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Which are your all-time Film Noir favorites?

Asked by Espiritus_Corvus (10251 points ) November 16th, 2013

Film Noir: Definition
Film Noir: Examples

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zenvelo's avatar

The Big Sleep
Maltese Falcon

ucme's avatar

White Heat
Strangers on a Train
Sin City

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Would Charade count as film noir?

filmfann's avatar

Charade would count!

The Big Sleep
The Maltese Falcon
Chinatown
Blade Runner
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Pachy's avatar

Wish I could give you more than one GQ for this one, since film noir is not only my favorite genre, it’s a hobby. I’ve seen just about every one there is, and most of them many times. Here are some my favorite faves, all of which I heartily recommend.

Laura
The Third Man
Night and the City (the original, with Richard Widmark)
In a Lonely Place
The Stranger
Woman in the Window
Pickup on South Street (A MUST-see)
Force of Evil
A Double Life
Call Northside 777
White Heat
Suddenly
Maltese Falcon, of course
And the amazing Gun Crazy
And the always riveting Key Largo

MadMadMax's avatar

I always wonder why The Maltese Falcon. Casablanca absolutely. African Queen, absolutely. But the Maltese Falcon was a bad movie.

fundevogel's avatar

I adore Brick.

Has anyone seen Angel-A by the way? ┬áIt looks promising but I haven’t got to it yet.

ragingloli's avatar

Max Payne 2.

glacial's avatar

@MadMadMax The Maltese Falcon is in my top three. SO many brilliant lines in that film.

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen Laura. It’s been a while, though – so thanks for the reminder!

There are too many for me to make a list, but I think the one film that needs mentioning and hasn’t been mentioned yet is Gilda.

@fundevogel You had me at Luc Besson.

jaytkay's avatar

Double Indemnity is so good.

Some dialog:

Walter Neff: You’ll be here too?

Phyllis: I guess so, I usually am.

Walter Neff: Same chair, same perfume, same anklet?

Phyllis: I wonder if I know what you mean.

Walter Neff: I wonder if you wonder.

Pachy's avatar

@jaytkay, that’s one of my favorite dialogue exchanges in the movie! I smile every time I watch it.

Did you ever notice how odd it is that Walter’s apartment door swings out into the hallway rather than in, as normal apartment doors do? It’s because that was the only way the director could position Phylis so as to be hidden from Keyes.

Pachy's avatar

@lx102303. I listed that one, too. I almost couldn’t believe how good it was the first time I saw it—beautifully directed and acted, beautifully written, and so classically noir in look and feel. Widmark was so good, and Gene Tierney, who was ill at the time, was gorgeous.

—The later version with DeNiro is okay bit nowhere near as great as the ‘50 version.

lx102303's avatar

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room , everyone had some really good recommendations but this one really stood out for me . Gene Tierney was such a classy lady and Richard Widmark was always good in whatever role he played in as was Gene Tierney .
=)

downtide's avatar

@filmfann I was about to say “No, Blade Runner isn’t film noir” but you’re absolutely right. It is.

filmfann's avatar

Two others that may qualify, if only there were set qualifications:

Memento

Dark City

VS's avatar

Gaslight
Butterfield 8
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Rear Window

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Blade Runner was the greatest noir of all time.

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