Film-Noir

Somewhere in the Night

Somewhere in the Night

Somewhere in the Night

IMDb: 7.1
1946
110min

George Taylor returns from the WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, he tries to track down his old identity, stumbling into a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

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Don’t Bother to Knock

Don’t Bother to Knock

Don’t Bother to Knock

IMDb: 6.9
1952
76min

Jed, an airline pilot, (Widmark) is resting in a hotel when he notices Nell (Monroe), a young woman babysitting for a wealthy couple. As Jed gets to know Nell better he realises that the woman is not as stable as perhaps she should be. A unique thriller featuring a rare dramatic performance from Monroe, illustrating a broader range than most people might expect..

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The Breaking Point

The Breaking Point

The Breaking Point

IMDb: 7.5
1950
97min

Based on the Hemingway novel To Have and Have Not. A fisherman with money problems hires out his boat to transport criminals.

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I Want to Live!

I Want to Live!

I Want to Live!

IMDb: 7.5
1958
120min

Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police arresting them. As a revenge they tell the police that Barbara is the murderer.

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Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

IMDb: 8.1
1958
95min

Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town.

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Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

IMDb: 8.2
1957
96min

New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can’t control is his younger sister, Susan (Susan Harrison), who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas (Marty Milner). Hunsecker strongly disproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.

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The Burglar

The Burglar

The Burglar

IMDb: 6.7
1957
90min

Burglar Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) and his two associates set their sights on wealthy spiritualist Sister Sarah, who has inherited a fortune — including a renowned emerald necklace — from a Philadelphia financier. Using Nat’s female ward, Gladden (Jayne Mansfield), to pose as an admirer and case the mansion where the woman lives, they set up a perfect break-in. Things get complicated afterwards.

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Plunder Road

Plunder Road

Plunder Road

IMDb: 6.9
1957
72min

A spectacular heist starts to unravel as the crooks take it on the lam.

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The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

IMDb: 7.6
1956
109min

Jobless sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by corrupt fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his current protégé, an unknown Argentinian boxer named Toro Moreno. Although Moreno is a hulking giant, his chances for success are hampered by a powder-puff punch and a glass jaw. Exploiting Willis’ reputation for integrity and standing in the boxing community, Benko arranges a series of fixed fights that propel the unsophisticated Moreno to #1 contender for the championship. The reigning champ, the sadistic Buddy Brannen, harbors resentment at the publicity Toro has been receiving and vows to viciously punish him in the ring. Eddie must now decide whether or not to tell the naive Toro the truth.

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The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

IMDb: 7.5
1956
105min

True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal.

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A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

IMDb: 6.8
1956
94min

Bud Corliss (Wagner) is an ambitious student who is wooing Dorothy Kingship (Woodward) purely for her father’s mining fortune. When he discovers that Dorothy is pregnant with his child, he realizes she is quite likely to be disinherited by her wealthy family. He assures Dorothy that he’ll take care of her, yet he hesitates when Dorothy insists on marrying. Bud then murders Dorothy and stages it in a way that it appears to be a suicide. He then reaches out to her sister Ellen (Leith) with the hopes of marrying her in order to ingratiate himself with her father. After a couple of months Ellen finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, and then discovers Bud knew Dorothy. Ellen struggles to avenge her sister and save her own life.

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Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday

IMDb: 6.9
1955
90min

Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

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The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

IMDb: 8.0
1955
93min

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

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No Man’s Woman

No Man’s Woman

No Man’s Woman

IMDb: 6.3
1955
70min

A greedy, scheming woman is found murdered in her studio, and the police find that there is no shortage of suspects who wanted to see her dead–among them a rich husband she wouldn’t divorce unless he paid her a huge settlement, a lover she caused to be fired from his job and an assistant whose fiancé she tried to seduce.

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Dragnet

Dragnet

Dragnet

IMDb: 6.7
1954
88min

Two homicide detectives try to find just the facts behind a mobster”s brutal murder.

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Private Hell 36

Private Hell 36

Private Hell 36

IMDb: 6.7
1954
81min

Two LA detectives get in over their heads when they get involved with a nightclub singer who holds the key to the missing loot from a New York elevator robbery. Once they find the money, they are tempted to keep it and betrayal and corruption come to run the order of things.

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Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

IMDb: 7.0
1954
80min

A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.

