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Arrow Official Film Noir on Blu-ray Thread

By popular demand, we now have a thread dedicated to Film Noir on Blu-ray. Film noir is a rather broad category, so it shouldn't surprise anyone one that it isn't easily defined (see our section on Defining Film Noir). As such, what constitutes a film noir open to interpretation

There may be certain additions and/or omissions on here that everyone won't agree with. There are some that might be considered "quasi-noir", or perhaps a hybrid of genres including film noir. The merits of whether such films belong on the list is entirely up to this community. I'm merely the curator the list, the contributions of the people here are what will truly determine what ultimately makes the cut. I thank you in advance for understanding this, and I hope everyone appreciates the contributions of everyone involved.

About the Formatting:

The list will be categorized by year, and broken into sections by decade. There will be a list for Classic noir, as well as one for Neo-Noir titles. Because of the iconic artwork usually found with Film noir titles, cover art will be presented here, as well as a text-link to the database entry and/or review from this site. Additionally an A-Z list will be created.

Noir Sub-genres: While Film noir is generally considered an American convention, there are also sub-genres of noir that include French, British, and other International Noir. Because of this, there has been some debate as to whether those titles should be included in the general list or not. I don't feel there are enough titles to justify making a separate category, so I will designate those films with their respective flags in the A-Z listing. So for instance, the British film noir Brighton Rock will feature the UK flag () next to the title in the A-Z list. I hope that's a fair compromise to everyone.

International releases: As this list is meant to be available to as many peopel as possible, the A-Z list will provide other countries where the Blu-ray is also available. This will be designated by the country's initials in parentheses. For Instance, Boomerang is available in the US and UK so it is written as (US / UK).


