Here is a table of contents for all Film Noir posts here on the Omnibus. Just click on the title and be taken to the post of your choice.
This is not meant to be a Best or Most Essential Film Noir Ever Made list; you'll see that plenty of big ones (The Big Sleep, Sweet Smell of Success, The Third Man, Touch of Evil, Double Indemnity and more) are missing, as well as any/all neo-noirs and anything made after 1965 or - with one exception - overseas. The internet is a vast and glorious place, and many such lists abound. Here are a few noirs that have held up under questioning (i.e. multiple viewings) for yours truly.
Presented in chronological order:
|I Wake Up Screaming (1941)|
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. Written by Dwight Taylor and Steve Fisher. Starring Betty Grable, Victor Mature, and Carole Landis. Cinematography by Edward Cronjager.
|The Seventh Victim (1943)|
Directed by Mark Robson. Written by DeWitt Bodeen and Charles O'Neal. Starring Kim Hunter, Isabell Jewell, Tom Conway, and Jean Brooks. Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Written by John Paxton. Cinematography by Harry J. Wild.
Directed by Edgar Ulmer. Written by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney. Starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage, and Claudia Drake. Cinematography by Benjamin Kline.
Directed by Anthony Mann. Written by John C. Higgins. Starring John Ireland, Hugh Beaumont, Sheila Ryan, and Jane Randolph. Cinematography by Guy Roe.
Directed by Anthony Mann. Written by John C. Higgins and Virginia Kellogg. Starring Dennis O'Keefe, Mary Meade, and Charles McGraw. Cinematography by John Alton.
|Out of the Past (1947)|
Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Written by Daniel Mainwaring, James M. Cain, and Frank Fenton. Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, and Rhonda Fleming. Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.
|Act of Violence (1948)|
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Written by Robert Richards and Collier Young. Starring Van Helfin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, and Mary Astor. Cinematography by Robert Surtees.
|The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)|
Directed by Earl McEvoy. Written by Harry Essex and Milton Lehman. Starring Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop, and Dorothy Malone. Cinematography by Joseph Biroc.
|The Asphalt Jungle (1950)|
Directed by John Huston. Written by Ben Maddow and John Huston. Cinematography by Harold Rosson.
Directed by Rudolph Mate. Written by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene. Starring Edmond O'Brien and Pamela Britton. Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.
|Gun Crazy (1950)|
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Written by MacKinlay Kantor and Dalton Trumbo. Starring Peggy Cummins and John Dall. Cinematography by Russell Harlan.
|His Kind of Woman (1951)|
Directed by John Farrow. Written by Frank Fenton and Jack Leonard. Starring Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum. Cinematography by Harry J. Wild.
|The Sniper (1952)|
Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Written by Harry Brown, Edna Anhalt, and Edward Anhalt. Starring Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, and Marie Windsor.
|Women's Prison (1955)|
Directed by Lewis Seiler. Written by Crane Wilbur and Jack DeWitt. Starring Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, and Audrey Totter. Cinematography by Lester White.
|Kiss Me Deadly (1955)|
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by Mickey Spillane and A.I. Bezzerides. Starring Ralph Meeker and Marian Carr. Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.
|Shoot the Piano Player (1960)|
Directed by François Truffaut. Written be François Truffaut and Marcel Moussy. Starring Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois. Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.
|The Girl Hunters (1963)|
Directed by Roy Rowland and written by Mickey Spillane.
| Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) |
Directed by Otto Preminger. Written by John Mortimer, Penelope Mortimer, and Ira Levin.
Last Edited: 3/11/2015