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Your top ten favorite noirs.

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Don't get annoyed but u might do one of these threads on the other genre boards. I love seeing what people pick and its fun curating your own list.

 

1.The Big Combo (1955)*

2.Kiss Me Deadly (1955)*

3.The Maltese Falcon (1941)*

4.Out of the Past (1947)*

5.Murder My Sweet (1944)*

6.Dead Reckoning (1947)

7.Kansas City Confidential(1952)

8.Born To Kill (1947)

9.D.O.A. (1950)

10.Raw Deal (1948)

 

The ones with astriks are permanent where as the other ones could get swapped for other favorites like Criss Cross(1949) T-Men(1947) Laura(1944) Gilda (1946) Nightmare Alley(1947) The Stranger(1946) The Killing(1956) Asphalt Jungle(1950) Touch of Evil (1958)

So many!!!!!!!!

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Welcome to the board, NoirKiss.

 

I definitely like your list. It's a nice mix of heavyweights and underdogs. I actually haven't seen *Dead Reckoning*, just yet.

 

My favorites:

 

1. Scarlet Street

2. Pickup on South Street

3. Night and the City

4. Out of the Past

5. In a Lonely Place

6. The Killing

7. Kiss Me Deadly

8. Raw Deal

9. The Third Man

10. Fallen Angel

 

11. Night of the Hunter

12. The Big Heat

13. They Live by Night

14. Clash by Night

15. The Set-Up

16. On Dangerous Ground

17. Deadline at Dawn

18. The Lady from Shanghai

19. Decoy

20. Double Indemnity

21. The Asphalt Jungle

22. Touch of Evil

23. Gun Crazy

24. Criss Cross

25. Gilda

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Here is my top ten but it is very much subject to change.

 

The Big Sleep

Maltese Falcon

Glass Key

His Kind of Women

Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Out of The Past

In a Lonely Place

Scarlett Street

Macao

The Big Combo

 

I have seen all of the films on your list and I recommend all of them. The focus of my list is mostly 40s noirs. But even I know my list is missing some key films. e.g. No Robert Ryan films!

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DOUBLE INDEMNITY

OUT OF THE PAST

CRISS CROSS

LAURA

THE RACKET

THE DARK CORNER

THE MONEY TRAP

DOA

A TOUCH OF EVIL

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS

THE KILLERS

THE SET-UP

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I like these a lot my ten would come out of these

 

The Asphalt Jungle

The Big Combo

Crime Wave

Criss Cross

The Crooked Way

Cry Of The City

The Dark Corner

Desperate

Edge of Doom

Fallen Angel

Hell's Half Acre

Killers Kiss

The Killers

The Killing

Kiss Me Deadly

The Narrow Margin

Night And The City

99 River Street

The Phantom Lady

Raw Deal

The Set Up

Too Late For Tears

Touch Of Evil

Where The Sidewalk Ends

The Window

 

Edited by: cigarjoe on Oct 11, 2013 3:45 PM

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Well I can see we all love some noir as it is hard for everyone to pick just ten!

As I read each post I couldn't help but think "dang I left that out as well?!".

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I know I still have a lot of film noirs to see yet, but of the ones I have seen I would have to list these among my favorites (in alphabetical order):

 

The Big Sleep

Black Angel

Body Heat

Double Indemnity

Gilda

Gun Crazy

In a Lonely Place

Laura

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Scarlet Street

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The first ten that come to mind:

 

Double Indemnity

Kiss of Death

Phantom Lady

The Maltese Falcon

I Wake Up Screaming

House of Strangers

Cry of the City

The Trial

The Third Man

...and a picture that's in color, and was not made in the classic noir era, but still has the noir feel:

The Grifters

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It's hard to beat 'Out of the Past' and 'The Killers'. Also the one whose title escapes me right now with Dick Powell and Clair Trevor, where Moose Malloy wants Powell to find MY VELMA!

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Hmm... I try and stick with IMDB descriptions, but, The Postman Always Rings Twice is not considered Noir by them(crime-drama-mystery). By me it is. Nora Prentiss isn't either. I'm not as sure about that one. I wanna say yeah but. Strangers on a Train I'll list as Noir. Gun Crazy, Noir, not Noir? Bad Day at Black Rock? I'll go with Bad Day at Black Rock in my 10.

 

1. Double Indemnity

2. The Postman Always Rings Twice (original)

3. Laura

4. Bad Day at Black Rock

5. The Big Heat (Ford/Grahame)

6. The Maltese Falcon (Bogart)

7. Strangers on a Train (Hitchnoir)

8. Scarlet Street

9. This Gun For Hire

10. Nobody Lives Forever (1946, John Garfield)

 

Edited by: lanceroten on Oct 21, 2013 7:05 PM

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M, from 1931, may have a noir feel, but it's from way before the years that are generally recognized to have yielded the first noirs. (1939-1941)

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Ooh film noir! One of my favorite genres.

 

Here goes my list, in no particular order:

 

-Double Indemnity

-Sunset Boulevard

-Dark Passage

-The Maltese Falcon

-The Big Sleep

-The Postman Always Rings Twice

-Gilda

-The Third Man

-The Lady From Shanghai (Fun Fact: The yacht used in the film belonged to Errol Flynn and he actually sailed the boat during the filming and did the aerial photography of the boat. He apparently has a cameo in the cantina scene. I'll need to rewatch to find him.)

-Cry Wolf

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Noir, being my favorite genre, I have lots of favorites, but I'll try to keep it to 10.

 

*Touch of Evil*

*The Big Sleep*

*This Gun For Hire*

*Out of the Past*

*Blood on the Moon*

*Pursued*

*DOA*

*Kiss Me Deadly*

*Detour*

*Memento* (just to throw in a modern noir, could have gone with *Blood Simple* )

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this is my top 25 in alphabetical order....top 10 is too exclusive

 

#1. Act of Violence....

