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 # Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
99 River Street (1953) UA  REVIEW MGM LE Line WBShop

711 Ocean Drive (1950) Columbia

REVIEW

Sony WB Archive

 

A Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
Abandoned (1949) Universal

 

   
The Accused (1949) Universal        
Ace in the Hole  (1951) Paramount

COMPARISON

Criterion

Denmark
Act of Violence (1948) Warner

REVIEW

Warner

or

Warner Box

 
Affair in Trinidad (1952) Columbia

COMPARISON

Sony US

Sony UK

 
Among the Living (1941) Paramount

 

   
Angel Face (1952) RKO COMPARISON Warner France
Another Man's Poison (1952) UA REVIEW

Image (OOP)

 
Appointment with Danger (1951) Paramount REVIEW Olive Films  
Armored Car Robbery (1950) MGM REVIEW Warner  

The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Warner

REVIEW

Warner

 

 

B Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
Backfire (1950) Warner REVIEW Warner Box  
Behind Locked Doors (1948) Eagle-Lion

REVIEW

KINO  
Berlin Express (1948) Universal REVIEW Warner WB ARCHIVE
Between Midnight and Dawn (1950) Columbia REVIEW Sony  
Beware, My Lovely (1952) RKO      
Bewitched (1945) MGM REVIEW Warner WB ARCHIVE
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) RKO REVIEW   Spain or Spain
Beyond the Forest (1949) Warner COMPARISON   Spain or France
The Big Clock (1948) Universal REVIEW Universal  
The Big Combo (1955) MGM COMPARISON

Geneon US or

Image US or

Alpha US or Olive Blu-ray

 
The Big Heat (1953) Columbia

COMPARISON

Columbia or

Sony Box or Twilight Time Blu-ray

 
The Big Knife (1955) MGM REVIEW MGM or Optimum (UK)  
The Big Night (1951) UA REVIEW Optimum (UK) Losey Box

MGM

France

MGM (MoD)

The Big Sleep (1950) Warner REVIEW Warner  
The Big Steal (1949) RKO REVIEW BOX

REVIEW FRENCH

Warner or

Warner Box

France
Black Angel (1946) Universal REVIEW Universal  
The Black Book (1949) Eagle-Lion COMPARISON Alpha or
VCI or Sony
Italy or Sony (MoD)
Black Tuesday (1954) UA      
Blonde Ice (1949) Film Classics REVIEW VCI  
The Blue Dahlia (1946) Paramount COMPARISON Universal Pictures (UK) or Koch (German)  
The Blue Gardenia (1953) Warner REVIEW Image  
A Blueprint for Murder (1953) 20th Century Fox REVIEW Fox  
Body and Soul (1950) UA COMPARISON Artisan or
Metrodome (UK) or Olive Blu-ray
France
Bodyguard (1948) Warner REVIEW Manga or Warner France Spain or WB ARCHIVE
Boomerang (1947) 20th Century Fox COMPARISON Fox or MoC Blu-ray  
Border Incident (1948) Warner REVIEW Warner Box  
Born to Kill (1947) Warner REVIEW Warner Box  
The Brasher Doubloon (1947) 20th Century Fox REVIEW Fox Cinema Archive  
The Breaking Point (1950) Warner REVIEW Warner WB ARCHIVE
The Bribe (1949) MGM REVIEW Warner WB ARCHIVE
The Brothers Rico (1958) Columbia REVIEW Sony Box  
Brute Force (1947) Universal COMPARISON Criterion or
Image (OOP)
, Arrow Blu-ray

France

Russia

The Burglar (1957) Columbia REVIEW Sony Box  

 

C

Title / Year  / Studio

Review / DVD Comparison LINK

POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK

OTHER PURCHASE LINK

Caged (1950) Warner

REVIEW

Warner Box  
Calcutta (1947) - Paramount      
Call Northside 777 (1948) 20th Century Fox REVIEW Fox  
Canon City (1948) Eagle Lion      
Cape Fear (1962) Universal COMPARISON

