250 Quintessential Noir Films

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The TSPDT 250 Quintessential Noir Films list contains 241 films that all contain three key ingredients.

1) They were all produced in the United States;
2) They were all shot in black-and-white;
3) They were all produced between 1940 to 1959.

The nine films that have been included that exclude at least one of these key ingredients are two non-American-produced noir (The Third Man and Mr. Arkadin), four color noir films (Leave Her to Heaven, Niagara, Party Girl and Slightly Scarlet), and three films from the early 1960s (Cape Fear, Underworld, U.S.A. and The Naked Kiss).

  • The Accused
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Act of Violence
  • Among the Living
  • Angel Face
  • Armored Car Robbery
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Behind Locked Doors
  • Berlin Express
  • Beware, My Lovely
  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  • Beyond the Forest
  • The Big Clock
  • The Big Combo
  • The Big Heat
  • The Big Knife
  • The Big Sleep
  • Black Angel
  • Black Tuesday
  • The Blue Dahlia
  • The Blue Gardenia
  • Body and Soul
  • Boomerang!
  • Border Incident
  • Born to Kill
  • The Brasher Doubloon
  • The Breaking Point
  • Brute Force
  • The Burglar
  • Call Northside 777
  • Cape Fear
  • The Captive City
  • Caught
  • Cause for Alarm
  • Champion
  • The Chase
  • Christmas Holiday
  • City That Never Sleeps
  • Clash by Night
  • Conflict
  • Cornered
  • Crack-Up
  • Crime of Passion
  • Crime Wave
  • The Crimson Kimono
  • Criss Cross
  • Crossfire
  • Cry Danger
  • Cry of the City
  • D.O.A.
  • The Damned Don't Cry
  • Danger Signal
  • Dark City
  • The Dark Corner
  • The Dark Mirror
  • Dark Passage
  • The Dark Past
  • Dark Waters
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Deadline at Dawn
  • Desperate
  • The Desperate Hours
  • Destination Murder
  • Detective Story
  • Detour
  • Double Indemnity
  • Drive a Crooked Road
  • Edge of Doom
  • The Enforcer
  • Fallen Angel
  • Fear in the Night
  • The File on Thelma Jordon
  • Follow Me Quietly
  • Force of Evil
  • Framed
  • Gilda
  • The Glass Key
  • Guilty Bystander
  • Gun Crazy
  • Hangover Square
  • He Ran All the Way
  • He Walked by Night
  • High Sierra
  • High Wall
  • His Kind of Woman
  • The Hitch-Hiker
  • Hollow Triumph
  • House by the River
  • House of Strangers
  • The House on 92nd Street
  • Human Desire
  • The Woman on Pier 13
  • I Wake Up Screaming
  • I Walk Alone
  • I Was a Communist for the FBI
  • I, the Jury
  • Impact
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Jeopardy
  • Johnny Angel