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For over a decade, Gregory and I have maintained, updated and altered the DVDBeaver complete list of generically labeled film noir titles with over 1000 entries (located HERE.) Over time we watched and reviewed hundreds, read many books on the 'dark cinema' and had group email discussions with our friend and noir aficionado Irina... plus many others that we consider experts who we've encountered over the years. So while there is no universally accepted definition of the term 'Film Noir' - nor the titles that deserve to be punctuated by that powerful descriptive classification - we were able to establish a criteria consensus of our very own. We maintain that the cycle is deeply based in American-made films, from the 1940s through to the late 50s, and we don't deviate from that in our selections (the UK produced The Third Man may be a notable exception.) This 'Essential List' is located HERE, and has thumbnail links to large posters and 8X10 star glossies plus purchase and review links.

Further parsed from that are the Essential Film Noir that are available on Blu-ray listed below in alphabetical order (click review buttons to also see comparisons where applicable):


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The Suspect So Evil My Love Framed Alias Nick Beal Detective Story The Undercover Man Drive a Crooked Road This Gun For Hire The Naked City Brute Force




99 River Street 711 Ocean Drive Abandoned Ace in the Hole Alias Nick Beal Another Man's Poison Appointment With Danger Asphalt Jungle


Beyond a Reasonable Doubt The Big Clock The Big Combo The Big Heat The Big Knife The Big Sleep Black Angel The Black Book


The Blue Dahlia Body and Soul Boomerang The  Breaking Point Brute Force Calcutta Call Northside 777 Cape Fear


The Captive City Caught Champion The Chase City That Never Sleeps Crashout Crime of Passion The Crimson Kimono


Criss Cross The Crooked Way The Crooked Web Cry Danger Cry of the City Cry Vengeance Dark City The Dark Mirror


Dark Passage Desert Fury Detective Story Detour Double Indemnity Don't Bother to Knock A Double Life Drive a Crooked Road


The Enforcer Escape in the Fog Fallen Angel The File on Thelma Jordan Force of Evil Framed Gaslight (1944) Gilda


The Glass Key Gun Crazy He Ran All the Way He Walked By Night Hell's Half Acre Hell on Frisco Bay High Sierra Highway Dragnet


The Hitch-Hiker Hollywood Story Hoodlum Empire House of Bamboo The House on 92 Street Human Desire I Confess I Wake Up Screaming


I Walk Alone In A Lonely Place Kansas City Confidential Key Largo The Killer is Loose The Killer That Stalked New York The Killers The Killing


The Killing A Kiss Before Dying Kiss Me Deadly Kiss of Death Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye The Lady From Shanghai Laura


Leave Her To Heaven The Letter The Lineup The Lodger The Lost Weekend Lured M (1951) The Maltese Falcon


Man in the Dark The Man Who Cheated Himself  Mildred Pierce Ministry of Fear Moonrise Mr. Arkadin Murder My Sweet My Name is Julia Ross


Naked Alibi The Naked City The Naked Kiss Niagara Night and the City The Night Holds Terror The Night of the Hunter Nightfall



Nightmare Alley No Way Out Notorious Odds Against Tomorrow On Dangerous Ground Out of the Past Panic on the Streets Phantom Lady


Pickup on South Street Pitfall Plunder Road Possessed The Postman Always Rings Twice The Price of Fear Private Hell 36 The Prowler


Raw Deal The Reckless Moment The Red House Ride the Pink Horse Road House Ruthless The Scar Scarlet Street


Secret Beyond the Door The Set-up Shadow of a Doubt Shield For Murder Sleep My Love The Sleeping City So Dark the Night So Evil My Love


Somewhere in the Night Sorry, Wrong Number Spellbound

The Spiral


Storm Fear The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry The Strange Love of Martha Ivers The Stranger


Strangers on a Train Sudden Fear Suddenly Sunset Boulevard The Suspect Suspicion Sweet Smell of Success T-Men They Live By Night


Thieves Highway The Third Man This Gun For Hire Too Late For Tears Touch of Evil Trapped Try and Get Me! Underworld U.S.A. The Undercover Man


Union Station Where the Sidewalk Ends While the City Sleeps Whirlpool White Heat Witness To Murder Woman in Hiding Woman in the Window


Woman on the Run World For Ransom The Wrong Man You Only Live Once

















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