IMDb's Film-noir Top 50

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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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  1. 13 +1

    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
  2. 21 +2


    1946, in 22 top lists Check
  3. 33 -1

    The Lady Vanishes

    1938, in 14 top lists Check
  4. 38 -

    The 39 Steps

    1935, in 16 top lists Check
  5. 44 -


    1945, in 8 top lists Check
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