TSPDT 100 Essential Noir Films

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To kick things off on their list of 1000 Essential noirs, TSPDT offered up the first 100 of the 1,000 films. These 100 films have been identified, according to their research, as the most mentioned/cited noir films of all-time. Call them the 100 most essential or quintessential, or whatever you like. They are, simply put, the 100 films that most often show up on film noir lists, in film noir festivals, and/or in film noir publications.

We at Icheckmovies have made these most essential noirs a separate list which you can find here. The rest of the list can be found here TSPDT 1000 Noir Films

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  1. 1 +203

    Stranger on the Third Floor

    1940, in 1 top list Check
  2. 2 +81

    High Sierra

    1941, in 5 top lists Check
  3. 3 +90

    I Wake Up Screaming

    1941 — a.k.a. Hot Spot, in 1 top list Check
  4. 4 +124

    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 25 top lists Check
  5. 5 +73

    The Glass Key

    1942, in 1 top list Check
  6. 6 +218

    This Gun for Hire

    1942, in 3 top lists Check
  7. 7 +181

    Shadow of a Doubt

    1943, in 11 top lists Check
  8. 8 +59

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 30 top lists Check
  9. 9 +108

    Laura

    1944, in 18 top lists Check
  10. 10 +127

    Murder, My Sweet

    1944 — a.k.a. Farewell My Lovely, in 4 top lists Check
  11. 11 +150

    Phantom Lady

    1944, in 3 top lists Check
  12. 12 +234

    The Woman in the Window

    1944, in 5 top lists Check
  13. 13 +53

    Detour

    1945, in 11 top lists Check
  14. 14 +57

    Fallen Angel

    1945, in 1 top list Check
  15. 15 +103

    Leave Her to Heaven

    1945, in 8 top lists Check
  16. 16 +115

    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 13 top lists Check
  17. 17 +166

    Scarlet Street

    1945, in 8 top lists Check
  18. 18 -1

    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 18 top lists Check
  19. 19 -1

    Black Angel

    1946, in 1 top list Check
  20. 20 -

    The Blue Dahlia

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
  21. 21 +33

    The Dark Corner

    1946, in 1 top list Check
  22. 22 +33

    The Dark Mirror

    1946, in 1 top list Check
  23. 23 +54

    Gilda

    1946, in 11 top lists Check
  24. 24 +84

    The Killers

    1946 — a.k.a. A Man Alone, in 12 top lists Check
  25. 25 +129

    Notorious

    1946, in 21 top lists Check
  26. 26 +141

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    1946, in 8 top lists Check
  27. 27 +175

    The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
  28. 28 +175

    The Stranger

    1946, in 1 top list Check
  29. 29 -7

    Body and Soul

    1947 — a.k.a. An Affair of the Heart, in 5 top lists Check
  30. 30 -5

    Born to Kill

    1947 — a.k.a. Lady of Deceit, in 1 top list Check
  31. 31 -3

    Brute Force

    1947, in 4 top lists Check
  32. 32 +15

    Crossfire

    1947, in 6 top lists Check
  33. 33 +23

    Dark Passage

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
  34. 34 +25

    Dead Reckoning

    1947, in 1 top list Check
  35. 35 +27

    Desperate

    1947, in 1 top list Check
  36. 36 +75

    Kiss of Death

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
  37. 37 +77

    The Lady from Shanghai

    1947, in 7 top lists Check
  38. 38 +77

    Lady in the Lake

    1947, in 1 top list Check
  39. 39 +110

    Nightmare Alley

    1947, in 5 top lists Check
  40. 40 +118

    Out of the Past

    1947 — a.k.a. Build My Gallows High, in 14 top lists Check
  41. 41 +136

    Ride the Pink Horse

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
  42. 42 +183

    T-Men

    1947, in 2 top lists Check
  43. 43 -30

    The Big Clock

    1948, in 3 top lists Check
  44. 44 -14

    Call Northside 777

    1948 — a.k.a. Calling Northside 777, in 1 top list Check
  45. 45 +4

    Cry of the City

    1948, in 1 top list Check
  46. 46 +29

    Force of Evil

    1948, in 10 top lists Check
  47. 47 +35

    He Walked by Night

    1948, in 1 top list Check
  48. 48 +39

    Hollow Triumph

    1948 — a.k.a. The Scar, in 1 top list Check
  49. 49 +55

    Key Largo

    1948, in 4 top lists Check
  50. 50 +90

    The Naked City

    1948, in 7 top lists Check
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