10 Best Film Noir Classics
When you think of the 10 best film noir classics, do you conjure up images of Humphrey Bogart? Most people probably do. But there's more to it than Bogart's hardcore detective roles. These 10 films showcase some of the best acting and overall movie making in Hollywood history.
"The Live By Night" This Nicholas Ray film parallels the tale of Romeo and Juliet. And that play was dark to begin with. Made in 1949, this film noir was before its time.
"Touch Of Evil" This film was directed by Orson Welles, and featured both Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh. It's a film noir that takes place in a Mexican border town.
"Detour" This film noir doesn't feature a big name cast. But its story about a hitch-hiker that gets into big trouble is quite compelling. It was released in 1945, and still stands up well today.
"The Killers" It's not without good reason this film has been termed the Citizen Kane of crime films. It's based on an Ernest Hemingway short story, and a great example of film noir at its best.
"Night And The City" This film is morality tale about how too much ambition can oftentimes get us into trouble; especially when it involves conning nearly everyone in our lives. This film noir stars Richard Widmark and Gene Tierney, and is film that will leave you scratching your head and thinking about it.
"The Maltese Falcon" Think of this as a kind of search for the Holy Grail, only film noir styled. It stars Humphrey Bogart, perfectly cast as a detective.
"Double Indemnity" This is a Billy Wilder-directed film, with a cast that includes Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. Long before there was Dateline and 20/20 on TV, there was this movie. This film noir concerns insurance fraud. Oh, and murder, too.
"The Asphalt Jungle" Just when the characters in this John Huston film noir think they've pulled off the perfect crime, everything suddenly goes wrong. Such circumstances bring out both the best and worst in human character, and that's all here.
"Sunset Boulevard" What happens to movie stars that fade from fame and the public view? This film noir, which stars William Holden and Gloria Swanson answers such questions, and more. It's a deeply moving film.
"In A Lonely Place" This film noir takes on something movie makers know well, the movie business. In it, a screenwriter is a murder suspect. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart, the ultimate film noir male star.