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. 2 -

    Witness for the Prosecution

    1957, in 10 top lists Check
  2. 7 +1

    The Third Man

    1949, in 32 top lists Check
  3. 17 -

    In a Lonely Place

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
  4. 19 +1

    Night and the City

    1950, in 10 top lists Check
  5. 21 -

    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 21 top lists Check
  6. 33 +1

    The Lady Vanishes

    1938, in 14 top lists Check
  7. 38 -

    The 39 Steps

    1935, in 16 top lists Check
  8. 47 -3

    Spellbound

    1945, in 8 top lists Check
  9. 48 -2

    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
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