler
  • Number Six
  • Odd Number
  • Out of the Fog
  • Passport for a Corpse
  • Playback
  • Pressure Point
  • Satan in High Heels
  • Serena
  • Sign of the Lion
  • Solo for Sparrow
  • Stakeout!
  • Strongroom
  • The Boys
  • La Commare Secca
  • The Inn on the River
  • The Intruder
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • The Painted Smile
  • The Primitives
  • The Second Track
  • The Seventh Juror
  • The Share Out
  • The Third Lover
  • The Trial
  • Therese
  • Time to Remember
  • Tomorrow at Ten
  • Walk on the Wild Side
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • Aimless Bullet
  • Anatomy of a Psycho
  • Attempt to Kill
  • Blast of Silence
  • Cash on Demand
  • Clue of the Silver Key
  • Death Will Return
  • Five Minutes to Live
  • Fire Line
  • Homicidal
  • Information Received
  • The Nina B. Affair
  • Man Detained
  • Most Dangerous Man Alive
  • Mulheres & Milhões
  • Naked Youth
  • Never Back Losers
  • Offbeat
  • Partners in Crime
  • Payroll
  • Pit of Darkness
  • Rag Doll
  • Return of a Stranger
  • Sanctuary
  • Seven Keys
  • Sexy Line
  • Something Wild