Film Noir A-Z

Classic Film Noir
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5 Against the House (1955)
711 Ocean Drive (1950)
99 River Street (1953)
Abandoned (1949)
Ace in the Hole (1951) (US / UK)
Accused, The (1949)
Address Unknown (1944)
Alias Nick Beal (1949)
Affair in Trinidad (1952)
All the King's Men (1949)
All My Sons (1948)
Amazing Mr. X, The (aka The Spiritualist) (1948)
Among the Living (1941)
An Act of Murder (1948)
Another Man's Poison (1951)
Appointment with a Shadow (1957)
Appointment with Crime (1946) ()
Appointment with Danger (1951) (US) (AUS)
Asphalt Jungle, The (1950)
Assignment Paris! (1952)
Back to the Wall (1958) ()
Bait (1954)
Beast Must Die, The (aka La bestia debe morir) (1952) ()
Beautiful Stranger (1954) ()
Because of You (1952)
Behind the High Wall (1956)
Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)
Beware, My Lovely (1952) (AUS)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Big Clock, The (1948) (DE)
Big Combo, The (1955)
Big Heat, The (1953) (US / UK / FR)
Big House, U.S.A. (1955)
Big Knife, The (1955)
Big Operator, The (1959)
Big Sleep, The (1946)
Bitter Stems, The (aka Los tallos amargos) (1956) ()
Black Angel (1946)
Black Book, The (1949)
Black Vampire, The (El Vampiro Negro) (1953) ()
Black Widow (1954)
Blood on the Moon (1948)
Blue Dahlia, The (1946) (US / UK)
Blue Lamp, The (1950) ()
Body and Soul (1947)
Boomerang! (1947) (US / UK)
Boss, The (1956)
Breaking Point, The (1950)
Brighton Rock (1947) ()
Brothers Rico, The (1957)
Brute Force (1947) (UK / DE)
Bullet for Joey, A (1955)
Bullet is Waiting, A (1954)
Calcutta (1946)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Captive City, The (1952)
Capture, The (1950)
Case Against Brooklyn, The (1958)
Cast a Dark Shadow (1955) ()
Cat People (1942)
Caught (1949)
Cell 2455, Death Row (1955)
Champion (1949)
Chase, The (1946)
Chicago Confidential (1957)
Chicago Syndicate (1955)
City of Fear (1959)
City that Never Sleeps (1953)
Convicted (1950)
Corbeau, Le (1943) ()
Cover-Up (1949)
Crashout (1955)
Crime of Passion (1957)
Crimson Kimono, The (1959)
Criss Cross (1949)
Crooked Way, The (1949)
Crooked Web, The (1955)
Crossfire (1947)
Cry Danger (1951)
Cry of the City (1948)
Cry Vengeance (1954)
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Dancing with Crime (1947) ()
Dark City (1950)
Dark Mirror, The (1946)
Dark Passage (1947)
Dark Past, The (1948)
Dark Waters (1944)
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Deported (1950)
Desert Fury (1947)
Desperate Hours, The (1955) (AU)
Detective Story (1951)
Diaboliques, Les (1955) () (US / UK)
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Double Indemnity (1944) (US / UK) (Also on 4K/UHD)
Double Life, A (1947)
Down Three Dark Streets (1954)
Drive a Crooked Road (1954)
Escape in the Fog (1945)
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Enforcer, The (1951) (US) (AUS)
Enter Arsène Lupin (1944)
Face Behind the Mask, The (1941) (Aus)
Fallen Angel (1945)
Family Secret, The (1951)
Fearmakers, The (1958)
Female Animal, The (1958)
Female on the Beach (1955).
File on Thelma Jordon, The (1950)
Five Steps to Danger (1957)
Flesh and Fury (1952)
Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
Force of Evil (1948)
Framed (1947)
Garment Jungle, The (1957)
Gilda (1946)
Girl in the Black Stockings, The (1957)
Girl in the Kremlin (1957)
Glass Key, The (1942) (US / UK)
Glass Web, The (3D) (1953)
Good Die Young, The (1954) ()
Green Cockatoo, The (1937) ()
Guilt of Janet Ames, The (1947)
Guilty, The (1947)
Gun Crazy (1950)
Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)
