Best Film Noir Picks for Your Private Library

Best Film Noir Picks for Your Private Library


What is film noir?

“Film Noir is one of Hollywood’s only organic artistic movements.”

(Source: Film Noir Foundation)

“Film noir is a cycle of mainly American films of the 1940’s and 1950’s exploring the darker aspects of modernity, and usually set in a criminal milieu or exploring the consequences of a criminal act.”

(Source: Films Noir)

Ted Turner, a notable American businessman, lauded for his many successful business endeavors, once said in a televised interview that Turner Classic Movies (TCM) was one of his most unprofitable business endeavors, money-wise. But he’s OK with that. Because this cinema history which he chose to preserve was worth every invested penny he lost.

So happy you feel that way, Mr. Turner because you preserved so many memories for so many people (like me) who will always be grateful.

That being said, do you have a particular film noir that tops your faves list? I have two.  You should add these to your private film library.  They don’t make ’em this any more.



(1) The Maltese Falcon (1941)

The Maltese Falcon (1/10) Movie CLIP – Help Me, Mr. Spade (1941) HD

The Maltese Falcon movie clips:’t miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) confesses her decietful transgressions, and begs for Sam’s (Humphrey Bogart) help & protection. FILM DESCRIPTION: After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett’s detective classic The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros.

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(2) Double Indemnity (1944)

Double Indemnity (1/9) Movie CLIP – I Killed Him (1944) HD

Double Indemnity movie clips:’t miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: Walter (Fred MacMurray) confesses to murder on Keyes’ office recorder. FILM DESCRIPTION: Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M.


More Entertainment Suggestions:

Classic Film Noir (The Man Who Cheated Himself / The Hitchhiker / Detour / D.O.A / Too Late for Tears / The Stranger / Strange Love of Martha Ivers / Quicksand / The Scar)

The Third Man : Special Edition, Criterion Collection : Orson Welles (Actor), Joseph Cotten (Actor), Carol Reed (Director) ( 736 customer reviews )


Explore Film Noir Classics & Collections on Amazon.


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Related Links:

A Guide to Film Noir by Roger Ebert

Richard Brody : “Film Noir”: The Elusive Genre

Infographic explains “film noir” and finds the most noir film of them all


Image credits:

Two silhouetted figures in The Big Combo (1955). The film’s cinematographer was John Alton, the creator of many of film noir’s stylized images. : By Allied Artists – Wikipedia in English, Public Domain,

“Maltese Falcon” Movie Poster : By Source, Fair use,

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