Best Movies of 2015: Film Noir

If you’ve spent any amount of time at all on this blog, you know that I love film noir. Yet my interest in it has really developed over just the past few years. There are so many film noir movies I haven’t seen, but I’m getting through most of the major ones.

Depending on how you define film noir, I watched at least 75 movies from that genre/style this year, most of them for the first time. I picked my Top 20 film noir movies from those I’d never seen before this year, appearing by release date. (Click on the titles for more thoughts on these films.)

Phantom Lady (1944) Robert Siodmak

The Woman in the Window (1944) Fritz Lang

Leave Her to Heaven (1945) John M. Stahl


Odd Man Out (1947) Carol Reed

Possessed (1947) Curtis Bernhardt


Ride the Pink Horse (1947) Robert Montgomery

The Big Clock (1948) John Farrow

Pitfall (1948) André de Toth


The Set-Up (1949) Robert Wise

Thieves’ Highway (1949) Jules Dassin

In a Lonely Place (1950) Nicholas Ray

Night and the City (1950) Jules Dassin


Woman on the Run (1950) Norman Foster

The Prowler (1951) Joseph Losey

Angel Face (1952)


The Narrow Margin (1952) Richard Fleischer


The Hitch-Hiker (1953) Ida Lupino

The Big Combo (1955) Joseph H. Lewis

Bob le flambeur (1956) Jean-Pierre Melville

The Lineup (1958) Don Siegel

(Photos: Criterion, Village VoiceTrain BelliesThe Movie GourmetNewsWhistle,  Comic Book and Movie Reviews)

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