Gun Runners, The (1958)
Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
Hangover Square (1945)
Harder They Fall, The (1956)
Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
Hell's Five Hours (1958)
Hell's Half Acre (1954)
He Ran All The Way (1951)
He Walked By Night (1948)
Hidden Fear (1957)
High Sierra (1941)
High Tide (1947)
Highway Dragnet (1954)
Hitch-Hiker, The (1953)
Hold Back Tomorrow (1955)
Hollow Triumph (aka The Scar) (1948)
Hollywood Story (1951)
Hoodlum Empire (1952)
House by the River (1950)
House of Bamboo (1955)
House of Strangers (1949)
House on 92nd Street, The (1945)
Human Desire (1954)
I, Confess (1953)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
Inferno (1953)
It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) ()
I, The Jury (1953) (3D/4K)
I Walk Alone (1948)
I Wake Up Screaming (aka Hot Spot) (1941)
I Want to Live! (1958)
I Was A Shoplifter (1950)
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)
Jennifer (1953) (AUS)
Johnny Allegro (1949)
Johnny O'Clock (1947)
Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Key Largo (1948)
Killer is Loose, The (1956)
Killer's Kiss (1955) (US / UK)
Killers, The (1946) (US / UK)
Killer That Stalked New York, The (1950)
Killing, The (1956) (US / UK)
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Kiss of Death (1947) (US / UK)
Kiss the Blood Off My Hand (1949)
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
Knock on Any Door (1949)
Lady from Shanghai, The (1947) (US / UK / AUS)
Lady Gambles, The (1949)
Lady on a Train (1945)
Larceny (1948)
Laura (1944)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Letter, The (1940)
Life at Stake, A (1955)
Lineup, The (1958)
Lisbon (1956)
Long Haul, The (1957)
Long Wait, The (1954)
Lost Weekend, The(1945) (UK)
Lured (1947)
M (1951) (FR)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Man Afraid (1957)
Man Between, The (1953) ()
Man on the Run (1949) () (UK)
Man in the Dark 3D, The (1953)
Man Who Cheated Himself, The (1950)
Man Who Died Twice, The (1958)
Man Who Watched Trains Go By, The (aka Paris Express, The) (1952) ()
Miami Story, The (1954)
Midnight Story, The (1957)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Ministry of Fear (1944)
Mob, The (1951)
Moonrise (1948)
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Murder By Contract (1958)
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
My Gun is Quick (1957)
My Name is Julia Ross (1945)
Naked Alibi, The (1954)
Naked City, The (1948)
Naked Spur, The (1953)
Native Son (1951)
New Orleans Uncensored (1955)
Niagara (1953)
Night and the City (1950) ()
Nightfall (1957)
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
Night Holds Terror, The (1955)
Nightmare (1956)
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Night of the Hunter, The (1955) (US / UK)
Night Runner, The (1957)
No Orchids For Miss Blandish (1948) ()
No Man of Her Own (1950)
No Man's Woman (1955)
Notorious (1946)
No Way Out (1950) (UK)
Odd Man Out (1947) ()
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
One Way Street (1950)
Out of the Past (1947)
Outside the Law (1956)
Outside the Wall (1950)
Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943)
Panique (1946) () (FR)
Panic in the Streets (1950) (US / UK)
Party Girl (1958)
Patterns (1956)
Phantom Lady (1944)
Pickup Alley (1953) (US / UK)
Pickup on South Street (1953) (US) (UK)
Pitfall (1948)
Plunder of the Sun (1953)
Plunder Road (1957)
Poison Ivy (La Môme Vert de Gris) (1953) ()
Pool of London (1951) () (UK)
Possessed (1947)
Postman Always Rings Twice. The (1945)
Price of Fear, The (1956)
Private Hell 36 (1954)