Universal or

Universal (UK)

 
The Captive City (1952) UA REVIEW MGM WBShop
Caught (1949) MGM REVIEW Second Sight (UK) or Olive Blu-ray France
Cause for Alarm! (1951) MGM REVIEW Roan Group  
Champion (1949) Republic COMPARISON

Republic or Olive Blu-ray

 
The Chase (1946)

REVIEW

VCI Box

 
Chicago Deadline (1949) Paramount      
Christmas Holiday (1944) Universal REVIEW Simply Media (UK) OOP  
City That Never Sleeps (1953) Republic REVIEW Olive Blu-ray  
Clash by Night (1952) Warner REVIEW Warner Box  
The Clay Pigeon (1949) REVIEW Manga

Spain or

France

Conflict (1945) Warner REVIEW Warner WB ARCHIVE
Convicted (1950) Columbia REVIEW TCM TCM Boxset
Cornered (1945) Warner REVIEW Warner Box  
Crack-Up (1946) RKO REVIEW Warner WB ARCHIVE
Crime of Passion (1957) MGM REVIEW MGM  
Crime Wave (1954) Warner REVIEW Warner Box  
The Crimson Kimono (1957) Columbia REVIEW Sony Box  
Criss Cross (1949) Universal REVIEW Universal  
The Crooked Way (1949) REVIEW Geneon  
Crossfire (1947) Warner REVIEW Warner or Warner Box  
Cry Danger (1951) RKO REVIEW Olive Blu-ray  
Cry of the City (1948) 20th Century Fox COMPARISON

BFI (UK)

 or 20th Century Fox

German

Spanish

French

Cry Vengeance (1954) Allied Artists REVIEW Olive Blu-ray  
 
D Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
D.O.A. (1950)

COMPARISON

Roan or
Alpha or
Image
Siren (UK)
The Damned Don't Cry (1950) Warner REVIEW Warner or Warner Box  
Danger Signal (1945) Warner      
Dark City (1950) Paramount REVIEW   Olive Films  
The Dark Corner (1946) 20th Century Fox REVIEW

Fox

 
The Dark Mirror (1946) Universal REVIEW  

Germany or France

or Spain

Dark Passage (1947) Warner REVIEW Warner  
The Dark Past (1948) Columbia REVIEW Columbia

Amazon Spain

Spain
Dark Waters (1944) REVIEW

Image

 
Dead Reckoning (1947) Columbia

COMPARISON

 

Columbia US or

Columbia UK

 
Deadline at Dawn (1946) RKO REVIEW Warner Box  
Decoy (1946) Monogram REVIEW Warner Box  
Desert Fury (1947) Paramount COMPARISON DV1

Germany or Australia or

Spain

Desperate (1947) RKO REVIEW Warner Box  
The Desperate Hours (1955) Paramount REVIEW Paramount  
Destination Murder (1950) RKO REVIEW Warner WB ARCHIVE
Detective Story (1951) Paramount REVIEW Paramount  
Detour (1945) PRC COMPARISON Alpha or
Image or
Siren (UK)
France
Dial 1119 (1950) MGM REVIEW Warner  
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) 20th Century Fox REVIEW

Fox or

Fox Boxset

 
Double Indemnity (1944) Universal COMPARISON MoC Blu-ray or Universal Blu-ray  
A Double Life (1947) Republic REVIEW Republic  
Drive a Crooked Road (1954) Columbia REVIEW Sony Box MU or TCM
 
E Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
Edge of Doom (1950) RKO

 

   

The Enforcer (1951) Republic Pictures

COMPARISON

Artisan or Olive Blu-ray

 

 

F Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
Fall Guy (1947) Monogram

REVIEW

Warner WB Archive
Fallen Angel (1945) 20th Century Fox COMPARISON Fox or BFI or BFI Box  
The Fallen Sparrow (1943) Warner REVIEW  Warner WB Archive
Fear (1946) Monogram      
Fear in the Night (1947) REVIEW

