This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
The TSPDT 250 Quintessential Noir Films list contains 241 films that all contain three key ingredients.
1) They were all produced in the United States;
2) They were all shot in black-and-white;
3) They were all produced between 1940 to 1959.
The nine films that have been included that exclude at least one of these key ingredients are two non-American-produced noir (The Third Man and Mr. Arkadin), four color noir films (Leave Her to Heaven, Niagara, Party Girl and Slightly Scarlet), and three films from the early 1960s (Cape Fear, Underworld, U.S.A. and The Naked Kiss).
Other titles included in the list are noir precursors, modern noir, non-American noir, and additional films between 1940-1964 that have noir elements.
Section changes will be listed in this complete list (so the reader will know where in the list modern noir films begin/end, etc.).
Films 1 - 250 (The Accused through The Wrong Man) are TSPDT's 250 Quintessential Noir Films.
Films 251 - 358 (The 13th Letter through A Woman's Secret) are "More American Noir Films and/or Films with Noir Elements from 1940 to 1964" Category A: films often cited as film noir. These films weren't far away from being included on the 250 Quintessential listing, and most of them contain many - if not all - of the classic noir ingredients.
Films 359 - 513 (5 Against the House through Women's Prison) are "More American Noir Films and/or Films with Noir Elements from 1940 to 1964" Category B: films quite often cited as film noir, but not to the same degree as those listed in Category A. It must be considered that in most cases these films contain strong film noir elements.
Films 514 - 750 (The Thirteenth Hour through A Woman's Vengeance) are "More American Noir Films and/or Films with Noir Elements from 1940 to 1964" Category C: films not often cited as film noir. These films include certain film noir characteristics, even though - in many cases - they belong in other clear-cut genres, e.g. Westerns. However, it should also be acknowledged that many of these films are without doubt 'fully-blown' noirs (of the very neglected variety).
Films 751 - 825 (Another Man's Poison through Wicked as They Come) are British-produced noir (1940-1964).
Films 826 - 837 (Bob le flambeur through The Wages of Fear) are French-produced noir (1940-1964).
Films 838 - 843 (Ossessione through Stolen Identity) are classified as "other" non-American noir produced between 1940-1964: 1 Italian, 3 Japanese, 1 Mexican, and 1 Austrian, respectively.
Films 844 - 871 (The Beast of the City through You Only Live Once) are "Noir-Precursors": films that shaped the look of noir before the style came into its own during the 1940s. All are American-produced except The Green Cockatoo (UK), La Bête Humaine, Pépé le Moko, and Quai des brumes (France), and M (Germany).
Films 872 - 962 (Angel's Flight through The Salton Sea) are "Neo-Noir / Modern Noir" films made after the 'golden age' of film noir up to 2002. They are grouped them by decade, and all are American-produced, except for:
French-produced: Le Samouraï, Le deuxième souffle, Le cercle rouge, Série noire, La femme Nikita, Léon, and Mulholland Dr.
German-produced: Der amerikanische Freund
UK-produced: The Big Sleep (1978), Get Carter (1971), and Mona Lisa
Since the 2015 TSPDT has released a companion to their greatest 1000 films, consisting of the films ranked 1001-2000. This list contains the most recent version of this list, with all the previous lists in the history.
This list contains 250 films by the 250 greatest directors of all time, according to "they shoot pictures don't they?". Each director has one entry; their most critically acclaimed film. Two directors appear more than once on the list (Michael Powell and Stanley Donen) and all together there are 5 director couples (Powell/Pressburger, Donen/Kelly, Coen Brothers, Cooper/Schoedsack and Straub/Huillet). #76 is a TV-mini-series; #81, #151, #157, #180, #190 and #202 are short features, the rest of the entries are featured films.
The next 1000 films. Unranked list. Updated Feb 2016 edition. Missing two experimental film projects which are not on IMDB: ENIAIOS (Gregory J. Markopoulos, 1990, USA, Col) and MY HAND OUTSTRETCHED TO THE WINGED DISTANCE AND SIGHTLESS MEASURE (18 FILM CYCLE) (Robert Beavers, 1967-2002, USA).
This page contains the 189 films (to date) that we heartily-highly-recommend above all others. They are listed in the Recommended Viewing section as HR (highly recommended) along with 400-odd other films, but these are the ones we return to and cherish most often.
From They Shoot Pictures Don't They, 2015 edition. Top 25 films from each year 1990-99. Note that the years don't always correlate exactly with IMDB's years. Missing Eniaios (ranked #15, 1990). Histoire(s) du Cinema (1998) is split into 8 films by IMDB but counted as one by TSPDT.
March 4, 2014
ex-Top 250 films sorted by most times that they made the top 250. Then listed alphabetically.
6 times = 1 to 4
5 times = 5 to 26
4 times = 27 to 41
3 times = 42 to 56
2 times = 57 to 96
1 time = 97 to 132
The 2014 list is the 7th version and therefore the below films can be thought of as making the list 6 out 7 times, 5 out of 7 times, etc. Also, it is worth noting that the original 21st century list came out in January 2008 and therefore films made before that date have an advantage. I still find this list to be useful and interesting. I hope you do too.
From They Shoot Pictures Don't They, 2015 edition. Top 25 films from each year 1920-29. Note that the years don't always correlate exactly with IMDB's years. 1920 and 1921 lists only have 21 films and 1922 only has 22. #51 Kino-Pravda 1 is actually an entry to represent Kino-Pravda 1-23
From They Shoot Pictures Don't They, 2015 edition. Note that the years don't always correlate exactly with IMDB's years and each year has varying amounts of films listed. Titles I cannot find on IMDB:
-Bebe mange sa soupe (Lumiere, 1896) [possibly the same film as Repas de bebe & therefore a repeat on the TSPDT list?]
-Balle traversant une bulle de savon (Bull, 1904)
-Tartans of Scottish Clans (G.A. Smith, 1906)
-The Little Tramp (Chaplin, 1916) [unknown film according to TSPDT list]
From They Shoot Pictures Don't They, 2015 edition. Top 25 films from each year 1930-39. Note that the years don't always correlate exactly with IMDB's years. Missing from IMDB: 1126 Dewey Avenue, Apt. 207 (John C Hecker, 1939: #23). Still 250 films as Olympia is split into two by IMDB.
From They Shoot Pictures Don't They, 2015 edition. Top 25 films from each year 1960-69. Note that the years don't always correlate exactly with IMDB's years. Dog Star Man is in five parts on IMDB, listed as one film on TSPDT.
"Listed below, are the films currently ranked from 1,001 to 2,000. The list below is in alphabetical order and is unranked. Many of these films are ex-members of the 1,000 Greatest Films listing."
This film project is missing because it has no IMDB page: ENIAIOS (Gregory J. Markopoulos, 1990, USA, Col). It is an 80-hour experimental film cycle that has never been completely shown.
To make the list look better, only the first episode of FANTOMAS (Louis Feuillade, 1913, France, 314m, BW) and SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD (Stan Brakhage, 1967-1970, USA, 135m, Col) were shown here but they are intended to represent the entire film cycles. Fantomas was a serial with five episodes and Scenes from Under Childhood was a series of experimental films in four parts or sections.