Top 50 Film-Noir Movies and TV Shows



1. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.4
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A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 8,915

2. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.4
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A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 207,622

3. The Third Man (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 162,847 | Gross: $0.45M

4. Gilda (1946)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.6
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A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino discovers his employer's new wife is his former lover.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 30,174

5. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Passed | 100 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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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: 151,796 | Gross: $2.11M

6. Notorious (1946)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

8.0
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100 Metascore

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 95,933 | Gross: $10.46M

7. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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88 Metascore

A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 127,567 | Gross: $7.63M

8. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Film-Noir

7.8
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90 Metascore

During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 32,132

9. The Secret Fury (1950)

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

6.7
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A woman preparing to marry her fiance is accused of bigamy by a stranger but she fights back by trying to prove she's the victim of a conspiracy designed to discredit her.

Director: Mel Ferrer | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Robert Ryan, Jane Cowl, Paul Kelly

Votes: 827

10. Double Indemnity (1944)

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

8.3
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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: 147,618 | Gross: $5.72M

11. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 84,377 | Gross: $0.65M

12. The Killing (1956)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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91 Metascore

Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five-man team to plan and execute a daring racetrack robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 84,045

13. The Big Sleep (1946)

Passed | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.9
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a wealthy 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: 81,444 | Gross: $6.54M

14. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a decade-old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 8,314

15. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 100,385 | Gross: $2.24M

16. Out of the Past (1947)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

Votes: 34,109

17. Fallen Angel (1945)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.1
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A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford

Votes: 5,134

18. The Window (1949)

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

7.4
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To avoid the heat of a sweltering summer night a 9-year-old Manhattan boy decides to sleep on the fire escape and witnesses a murder, but no one will believe him.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart

Votes: 3,615

19. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 26,244

20. In a Lonely Place (1950)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. However, she soon starts to have her doubts.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 28,236

21. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

PG | 108 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.8
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94 Metascore

A young girl, overjoyed when her favorite uncle comes to visit the family, slowly begins to suspect that he is in fact the "Merry Widow" killer sought by the authorities.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers

Votes: 61,608

22. Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.1
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Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe

Votes: 5,921

23. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 24,646

24. Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A man visits his war buddy's family hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 38,081

25. Nightmare Alley (1947)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker

Votes: 7,704

26. Mildred Pierce (1945)

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

8.0
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88 Metascore

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: 23,834

27. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 32,932 | Gross: $3.97M

28. Laura (1944)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Votes: 44,031 | Gross: $4.36M

29. Spellbound (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

7.5
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79 Metascore

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 45,878 | Gross: $7.00M

30. Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.9
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After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 6,319

31. Suspicion (1941)

Not Rated | 99 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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83 Metascore

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 35,393 | Gross: $4.50M

32. Fourteen Hours (1951)

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

7.1
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An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget

Votes: 2,425

33. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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A major heist goes off as planned, but then double crosses, bad luck and solid police work cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 24,774

34. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

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

7.6
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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: 28,110 | Gross: $0.01M

35. The Wrong Man (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone

Votes: 26,658

36. Human Desire (1954)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.1
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A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in an affair with a co-worker's wife following a murder on a train where they meet.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 4,677

37. Scarlet Street (1945)

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

7.8
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A man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, though her fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 15,327

38. The Bribe (1949)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.6
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Federal agent Rigby, in Central America to trace stolen plane engines, falls for the gorgeous wife of the chief suspect.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price

Votes: 1,788

39. The Lost Weekend (1945)

Passed | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 34,652 | Gross: $9.46M

40. The Killers (1946)

Passed | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.8
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Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker

Votes: 19,853

41. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 30,784

42. Niagara (1953)

Not Rated | 92 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.0
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter

Votes: 15,529

43. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.6
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A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both as well as everyone around them.

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price

Votes: 11,459

44. House of Bamboo (1955)

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

6.8
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Planted in a Tokyo crime syndicate, a U.S. Army Investigator attempts to probe the coinciding death of a fellow Army official.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 3,203

45. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Passed | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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84 Metascore

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: 19,375 | Gross: $8.33M

46. The Harder They Fall (1956)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

7.5
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An ex-sportswriter is hired by a shady fight promoter to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable rising star from Argentina.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane

Votes: 7,454

47. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

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

7.9
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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 20,379

48. High Sierra (1941)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 15,678

49. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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100 Metascore

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Votes: 29,393

50. Violence (1947)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.5
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Undercover reporter Ann Mason infiltrates a neo-facist group that recruits disgruntled veterans but amnesia prevents her from exposing them.

Director: Jack Bernhard | Stars: Nancy Coleman, Michael O'Shea, Sheldon Leonard, Peter Whitney

Votes: 204


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