40s Film Noir

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All of the film noir and/or thrillers from the 1940s that I've seen from best to worst.

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Rope 1948,  PG)
One of my absolute favourite Hitchcock movies! It's brilliantly made in terms of direction, editing, and acting. The story is extremely suspenseful too. I love it.
Notorious 1946,  Unrated)
What else can I say except that this is yet another one of Hitckcock's great movies of the 1940s! A must see.
Double Indemnity 1944,  Unrated)
Double Indemnity
It's really amazing how Billy Wilder wrote and directed so many different movies. They're all really cool, and this one is no exception. It's a really cool film noir, and a must see for any film fan.
Suspicion 1941,  Unrated)
A must see movie for fans of HItchcock, Grant, Fontaine, and Hardwicke!
Dark Passage 1947,  Unrated)
Dark Passage
This is one of my favourite film noirs. The story is brilliant and the cast is great. I highly recommend this one.
The Big Sleep 1946,  PG)
The Big Sleep
A brilliant, if sometimes complicated, story of private eye Phillip Marlowe played by Bogart. Bacall co-stars. This is a classic 40s film noir, and I highly recommend it.
Spellbound 1945,  Unrated)
Another fantastic Hitchcock film, it's a cool psychological thriller, and it's a bit surreal too, which makes it even cooler. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it.
Mildred Pierce 1945,  Unrated)
Mildred Pierce
What a fantastic movie, I loved it, the story is great and the actors are even better! One of my favourite movies.
Shadow of a Doubt 1943,  PG)
Shadow of a Doubt
Hitchcock's 1940s movies are really the best. If you love his movies, you can't miss this one.
Road House 1948,  Unrated)
Road House
Widmark gives a fantastic performance in this movie. That's mainly why I loved it, but the story is interesting and exciting as well.
White Heat 1949,  Unrated)
White Heat
My favourite gangster movie, Cagney is brilliant as the crazy mama's boy gang leader. The ending is classic. I love it.
Sorry, Wrong Number 1948,  Unrated)
Sorry, Wrong Number
Probably the first great telephone themed thriller ever. I highly recommend this movie.
Rebecca 1940,  Unrated)
Classic Hitchcock movie, a must see! It's both a thriller and a horror movie, and it's a nice combination. Plus great actors. why not see it?
Thieves' Highway 1949,  Unrated)
Thieves' Highway
A thrilling revenge film noir about truckers. I loved it.
High Sierra 1941,  Unrated)
High Sierra
A perfect movie of romance and gangsters. It's exciting, dramatic, and romantic. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.
Fallen Angel 1945,  Unrated)
Fallen Angel
I loved this movie! Andrews and Faye and Darnell were so fantastic in the movie, and the story is exciting, suspenseful, and romantic. I highly recommend it.
Out of the Past 1947,  Unrated)
Out of the Past
A great movie, it stars both Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas, so how could it be bad? I loved it.
Leave Her to Heaven 1946,  Unrated)
Leave Her to Heaven
This is probably Tierney's best performance ever! If you're a fan you must see this movie.
Scarlet Street 1945,  PG)
Scarlet Street
Robinson gives a fantastic performance in this movie, and the story is so perfectly tragic, I loved it, especially the ending. If you love Robinson or are interested in the movie because of the plot synopsis, check it out.
I Wake Up Screaming 1941,  Unrated)
I Wake Up Screaming
This is sort of a confusing mystery, but mysteries that aren't confusing are boring. I loved this movie.
Shock 1946,  Unrated)
Price is shocking in this movie. I recommend seeing it without reading the synopsis or anything first, it's more shocking that way. I love this movie and was shocked to find that it is featured on almost every one of those 50 movie pack DVD boxes. Anyway, if you love Vincent Price, check this out.
Boomerang! 1947,  Unrated)
A great cast and story, it's really dramatic and exciting, I loved it.
They Drive by Night 1940,  Unrated)
They Drive by Night
I don't know why there was a fascination with truck drivers in the 40s, but the movies about them always turned out great. This movie is no exception, and it has a great cast.
Call Northside 777 1948,  Unrated)
Call Northside 777
If anyone can help an innocent man out of jail, it's James Stewart. This is a really great movie with a true story too.
Laura 1944,  Unrated)
This is a really cool movie with a very interesting mystery, a really good film noir. Plus, the actors are great: Tiereny, Andrews, and Price too.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946,  PG)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
I liked this movie, it's suspenseful and has a good story and good actors too. It doesn't list Kirk Douglas, but he's in the movie too.
The Maltese Falcon 1941,  PG)
The Maltese Falcon
Many people point to this as one of the best noir films, I don't think it's the best, but I do like it. I highly recommend checking it out.
Black Angel 1946,  Unrated)
Black Angel
A strange, yet intriguing story of two people trying to prove someone's innocence. I liked it.
Key Largo 1948,  Unrated)
Key Largo
I liked this movie, not only for the great cast, but the great story too. Two bad situations, gangsters and a hurricane, make for an interesting movie.
A Double Life 1947,  Unrated)
A Double Life
An actor gets too involved in his roles and eventually looses himself in the role of Othello. Colman gives a great performance in this movie.
Gilda 1946,  PG)
Gilda stirs up trouble between two men who love her. An interesting, but slightly unoriginal.
