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Film noir ('black film') is a branch of the crime/gangster sagas from the 1930s. Strictly speaking, film noir is not a genre, but rather the mood, style or tone of various American films that evolved between the 1940s and 1960s. However, film noir has re-occurred in cyclical form in other years in various neo-noirs. Noirs are usually black and white films with primary moods of melancholy, alienation, bleakness, disillusionment, disenchantment, pessimism, ambiguity, moral corruption, evil, guilt and paranoia. They often feature a cynical, loner hero (anti-hero) and femme fatale, in a seedy big city.

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    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 30 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Third Man

    1949, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 24 top lists Check
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    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 27 top lists Check
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    White Heat

    1949, in 13 top lists Check
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    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Thin Man

    1934, in 13 top lists Check
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    Sweet Smell of Success

    1957, in 20 top lists Check
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    Laura

    1944, in 18 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 20 top lists Check
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    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Killing

    1956, in 12 top lists Check
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    Out of the Past

    1947 — a.k.a. Build My Gallows High, in 12 top lists Check
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    In a Lonely Place

    1950, in 12 top lists Check
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    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 9 top lists Check
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    I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    1932 — a.k.a. I Am a Fugitive from the Chain Gang, in 11 top lists Check
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    Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

    1958 — a.k.a. Elevator to the Gallows, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Big Heat

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
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    Angels with Dirty Faces

    1938, in 6 top lists Check
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    Night and the City

    1950, in 7 top lists Check
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    Key Largo

    1948, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Asphalt Jungle

    1950, in 11 top lists Check
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    Fury

    1936, in 9 top lists Check
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    Scarlet Street

    1945, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Killers

    1946 — a.k.a. A Man Alone, in 9 top lists Check
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    Gaslight

    1944 — a.k.a. Murder in Thornton Square, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Roaring Twenties

    1939, in 5 top lists Check
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    Pickup on South Street

    1953, in 10 top lists Check
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    Scarface

    1932, in 11 top lists Check
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    Odd Man Out

    1947 — a.k.a. Gang War, in 9 top lists Check
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    Gilda

    1946, in 8 top lists Check
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    Nightmare Alley

    1947, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Letter

    1940, in 6 top lists Check
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    Deadly Is the Female

    1950 — a.k.a. Gun Crazy, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Woman in the Window

    1944, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Narrow Margin

    1952, in 6 top lists Check
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    Leave Her to Heaven

    1945, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Set-Up

    1949, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Lady from Shanghai

    1947, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Naked City

    1948, in 7 top lists Check
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    Brute Force

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Big Clock

    1948, in 3 top lists Check
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    1950, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 15 top lists Check
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    Spellbound

    1945, in 6 top lists Check
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    Murder, My Sweet

    1944 — a.k.a. Farewell My Lovely, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Petrified Forest

    1936, in 3 top lists Check
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