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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 Reckless Moment Phantom Lady Laura So Dark the Night Human Desire Detour My Name is Julia Ross The Glass Key Desert Fury




99 River Street 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 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 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 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


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! 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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