Alpha

 
The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) REVIEW Olive Blu-ray  
Follow Me Quietly (1949) RKO COMPARISON Warner France or Spain or WB ARCHIVE
Force of Evil (1948) COMPARISON Lions Gate or Olive Blu-ray France
Fourteen Hours (1951) 20th Century Fox REVIEW

Fox

 
Framed (1947) - Columbia REVIEW TCM TCM Boxset
Fury (1936) MGM REVIEW Warner  
 
G Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
The Gangster (1947) Allied Artists

REVIEW

Warner WB ARCHIVE
The Garment Jungle (1957) Columbia REVIEW Sony  
Gilda (1946) Columbia COMPARISON

 Columbia,

Sony Box or Sony Blu-ray

 
The Glass Key (1942) Universal REVIEW Universal (UK)  
The Guilty (1947) Monogram  

 

 
Guilty Bystander (1950) Laurel Films      
Gun Crazy (1949) Warner REVIEW Warner or Warner Box or Wild Side Blu-ray  
 
H Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
Hangover Square (1945) 20th Century Fox

REVIEW

Fox Box  
The Harder They Fall (1956) Columbia REVIEW Columbia (OOP) Japan Box (OOP)
He Ran All the Way (1951)  REVIEW Optimum (UK)  
He Walked by Night (1948) MGM COMPARISON MGM or Koch Media  
Hell's Half Acre (1954) Republic REVIEW

Olive Blu-ray

 
Hell's Island (1955) Paramount      
High Sierra (1941) Warner REVIEW Warner  
High Wall (1947) MGM REVIEW Warner WB Archive
Highway Dragnet (1954) Allied Artists REVIEW

 

 
Highway 301 (1950) Warner

REVIEW

 Warner WB Archive
His Kind of Woman (1951) Warner COMPARISON Warner Box or Odeon (UK)  
The Hitch-Hiker (1953) COMPARISON Kino or Roan or Kino Blu-ray  
Hollow Triumph (1948)  COMPARISON VCI or Koch Media  
The Hoodlum (1951) REVIEW Image  
Hoodlum Empire (1952) Republic REVIEW Olive Blu-ray  
House by the River (1950) Republic COMPARISON Kino France
House of Bamboo (1955) 20th Century Fox COMPARISON Fox Germany
House of Strangers (1949) 20th Century Fox REVIEW Fox  
The House on 92nd Street (1945) 20th Century Fox REVIEW Warner  
The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) 20th Century Fox REVIEW

Fox

 
Human Desire (1954) Columbia COMPARISON Sony Box Japan Box or Spain
 
I Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
I Confess (1953) Warner REVIEW Warner or Warner Box  
I Died a Thousand Times (1955) Warner REVIEW  Warner WB Archive
I Married a Communist aka The Woman on Pier 13 (1950) Warner

REVIEW

 Warner WB Archive
I, the Jury (1953) UA      
I Wake Up Screaming (1941) 20th Century Fox   REVIEW Fox  
I Walk Alone (1948) Paramount      
I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951) Warner REVIEW  Warner WB Archive
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948) Monogram  

 

 
Illegal (1955) Warner REVIEW

Warner

or

Warner Box

 
Impact (1949) UA REVIEW Image  
In a Lonely Place (1950) Columbia COMPARISON Columbia US or Columbia UK  
 
J Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
Jeopardy (1953) MGM REVIEW Warner Box  
Johnny Angel (1945) RKO      
Johnny Eager (1941) Warner

REVIEW

 Warner WB Archive
Johnny O'Clock (1947) Columbia REVIEW Sony  
Journey Into Fear (1942) RKO  REVIEW Warner France or Spain
 
K Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
Kansas City Confidential (1952) MGM COMPARISON MGM or
Image or
Alpha or
TreeLine or Blu-ray
France (OOP)
Key Largo (1948) Warner REVIEW Warner  
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) Columbia

