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Deadline’s 50 Classic Noir Films From the ‘Maltese Falcon’ to ‘Double Indemnity’

Film Noir is a universe based around mystery, the femme fatale, and the detective. Sex, lies and murder is the seductive tone that created the visually stimulating art form of cinema that began in the 1940s with The Maltese Falcon.

The film is considered the first real noir that starred Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart and set off a chain of mainstream hits of films including Double Indemnity; Mildred Pierce; The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Third Man. 

The Faces of Noir: Studio Portraits Featuring the Silver Screen Stars Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart & Rita Hayworth

The genre ‘Noir’ was coined by French critic Nino Frank and would define the cat-and-mouse murder mystery era of film with memorable fiendish crooks, stylish bombshells, and deadly characters who set the silver screen alight for two decades.

Films that have stood the test of time with style and substance include Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 Shadow of a Doubt;  Billy Wilder’s, Double Indemnity; The Postman Always Rings Twice by Tay Garnett; Gilda starring Rita Hayworth and Orsen Welles’s The Lady From Shanghai.

Scroll through the selection of the top 50 Classic Noir films that include the unforgettable classics  The Third Man, Sunset Boulevard and Night Of The Hunter.

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