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Somewhat weighted with the better ones up top.

Detour (1945) [Film Noir] [Drama]


D.O.A. (1950) [Film Noir] [Drama]


Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) [Film Noir] [Drama]


Kiss Me Deadly (1955) [Film Noir] [Drama]


Kiss of Death (1947) [Film Noir]


Killer Bait (1949) [Film Noir] [Crime]


The Stranger (1946) [Film Noir]


The Dark Mirror (1946) [Film Noir]


Kansas City Confidential (1952) [Film Noir]


He Walked by Night (1948) [Film Noir] [Thriller]


Scarlet Street (1945) [Film Noir] [Drama]


Impact (1949) [Film Noir] [Crime]


Rebecca (1940) Alfred Hitchcock


NOTORIOUS (1946) Alfred Hitchcock


Compulsion (1959)


The Red House (1947) [Film Noir] [Drama]


The Naked Edge (1961)


Undertow (1949) [Film Noir] [Crime]


Vice Squad (1953) [Film Noir] [Drama]


Cause for Alarm! (1951) [Film Noir] [Drama]


Inner Sanctum (1948) [Film Noir] [Mystery]


The Big Combo (1955) [Film Noir] [Crime]


The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) [Film Noir] [Crime]


The Scar (1948) [Film Noir] [Drama]


The Hitch-Hiker (1953) [Film Noir]


Quicksand (1950) [Film Noir]


The Strange Woman (1946) [Film Noir] [Drama]

 

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A recommendation list I made for my siblings:

Best film noir:

1. Laura
2. Murder My Sweet
3. Petrified Forest
4. Where the Sidewalk Ends
5. Sunset Boulevard
6. Double Indemnity
7. Sudden Fear
8. Scarlet Street
9. Out of the Past
10. Pickup on South Street
11. The Asphalt Jungle

To which I'll add ones I've seen since then and really liked:

Detour
D.O.A
 

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Not exactly sure how these are out there for free on YouTube - there might be a couple that are public domain but most aren’t - but those are some great noirs! Richard Widmark pretty much kicked off his movie stardom in his first role as Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death, he was reportedly a fan of the Batman comic books and based his character’s mannerisms on the Joker (in a great turnabout, Frank Gorshin based his version of the Joker for TV’s Batman on Widmark’s performance in KoD). The Hitchhiker, He Walked by Night, Kansas City Confidential, Detour (a truly twisted barely B-grade noir from Poverty Row’s PRC), and Kiss Me Deadly are worth a look. Kiss Me Deadly has the distinction (in my opinion) of being one of those rare movies that’s better than the book - sorry Mickey Spillane fans! As always when stuff like this pops up on YT watch them sooner rather than later before they start disappearing...
 

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Detour (a truly twisted barely B-grade noir from Poverty Row’s PRC)
With a great plot line, although the ending was required to comply with the film approval standards at the time. When Criterion releases it, you know it's decent:


Although its really hard to choose, I'd guess Laura and Murder My Sweet are my favorites. You won't find those on YouTube, although it looks like there's a mid-50s remake of Laura which I haven't watched and don't intend to. I love some of the lines in Murder My Sweet.

Philip Marlowe: I caught the blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in. It had no bottom.

Philip Marlowe: [about his gun during an embrace] That's just part of my clothes. I hardly ever shoot anybody with it.
Helen Grayle: You shouldn't kiss a girl when you're wearing that gun... leaves a bruise.

Philip Marlowe: He died in 1940, in the middle of a glass of beer. His wife Jessie finished it for him.
 
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Even the theme from "Laura" is memorable:

Laura Theme - New York Pops (contemporary)

There are elements of Maurice Ravel's 'Daphne et Chloe' in this. You can find this version on a CD called "The New York Pops Go To The Movies' on Amazon. In this Otto Preminger directed film noir we meet some of the defining characters of the genre, and we view one of the best movies of the 40s. Despite the great script, to-a-tee acting, smoky atmosphere and moody cinematography, what really comes in to focus with this movie is its music. After all, if you look at most of the great movies, you will find a great score backing up the brilliance. This score is done by David Raksin.


Laura - Soundtrack Suite (original)

 

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Although its really hard to choose, I'd guess Laura and Murder My Sweet are my favorites. You won't find those on YouTube, although it looks like there's a mid-50s remake of Laura which I haven't watched and don't intend to. I love some of the lines in Murder My Sweet.

Philip Marlowe: I caught the blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in. It had no bottom.

Philip Marlowe: [about his gun during an embrace] That's just part of my clothes. I hardly ever shoot anybody with it.
Helen Grayle: You shouldn't kiss a girl when you're wearing that gun... leaves a bruise.

Philip Marlowe: He died in 1940, in the middle of a glass of beer. His wife Jessie finished it for him.
It’s a shame the Murder My Sweet/Farewell My Lovely remake with Robert Mitchum was about 10 years too late, Mitchum would’ve been a great Marlowe but by his late 40s all the years of Hollywood hard living were catching up to him - the less said about his version of the Big Sleep the better...
 

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It’s a shame the Murder My Sweet/Farewell My Lovely remake with Robert Mitchum was about 10 years too late, Mitchum would’ve been a great Marlowe but by his late 40s all the years of Hollywood hard living were catching up to him - the less said about his version of the Big Sleep the better...
Actually, Dick Powell's portrayal of Marlowe is by far my favorite. The many reasons why are covered in the DVD commentary of the film done by a film noir expert whose name I don't recall who has authored a large number of books about the genre. He also discusses the brilliant use of lighting and filming perspectives in the film, things I didn't notice, but which very effectively and cleverly set the mood without being consciously noticed.
 

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When I was growing up in Michigan in the late 60's we were about 50 miles from Detroit and could pick up 2 Canadian channels. One had a show on every day the name of and the host escapes me. They would play these old movies from the 30's and the 40's. I've probably seen all of these movies and more. And the other channel had the old Tarazan movies and 50's sci-fi. I miss that kind of stuff.
 

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Free film noir found on-line
Free is relative since you’re already paying for your ISP.
 

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Thanks for the list, Winston, you're a hero!

My wife and I have become big fans of TCM's Noir Alley, hosted by Eddie Muller who shares details about the movie before and after each showing. The prints are usually very crisp and clear, and, like all TCM movies, there aren't any commercials interrupting the film. I recently had to pay extra to continue receiving TCM (thanks xfinity) but it's well worth it.

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Good skies,
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Film noir is one of the more interesting US film genres in and around WW2. This category makes for interesting classroom analysis in the RTF school. If I had not studied my major, it would definitely have been film with an emphasis specifically on film noir.
It is always interesting to see how the different film directors take the audience inside the minds of the characters who lean toward the darker side of humanity.
 
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