Prowler, The (1951)
Pursued (1947)
Pushover (1954)
Quai des Orfèvres (1947) ()
Raging Tide (1951)
Ramrod (1947)
Raw Deal (1948)
Raw Wind in Eden (1958)
Reckless Moment, The (1949)
Red House, The (1947)
Red Menace, The (1948)
Repeat Performance (1947)
Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
Rififi (1955) () (US / UK / FR)
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
River's Edge, The (1957)
Road House (1948)
Rope of Sand (1949) (US) (AUS)
Rumble on the Docks (1956)
Ruthless (1948)
Scandal Sheet (1952) (UK)
Scarlet Hour, The (1956)
Scarlet Street (1945)
Secret Beyond the Door (1947)
Set-Up, The (1949)
Seven Days to Noon (1950) ()
Shack Out on 101 (1955)
Shadow in the Window, The (1956)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Shakedown (1950)
Shanghai Story, The (1954)
She Played With Fire (1957)
Shield for Murder (1954)
Shockproof (1949) (UK)
Singapore (1947)
Sirocco (1951)
Six Bridges to Cross (1955)
Slasher, The (1953) (aka Cosh Boy) ()
Sleeping City, The (1950)
Sleeping Tiger, The (1954) () (UK)
Sleep, My Love (1948)
Sniper, The (1952)
So Dark the Night (1946)
So Evil My Love (1948)
Somewhere in the Night (1947) (FR)
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) (US) (AUS)
Speaking of Murder (1957) ()
Spin a Dark Web (1955)
Spiral Staircase, The (1946)
Spy Hunt (1950)
Square Jungle, The (1955)
Step By Step (1946)
Step Down to Terror (1958)
Storm Fear (1955)
Strange Adventure, A (1956)
Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The (1945)
Strange Love of Martha Ivers, The (1946)
Strange One, The (1957)
Stranger, The (1946)
Stranger on the Prowl (1952)
Strangers in the Night (1944)
Street of Chance (1942)
Such a Pretty Little Beach (Une si jolie petite plage) (1949) ()
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Sudden Fear (1952)
Suddenly (1954)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Suspect, The (1944)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Take One False Step (1949)
Tallos Amargos, Los (aka The Bitter Stone) (1956) ()
Tangier (1946)
Tattered Dress, The (1957)
Temptation (1946)
Time Without Pity (1957) ()
Touchez pas au grisbi (aka Hands off the Loot) (1954) () (UK / FR)
They Live By Night (1948)
They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) ()
They Won't Believe Me (1947)
Thieves Highway (1949)
Third Man, The (1949) ()
This Gun For Hire (1942)
Thunder on the Hill (1951)
Thunder Road (1958)
Tight Spot (1955)
Tijuana Story, The (1957)
Time Out of Mind (1947)
T-Men (1947)
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Too Late for Years (1949)
Touch of Evil (1958) (US / UK) (Also on 4K/UHD)
Town on Trial (1957) () (UK)
Trap, The (1959)
Trapped (1949)
Try and Get Me! (aka The Sound of Fury) (1950)
Turning Point, The (1952)
Twist of Fate (1954)
Two Men in Manhattan (Deux hommes dans Manhattan) (1959) ()
Undercover Girl (1950)
Undercover Man, The (1949)
Undertow (1945)
Unguarded Moment, The (1956)
Union Station (1950)
Vertigo (1958)
Vice Raid (1959)
Violent Saturday (1955)
Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)
Walk East on Beacon! (1954)
Wanted for Murder (1946) ()
Web, The (1947)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
While the City Sleeps (1956)
Whirlpool (1949)
White Heat (1949)
Window, The (1949)
Witness in the city (1959) ()
Witness to Murder (1954)
Woman in Hiding (1950)
Woman in the Window, The (1944)
Woman on the Run (1950)
Woman's Devotion, A (1956)
Woman's Vengeance, A (1948)
World in My Corner (1956)
World for Ransom (1954)
Wrong Man, The (1956)
Yellow Sky (1948)
Yield to the Night (1956) ()

