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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 Naked City Brute Force Calcutta Abandoned The Sleeping City Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Criss Cross Sorry, Wrong Number Hollywood Story The Price of Fear




99 River Street 711 Ocean Drive Abandoned 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 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 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 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 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 Somewhere in the Night Sorry, Wrong Number



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 This Gun For Hire Too Late For Tears Touch of Evil Trapped 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 Hiding Woman in the Window


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

















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