Film Noir

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1. Road House (1948)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir

A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark

Votes: 2,125

2. Crime in the Streets (1956)

Passed | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Social worker tries to befriend local slum gang.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: John Cassavetes, Sal Mineo, James Whitmore, Mark Rydell

Votes: 961

3. Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 2,125

4. The Phenix City Story (1955)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews

Votes: 2,068

5. Dial 1119 (1950)

Passed | 75 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

An escaped mental patient causes havoc.

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Virginia Field, Andrea King, Sam Levene

Votes: 795

6. Fear in the Night (1947)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, Ann Doran, Kay Scott

Votes: 1,224

7. Deadline at Dawn (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon-to-ship-out sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

Directors: Harold Clurman, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 1,518

8. Backfire (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 963

9. The Glass Wall (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to ... See full summary »

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Gloria Grahame, Ann Robinson, Douglas Spencer

Votes: 529

10. Bad for Each Other (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Drama

A doctor returning from the Korean War to his hometown in Pennsylvania must choose what next to do with his life

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Dianne Foster, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 420

11. Deception (1946)

Approved | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, John Abbott

Votes: 2,726

12. Split Second (1953)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two escaped killers take hostages and hide in a Nevada mining ghost town knowing that an atom bomb is scheduled to be tested there the next morning.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes

Votes: 1,288

13. Nora Prentiss (1947)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A nightclub singer inspires a doctor to fake his own murder, leading to plenty of complications.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Bruce Bennett, Robert Alda

Votes: 1,277

14. One Girl's Confession (1953)

Passed | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has less hair-shirt torment than most of his offerings, although his camera, as usual, ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas | Stars: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, Glenn Langan, Helene Stanton

Votes: 324

15. Night Editor (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

"Night Editor" was based on the already existing radio program in which a newspaper editor would recount the 'inside story' of some bit newspaper story, and later became a television series... See full summary »

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: William Gargan, Janis Carter, Jeff Donnell, Coulter Irwin

Votes: 513

16. Two of a Kind (1951)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A lawyer for a rich elderly industrialist works out a complex inheritance scam to pass off a con as the industrialist's long-lost son and claim the huge inheritance.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott, Terry Moore, Alexander Knox

Votes: 440

17. The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Police seek a smuggler while doctors, unaware she's the same person, desperately comb unprotected New York for a smallpox carrier.

Director: Earl McEvoy | Stars: Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 865

18. A Blueprint for Murder (1953)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Whitney Cameron suspects his sister-in-law has poisoned his brother and niece, but without proof how does he prevent the murder of his nephew?

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill, Catherine McLeod

Votes: 1,230

19. Pursued (1947)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson, Dean Jagger

Votes: 2,592

20. Vicki (1953)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm.

Director: Harry Horner | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid, Richard Boone

Votes: 823

21. The Man I Love (1946)

96 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music

Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Martha Vickers

Votes: 680

22. Desperate (1947)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 1,816

23. The Prowler (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren

Votes: 2,697

24. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn?

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar

Votes: 3,423

25. Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-convict and a woman fall in love, after she shoots her police Lt. boyfriend dead in self defense, and falsely leads him to believe that he did the shooting.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Lurene Tuttle, Ray Teal

Votes: 850

26. Appointment with Danger (1950)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling

Votes: 945

27. Hangover Square (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A promising classical musician finds his life poisoned by a music hall dancer -- and by the strange gaps in his memory.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan

Votes: 2,283

28. Murder by Contract (1958)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.

Director: Irving Lerner | Stars: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi, Caprice Toriel

Votes: 2,161

29. My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

Not Rated | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready, Roland Varno

Votes: 2,154

30. Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An upright car mechanic falls in love with the girlfriend of a gangster. This forces him to participate in the criminal underworld.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Kelly

Votes: 866

31. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

Votes: 24,077 | Gross: $0.01M

32. 711 Ocean Drive (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger, Barry Kelley

Votes: 1,016

33. The Burglar (1957)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers, Peter Capell

Votes: 1,058

34. The Mob (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett

Votes: 1,056

35. Tight Spot (1955)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A female inmate is whisked out of prison and into a police guarded hotel until the district attorney can convince her to testify against the mob in the upcoming trial.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith, Lucy Marlow

Votes: 1,235

36. The Maltese Falcon (1931)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel

Votes: 2,563

37. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 3,466

38. Crime of Passion (1956)

Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray

Votes: 1,774

39. Screaming Mimi (1958)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Exotic dancer Virginia Wilson sees a man get shot moments after he tries to knife her in a shower, so she goes to Dr. Greenwood a psychiatrist for therapy. He falls in love with her and ... See full summary »

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Anita Ekberg, Philip Carey, Gypsy Rose Lee, Harry Townes

Votes: 463

40. Women's Prison (1955)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Life at a 1950s women's maximum security prison where the warden and the guards are as brutal as the inmates.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter

Votes: 646

41. Over-Exposed (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Sexy blonde dance club girl learns the photography trade and moves to New York in pursuit of a new career.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Cleo Moore, Richard Crenna, Isobel Elsom, Raymond Greenleaf

Votes: 274

42. The Lady Gambles (1949)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A desperate husband tries to find help for his wife suffering from addictive gambling.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Preston, Stephen McNally, Edith Barrett

Votes: 495

43. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: George Sanders, Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sara Allgood

Votes: 1,161

44. Three Strangers (1946)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Joan Lorring

Votes: 1,459

45. The Conspirators (1944)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

During WW2, in neutral Portugal, a Dutch resistance fighter is attempting to find passage to England while trying to avoid Nazi spies and Portuguese policemen.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Votes: 906

46. Alias Nick Beal (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Film-Noir

A district attorney rises to political success and the governorship but loses his sense of morality once he starts associating with the shadowy and perhaps diabolical Nick Beal.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready

Votes: 671

47. The Las Vegas Story (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The arrival in Las Vegas of a businessman and his glamorous wife creates a complex web of murder and deceit.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Jane Russell, Victor Mature, Vincent Price, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 950

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