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. 64 +159

    The Third Man

    1949, in 33 top lists Check
  2. 73 +138

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
  3. 8 +59

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 31 top lists Check
  4. 100 new

    Chinatown

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
  5. 93 +53

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 29 top lists Check
  6. 98 +129

    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 29 top lists Check
  7. 4 +124

    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
  8. 25 +129

    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
  9. 9 +108

    Laura

    1944, in 20 top lists Check
  10. 97 +118

    Sweet Smell of Success

    1957, in 20 top lists Check
  11. 18 -1

    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
  12. 92 +18

    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
  13. 76 -74

    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 18 top lists Check
  14. 85 -70

    The Big Heat

    1953, in 16 top lists Check
  15. 66 -59

    The Asphalt Jungle

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
  16. 70 +28

    In a Lonely Place

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
  17. 40 +118

    Out of the Past

    1947 — a.k.a. Build My Gallows High, in 15 top lists Check
  18. 79 +126

    Strangers on a Train

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
  19. 65 +178

    White Heat

    1949, in 15 top lists Check
  20. 69 -8

    Gun Crazy

    1950 — a.k.a. Gun Crazy, in 14 top lists Check
  21. 16 +115

    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 14 top lists Check
  22. 24 +84

    The Killers

    1946 — a.k.a. A Man Alone, in 13 top lists Check
  23. 94 +15

    The Killing

    1956, in 13 top lists Check
  24. 13 +53

    Detour

    1945, in 12 top lists Check
  25. 23 +54

    Gilda

    1946, in 12 top lists Check
  26. 89 +74

    Pickup on South Street

    1953, in 12 top lists Check
  27. 46 +29

    Force of Evil

    1948, in 11 top lists Check
  28. 7 +181

    Shadow of a Doubt

    1943, in 11 top lists Check
  29. 56 +163

    They Live by Night

    1948 — a.k.a. The Twisted Road, in 11 top lists Check
  30. 71 +73

    Night and the City

    1950, in 10 top lists Check
  31. 26 +141

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    1946, in 9 top lists Check
  32. 17 +166

    Scarlet Street

    1945, in 9 top lists Check
  33. 37 +77

    The Lady from Shanghai

    1947, in 8 top lists Check
  34. 15 +103

    Leave Her to Heaven

    1945, in 8 top lists Check
  35. 50 +90

    The Naked City

    1948, in 8 top lists Check
  36. 61 +125

    The Set-Up

    1949, in 8 top lists Check
  37. 32 +15

    Crossfire

    1947, in 7 top lists Check
  38. 82 +60

    The Narrow Margin

    1952, in 7 top lists Check
  39. 60 +114

    The Reckless Moment

    1949, in 7 top lists Check
  40. 96 +154

    The Wrong Man

    1956, in 7 top lists Check
  41. 91 -77

    The Big Combo

    1955, in 6 top lists Check
  42. 29 -7

    Body and Soul

    1947 — a.k.a. An Affair of the Heart, in 6 top lists Check
  43. 2 +81

    High Sierra

    1941, in 6 top lists Check
  44. 39 +110

    Nightmare Alley

    1947, in 6 top lists Check
  45. 63 +159

    Thieves' Highway

    1949 — a.k.a. Collision, in 6 top lists Check
  46. 12 +234

    The Woman in the Window

    1944, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 31 -3

    Brute Force

    1947, in 5 top lists Check
  48. 59 -13

    Criss Cross

    1949, in 5 top lists Check
  49. 67 -17

    D.O.A.

    1950, in 5 top lists Check
  50. 49 +55

    Key Largo

    1948, in 5 top lists Check
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