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Life Magazine Listing of Noir

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Here is a listing from a Life Magazine Special from November 2016, titled Film Noir: 75 Years of the Greatest Crime Films

The Classics 1941 - 1958:

The Maltese Falcon 1941

Shadow of a Doubt 1943

Double Indemnity 1944

Laura 1944

Mildred Pierce 1945

Out of the Past 1947

The Third Man 1949

In a Lonely Place 1950

Niagara 1953

The Night of the Hunter 1955

Touch of Evil 1958

Neo Noir 1967 - 1997:

Bonnie and Clyde 1967

Dirty Harry 1971

Chinatown 1974

Taxi Driver 1976

Body Heat 1981

Blood Simple 1984

Blue Velvet 1986

Pulp Fiction 1994

L.A. Confidential 1997

The authors admit many worthy films were not included, and for everyone listed 10 others could have been picked. I have no problem with the selection, except  I would have taken Leave Her to Heaven (1945) over Niagara. Other films worthy of inclusion are Murder, My Sweet (1944), The Killers (1946) and Kiss Me Deadly (1955).

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Yes, these lists are so darn subjective. Like what's the point? 

I would look at something more scientific, like scores on Rotten Tomatoes. And also look at how the titles are individually rated on the IMDb.

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