REVIEW

Sony Box  
Killer's Kiss (1955) MGM COMPARISON MGM vs. Criterion Blu-ray  
The Killers (1946) Universal COMPARISON Criterion s. Carlotta Blu-ray  
The Killing (1956) MGM COMPARISON  MGM vs. Criterion Blu-ray  
A Kiss Before Dying (1956) MGM REVIEW MGM  
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) MGM REVIEW

MGM (OOP) or Blu-ray

 
Kiss of Death (1947) 20th Century Fox COMPARISON

Fox

or

BFI (UK) OOP

 
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) Universal      
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) Republic COMPARISON Artisan(OOP)or Olive Blu-ray  
Knock on Any Door (1949) Columbia COMPARISON   Japan Box or Germany
 
L Title / Year  / Studio Review / DVD Comparison LINK

 POSTER / STAR LARGE SCAN LINKS

AMAZON DVD PURCHASE LINK OTHER PURCHASE LINK
The Lady from Shanghai (1948) Columbia

COMPARISON

Columbia or TCM Blu-ray  
Lady in the Lake (1947) Warner US REVIEW Warner Box  
A Lady Without Passport (1950) MGM  REVIEW Warner WB Archive
Laura (1944) 20th Century Fox US COMPARISON Fox Blu-ray  
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) 20th Century Fox COMPARISON

Fox or Twilight Time Blu-ray

 
The Letter (1940) Warner REVIEW Warner  
The Lineup (1958) Columbia REVIEW Sony Box  
Loan Shark (1952) Lippert REVIEW VCI  
The Locket (1946) RKO REVIEW

Warner

or

Manga

WB Archive

Spain

The Lodger (1944) 20th Century Fox

REVIEW

Fox Box  
The Long Night (1947) RKO REVIEW

Kino or

Kino Box

 
The Long Wait (1954) UA      
Loophole (1954) - Allied Artists REVIEW Warner WB Archive
The Lost Weekend (1945) Universal REVIEW Universal or MoC Blu-ray  
Lured (1947) UA REVIEW Kino  

 

For almost a decade, Gregory and I have maintained, updated and altered the DVDBeaver complete list of generically labeled film noir titles (now 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.)

 

The term itself is literally translated as "Black Cinema (or film)" and so defined by French critics post WW2 to describe the increasing trend of American crime dramas shot with murky, shadowy grays often with anti-hero protagonists. The description evolved to center around mid-to-lower economic-class characters that were enticed, often by circumstance, to do something illegal... in pursuit of love and/or money. Wilder's Double Indemnity and Edgar Ulmer's Detour would be prime mid-1940s examples. The nebulous Noir moniker expanded to include films with plot devices of amnesia, recent ex-convict characters, flash-back (remembered) narratives, femme fatales, tragic conflict between individual and society, shared guilt, pathos, classic nemesis and occasional obtuse camera angles. These became the mainstay recognizable stylistic norms building the distinguishing keys of 'Film-Noir'. Most often the plots were derived from the hard-boiled pulp fiction crime novels of the era. More of a theme or mood than to be pigeon-holed as a 'genre' - perhaps the beauty of 'Film-Noir' is its lack of limitation, and its corresponding problematic nature of strict classification.

 

We have taken care to parse down the pre-existing list(s) while occasionally adding our own titles (agreed upon by committee). We decided that our below listing - always in state of flux, with possible insertions or deletions potentially forthcoming - finally be made public. We still maintain that there should be no rigid definition to unnecessarily inhibit the style and we don't rate our list as either comprehensive nor definitive. Please find a list of films that are deserved of the term 'Film-Noir'... we feel these are 'essential' to the term's core understanding.

 

Gary Tooze (and Gregory Meshman) 

 

NOTE: Titles in bold are, or have been at one time, available on DVD. Images are linked to, frequently very large, scans for both posters and star photos (not necessarily glossies from that corresponding film). More will be added over time - please continue to re-visit and comment HERE on titles you may feel have enough merit to considered for addition to the list. Your opinion matters greatly to us. We developed this page for you.

 

 

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