American Pulp Fiction Writers

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It was inside the pages of "Black Mask" magazine (1920-51) that Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe were born, and this pulp fiction playground went on to greatly influence American cinema. In fact, Tarantino's film "Pulp Fiction" was originally titled "Black Mask".

While many writers flourished in this genre, the list below concentrates solely on the works of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James Cain. I have endeavored to include all films based on their novels or stories, all screenplays, and anything derivative of their work. For instance, Hammett wrote only one "Thin Man" novel, but I have included all six films. While this list is heavy on noir and hard-boiled private eyes, it is not exclusively either. For example, "Black Bird" is here because it's a Sam Spade parody, not because of who wrote it, and 1982's "Hammett" is here because - honestly - what other list would it qualify for?

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    The Maltese Falcon

    1931, in 1 top list Check
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    City Streets

    1931, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Thin Man

    1934, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Glass Key

    1935, in 0 top lists Check
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    Satan Met a Lady

    1936, in 0 top lists Check
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    After the Thin Man

    1936, in 0 top lists Check
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    Le dernier tournant

    1939 — a.k.a. The Last Turn, in 1 top list Check
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    Stand Up and Fight

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    Another Thin Man

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
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    Shadow of the Thin Man

    1941, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Falcon Takes Over

    1942, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Glass Key

    1942, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ossessione

    1943, in 12 top lists Check
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    Murder, My Sweet

    1944, in 5 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
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    And Now Tomorrow

    1944, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gypsy Wildcat

    1944, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Unseen

    1945, in 1 top list Check
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    The Thin Man Goes Home

    1945, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Blue Dahlia

    1946, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    1946, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 20 top lists Check
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    Lady in the Lake

    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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    Song of the Thin Man

    1947, in 0 top lists Check
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    Out of the Past

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
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    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    Marlowe

    1969, in 1 top list Check
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    The Long Goodbye

    1973, in 12 top lists Check
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    Farewell, My Lovely

    1975, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Black Bird

    1975, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Dain Curse

    1978 — a.k.a. "Dashiell Hammett's 'The Dain Curse'", in 0 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1978, in 1 top list Check
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    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    1981, in 2 top lists Check
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    Butterfly

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hammett

    1982, in 2 top lists Check
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    Szenvedély

    1998, in 1 top list Check
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    Mildred Pierce

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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