A Woman's Voice-Over in Classic Film

A collection of pre-1975 films in which a woman's voice-over plays a memorable role. In some cases, it's a brief intro or a haunting passage (Rebecca, Jealousy, Vertigo). Or perhaps it's one narrative among several (Lydia, The Locket, Dead of Night). And occasionally a woman's narration weaves through the entire film, giving us access to her interior world (Brief Encounter, Raw Deal).

This list was partially inspired by a discussion on a recent Ask Eddie Muller segment and tweet queries by Anna Biller and Frederik on Film. I brainstormed the core of this list, but I also incorporated some films from the replies to the tweets above and from this BAMFA film series. Let me know if there are any others I ought to add!

  • Rebecca
  • All This, and Heaven Too
  • Lydia
  • Now, Voyager
  • I Walked with a Zombie
  • Dead of Night
  • Mildred Pierce
  • The Spider
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Locket
  • Decoy
  • I See a Dark Stranger
  • Secret Beyond the Door
  • Raw Deal
  • Corridor of Mirrors
  • The Snake Pit
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
  • I Remember Mama
  • Hamlet
  • Flamingo Road
  • The Passionate Friends
  • A Letter to Three Wives
  • No Man of Her Own
  • Cause for Alarm!
  • Summer Interlude
  • Jeopardy
  • Sabrina
  • Killer's Kiss
  • The Violent Years
  • Peyton Place
  • The Unholy Wife
  • The Lovers
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • Vertigo
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
  • The Haunting
  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death
  • Badlands