Film noire to me is what defines breath-taking, adrenaline pumping cinema. This genre of film has a large and passionate fan base yet is mostly unknown to the generations below us. Here are my Top 10 Best Film Noire films.
10. Criss Cross
This oft-forgotten movie is everything noire should be.
9. In A Lonely Place
This serial killer movie is incredibly disturbing and completely compelling.
8. City That Never Sleeps
This movie is narrated by the city it takes place it. It doesn’t get more noire than that.
7. Raw Deal
This film blends the best of pulp with the best of film noire.
6. Act Of Violence
This dark and beautiful film focuses on the aftermath of World War II.
5. They Live By Night
While the original Romeo and Juliet is a fairly dark story, this movie puts a film noir spin on the classic play.
4. The Killers
This dreamy and dark film is based on a short story by Ernest Hemmingway.
3. The Maltese Falcon
This movie, which is based on the Dashiell Hammet book of the same name, has been described as the finest detective film ever made.
2. Double Indemnity
This film, which revolves around a deeply unhappy couple, has been remade and re-worked on several occasions. None of these versions can hold a candle to the original. And it’s clearly the defining role for Ms. Barbara Stanwyck.
AND THE JERRY GOES TO…
1. The Asphalt Jungle
Made by MGM in the 1950s, this fantastic film has been described as one of the most thrilling crime movies ever made. It’s tightly paced from start to finish.
Do you agree with my top 10? If you think I missed something or have a difference of opinion, I encourage you to contact me! I love debating!