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Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

Witness to Murder

IMDb: 6.7
1954
83min

A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder while looking out her bedroom window.

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Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

IMDb: 8.2
1954
104min

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan – to frame her for murder instead.

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The Big Heat

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

IMDb: 8.0
1953
89min

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague’s suicide and his fellow officers’ suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters’ payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster’s spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland’s insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth.

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The Man Between

The Man Between

The Man Between

IMDb: 7.1
1953
100min

“The Man Between” is a 1953 British thriller film directed by Carol Reed and starring James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef and Geoffrey Toone. A British woman on a visit to post-war Berlin is caught up in an espionage ring smuggling secrets into and out of the Eastern Bloc.

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99 River Street

99 River Street

99 River Street

IMDb: 7.5
1953
83min

A former boxer –now taxi driver– gets mixed up with jewel thieves.

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Niagara

Niagara

Niagara

IMDb: 7.1
1953
92min

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.

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Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

IMDb: 7.8
1953
80min

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

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The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

IMDb: 7.0
1953
71min

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

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Deadline – U.S.A.

Deadline – U.S.A.

Deadline – U.S.A.

IMDb: 7.2
1952
87min

With three days before his paper folds, a crusading editor tries to expose a vicious gangster.

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Detective Story

Detective Story

Detective Story

IMDb: 7.6
1951
103min

Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod (Douglas), leads a precinct of characters in their grim daily battle with the city’s lowlife. The characters who pass through the precinct over the course of the day include a young petty embezzler, a pair of burglars, and a naive shoplifter.

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Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

IMDb: 8.2
1951
111min

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to revitalize his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control media circus.

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Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

IMDb: 8.0
1951
101min

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.

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The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

IMDb: 6.9
1950
84min

P.C. George Dixon (Warner) a long-serving traditional “copper” who is due to retire shortly, takes a new recruit, Andy Mitchell (Hanley), under his aegis, introducing him to the easy-going night beat. Dixon is a classic Ealing ‘ordinary’ hero, but also anachronistic, unprepared and unable to answer the violence of Tom Riley (Bogarde). Called to the scene of a robbery at a local cinema, Dixon finds himself face-to-face with Riley, a desperate youth armed with a revolver. Dixon initially tries to talk Riley into surrendering the weapon, but Riley panics and fires. Dixon walks to his own death almost uncomprehending. Dixon is taken to hospital, but dies some hours later. The ending is another Ealing quirk, with ordinary decent society, including ‘professional’ criminals used to violence, banding together to track down and catch the murderer, who is trapped in the crowd at White City greyhound track in west London. To Andy Mitchell falls the honour of arresting Riley.

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Woman on the Run

Woman on the Run

Woman on the Run

IMDb: 7.4
1950
77min

Frank Johnson, sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris, on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank’s wife, Eleanor, suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett, Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor.

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Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

IMDb: 8.5
1950
110min

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

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Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

IMDb: 7.1
1950
110min

A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he’s accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.

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The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

IMDb: 7.9
1950
112min

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar “Doc” Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.

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Night and the City

Night and the City

Night and the City

IMDb: 8.0
1950
101min

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.

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Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

IMDb: 7.7
1950
86min

Bart Tare is an ex-Army man who has a lifelong fixation with guns, he meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Starr and goes to work at a carnival. After upsetting the carnival owner who lusts after Starr, they both get fired. Soon, on Starr’s behest, they embark on a crime spree for cash. Subjects of a manhunt, they are tracked by police in the hills Tare enjoyed as a boy.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

IMDb: 7.6
1950
95min

Tough NYC police detective Dixon misses out on a promotion because of his record of roughing up suspects. When accidentally kills a suspect in a murder case he plants clues to absolve himself. But when the father of a woman he recently fell in love is accused of the crime his plan looks like back firing.

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House of Strangers

House of Strangers

House of Strangers

IMDb: 7.5
1949
101min

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons, refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he’s arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over the business but kick their father out. Max, a lawyer, is the only son that stays loyal to his father.

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The Red Menace

The Red Menace

The Red Menace

IMDb: 4.7
1949
81min

A couple try to leave the Communist party after a murder by the group they were once loyal to.

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Criss Cross

Criss Cross

Criss Cross

IMDb: 7.6
1949
88min

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). To deflect suspicion of the affair, Steve Thompson leads Dundee into a daylight armored-truck robbery.

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