Readers Guide To Film Noir

by karljhickey14 | created - 22 Jan 2018 | updated - 24 Jan 2018 | Public

Film Noir listed by the books , plays , and stories that they were adapted from . Authors name underneath , the title is added if different .

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1. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 145,315 | Gross: $2.11M

Dashiell Hammett

2. The Glass Key (1942)

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

A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville

Votes: 5,311

Dashiell Hammett

3. The Dain Curse (1978)

360 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Private eye investigates diamond theft, and becomes involved with an ancient family curse.

Stars: Tom Bower, David Canary, Malachy McCourt, Hattie Winston

Votes: 221

Dashiell Hammett

4. Roadhouse Nights (1930)

68 min | Drama

A boozing newsman (Charles Ruggles) woos a singer (Helen Morgan) while spying on her bootlegger boyfriend (Fred Kohler).

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Helen Morgan, Charles Ruggles, Fred Kohler, Jimmy Durante

Votes: 72

Dashiell Hammett , Red Harvest . see also Yojimbo , Last Man Standing etc

5. No Good Deed (2002)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Stellan Skarsgård, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 6,819 | Gross: $0.18M

Dashiell Hammett , aka The House On Turk Street

6. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Private detective Philip Marlowe's hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 76,683 | Gross: $6.54M

Raymond Chandler

7. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

R | 95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

70 Metascore

Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles

Votes: 6,268 | Gross: $4.36M

Raymond Chandler

8. The Brasher Doubloon (1947)

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

Detective Philip Marlowe encounters a variety of characters while checking on why Leslie Murdock stole a rare doubloon from his mother.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: George Montgomery, Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis, Roy Roberts

Votes: 876

Raymond Chandler

9. Lady in the Lake (1946)

Approved | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder.

Director: Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully

Votes: 4,822

Raymond Chandler

10. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam, but in doing so gets implicated in his wife's murder.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell

Votes: 24,503 | Gross: $0.96M

Raymond Chandler

11. Marlowe (1969)

PG | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor, Rita Moreno

Votes: 2,978

Raymond Chandler , The Little Sister

12. Poodle Springs (1998 TV Movie)

95 min | Crime, Drama

An aging Phillip Marlowe gets mixed up with blackmail and murder amongst the elite social set in 1963.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: James Caan, Dina Meyer, David Keith, Tom Bower

Votes: 802

Raymond Chandler , with Robert B. Parker

13. Fallen Angels (1993–1995)
Episode: Red Wind (1995)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1940s, sympathetic African American L.A. shamus Philip Marlowe helps a dame in trouble whose lovers are offing each other over a possibly fake pearl necklace. He must also deal with a racist cop that's investigating the murders.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Danny Glover, Kelly Lynch, Dan Hedaya, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 25

14. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: Blackmailers Don't Shoot (1986)

PG | Action, Crime, Mystery

The woman Marlowe was hired to protect and who happens to be the girlfriend of a notorious mobster has been kidnapped.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Powers Boothe, Melody Anderson, Allan Royal, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 46

15. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: Spanish Blood (1986)

Action, Crime, Mystery

Marlowe's friend called Spanish has been murdered and Marlowe suspects that the district attorney the man was running against might be behind the hit.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Powers Boothe, Helen Shaver, Mavor Moore, Dixie Seatle

Votes: 28

16. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: Pickup on Noon Street (1986)

Action, Crime, Mystery

Marlow is investigating the murder of a young girl. A night club cigarette girl called Token Ware might know more. The club's owner and a shady actor stand in his way. He also gets framed for extortion.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Powers Boothe, Robin Givens, Kate Trotter, Christopher Newton

Votes: 28

17. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: Guns at Cyrano's (1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Marlowe is hired to protect a young boxer who's being pressured to take a dive.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Powers Boothe, Roxanne Hart, Cec Linder, Mark Humphrey

Votes: 28

18. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: Trouble Is My Business (1986)

Action, Crime, Mystery

Marlowe is hired to try and get a naive young man in love, who happens to be the nephew of a millionaire, to break it off with his girlfriend, after his uncle begins to suspect that she's with him just for his money.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Powers Boothe, Kate Reid, Jennifer Dale, Booth Savage

Votes: 30

19. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: The Pencil (1983)

Action, Crime, Mystery

Philip Marlow, a one time cop and with an unfortunate habit of being too honest and too broke for his own good, takes the job of protecting a former mob accountant on the run. When two hit ... See full summary »

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: Powers Boothe, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Billy Kearns, David Healy

Votes: 38

20. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: The King in Yellow (1983)

Action, Crime, Mystery

King Leopardi was a big celebrity and an even bigger ladykiller, but when he winds up dead in a singer's boudoir all the evidence points to her. Marlowe is hired to find the real killers ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Powers Boothe, Billy Kearns, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lise Hilboldt

Votes: 31

21. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: Finger Man (1983)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Marlowe is subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating the mob murder of a district attorney he was hired to bodyguard. Throw in a femme fatale and Marlowe has his hands full ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Powers Boothe, Billy Kearns, Gayle Hunnicutt, Ed Bishop

Votes: 30

22. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: Nevada Gas (1983)

