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 2 top lists Check
  2. 2 +81

    High Sierra

    1941, in 6 top lists Check
  3. 3 +90

    I Wake Up Screaming

    1941 — a.k.a. Hot Spot, in 2 top lists Check
  4. 4 +124

    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
  5. 5 +73

    The Glass Key

    1942, in 2 top lists Check
  6. 6 +218

    This Gun for Hire

    1942, in 4 top lists Check
  7. 8 +59

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 31 top lists Check
  8. 9 +108

    Laura

    1944, in 20 top lists Check
  9. 10 +127

    Murder, My Sweet

    1944 — a.k.a. Farewell My Lovely, in 5 top lists Check
  10. 11 +150

    Phantom Lady

    1944, in 4 top lists Check
  11. 12 +234

    The Woman in the Window

    1944, in 6 top lists Check
  12. 13 +53

    Detour

    1945, in 12 top lists Check
  13. 14 +57

    Fallen Angel

    1945, in 2 top lists Check
  14. 16 +115

    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 14 top lists Check
  15. 18 -1

    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
  16. 19 -1

    Black Angel

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
  17. 20 -

    The Blue Dahlia

    1946, in 3 top lists Check
  18. 21 +33

    The Dark Corner

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
  19. 22 +33

    The Dark Mirror

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
  20. 24 +84

    The Killers

    1946 — a.k.a. A Man Alone, in 13 top lists Check
  21. 26 +141

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    1946, in 9 top lists Check
  22. 28 +175

    The Stranger

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
  23. 30 -5

    Born to Kill

    1947 — a.k.a. Lady of Deceit, in 2 top lists Check
  24. 31 -3

    Brute Force

    1947, in 5 top lists Check
  25. 32 +15

    Crossfire

    1947, in 7 top lists Check
  26. 35 +27

    Desperate

    1947, in 2 top lists Check
  27. 36 +75

    Kiss of Death

    1947, in 4 top lists Check
  28. 37 +77

    The Lady from Shanghai

    1947, in 8 top lists Check
  29. 38 +77

    Lady in the Lake

    1947, in 2 top lists Check
  30. 42 +183

    T-Men

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
  31. 43 -30

    The Big Clock

    1948, in 4 top lists Check
  32. 44 -14

    Call Northside 777

    1948 — a.k.a. Calling Northside 777, in 2 top lists Check
  33. 45 +4

    Cry of the City

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
  34. 46 +29

    Force of Evil

    1948, in 11 top lists Check
  35. 47 +35

    He Walked by Night

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
  36. 48 +39

    Hollow Triumph

    1948 — a.k.a. The Scar, in 2 top lists Check
  37. 49 +55

    Key Largo

    1948, in 5 top lists Check
  38. 50 +90

    The Naked City

    1948, in 8 top lists Check
  39. 51 +113

    Pitfall

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
  40. 52 +121

    Raw Deal

    1948, in 5 top lists Check
  41. 55 +152

    The Street with No Name

    1948, in 2 top lists Check
  42. 56 +163

    They Live by Night

    1948 — a.k.a. The Twisted Road, in 11 top lists Check
  43. 58 -34

    Border Incident

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
  44. 59 -13

    Criss Cross

    1949, in 5 top lists Check
  45. 62 +129

    Side Street

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
  46. 65 +178

    White Heat

    1949, in 15 top lists Check
  47. 66 -59

    The Asphalt Jungle

    1950, in 15 top lists Check
  48. 68 +5

    The File on Thelma Jordon

    1950, in 2 top lists Check
  49. 69 -8

    Gun Crazy

    1950 — a.k.a. Gun Crazy, in 14 top lists Check
  50. 71 +73

    Night and the City

    1950, in 10 top lists Check
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