Best Film-Noir Movies

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil
IMDb: 8.0
95 min

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When…

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success
IMDb: 8.1
96 min

New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can’t control is his younger sister, Susan, who…

Bob The Gambler

Bob The Gambler

Bob The Gambler
IMDb: 7.7
103

In Paris, Bob Montagne is practically synonymous with gambling — and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru. However, when Bob’s…

The Killing

The Killing

The Killing
IMDb: 8.0
85 min

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and…

Rififi

Rififi

Rififi
IMDb: 8.2
118 min

Out of prison after a five-year stretch, jewel thief Tony turns down a quick job his friend Jo offers him, until he discovers that his old girlfriend Mado has become…

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The Night Of The Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter
IMDb: 8.0
93 min

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly
IMDb: 7.6
106

One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his…

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

The Big Heat
IMDb: 8.0
89 min

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague’s suicide and…

Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street
IMDb: 7.7
80 min

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

The Narrow Margin

The Narrow Margin

The Narrow Margin
IMDb: 7.7
71

A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster’s widow on a tense train ride.

Detective Story

Detective Story

Detective Story
IMDb: 7.6
103 min

Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod (Douglas), leads a precinct of…

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole
IMDb: 8.1
111 min

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to revitalize his career, but the situation quickly…

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train
IMDb: 7.9
101 min

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard
IMDb: 8.4
110 min

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends
IMDb: 7.6
95 min

A police detective’s violent nature keeps him from being a good cop.

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place
IMDb: 8.0
94

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.

The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle
IMDb: 7.9
112 min

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar ”Doc” Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big…

Night and the City

Night and the City

Night and the City
IMDb: 7.9
101 min

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

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Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy
IMDb: 7.6
86 min

Bart Tare is an ex-Army man who has a lifelong fixation with guns, he meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Starr and goes to work at a carnival. After…

White Heat

White Heat

White Heat
IMDb: 8.1
114 min

A psychopathic criminal (Cagney) with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events…

The Third Man

The Third Man

The Third Man
IMDb: 8.1
105 min

Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, ”The Third Man” stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry…

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Thieves’ Highway

Thieves’ Highway

Thieves’ Highway
IMDb: 7.6
94

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently…

The Set-Up

The Set-Up

The Set-Up
IMDb: 7.9
73

Stoker Thompson is a 35-year-old has-been boxer. His once-promising fighting career has come crashing to the end. Tiny, Stoker’s manager, is sure he will continue to lose fights, so he…

Key Largo

Key Largo

Key Largo
IMDb: 7.8
100 min

A hurricane swells outside, but it’s nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up – and holds at gunpoint hotel…

The Big Clock

The Big Clock

The Big Clock
IMDb: 7.7
95 min

Stroud, a crime magazine’s crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth…

The Naked City

The Naked City

The Naked City
IMDb: 7.6
96 min

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with…

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai
IMDb: 7.6
87 min

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.

Out Of The Past

Out Of The Past

Out Of The Past
IMDb: 8.0
97 min

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a…

Body and Soul

Body and Soul

Body and Soul
IMDb: 7.6
104

Charley Davis, against the wishes of his mother, becomes a boxer. As he becomes more successful the fighter becomes surrounded by shady characters, including an unethical promoter named Roberts, who…

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley
IMDb: 7.8
110 min

The movie follows the rise and fall of a con man — a story that begins and ends at a seedy travelling carnival. Stanton Carlisle (Tyrone Power) joins the carnival,…

Brute Force

Brute Force

Brute Force
IMDb: 7.6
98

Timeworn Joe Collins and his fellow inmates live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins’ dreams of escape keep him going, but how can…

The Killers

The Killers

The Killers
IMDb: 7.8
105 min

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called ”the Swede”. When the killers find the Swede, he’s expecting them and doesn’t put up a fight. Since…

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep
IMDb: 7.9
116 min

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and…

Notorious

Notorious

Notorious
IMDb: 7.9
103 min

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they…

Gilda

Gilda

Gilda
IMDb: 7.7
110 min

Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson, who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on…

Spellbound

Spellbound

Spellbound
IMDb: 7.6
111 min

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses…

Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street
IMDb: 7.8
103 min

A man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman after rescuing her from an attack. She believes he is rich and her boyfriend persuades her to con him out of…

Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven
IMDb: 7.6
110 min

A young novelist, Richard Harland, meets beautiful Ellen Berent on a train where they fall in love and are soon married. When tragedies take first his handicapped young brother, then…

Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce
IMDb: 8.0
111 min

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.

Murder My Sweet

Murder My Sweet

Murder My Sweet
IMDb: 7.6
95 min

Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by hulking Moose Malloy to locate his old girlfriend that he lost track of while serving time in prison. With each lead he follows, Marlowe…

Laura

Laura

Laura
IMDb: 8.0
88 min

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.

The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window
IMDb: 7.7
99

A seductive woman gets an innocent professor mixed up in murder.

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity
IMDb: 8.3
107 min

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners…

Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt
IMDb: 7.8
108 min

A bored teen living in Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte ”Charlie” Newton, is frustrated because nothing seems to be happening in her life and that of her family. Then, she receives…

This Gun for Hire

This Gun for Hire

This Gun for Hire
IMDb: 7.4
81

Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates’ lovely…

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon
IMDb: 8.0
100 min

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

The Letter

The Letter

The Letter
IMDb: 7.6
95

After a woman shoots a man to death, a damning letter she wrote raises suspicions.

Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces
IMDb: 7.9
97 min

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where…

Scarface

Scarface

Scarface
IMDb: 7.8
93

A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.