Action, Crime, Mystery

Mops Parisi is out of the joint and out for revenge. First on the list is his crooked lawyer, Hugo Candless, then the ex-cop who arrested him, one Philip Marlowe. It comes as a surprise ... See full summary »

Director: David Wickes | Stars: Powers Boothe, Kathryn Leigh Scott, John Terry, Billy Kearns

Votes: 30

23. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)
Episode: Smart Aleck Kill (1983)

Action, Crime, Mystery

Marlowe finds himself in grave danger when he discovers that a popular young Hollywood actor he was hired to protect has been murder and the movie studio that the guy worked for wants to cover it up.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: Powers Boothe, Michael Shannon, Liza Ross, Vickery Turner

Votes: 30

24. The Thin Man (1934)

TV-PG | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 25,386

25. Mister Dynamite (1935)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A gambler hires a detective to investigate when a murder is committed in his casino.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Jean Dixon, Victor Varconi, Esther Ralston

Votes: 31

26. Woman in the Dark (1934)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Drama

A paroled prisoner hits a man attacking a woman. He runs away scared that he may have killed him - he did not. From a book "Woman in the Dark" by Dashiell Hammett.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy, Melvyn Douglas, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 289

27. Fallen Angels (1993–1995)
Episode: Fly Paper (1995)

29 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1929, a famed shamus known as the Continental Op is on the trail of a well-known socialite, who ran away with a notorious gangster and is now missing. The case takes the Continental Op to blackmail and murder.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Berg, Michael Rooker

Votes: 32

28. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: Two Sharp Knives (1949)

59 min | Drama

A small-town police chief captures a man wanted for murder in Philadelphia. But something stinks about the murder rap, the wanted poster and everything else.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Stanley Ridges, Wynne Gibson, Theodore Newton, Peggy French

Votes: 72

29. Fallen Angels (1993–1995)
Episode: I'll Be Waiting (1993)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Eve Cressy hides in a fancy hotel awaiting the return of her vengeful gangster ex-lover from prison. She meets Tony Reseck, the hotel dick, whose attempt to protect her ends in violence.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Bruno Kirby, Marg Helgenberger, Jon Polito, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 30

30. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 137,090 | Gross: $5.72M

31. Mildred Pierce (1945)

Passed | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden

Votes: 21,624

32. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn

Votes: 17,759 | Gross: $8.33M

33. Slightly Scarlet (1956)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An urban wheeler-dealer gets involved in organized crime, corrupt city politics and graft while falling in-love with the fiancée of the newly elected mayor.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor

Votes: 849

34. Serenade (1956)

Approved | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli's Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Mario Lanza, Joan Fontaine, Sara Montiel, Vincent Price

Votes: 422

35. Butterfly (1982)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

In 1937 Nevada, silver mine caretaker Jess Tyler is reunited with his teenage daughter Kady who will do anything to persuade Jess to let her have claim to the mine.

Director: Matt Cimber | Stars: Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Orson Welles, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 1,170

36. She Made Her Bed (1934)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

"Duke" Gordon (Robert Armstrong), a circus lion-tamer, tries to tames his wife, Laura (Sally Eilers), just as he does his lions. But, she is a one-man woman, married to the wrong man, but ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Richard Arlen, Sally Eilers, Robert Armstrong, Grace Bradley

Votes: 12

37. Wife, Husband and Friend (1939)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

Woman hopes to be a great singer and is encouraged by her scheming teacher. After she flops her husband, encouraged by an amorous professional singer tries opera and also flops.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Loretta Young, Warner Baxter, Binnie Barnes, Cesar Romero

Votes: 174

38. When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A concert pianist unhappily married to a mentally ill woman falls in love with a waitress.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Barbara O'Neil, Onslow Stevens

Votes: 431

39. Money and the Woman (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Drama

The City Trust and Savings Bank sends Vice President Dave Bennett to a branch office to check on a Charles Patterson. Charlie has greatly increased the amount of money in savings and is ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Jeffrey Lynn, Brenda Marshall, John Litel, Lee Patrick

Votes: 64

40. Girl in the Cadillac (1995)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A runaway meets up with a young man in the bus station who leads her to a rendezvous with two others who are planning a bank robbery. She is convinced to drive the getaway car for $5,000 ... See full summary »

Director: Lucas Platt | Stars: Erika Eleniak, William McNamara, Michael Lerner, Bud Cort

Votes: 182

41. Convicted (1938)

Approved | 58 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Police Detective Burns (Charles Quigley) is helping Jerry Wheeler (Rita Hayworth), a night-club singer, track down the killer of a gold-digger, for which crime her brother, "Chick," (Edgar ... See full summary »

Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, George McKay

Votes: 89

42. Street of Chance (1942)

Approved | 74 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

After an accident, a New York man with amnesia finds out the ugly truth about his real identity and past by interacting with people who seem to know him well.

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Claire Trevor, Louise Platt, Sheldon Leonard

Votes: 336

43. The Leopard Man (1943)

Approved | 66 min | Horror, Thriller

A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy New Mexico town.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Margo, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 4,397

44. Phantom Lady (1944)

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

A devoted secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Aurora Miranda

Votes: 4,062

45. 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: 1,556

46. Black Angel (1946)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir