The Best of Film Noir and the Classicsby jeffreycox | created - 09 Feb 2013 | updated - 02 Sep 2014 | Public
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1. Touch of Evil (1958)
PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Votes: 81,260 | Gross: $2.24M
The finest piece of Noir (and maybe the finest movie) that I could ever recommend. *Note: The first 4 minutes are legendary Directing. Take the time, after you've watched it, to read the discussions regarding the Directing. Also watch the Special Features on the DVD. The stories behind the filming of this movie are wonderful. Marlene Dietrich as the fortune teller, Tanya, and Mercedes McCambridge with her line, "I wanna watch." **You want the "Restored" 111 minute version with the Bonus material on the DVD.**
2. The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Approved | 125 min | Drama
A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life.
Tie with 'Touch of Evil'. Incredible movie. Huston is genius. Watch the Special Features to see what they went through to film this movie. 'Shot on location' is an understatement. If you have never watched this film, you owe it to yourself.
3. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Votes: 89,554 | Gross: $5.01M
Huston writes the Screenplay and Directs, and creates a masterpiece. What a movie...
4. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Wow... So strange and so powerful.
5. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.
Yes, it's just that good. Billy Wilder and that subtle humor.
6. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Votes: 331,444 | Gross: $1.59M
More of a movie that I suspected. Lives up to its fame and legend.
7. On the Waterfront (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Votes: 114,186 | Gross: $9.60M
Another one of those "Classics" that is always held in the Pantheon of filmmaking, and I guess I'd never seen it. Spectacular... Brando IS Terry... This is certainly among the very, very best. The very best.
8. All About Eve (1950)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.
Votes: 94,569 | Gross: $0.01M
I've seen it referred to, but could have never expected the incredible quality of this film. One of the Great Films. Truly a 10.
9. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.
I just love this movie. Billy Wilder/Director. Nominated for 6 Oscars. Agatha Christie play, with Billy Wilder writing the screenplay.
10. Pickup on South Street (1953)
Approved | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.
Never heard of this film before. Fuller, Fuller, Fuller. This got us on a hunt for all things "Fuller". Richard Widmark at his best.
11. Double Indemnity (1944)
Not Rated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.
Votes: 111,609 | Gross: $5.72M
Classic Noir in all respects. A pleasure to watch. Billy Wilder/Director. This one started us on the great Billy Wilder safari.
12. To Have and Have Not (1944)
Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.
The staggering electricity between Bacall and Bogart is not the only reason this film is so monumental (they met and fell in love during the filming of this movie). Although it's a "Hemingway Script" it's really not. No, it's William Faulkner... Not bad... ;) Rather than Hemingway's Cuba, however, the US Government insisted it not be Cuba. So it's French Martinique. I've gotta say, though: Bacall's classic "You know how to whistle, don't you?" is only outdone by that walk she does at the very end of the movie, as she walks away from Cricket, to Steve. Wow.......
13. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?
Votes: 50,499 | Gross: $11.90M
A solid 9 with hints of 10... Duke Ellington soundtrack. Incredible opening Title sequences by Saul Bass.
14. In a Lonely Place (1950)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.
Watch this film!! I mean it. Watch this film. You will not be disappointed. Bogart is great as Dixon. This was a big surprise from a film we'd never heard of.
15. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 358,055 | Gross: $36.76M
Stewart and Grace Kelly are incredible. Hitchcock's Direction is stunning. This film is often rated as #1 in the Noir catagory. Best I can do is 15, compared to the above. Fabulous movie, don't get me wrong....
16. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
Just as good and brilliant as Legend and Reputation would have it.
17. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.
Votes: 21,383 | Gross: $0.01M
What a huge surprise and fantastic film! Rita Hayworth is really wonderful and wicked. This film is a solid 9. Orson Welles is a helluva Director.
18. Mildred Pierce (1945)
Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.
What a great film.
19. The Petrified Forest (1936)
Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.
Once again, we have been blown away by Bogart and the films that he made. This is known as his "break through" film, and for good reason. He and Leslie Howard had played their roles on Broadway for years, and when it came time to cast the film, Leslie Howard insisted on Bogart. It has the 'stage play" feel that it needs to have and the dialog is exceptional. Great film. Pre-Noir Noir.
20. Notorious (1946)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?
Votes: 79,926 | Gross: $10.46M
One of Hitchcock's very, very, very best. Don't miss this movie.
21. Key Largo (1948)
Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.
This movie is really exceptional. Classic film, Classic Noir!!
22. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
Votes: 37,226 | Gross: $17.57M
Elizabeth Taylor is stunning. Paul Newman is great. Burl Ives is killer-creepy.
23. A Place in the Sun (1951)
Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Romance
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.
Elizabeth Taylor at 18 years old. Unbelieveable that it is so. This is a classic Classic. Great movie.
24. It's All True (1993)
G | 87 min | Documentary
A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America.
