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iCheckFilms's avatar


Oh, there are some people in this wide world, who dislike this genre. Strange world, I must say!
8 years 2 months ago
Jonathan_Hutchings's avatar


One of the greatest American film "genres" of all time!
9 years 3 months ago
jrod944's avatar


Its a loose definition. M is already on a bunch of lists, so Im fine if Detective Story or This Gun for Hire gets some recognition instead.

M is from 1931 and is German, while film noir is generally considered an American genre starting a little bit later. IMDb seems to have a "rubber band" like set of requirements that seem to rule out some films while considering others. Personally, I perfer the lists as narrow in scope as possible. Thats how you find the hidden gems.
9 years 3 months ago
everyonewantstolaugh's avatar


The only IMDB list I really care about. Some really great movies are on here
9 years 5 months ago
jrod944's avatar


perhaps instead of questioning whether pseudo-noir films everyone has seen from the last 10 (or hell, 45) years apply, people should use this list as a tool to catch up on some really terrific stuff from a great time in film. I prefer it having stringent requirements. Everyone's seen Chinatown. Its on a ton of lists on this site. I'm glad a movie like Brute Force or Kiss Me Deadly can get some exposure in its place.
9 years 8 months ago
george4mon's avatar


read the description at the top it says films between 1940s-1960s so body heat and Chinatown will never be on here!
9 years 1 month ago
Kinokima's avatar


If you read the description above you would be able to tell why M is not considered a noir. M is a film that predates Film Noir.
9 years 5 months ago
Flowneppets's avatar


I don't say they are wrong per se i say their definition is too broad. To define noir isn't easy at it is and when you add every movie with a dark mood that was made between 1930 and 1960 it gets extremely squishy. You have to keep in mind film noir is not a genre it's a style therefore it's perfectly reasonable to make the distinction between American and European films that share a similar theme and mood.

It's my personal opinion and i'm not alone with it. The guys over at TSPDT are film experts too and exactly how many foreign films are on their quintessential noir list? 2 out of 250.

I suggest you watch a couple more noirs and then make up your own mind instead of putting blindly all your trust in your lecturers judgement.

And nobody is questioning the European influence on noir. But that is written on a different page.
9 years 9 months ago
Flowneppets's avatar


Les Diaboliques isn't a film noir.
9 years 10 months ago
Uruloki's avatar


Haha, bizarre indeed.
10 years ago
Ingrid Bergman's avatar

Ingrid Bergman

Film noir is generally considered to be American black and white movies made from 1940 to 1960, not the 1930's. Noir prior to 1940 is classified as proto noir and after 1960, as neo noir.
5 years 3 months ago
onthenod's avatar


The Big Sleep and Key Largo are on the list but Dark Passage with Bogie & Bacall is missing as well as To Have And Have Not. What about Public Enemy?
5 years 9 months ago
mathiasa's avatar


Where's D.O.A?
7 years 9 months ago
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Miss Jitterbug

Great list but I do believe Gilda and/or The Lady From Shanghai should have been in the top 10.
8 years ago
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Mike Treder

Will you please call me? Marianne
8 years 8 months ago

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