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Ace in the Hole

Directed by Billy Wilder

Out-of-work newspaper reporter Chuck Tatum (a perfectly smarmy, snarling Kirk Douglas in one of his best roles) moves west to

Beyond the Forest

Directed by King Vidor

After an extremely successful 18-year run at Warner Bros., Davis’s work for the studio ended on a bitter note with

Brighton Rock

Directed by John Boulting

Adapted from the novel by Graham Greene, John Boulting's noir tale of a violent mobster who murders a reporter—and then

Brute Force

Directed by Jules Dassin

“Soon-to-be-blacklisted director Jules Dassin’s excoriating and angry prison drama uses the ‘big cage’ as a metaphor for the lost innocence

Criss Cross

Directed by Robert Siodmak

Arguably the prototypical Los Angeles noir and featuring extensive location photography in the Bunker Hill neighborhood shortly before it was

Dark Passage

Directed by Delmer Daves

Vincent Parry (Humphrey Bogart), convicted for murdering his wife, escapes San Quentin dead-set on proving his innocence. Picked up hitchhiking

Detour

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

From the gutters of Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at

Double Indemnity

Directed by Billy Wilder

Wilder’s prototypical film noir, featuring the archetypal femme fatale in Barbara Stanwyck’s chilling Phyllis Dietrichson, is one of the most

Gun Crazy

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Bart Tare loves guns. After an ill-advised attempt to steal one at age fourteen lands him in reform school and

Hamlet Goes Business

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki

Deadpan humor abounds in this tongue-in-cheek noir adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal Hamlet. When Hamlet (the delightfully named Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, munching

I Wake Up Screaming

Directed by Bruce Humberstone

In this lean, clinical tale of love gone sour, the motivations of a hard-boiled detective are put under the microscope.

Le Corbeau

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Clouzot’s controversial, claustrophobic film noir, set in a small countryside hamlet referred to as “anywhere,” follows the small-town doctor Germain