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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

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

The Wonders

Directed by Avi Nesher

This modern-day film noir centers on a bartender who doubles as a graffiti artist in Jerusalem. Arnav enjoys whiling away

Sunset Boulevard

Directed by Billy Wilder

Down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) seeks refuge at the home of former silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson,

Thieves’ Highway

Directed by Jules Dassin

WWII vet Nick Garcos (Richard Conte) returns to San Francisco, intending to go into the apple business with his father.

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

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.

Niagara

Directed by Henry Hathaway

Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten star as a troubled husband and wife couple on an ill-fated vacation in this tense

Sudden Fear

Directed by David Miller

Joan Crawford stars alongside noir mainstays Gloria Grahame and Jack Palance (both excellent) in this suspenseful, doomed love triangle directed

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

Possessed

Directed by Curtis Bernhardt

Joan Crawford was nominated for an Academy Award—only the second of her long and distinguished career—for her role as Louise