 

#2. The Asphalt Jungle...

 

#3. The Big Combo...

 

#4. The Big Heat...

 

#5. The Big Sleep...

 

#6. Born to Kill...

 

#7. Dead Reckoning....

 

#8. Detour..

 

#9. Double Indemnity..

 

#10. Gun Crazy...

 

#11. Kansas City Confidential...

 

#12. The Killers..

 

#13. The Killing...

 

#14. Kiss Me Deadly...

 

#15. Kiss of Death...

 

#16. Laura...

 

#17. Murder My Sweet...

 

#18. The Narrow Margin...

 

#19. Out of the Past...

 

#20. Phantom Lady...

 

#21. The Phenix City Story..

 

#22. Raw Deal...

 

#23. This Gun for Hire...

 

#24. Touch of Evil...

 

#25. The Woman in the Window....

 

Edited by: doctom666 on Jan 31, 2014 4:22 AM

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Wow. Everyone has listed so many great films. There's a lot that I don't know. I'll have to keep an eye out for 'em. Since I'm here, I may as well add my 10:

1. The Maltese Falcon

2. The Big Sleep

3. Laura

4. Gilda

5. The Big Heat

6. The Blue Dahlia

7. The Postman Always Rings Twice

8. The Lady from Shanghai

9. Sunset Blvd. (which is somewhat noir)

10. The Glass Key

 

and an honorable mention to The Breaking Point (John Garfield), which some argue is film noir.

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1. The Third Man

2. The Postman Always Rings Twice

3. The Maltese Falcon

4. Gaslight

5. Sunset Blvd.

6. The Big Sleep

7. Gilda

8. Double Indemnity

9. The Big Heat

10. Mildred Pierce

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1. The Maltese Falcon

2. Gun Crazy

3. Double Indemnity

4. The Lady from Shanghai

5. The Big Sleep

6. Detour

7. The Asphalt Jungle

8. The Postman Always Rings Twice

9. The Killers

10. The Killing

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Interesting that the last 3 listings of top ten noirs do NOT mention ONE Mitchum film.

 

Here is my list  (but ask me again later, and it might change!).

 

The Big Sleep

Out of The Past

Double Indemnity

The Glass Key

His Kind of Women

The Maltese Falcon

Laura

Gilda

The Blue Dahlia

Sunset Blvd

 

PS:  I like to break down my top 10 favorites noirs into the 40s and 50s.   First it give me more choices but I do see a change in the style.   The selection above is all from the 40s except for Sunset Blvd and His Kind of Women.

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Why is The Big Sleep film noir?  I don't get that.  For noir, there has to be a tragedy.  The Maltese Falcon, yes.  But Bogart and Bacall fall in love and it looks like its going t stick.  Now, maybe, if Carmen had been the lead...

 

The greatest noir I think was in glorious (even garish and gaudy sometimes) color:  Vertigo.  (I'm also inclined to include Psycho, but, no, I guess not.) Of course, it transcends genre.  Anyway, here are mind:

 

1. Vertigo

2. The Maltese Falcon

3. Double Indemnity

4. The Third Man

5.  In A Lonely Place

6.  Out of the Past

7.  The Killers

8.  Touch of Evil

9.  The Asphalt Jungle

10. Point Blank

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Why is The Big Sleep film noir?  I don't get that.  For noir, there has to be a tragedy.  The Maltese Falcon, yes.  But Bogart and Bacall fall in love and it looks like its going t stick.  Now, maybe, if Carmen had been the lead...

 

The greatest noir I think was in glorious (even garish and gaudy sometimes) color:  Vertigo.  (I'm also inclined to include Psycho, but, no, I guess not.) Of course, it transcends genre.  Anyway, here are mind:

 

1. Vertigo

2. The Maltese Falcon

3. Double Indemnity

4. The Third Man

5.  In A Lonely Place

6.  Out of the Past

7.  The Killers

8.  Touch of Evil

9.  The Asphalt Jungle

10. Point Blank

 

For what it's worth every noir book I have seen list The Big Sleep as noir.   Yea, due to the marriage of Bogie and Bacall the studio had Hawks beef up the romance but the plot is still very noir.    Bacall's character is a femme fatale as it relates to Marlow since in order to help her he gets himself in jams he could have stayed out of.    Murders,  blackmail,  porn,  a mob boss,,,, all done on the dark streets of L.A.  

 

Hey,  if The Big Sleep isn't noir then a movie that is based on a dream,  Point Blank can't be one either.    ;)

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For what it's worth every noir book I have seen list The Big Sleep as noir.   Yea, due to the marriage of Bogie and Bacall the studio had Hawks beef up the romance but the plot is still very noir.    Bacall's character is a femme fatale as it relates to Marlow since in order to help her he gets himself in jams he could have stayed out of.    Murders,  blackmail,  porn,  a mob boss,,,, all done on the dark streets of L.A.  

 

Hey,  if The Big Sleep isn't noir then a movie that is based on a dream,  Point Blank can't be one either.    ;)

Well, that goes to my point.  The parameters of film noir for most people is much too vague and amorphous.  For me, a film noir has to have a corrosive thread of existential fatalism running through it. Pickup on South Street violates this rule because of its insistence of dancing itself offstage with a fake happy ending.  Not that it isn't a good movie; it is. It's very good, but as film noir, it's deficient.  The Big Sleep, because of the nature of the characters and the core relationship it focuses on, can't, to my mind, be film noir.  You need a Brigid O'Shaugnessy or a Jeff Bailey for that.  And it's just not moody enough.  It's an upbeat movie, whatever the tangential topics it includes. A film noir is a subgenre of tragedy.

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