Film-Noir

Hollow Triumph

Hollow Triumph

Hollow Triumph

IMDb: 7.1
1948
83min

A film noir drama in which a sophisticated con man, who has just stolen from the mob, is forced to impersonate a psychiatrist who looks just like him, going so far as to cut himself on the cheek to duplicate a similar scar on the doctor. When he takes matters even further, karma arrives, forcing him to pay the debts of his double.

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Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

IMDb: 7.1
1950
110min

A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he’s accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.

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Deadline – U.S.A.

Deadline – U.S.A.

Deadline – U.S.A.

IMDb: 7.2
1952
87min

With three days before his paper folds, a crusading editor tries to expose a vicious gangster.

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The Third Man

The Third Man

The Third Man

IMDb: 8.2
1949
105min

Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, “The Third Man” stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to find him dead. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a “third man” present at the time of Harry’s death, running into interference from British officer Maj. Calloway and falling head-over-heels for Harry’s grief-stricken lover, Anna.

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Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

IMDb: 8.0
1945
111min

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.

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Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd.

IMDb: 8.5
1950
110min

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

IMDb: 7.6
1950
95min

Tough NYC police detective Dixon misses out on a promotion because of his record of roughing up suspects. When he accidentally kills a suspect in a murder case he plants clues to absolve himself. But when the father of a woman he recently fell in love with is accused of the crime his plan looks like it’s back firing.

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Possessed

Possessed

Possessed

IMDb: 7.2
1947
108min

A dazed woman walks the streets of Los Angeles looking for a man named David. After collapsing in a diner, she’s taken to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. Flashbacks reveal her obsession for David as a result of borderline personality disorder which ultimately leads to murder.

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Night and the City

Night and the City

Night and the City

IMDb: 8.0
1950
101min

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

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Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

IMDb: 8.0
1951
101min

A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.

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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

IMDb: 8.0
1946
116min

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.

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Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

IMDb: 8.1
1958
95min

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies, are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie, in jeopardy.

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Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces

IMDb: 8.0
1938
97min

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his Solicitor – prior to his jail term.

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Murder, My Sweet

Murder, My Sweet

Murder, My Sweet

IMDb: 7.6
1944
95min

Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by hulking Moose Malloy to locate his old girlfriend that he lost track of while serving time in prison. With each lead he follows, Marlowe encounters lies, larceny, perjury, theft and a beautiful femme fatale. Based on Raymond Chandler’s novel “Farewell My Lovely”, which was also the film’s title in the United Kingdom.

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Out of the Past

Out of the Past

Out of the Past

IMDb: 8.1
1947
97min

Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.

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Laura

Laura

Laura

IMDb: 8.1
1944
88min

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.

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A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

IMDb: 6.8
1956
94min

Bud Corliss (Wagner) is an ambitious student who is wooing Dorothy Kingship (Woodward) purely for her father’s mining fortune. When he discovers that Dorothy is pregnant with his child, he realizes she is quite likely to be disinherited by her wealthy family. He assures Dorothy that he’ll take care of her, yet he hesitates when Dorothy insists on marrying. Bud then murders Dorothy and stages it in a way that it appears to be a suicide. He then reaches out to her sister Ellen (Leith) with the hopes of marrying her in order to ingratiate himself with her father. After a couple of months Ellen finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, and then discovers Bud knew Dorothy. Ellen struggles to avenge her sister and save her own life.

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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

IMDb: 8.1
1941
100min

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

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The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

IMDb: 8.0
1955
93min

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

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The Killers

The Killers

The Killers

IMDb: 7.8
1946
105min

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called “the Swede”. When the killers find the Swede, he’s expecting them and doesn’t put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator, on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede’s past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man.

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Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

IMDb: 8.3
1944
107min

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.

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The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

IMDb: 7.0
1953
71min

Ray and Gilbert’s fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the run from the law. He’s killed before, and he lets the two know that as soon as they’re no longer useful, he’ll kill again. The two friends plot an escape, but the hitchhiker’s peculiar physical affliction, an eye that never closes even when he sleeps, make it impossible for them to tell when they can make a break for it.

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Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

IMDb: 6.7
1954
83min

A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder while looking out her bedroom window.

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Gilda

Gilda

Gilda

IMDb: 7.7
1946
110min

Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson, who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples is strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda, whom Johnny once knew and learned to hate. The relationship of Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre after Mundson disappears…

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The Naked City

The Naked City

The Naked City

IMDb: 7.6
1948
96min

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl’s killer.

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The Big Clock

The Big Clock

The Big Clock

IMDb: 7.7
1948
95min

Stroud, a crime magazine’s crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try to disrupt his ordinarily brilliant investigative team as they increasingly build evidence (albeit wrong) that he is the killer.

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White Heat

White Heat

White Heat

IMDb: 8.2
1949
114min

A psychopathic criminal (Cagney) with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events take a crazy turn.

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99 River Street

99 River Street

99 River Street

IMDb: 7.5
1953
83min

A former boxer –now taxi driver– gets mixed up with jewel thieves.

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Wild Calendar

Wild Calendar

Wild Calendar

IMDb: 7.1
1949
88min

It was Leonora Eames’ childhood dream come true. She had married Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions. But her innocent dream became a nightmare once she realizes the truth about her husband – he is power mad and insane! Since he will not grant her a divorce, she leaves her life of luxury on Long Island and goes to work as a receptionist in an impoverished doctor’s office in NYC’s lower east side. After Smith deceives her into a temporary reconciliation, Leonora becomes pregnant. By the time she realizes she is expecting, she and one of the doctors, Larry Quinada (James Mason), have fallen in love. But she is again lured backed to her wealthy husband to give her child financial security. Her sadistic husband is hell-bent on keeping her and her child prisoner. What will happen to Leonora?

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Whirlpool

Whirlpool

Whirlpool

IMDb: 6.9
1950
98min

The wife of a psycho-analyst falls prey to a devious quack hypnotist when he discovers she is an habitual shoplifter. Then one of his previous patients now being treated by the real doctor is found murdered, with her still at the scene, and suspicion points only one way.

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Plunder Road

Plunder Road

Plunder Road

IMDb: 6.9
1957
72min

A spectacular heist starts to unravel as the crooks take it on the lam.

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Hangmen Also Die!

Hangmen Also Die!

Hangmen Also Die!

IMDb: 7.5
1943
134min

During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda, a Czech patriot, assassinates the brutal “Hangman of Europe”, Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, and is wounded in the process. In his attempt to escape, he is helped by history professor Stephen Novotny and his daughter Mascha.

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Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

IMDb: 7.9
1945
103min

A man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman after rescuing her from an attack. She believes he is rich and her boyfriend persuades her to con him out of his fortune.

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Spellbound

Spellbound

Spellbound

IMDb: 7.6
1945
111min

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man’s murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

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Notorious

Notorious

Notorious

IMDb: 8.0
1946
103min

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian, a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.

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The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai

IMDb: 7.7
1947
87min

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.

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Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

IMDb: 8.2
1951
111min

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to revitalize his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control media circus.

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The Big Heat

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

IMDb: 8.0
1953
89min

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague’s suicide and his fellow officers’ suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters’ payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster’s spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland’s insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth.

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Niagara

Niagara

Niagara

IMDb: 7.1
1953
92min

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.

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Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

IMDb: 7.0
1954
80min

A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.

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