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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. 1 +1

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
  2. 9 +1

    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 25 top lists Check
  3. 7 -

    The Third Man

    1949, in 32 top lists Check
  4. 3 -

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
  5. 13 -

    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
  6. 21 -

    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
  7. 10 +4

    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 29 top lists Check
  8. 12 -1

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
  9. 20 -

    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 20 top lists Check
  10. 11 +1

    The Killing

    1956, in 14 top lists Check
  11. 37 -

    The 39 Steps

    1935, in 16 top lists Check
  12. 2 -1

    Witness for the Prosecution

    1957, in 10 top lists Check
  13. 30 +1

    Scarface

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
  14. 32 -

    The Lady Vanishes

    1938, in 14 top lists Check
  15. 15 +1

    Laura

    1944, in 19 top lists Check
  16. 44 +1

    Spellbound

    1945, in 8 top lists Check
  17. 4 +1

    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 19 top lists Check
  18. 8 -

    Sweet Smell of Success

    1957, in 20 top lists Check
  19. 24 +1

    The Lost Weekend

    1945, in 16 top lists Check
  20. 5 -1

    White Heat

    1949, in 17 top lists Check
  21. 38 -

    Gilda

    1946, in 12 top lists Check
  22. 45 +2

    The Lady from Shanghai

    1947, in 9 top lists Check
  23. 14 +1

    Out of the Past

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
  24. 19 -

    The Big Heat

    1953, in 17 top lists Check
  25. 22 +1

    To Have and Have Not

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
  26. 23 -1

    The Asphalt Jungle

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
  27. 17 -

    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 15 top lists Check
  28. 34 -

    Key Largo

    1948, in 6 top lists Check
  29. 18 -

    In a Lonely Place

    1950, in 16 top lists Check
  30. 46 +2

    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
  31. 31 -1

    Gaslight

    1944, in 9 top lists Check
  32. 33 -

    The Killers

    1946, in 14 top lists Check
  33. 25 -1

    Angels with Dirty Faces

    1938, in 6 top lists Check
  34. 40 -

    Pickup on South Street

    1953, in 13 top lists Check
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    I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    1932, in 13 top lists Check
  36. 47 -1

    The Naked City

    1948, in 9 top lists Check
  37. 27 -1

    Night and the City

    1950, in 10 top lists Check
  38. 36 -1

    Scarlet Street

    1945, in 9 top lists Check
  39. 26 +1

    Nora inu

    1949 — a.k.a. Stray Dog, in 8 top lists Check
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    Murder, My Sweet

    1944, in 6 top lists Check
  41. 29 -1

    Fury

    1936, in 10 top lists Check
  42. 39 -

    The Woman in the Window

    1944, in 7 top lists Check
  43. 49 -

    Dark Passage

    1947, in 5 top lists Check
  44. 41 -

    Odd Man Out

    1947, in 12 top lists Check
  45. 48 -4

    The Letter

    1940, in 6 top lists Check
  46. 16 -7

    The Roaring Twenties

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 28 +1

    The Set-Up

    1949, in 8 top lists Check
  48. 43 -

    The Narrow Margin

    1952, in 7 top lists Check
  49. 35 +1

    Nightmare Alley

    1947, in 6 top lists Check
  50. 42 -

    The Big Clock

    1948, in 4 top lists Check
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