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Classic
Noir


The cynical private eyes, the alluring feme fetales, the cold-blooded hit men, and the dark city streets, these are the Classic Noir films of the 40s and 50s that defined the genre.



The Films

Year/Studio

Director

The Actors

The Maltese Falcon
1941 / W Brs
John HustonHumphrey BogartMary Astor
Suspicion
1941 / Selz
Alfred HitchcockCary GrantJoan Fontaine
The Glass Key
1942 / Univ
Brian HeislerAlan LaddVeronica Lake
This Gun for Hire
1942 / Univ
Frank TuttleAlan LaddVeronica Lake
Double Indemnity
1944 / Univ
Billy WilderFred MacMurryBarbara Stanwyck
Laura
1944 / Fox
Otto PremingerDana AndrewsGene Tierney
Murder, My Sweet
1944 / RKO
Edward DmytrykDick PowellClaire Trevor
The Big Sleep
1946 / W Brs
Howard HawksHumphrey BogartLauren Bacall
The Blue Dahlia
1946 / Univ
John HustonAlan LaddVeronica Lake
The Killers
1946 / Univ
Robert SiodmakBurt LancasterAva Gardner
Postman Rings Twice
1946 / MGM
Tay GarnettJohn GarfieldLana Turner
Notorious
1946 / Selz
Alfred HitchcockCary GrantIngrid Bergman
Kiss of Death
1947 / Fox
Henry HathawayVictor MatureRichard Widmark
Out of the Past
1947 / RKO
Jacques TourneurRobert MitchumKirk Douglas
The Big Clock
1948 / Univ
John FarrowRay MillandMaureen O'Sullivan
The Naked City
1948 / Univ
Jules DassinBarry FitzgeraldDorothy Hart
Sorry, Wrong Number
1948 / Parmt
Anatole LitvakBurt LancasterBarbara Stanwyck
Criss Cross
1949 / Univ
Robert SiodmakBurt LancasterYvonne DeCarlo
Asphalt Jungle
1950 / MGM
John HustonSterling HaydenLouis Calhern
D.O.A.
1950 / U Art
Rudolph MateEdmond O'BrienPamela Britton
In a Lonely Place
1950 / Col
Nicholas RayHumphrey BogartGloria Grahame
Sunset Boulevard
1950 / Parmt
Billy WilderWilliam HoldenGloria Swanson
Strangers on a Train
1951 / W Brs
Alfred HitchcockFarley GrangerRobert Walker
Sudden Fear
1951 / RKO
Fritz LangJoan CrawfordGloria Grahame
The Big Heat
1953 / Col
Fritz LangGlenn FordGloria Grahame
Kiss Me Deadly
1955 / MGM
Robert AldrichRalph MeekerMarion Carr
Touch of Evil
1958 / Univ
Orson WellesOrson WellesMarlene Dietrich




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