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:

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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  • Twilight
  • La Devoradora
  • Doña Bárbara
  • The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz
  • La mujer sin alma
  • Pecadora
  • Perdida
  • Sensuality
  • El Suavecito
  • Victims of Sin
  • Cruel Gun Story
  • Underworld Beauty
  • Passport to Darkness
  • A Wicked Woman
  • The Face
  • The Sleeping Beast Within
  • Black Test Car
  • Black Sun
  • The Warped Ones
  • I Saw the Killer
  • Two O'Clock Courage
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Black Gravel
  • Devil in the Flesh
  • I'll Cry Tomorrow