Unseen Films Noir: What Should I Watch Next?


Things are going to be quiet around the blog for the next few days, so I thought I’d let all the film noir fans chew on this for awhile: I recently read (and greatly enjoyed) Mark Fertig’s excellent book Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s. Fertig’s 101 choices are not only great posters, but also great movies.

I decided to make a list of the films from that book that I haven’t seen, or haven’t seen  in a long time (20+ years). A couple of these I actually own on DVD (or recently ordered) and others I have in my streaming queue through Amazon, Warner Archive, etc.(Those are marked in bold), but many of them I’d have to seek out elsewhere.

So here are two questions I have for you:

1) Which of the following films noir should I make it a point to watch immediately before watching any of the others?

2) What films noir should be on this list, but aren’t? 

Thanks in advance for your comments!

In a Lonely Place (1950) Nicholas Ray

This Gun for Hire (1942) Frank Tuttle

White Heat (1949) Raoul Walsh

The Set-Up (1949) Robert Wise

Brute Force (1947) Jules Dassin

Force of Evil (1948) Abraham Polonsky

The Prowler (1951) Joseph Losey

The Breaking Point (1950) Michael Curtiz

Thieves’ Highway (1949) Jules Dassin

Champion (1949) Mark Robson

Body and Soul (1947) Robert Rossen

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Robert Wise

The Dark Corner (1946) Henry Hathaway

T-Men (1947) Anthony Mann

Phantom Lady (1944) Robert Siodmak

The Woman in the Window (1944) Fritz Lang

Kiss of Death (1947) Henry Hathaway

Leave Her to Heaven (1945) John M. Stahl

Crossfire (1947) Edward Dmytryk

Caged (1950) John Cromwell

99 River Street (1953) Phil Karlson

The Narrow Margin (1952) Richard Fleischer

The Sound of Fury (1950) Cy Endfield

Cry of the City (1948) Robert Siodmak

Kansas City Confidential (1952) Phil Karlson

Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) John Farrow

He Walked by Night (1948) Alfred L. Werker (Anthony Mann)

Hollow Triumph (a.k.a. The Scar) (1948) Steve Sekely

Gilda (1946) Charles Vidor

Black Tuesday (1954) Hugo Fregonese

Fallen Angel (1945) Otto Preminger

Moonrise (1948) Frank Borzage

Too Late for Tears (1949) Byron Haskin

Edge of Doom (1950) Mark Robson

The Reckless Moment (1949) Max Ophuls

The Sniper (1952) Edward Dmytryk

Ride the Pink Horse (1947) Robert Montgomery

Human Desire (1954) Fritz Lang

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) Fritz Lang

Appointment with Danger (1951) Lewis Allen

The Blue Dahlia (1946) George Marshall

Side Street (1949) Anthony Mann

Loophole (1954) Harold Schuster

Pickup (1951) Hugo Haas

Somewhere in the Night (1946) Joseph Mankiewica

Framed (1947) Richard Wallace

Sudden Fear (1952) David Miller

2 thoughts on “Unseen Films Noir: What Should I Watch Next?

  1. I will probably see The Glass Key next, since it’s part of a TCM collection I already have. I saw Gilda and White Heat so many years ago I have practically forgotten them! I’m hoping some of those appear either streaming or in Blu-ray re-issues.


  2. I would have said Phantom Lady, but I see you’ve already gotten there. I would add Gilda, White Heat, The Reckless Moment, and Somewhere in the Night.

    If you haven’t seen The Glass Key, that should be on the list. You have the two other Ladd & Lake films (This Gun for Hire and The Blue Dahlia), and The Glass Key is the best of the three.


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