962 Noir Films from They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? (including TSPDT's 250 Quintessential Noir Films)

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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

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    The Accused

    1949, in 1 top list Check
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    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 18 top lists Check
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    Act of Violence

    1949, in 3 top lists Check
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    Among the Living

    1941, in 1 top list Check
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    Angel Face

    1953, in 4 top lists Check
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    Armored Car Robbery

    1950, in 1 top list Check
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    The Asphalt Jungle

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
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    Behind Locked Doors

    1948 — a.k.a. Hinter verschlossenen Türen, in 1 top list Check
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    Berlin Express

    1948, in 1 top list Check
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    Beware, My Lovely

    1952, in 1 top list Check
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    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    1956, in 2 top lists Check
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    Beyond the Forest

    1949, in 1 top list Check
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    The Big Clock

    1948, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Big Combo

    1955, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Big Heat

    1953, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Big Knife

    1955, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 20 top lists Check
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    Black Angel

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
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    Black Tuesday

    1954, in 1 top list Check
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    The Blue Dahlia

    1946, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Blue Gardenia

    1953, in 2 top lists Check
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    Body and Soul

    1947, in 5 top lists Check
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    Boomerang!

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
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    Border Incident

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
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    Born to Kill

    1947, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Brasher Doubloon

    1947 — a.k.a. The High Window, in 1 top list Check
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    The Breaking Point

    1950, in 3 top lists Check
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    Brute Force

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Burglar

    1957, in 2 top lists Check
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    Call Northside 777

    1948 — a.k.a. Calling Northside 777, in 2 top lists Check
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    Cape Fear

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Captive City

    1952, in 1 top list Check
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    Caught

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
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    Cause for Alarm!

    1951, in 1 top list Check
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    Champion

    1949, in 1 top list Check
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    The Chase

    1946, in 3 top lists Check
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    Christmas Holiday

    1944, in 1 top list Check
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    City That Never Sleeps

    1953, in 2 top lists Check
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    Clash by Night

    1952, in 3 top lists Check
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    Conflict

    1945, in 1 top list Check
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    Cornered

    1945, in 1 top list Check
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    Crack-Up

    1946, in 1 top list Check
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    Crime of Passion

    1957, in 1 top list Check
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    Crime Wave

    1953, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Crimson Kimono

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    Criss Cross

    1949, in 5 top lists Check
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    Crossfire

    1947, in 7 top lists Check
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    Cry Danger

    1951, in 1 top list Check
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    Cry of the City

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
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    D.O.A.

    1949, in 5 top lists Check