Murder, My Sweet 1944,  Unrated)
Murder, My Sweet
Who wouldn't want to see a film noir called Murder, My Sweet? That just sounds so cool. It really is a good movie, a bit confusing at first, but good in the end. If you like film noir, you'll like this movie.
The Lady from Shanghai 1948,  Unrated)
The Lady from Shanghai
A good movie about a guy who gets involved with another man's wife, and finds out the husband wants him to be part of some crazy scheme. See it for yourself, it's good.
Born to Kill 1947,  Unrated)
Born to Kill
Another good film noir, with a very interesting story of murder and romance. Good acting, good story, it's good.
Possessed 1947,  Unrated)
A good obsession movie, and Crawford is just the woman to play this character, I really liked this movie.
The Dark Mirror 1946,  Unrated)
The Dark Mirror
A good thriller in which twins are suspected of a crime. There have been other films like this later, but it's still a good movie.
The Stranger 1946,  PG)
The Stranger
The Stranger or I Married a Nazi (just kidding). A small town is unaware that one of their citizens was a Nazi in WWII, and he lives a normal life until someone comes looking for him. A good movie, with good actors and an interesting story.
Detour 1945,  Unrated)
A suspenseful movie with an interesting yet simple plot. Really worth checking out.
Kiss of Death 1947,  Unrated)
Kiss of Death
An all-star cast with a heart-felt story, but it could have done a better job at presenting the story or something, I just felt it could have been better in some way. Still, I think this is a good movie, and very worth seeing.
Too Late for Tears (Killer Bait) 1949,  Unrated)
Too Late for Tears (Killer Bait)
An exciting, thrilling tale of money, crime, and marriage. I really liked this movie.
The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946,  R)
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Another good thriller from the forties, somewhat like a lot of other thrillers, but it has a good cast, it's worth watching.
The Blue Dahlia 1946,  Unrated)
The Blue Dahlia
The story of a man who must prove his innocence in a murder case. It's a story you've seen before, but this movie is enjoyable anyway.
The Big Steal 1949,  Unrated)
The Big Steal
A sort of round-about chase movie with an interesting cast and story. I liked it.
Whirlpool 1949,  Unrated)
Tierney plays a woman who has kleptomania, and doesn't want her husband to find out. It's very thrilling, I liked it.
The Third Man 1949,  Unrated)
The Third Man
An interesting movie about a writer who wants to find out who killed his friend. The story is familiar, but this movie is good anyway.
Saboteur 1942,  PG)
This is a good thriller, but there are other similar movies, some directed by Hitchcock as well, that are better than this one. Still, it's exciting and enjoyable to watch.
Blonde Ice 1949,  Unrated)
Blonde Ice
A bizarre tale indeed, but an interesting one too.
The Naked City 1948,  Unrated)
The Naked City
A good detective mystery movie, I liked it.
Criss Cross 1948,  Unrated)
Criss Cross
I'd like to see this movie again, it was interesting and exciting, I liked it, but I can't remember it very vividly.
This Gun for Hire 1942,  R)
This Gun for Hire
A good forties film noir.
The Long Night 1947,  Unrated)
The Long Night
I love Price, but I didn't think his performance in this movie was his best. The story was suspenseful at times, but boring at other times, and overall predictable.
The Letter 1940,  PG)
The Letter
A slightly predictable story of blackmail and murder involving Bette Davis. Pretty good movie, but it could be more exciting.
The Street with No Name 1948,  PG)
The Street with No Name
When you base a crime movie on actual cases they're either brilliant or boring. This one is in between.
He Walked by Night 1948,  Unrated)
He Walked by Night
Sort of an interesting story, but the movie feels very average, and the cast has no real stars.
Guest in the House 1945,  Unrated)
Guest in the House
This could have been a good movie, if not for the fact that the audience knows that a doctor keeping a woman at his house to treat her is ridiculous, this could have been a good movie. I mean, why wasn't she kept at the hospital? That's weird.
Deception 1946,  Unrated)
This movie could have been good, but it doesn't meet the audiences expectations for a movie called deception.
Dead Reckoning 1947,  Unrated)
Dead Reckoning
A good cast, but an average story, makes for an okay movie.
Fear in the Night 1947,  Unrated)
Fear in the Night
Did DeForest Kelley/Dr. "Bones" McCoy kill someone? He's not sure if it was a dream or reality. It was interesting to see Kelley in an older movie, but the movie isn't that great itself. It's just okay.
Dillinger 2000,  Unrated)
Bluebeard 1944,  G)
An okay adaptation of the story of Bluebeard, not great, but not bad either.
The Fallen Idol 1948,  Unrated)
The Fallen Idol
Literally about a boy who idolizes someone and finds out their not all that they thought they were. An okay movie, but not very exciting.
Calling Dr. Death 1943,  Unrated)
Calling Dr. Death
This is a strange movie, I wasn't sure how to rate it. It's not bad or good, it's just okay.
T-Men 1947,  Unrated)
How exciting, agents of the US treasury are on the case! Okay, I'm being sarcastic, this is a horribly boring movie.
Knock on Any Door 1949,  Unrated)
Knock on Any Door
A strange, silly, sloppy, boring movie that shouldn't have starred Bogart, he's worthy of a much better script.
The House on 92nd Street 1945,  Unrated)
The House on 92nd Street
Boring, confusing, I didn't get it. I usually like film noir, but I didn't like this movie.

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