Classic Film Noir: Late Period
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Alphaville (1965)
Black Gravel (1961) ()
Cape Fear (1962)
Death Whistles the Blues (La muerte silba un blue) (1964) ()
Experiment in Terror (1962)
Girl Hunters, The (1963)
High and Low (1963) ()
Incident, The (1967)
Killers, The (1964) (US / UK)
Lady in Cement (1968)
Madigan (1968)
Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
Man On A String (1960)
Man-Trap (1961)
Midnight Lace (1960)
Mirage (1965)
Naked Kiss, The (1964)
Pale Flower (1964) ()
Private Property (1960)
Rififi in the City (Rififí en la ciudad) (1964) ()
Seven Thieves (1960)
Shock Corridor (1963)
Tony Rome (1967)
Trou, Le (aka The Hole) (1960) ()
Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

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Across the Hall (2009)
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
Against All Odds (1984)
American Gigolo (1980)
American Friend, The (Der amerikanische Freund) (1977)
Angel Heart (1987) (also on 4K/UHD )
Automata (2017)
Bad Company (1995)
Bad Day For the Cut (2017)
Bad Influence (1990)
Badlands (1973)
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Best Laid Plans (1999)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)
Big Bang, The (2011)
Big Fix, The (1978)
Big Sleep, The (1978)
Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)
Black Dahlia, The (2006)
Black Rain (1989)
Black Widow (1987)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blood Simple (1985)
Blue Ruin (2013)
Blue Steel (1989)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Body Heat (1981)
Brick (2005) (Also on 4K/UHD)
Bound (1996)
Budapest Noir (2017)
Cape Fear (1991)
Cercle Rouge, Le (1970)
China Moon (1994)
Chinatown (1974)
Cold in July (2014)
Collateral (2004)
Cop (1988)
Counselor, The (2013)
Crimson Rivers, The (1990)
Dark City (1998)
Dark Country 3D (2009) (FR /TU) (Notes:
[Show spoiler]FR Release, Forced Subs, botched 3D transfer[, Turkish release is region free and no forced subs
Deep Cover (1992)
Demonlover (2002)
Detour (2016)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Dirty Harry (1971)
D.O.A. (1988)
Dragged Across Concrete (2019)
Drive (2011)
Driver, The (1978)
El Cortez (2006)
Ex Machina (2015)
Fairwell, My Lovely (1975)
Fargo (1996)
Fatale (2020)
Flesh and Bone (1993)
Following (1998)
Frank and Lola (2016)
French Connection, The (1971)
Friends of Eddie Coyle, The (1973)
Frontier, The (2015)
Gemini (2017)
Give 'em Hell, Malone (2009)
Good German, The (2006)
Good Time (2017)
Grifters, The (1990)
Hammett (1982)
Hard Eight (1996)
Heat (1995)
Hollywoodland (2006)
Hotel Noir (2012)
Hot Spot, The (1990)
House of Games (1987)
Hustle (1975)
Inherent Vice (2014)
Insomnia (1997)
Insomnia (2002)
Internal Affairs (1990)
In the Cut (2003)
I, the Jury (1982)
Killer Inside Me, The (2010)
Killing Them Softly (2012)
John Wick (2014)
Kid Detective, The (2020)
Kill Me Again (1989)
Klute (1971)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Last Seduction, The (1994)
Limey, The (1999)
Live and Die in L.A., To (1985)
Long Goodbye, The (1973)
Lookalike, The (2014)
Lookout, The (2007)
Looper (2012)
Lost Highway (1997)
Man Who Wasn't There, The (2001)
Memento (2000)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Mona Lisa (1986) ()
Mortal Thoughts (1991)
Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Mulholland Falls (1996)
Narc (2002)
Narrow Margin (1990)
Nightmare Alley (2021)
Night Moves (1975)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
One False Move (1992)
Only God Forgives (2013)
Out of Time (2003)
Payback (1999)
Pledge, The (2001)
Perfect Sleep, The (2009)
Phantom Detective (2016) ()
Pickings (2018)
Point Blank (1967)
Poison Rose, The (2019)
Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1981)
Red Rock West (1993)
Reindeer Games (2000)
Reminiscence (2021)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Romeo is Bleeding (1993)
Rush (1991)
Samourai, Le (1967)
Sea of Love
Série noire (1979)
Se7en (1995)
Shade (2003)
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Shattered (1991)
Side Effects (2013)
Simple Plan, A (1998)
Sin City (2005)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
Small Town Crime (2017)
Spirit, The (2008)
State of Grace (1990)
Stormy Monday (1988)
Straight Time (1978)
Street Kings (2008)
Square, The (2008)
Swerve (2011)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Terminal (2018)
Thief (1981)
Thirteenth Floor, The (1999)
Thoroughbreds (2017)
Tightrope (1984)
Too Late (2015)
Trance (2013)
Trouble in Mind (1985) (JP)
Trouble is My Business (2018)
Twilight (1998)
Two Jakes, The (1990)
Under the Silver Lake (2018)
Un Flic (1972)
Usual Suspects, The (1995)
Way of the Gun, The (2000)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Wild Goose Lake, The (2019)
Wild Things (1998)
Winter's Bone (2010)
Yards, The (2000)
Yakuza, The (1974)
Year of the Dragon (1985)


