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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):

 

99 River Street Ace in the Hole Another Man's Poison Appointment With Danger Asphalt Jungle The Big Clock The Big Combo

 

The Big Heat The Big Knife The Big Sleep The Blue Dahlia Body and Soul Boomerang The  Breaking Point

 

Brute Force Call Northside 777 Cape Fear Caught Champion City That Never Sleeps Crime of Passion

 

The Crimson Kimono Criss Cross Cry Danger Cry of the City Cry Vengeance Dark City The Dark Mirror

 

Dark Passage Double Indemnity The Captive City The Chase Crashout The Crooked Way A Double Life

 

The Enforcer Fallen Angel The File on Thelma Jordan Force of Evil Gilda The Glass Key Gun Crazy

 

He Ran All the Way He Walked By Night Hell's Half Acre Hell on Frisco Bay Hoodlum Empire House of Bamboo The House on 92 Street

 

The Hitch-Hiker I Confess I Wake Up Screaming In A Lonely Place Kansas City Confidential Key Largo The Killer is Loose The Killers

 

The Killing The Killing A Kiss Before Dying Kiss Me Deadly Kiss of Death Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye The Lady From Shanghai

 

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

 

Man in the Dark Mildred Pierce Ministry of Fear Mr. Arkadin Murder My Sweet The Naked City The Naked Kiss

 

Niagara Night and the City The Night of the Hunter Nightmare Alley Notorious Odds Against Tomorrow On Dangerous Ground

 

Out of the Past Panic on the Streets Pickup on South Street Pitfall Plunder Road Possessed The Postman Always Rings Twice

 

Private Hell 36 The Prowler The Red House Ride the Pink Horse Road House Ruthless The Scar

 

Scarlet Street Secret Beyond the Door Shadow of a Doubt Shield For Murder Sleep My Love Somewhere in the Night Spellbound

 

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 Suspicion Sweet Smell of Success T-Men They Live By Night Thieves Highway The Third Man

 

Too Late For Tears Touch of Evil Try and Get Me! Union Station Where the Sidewalk Ends Whirlpool White Heat

 

Witness To Murder Woman in the Window Woman on the Run World For Ransom The Wrong Man You Only Live Once

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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