Directors: Bill Krohn, Myron Meisel, Orson Welles, Richard Wilson, Norman Foster | Stars: Manuel 'Jacare' Olimpio Meira, Jeronimo André De Souza, Raimundo 'Tata' Correia Lima, Manuel 'Preto' Pereira da Silva
This is a unique film, in that it was assembled by the team that was with Orson Welles in Brazil to film it. Suffice to say; this is a wholly moving film/meditation/tribute to Welles and a project that is so stirring and (in the end) selfless. Just watch it.
25. Dial M for Murder (1954)
PG | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Votes: 123,365 | Gross: $0.01M
One of the first films we watched. Exceptional and required viewing.
26. Gilda (1946)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer.
If you do any reading about "Film Noir", this film will be cited among the best. Rita Hayworth at her smokiest. Great film. Watch it!!
27. Giant (1956)
G | 201 min | Drama, Western
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.
Votes: 28,809 | Gross: $35.00M
Seems weird to have this down at #27... It's only because the films above it are just so incredible. It's in the Top 3 of the 8's, though! ;)
28. The Killers (1946)
Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.
Never had heard of this film. What a great movie!!! This is the movie that launched Burt Lancaster. Ava Gardner as a "double-crossing, two-timing babe".
29. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.
Votes: 11,497 | Gross: $13.90M
Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Written by Tennessee Williams with the screenplay by Gore Vidal. The script is busy in places, but the lines are some of the best ever written. Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor were both nominated for Best Actress in Oscars for 1960 for this film. Get to it, and watch this film!
30. I Want to Live! (1958)
Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.
Powerful, fabulous, disturbing and killer soundtrack with the best of the 50's jazz players. This is a 'very high 8'. Very high. Susan Hayward is wonderful. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for this.
31. East of Eden (1955)
PG | 118 min | Drama
A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.
James Dean's first film. The only film released while he was alive. For me, the most striking aspect of his on-screen persona was his cat-like movement and presence. 3 films. Gone at 24.
32. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
Votes: 285,361 | Gross: $3.20M
Classic and exceptional. Required.
33. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.
I love this film!!! One of the great 'finds' of this whole Film Noir expedition.
34. Park Row (1952)
Approved | 83 min | Drama, Thriller
The Globe is a small, but visionary newspaper started by Phineas Mitchell, an editor recently fired by The Star. The two newspapers become enemies, and the Star's ruthless heiress Charity Hackett decides to eliminate the competition.
A lot has been written and told about how this is Samuel Fuller's favorite film, and testament to his years as a newspaper man. Exceptional.
35. Ace in the Hole (1951)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
Votes: 22,006 | Gross: $3.97M
Noir at it's best!! Billy Wilder and his wry, dark humor.
36. This Gun for Hire (1942)
Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.
Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. Lots of twists and turns in a great mystery.
37. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.
Votes: 15,477 | Gross: $8.33M
Such an incredible film, drenched in Noir.
38. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Approved | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.
Sinatra is brilliant. Elmer Bernstein soundtrack. Opening Title sequences by the masterful Saul Bass.
39. House of Strangers (1949)
Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective.
Really a great movie! Mankiewicz is superb in his Direction, Susan Hayward is exceptional and Edward G. is incredibly believeable. Big surprise.
40. The Big Sleep (1946)
Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
It's "The Big Sleep", for God's sake!! Watch it!!
41. Dark Passage (1947)
Not Rated | 106 min | Film-Noir, Thriller
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.
Excellent movie! Delmer Daves Direction is perfectly suited for the script and setting in San Francisco. Great cast.
42. Angel Face (1953)
Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.
Solid Film Noir. Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons are great. Excellent. Where else, but in Film Noir, can you find a wealthy woman passionately pursuing an ambulance driver??
43. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."
Pulp Noir filmed in 3 weeks in LosAngeles, mostly at Bunker Hill and Chinatown by Robert Aldrich. Mickey Spillane wrote the novel, but there's darn-near nothin' here from the book. Screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides dismantled it and pulled in everything sleazy, seedy and noir. Ending is classic early '50's!
44. Night and the City (1950)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.
Richard Widmark at his 'sketchyiest' best. This is an excellent noir film, although Dassin doesn't agree with the "Film Noir" label for this work. I highly recommend this, in that you've probably never heard of it. I know I hadn't.
45. Strangers on a Train (1951)
PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.
Votes: 107,193 | Gross: $7.63M
46. The Third Man (1949)
Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Votes: 128,235 | Gross: $0.45M
48. BUtterfield 8 (1960)
Not Rated | 109 min | Drama
A Manhattan call girl has a tragic affair with a rich married man.
Votes: 4,727 | Gross: $16.46M
Maybe not Classic Noir, but Elizabeth Taylor is killer in this Classic.
49. North by Northwest (1959)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
Votes: 245,358 | Gross: $13.28M
Legendary film. Classic film. No doubt. It's just that it's not as 'special' as the films above. Really, really good. Not brilliant.
50. Laura (1944)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.
Great film!!! Great!!