Classic Film Noir
(Categorized by Year)

Classic Period: The 1940's


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Classic Period: The 1950's

Box Sets / Collections:


The John Alton Film Collection set has absolutely no extras. The individual releases have commentary tracks, among other extras, as well as booklets.

Arrow's Film Noir Box set released in the UK is region free. There was a Limited Edition (now OOP), and now a re-released version

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The Late Period: The 1960's
Classification: The Late period consists of films that don't quite fit into the Classic film noir category, but aren't neo-noir either. They're in the transition period between the two.



Editor's note: As neo-noir is even harder than classic noir to define, I had a difficult time trying to decide what should be and shouldn't be on the list. So I encourage those more knowledgeable on the subject to chime in on what they feel belongs there, and what doesn't.

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:31 PM   #4
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Film Noir Defined

In 1995, the late, great film critic, Roger Ebert created a Guide to Film noir. He listed 10 characteristics of the category that sums it up pretty well:

Film noir is . . .
  1. A French term meaning "black film," or film of the night, inspired by the Series Noir, a line of cheap paperbacks that translated hard-boiled American crime authors and found a popular audience in France.
  2. A movie which at no time misleads you into thinking there is going to be a happy ending.
  3. Locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places, of apartment buildings with a high turnover rate, of taxi drivers and bartenders who have seen it all.
  4. Cigarettes. Everybody in film noir is always smoking, as if to say, "On top of everything else, I've been assigned to get through three packs today." The best smoking movie of all time is "Out of the Past," in which Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas smoke furiously at each other. At one point, Mitchum enters a room, Douglas extends a pack and says, "Cigarette?" and Mitchum, holding up his hand, says, "Smoking."
  5. Women who would just as soon kill you as love you, and vice versa.
  6. For women: low necklines, floppy hats, mascara, lipstick, dressing rooms, boudoirs, calling the doorman by his first name, high heels, red dresses, elbowlength gloves, mixing drinks, having gangsters as boyfriends, having soft spots for alcoholic private eyes, wanting a lot of someone else's women, sprawling dead on the floor with every limb meticulously arranged and every hair in place.
  7. For men: fedoras, suits and ties, shabby residential hotels with a neon sign blinking through the window, buying yourself a drink out of the office bottle, cars with running boards, all-night diners, protecting kids who shouldn't be playing with the big guys, being on first-name terms with homicide cops, knowing a lot of people whose descriptions end in "ies," such as bookies, newsies, junkies, alkys, jockeys and cabbies.
  8. Movies either shot in black and white, or feeling like they were.
  9. Relationships in which love is only the final flop card in the poker game of death.
  10. The most American film genre, because no society could have created a world so filled with doom, fate, fear and betrayal, unless it were essentially naive and optimistic.
I also reached out to some fellow members here to ask how they would define film noir. Here's what they had to say..

The Great Owl says...

"According to AMC Filmsite, “Film noir”, translated as “black film”, is a term that was coined in the late 1940s by French critics to describe the dark themes and images of American crime dramas that emerged during World War II and continued into the postwar era. I personally associate the term with 1940s and 1950s movies, mostly black-and-white, that reflect the uneasy years when America was struggling with post-World War II trauma and beginning to experience early Cold War tensions as the threat of nuclear destruction was becoming apparent and as the typical characteristics of heroes and villains were becoming increasingly elusive. Thematically, film noir movies are often characterized by undercurrents of pessimism and shady character complexities in a world where best-laid plans are cruelly derailed by the hands of fate, where disenchanted antiheroes fall prey to weaknesses and worldly desires with disastrous results, and where beautiful women and handsome men conceal tarnished or twisted inner moralities. Visually, film noir movies are often characterized by shadowy claustrophobic settings, striking contrasts of darkness and light, disorienting camera angles, tendrils of cigarette smoke, men wearing fedoras and overcoats, and seductively dressed femme fatales.

The defining parameters of film noir are not written in stone, because the term evokes specific moods more than it evokes a specific genre. Many 1930s films that are rooted in German Expressionism are included on film noir lists because of their influence on later releases, many foreign movies are acknowledged as film noirs because of visual and thematic similarities to the American titles of the era, and several movies that are not overtly crime-related may nonetheless be counted as works of film noir. In the decades following the classic film noir era of the 1940s and 1950s, countless “neo-noir” movies have effectively captured the spirit of their predecessors while adding contemporary sensibilities to the equation."

noirjunkie says...

