100 best film noir movies

A list of the best film noir films, selected by visitors to our site: Drive, Altered Carbon: Resleeved, Dial M for Murder, Under the Silver Lake, Double Indemnity, The Killing, The Third Man, Spellbound, Gaslight, Ace in the Hole, The Lost Weekend, Suspicion, The Wrong Man, Zift, Niagara, The Lady from Shanghai, Angels with Dirty Faces, Stage Fright, Shoot the Piano Player, Gilda
Drive (2011)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:40

A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantastic, action, detective, film noir
CountryUSA

On the planet Latimer, Takeshi Kovacs must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.

Dial M for Murder (1954)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrethriller, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:45

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan - to frame her for murder instead.

Under the Silver Lake (2018)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration02:18

Young and disenchanted Sam meets a mysterious and beautiful woman who's swimming in his building's pool one night. When she suddenly vanishes the next morning, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy.

Double Indemnity (1944)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:47

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 in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.

The Killing (1956)
Duration01:25

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 gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.

The Third Man (1949)
Duration01:44

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

Spellbound (1945)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:51

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 that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man's murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

Gaslight (1944)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:54

In the late 19th century, Paula Alquist is studying music in Italy, but ends up abandoning her classes because she's fallen in love with the gallant Gregory Anton. The couple marries and moves to England to live in a home inherited by Paula from her aunt, herself a famous singer, who was mysteriously murdered in the house ten years before. Though Paula is certain that she sees the house's gaslights dim every evening and that there are strange noises coming from the attic, Gregory convinces Paula that she's imagining things. Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard inspector, Brian Cameron, becomes sympathetic to Paula's plight.

Ace in the Hole (1951)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:51

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 escalates into an out-of-control media circus.

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The Lost Weekend (1945)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:41

Don Birnam, a long-time alcoholic, has been sober for ten days and appears to be over the worst... but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother and girlfriend, he begins a four-day bender that just might be his last - one way or another.

Suspicion (1941)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:39

Wealthy, sheltered Lina McLaidlaw is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Johnnie Aysgarth. Though warned that Johnnie is little more than a fortune hunter, Lina marries him anyway and remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually Lina comes to the conclusion that Johnnie intends to kill her in order to collect her inheritance. The suspicion seems confirmed when Johnnie's business partner dies under mysterious circumstances.

The Wrong Man (1956)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:45

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

Zift (2008)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime, film noir
CountryBulgaria
Duration01:32

Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien world - the totalitarian Sofia of the 60s. His first night of freedom draws the map of a diabolical city full of decaying neighborhoods, gloomy streets and a bizarre parade of characters.

Niagara (1952)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:32

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:27

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

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:37

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 he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

Stage Fright (1950)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, detective, film noir
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:50

A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high-society entertainer.

Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryFrance
Duration01:25

Charlie is a former classical pianist who has changed his name and now plays jazz in a grimy Paris bar. When Charlie's brothers, Richard and Chico, surface and ask for Charlie's help while on the run from gangsters they have scammed, he aids their escape. Soon Charlie and Lena, a waitress at the same bar, face trouble when the gangsters arrive, looking for his brothers.

Gilda (1946)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:50

A gambler discovers an old flame while in Argentina, but she's married to his new boss.

The Wild Goose Lake (2019)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, crime, film noir
CountryChina, France
Duration01:05

A gangster on the run, sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

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 jewel heist.

In a Lonely Place (1950)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:34

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

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:53

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

Killer's Kiss (1954)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:07

The film revolves around Davey Gordon, a 29 year old welterweight New York boxer in the end of his career, and his relationship with a dancer and her violent employer.

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:36

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 is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas. Hunsecker strongly disapproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.

Out of the Past (1947)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:37

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 secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.

White Heat (1949)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:54

A psychopathic criminal 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 take a crazy turn.

The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:46

After World War I, Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere.

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, detective, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:51

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.




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