51. Mirage (1965)
Approved | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller
A New York man suffers amnesia. He soon learns that he's mixed up in a life-and-death situation, but what exactly is it?
Soundtrack by Quincy Jones. Excellent Noir/Mystery!!!!
52. High Sierra (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.
"Hard-boiled Ida Lupino" There's something exceptional in that phrase... Bogart is supposed to have "broken through" with this movie, not sure I could agree, but it's darned good. Truely Noir.
53. The Letter (1940)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.
Bette Davis. One of her very best.
54. White Heat (1949)
Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn.
Cagney in his opus.
55. Conflict (1945)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.
Excellent Mystery. Surprising how good Bogart is in so many films.
57. Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.
Exceptional Noir, and the plot is really involved, if not tangled up,
60. The Naked Kiss (1964)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama
Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the ... See full summary »
So weird and so Fuller!!
61. The Big Heat (1953)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.
Terrific film! Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford.
62. The Apartment (1960)
Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
Votes: 125,589 | Gross: $18.60M
Exceptional, Classic, Masterful Direction. Essential.
63. A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Romance
A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands...but she does not say which one.
A great premise for a film. Surprising to us, as to how good this film is.
64. No Way Out (1950)
Approved | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist White, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.
Incredibly confrontive work on Mankiewicz's part. Challenging to watch because of the direct and bare racial theme and language. Apparently, Poitier and Widmark were really close friends and Widmark apologized after several nasty scenes to Poitier. I can see that...
65. Sudden Fear (1952)
Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller
After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.
Joan Crawford is "all eyes" in this very good Noir mystery. It pushes the boundary between 'Classic Noir" and 'caricature', but it's really quite good. Gloria Grahame is always fun as the 'bad little girl'.
66. I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
Passed | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty. Shortly before her marriage to her childhood ... See full summary »
Susan Hayward finally got her elusive Oscar with this performance. Rightfully so, in that her study in the life of a fallen stage performer is unnerving,, at the least.
68. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him.
69. The Woman in the Window (1944)
Not Rated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.
This was filmed just before Scarlet Street and Fritz Lang used the same cast. Quite a good mystery!
70. Gaslight (1944)
Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.
71. Scarlet Street (1945)
Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.
72. Fury (1936)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.
Exceptional 30's 'Noir-ish' film. Truly a Moral Code theme, wherein Spencer Tracy is transformed into a vengeful, hateful character by an immoral, rudderless lynch mob. I'd be kinda' pissed, too!!
73. Whirlpool (1950)
Approved | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.
74. Kiss of Death (1947)
Approved | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise.
A very strong story sets you up for a twisty, squirmy ending. Richard Widmark in his debut. He pushes his character to some insane limits and really nails it. He got nominated for Best Supprting Actor for this, his first role in film. Widmark continues to really stand out in this list of films.
75. The African Queen (1951)
PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.
Votes: 62,748 | Gross: $0.54M
Good, but not as Great as I would have thought. Fine film.
76. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Not Rated | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.
Hitchcock mystery. Well done.
78. The Narrow Margin (1952)
Not Rated | 71 min | Film-Noir, Thriller
A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.
79. Irma la Douce (1963)
Not Rated | 147 min | Comedy, Romance
In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.
Votes: 13,966 | Gross: $25.25M
It's way down here, and that's a shame. Its really a great film with Lemmon and Mclaine. I'd say it's 'Required Classic'.
80. Call Northside 777 (1948)
Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir
Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.
True story, filmed in the actual locales, as well. Jimmy Stewart makes a darn fine 'newspaper man".
81. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Votes: 197,583 | Gross: $25.00M
Funny that it's down here. It is a Classic to the core, and probably would stand more to the top if I'd just looked at it as a comedy (that it is...).
82. Out of the Past (1947)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.
83. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Once three childhood friends. Now, a ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., and a returning companion who may have been the only witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier.
Barbara Stanwyck is very good in this 'blackmail mystery'. Lizabeth Scott's 2nd film, and she's a little 'forced' in her attempt to capture the Bacall persona.
84. Dead Reckoning (1947)
Passed | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow.
86. The Glass Key (1942)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.
89. Rope (1948)
PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
Good Hitchcock mystery. Not in his 'very best' caliber, though IMHO.
90. Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance, War
An American World War I soldier, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after twenty years, but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man, and his son is a grown young man.
Votes: 1,867 | Gross: $3.25M
92. Thieves' Highway (1949)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.
Good. Not terrific. Good.
93. The Naked City (1948)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
New York City film noir about two detectives investigating the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder.
Same as above... Good. Not terrific. Good. Haven't been wildly impressed by Dassin's films.. It's clear what he's doing, but I don't find it particularly compelling. Good....
94. I Walk Alone (1947)
Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business.
99. The 39 Steps (1935)
Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
OK. It should be watched for its classic nature. It's not bad at all. I just wouldn't start here.
100. Boomerang! (1947)
Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.
A bit disappointing, in that is on so many lists, and yet not all that great. It's OK, but....