"By its very nature, film noir's defining parameters are somewhat flexible, as French film critics--the first to see noir's patterns developing organically as the films were initially released--didn't begin to identify and analyze the films we now label as noirs (a French term that translates as "black" or "dark") until the end of the cycle in the mid-to-late 1950s. (It took American critics a couple of decades to catch up.) At the time the films were being made, none of the filmmakers were saying, "we're making a noir." Therefore, while the genre is held together by a set of structural, thematic and stylistic identifiers, these identifiers are read back into the films, making the creation of a definitive noir "canon" difficult.

However, despite this obstacle, a reasonably clear set of guidelines for understanding what is and is not a noir has developed in the ensuing decades since the noir cycle came to a close. Stylistically, many noirs (especially those of DP John Alton) implement the bold lighting techniques of chiaroscuro and German Expressionism, combining deep shadows with off-kilter Dutch angles to heighten the tension and suspense of the stories they tell. However, more important than the visuals is noir's dark, often cynical subject matter that frequently explores the underside of human nature and the cold indifference of fate. Noirs often feature doomed protagonists, men and women (the femme fetale) who cannot be trusted, who double-cross their partners in crime when it suits them, and whose actions ruin both themselves and those around them, including unlucky innocent bystanders. These films sometimes feature dark, unhappy and fatal conclusions, providing a stark contrast to the hopeful, upbeat films that often played before them on double bills."

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I want to graciously thank everyone who has contributed to the making of this thread. I hope it can be a great resource to fans of film noir, and newcomers wanting to learn more about Film noir.

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:33 PM   #5
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Tremendous job MifuneFan!
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Cool! I love noir! From the Maltese Falcon to Chinatown to Dark City to's ALL good!

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:37 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. So exhausted right now lol. I did all of this in a few marathon hours ;faint:
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Thanks for your efforts! I think this will be a popular thread.
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Originally Posted by MifuneFan View Post
Thanks guys. So exhausted right now lol. I did all of this in a few marathon hours ;faint:
A worthy endeavor! Thank you for starting it!

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:47 PM   #12
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Excellent! Truly a thread to subscribe to. Now I can get on board with most of these being labelled noir, but Looper? Really?
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:54 PM   #13
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Thanks for putting this thread together! I like how the Blu-rays are indexed.
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Excellent thread!
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:03 PM   #15
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Great thread MifuneFan.

Only God Forgives must be added!

I actually think its more neo-noir than Drive. But Drive certainly deserves to be listed, as you have done.

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Great work! It's interesting that most of my favorite movies are listed here, what does that say about my mental state?
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:13 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Tech-UK View Post
Great thread MifuneFan.

Only God Forgives must be added!

I actually think its more neo-noir than Drive. But Drive certainly deserves to be listed, as you have done.
Thanks, I actually made a note at the top of the Neo-noir list requesting some inputfor it, because I had a harder time figuring out what belonged and what didn't (except for the well-known ones like Blade Runner, Chinatown, etc..)

So keep the suggestions coming guys (both adding and subtracting if necessary)! In a little while I'll post a list of titles that made my "maybe" list so that everyone here could chime in on whether they think it should be there or not. But now I need to take a little break

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Great work! It's interesting that most of my favorite movies are listed here, what does that say about my mental state?
That you see life as a never-ending series of betrayals that will only end sadly for everyone involved?

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Old 01-22-2014, 10:15 PM   #19
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Being a Noir-Addict I have to say this a great idea ! Thanks for the effort to put this all together. Fantastic job. Rick
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Good job, except that Rififi, not being an English-language film, shouldn't count. Noir (as Ebert is quoted noting), at least in its purest form, is strictly an American genre. (The Third Man excepted.)
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