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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  • Summerskin
  • Taste of Fear
  • The Assassin
  • The Breaking Point
  • The Cat Burglar
  • The Clue of the New Pin
  • The Counterfeiters of Paris
  • The Fourth Square
  • The Frightened City
  • The Lawbreakers
  • The Man at the Carlton Tower
  • The Man in the Back Seat
  • The Pursuers
  • The Secret Partner
  • The Sinister Man
  • The Third Alibi
  • The Wind of Change
  • The Young Savages
  • Three Blondes In His Life
  • Town Without Pity
  • Twenty Plus Two
  • Underworld U.S.A.
  • Victim
  • When the Clock Strikes
  • Yojimbo
  • A Circle of Deception
  • Afraid To Die
  • Black Line
  • Bluebeard's 10 Honeymoons
  • Boulevard
  • Breathless
  • The Big Risk
  • Clue of the Twisted Candle
  • Women Are Like That
  • Compelled
  • Cruel Story of Youth
  • Faces in the Dark
  • Get Outta Town
  • Hell Is a City
  • Lipstick
  • Jungle Street
  • Key Witness
  • Le Trou
  • The Good Girls
  • Marriage of Convenience
  • Murder at 45 R.P.M.
  • Midnight Lace
  • Murder, Inc.
  • Never Let Go
  • Never Take Sweets from a Stranger
  • Night Train for Inverness
  • Peeping Tom
  • Piccadilly Third Stop
  • Intimidation
  • Too Hot to Handle
  • Portrait in Black
  • Psycho
  • Purple Noon
  • Scent of Mystery
  • Sentenced for Life
  • Seven Thieves
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • Take Aim at the Police Van
  • The 3rd Voice
  • The Bad Sleep Well
  • The Challenge
  • The Criminal
  • The Full Treatment
  • The Girl in Lovers Lane
  • The Housemaid
  • The Impersonator
  • The Last Gunfight
  • The Malpas Mystery
  • The Man Who Was Nobody
  • The Shakedown
  • The Sinister Urge
  • The Threat
  • La Vérité
  • Urge to Kill
  • Vice Raid
  • 125, rue Montmartre
  • A Date with Death
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Blind Date
  • Blonde in a White Car
  • City of Fear
  • Compulsion
  • Counterplot
  • Cover Girl Killer
  • Crime and Punishment USA
  • Cry Tough
  • Gangster Story
  • Guns Girls and Gangsters
  • Hidden Homicide
  • I Spit on Your Grave
  • In the Wake of a Stranger
  • Kiss Her Goodbye
  • The Cousins
  • Life in Danger
  • Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case