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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):

 

Latest Additions

 
The Big Clock Woman in the Window This Gun For Hire 711 Ocean Drive The Black Book Escape in the Fog The Killer That Stalked New York The Reckless Moment

 

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99 River Street 711 Ocean Drive Ace in the Hole 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 The Black Book The Blue Dahlia

 

Body and Soul Boomerang The  Breaking Point Brute Force 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 Cry Danger Cry of the City Cry Vengeance Dark City The Dark Mirror

 

Dark Passage Desert Fury Detour Double Indemnity Don't Bother to Knock A Double Life The Enforcer

 

Escape in the Fog 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 High Sierra Highway Dragnet The Hitch-Hiker

 

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 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

 

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

 

The Naked City The Naked Kiss Niagara Night and the City The Night of the Hunter 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 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 Shadow of a Doubt Shield For Murder Sleep My Love So Dark the Night Somewhere in the Night Spellbound

 

The Spiral

Staircase 

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 This Gun For Hire Too Late For Tears Touch of Evil Try and Get Me! Underworld U.S.A. Union Station

 

Where the Sidewalk Ends While the City Sleeps 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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