Top 50 underrated film-noir movies

01.
The Letter
95 min | 1940 |
7.6 (11874 votes)
|
8.54 (125 reviews)

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

02.
The Asphalt Jungle
112 min | 1950 |
7.9 (24942 votes)
|
8.71 (131 reviews)

A major heist goes off as planned, but then double crosses, bad luck and solid police work cause everything to unravel.

03.
Angels with Dirty Faces
97 min | 1938 |
7.9 (19773 votes)
|
8.66 (131 reviews)

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

04.
The Man with the Golden Arm
119 min | 1955 |
7.4 (9741 votes)
|
8.14 (74 reviews)

A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

05.
Double Indemnity
107 min | 1944 |
8.3 (148124 votes)
|
9.01 (383 reviews)

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

06.
The Set-Up
73 min | 1949 |
7.9 (8339 votes)
|
8.61 (80 reviews)

Expecting the usual loss, a boxing manager takes bribes from a betting gangster without telling his fighter.

07.
The Lost Weekend
101 min | 1945 |
7.9 (34924 votes)
|
8.55 (148 reviews)

The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.

08.
Ace in the Hole
111 min | 1951 |
8.1 (33175 votes)
|
8.75 (160 reviews)

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

09.
The 39 Steps
86 min | 1935 |
7.7 (53914 votes)
|
8.34 (247 reviews)

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

10.
This Gun for Hire
81 min | 1942 |
7.4 (8433 votes)
|
8.03 (69 reviews)

When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.

11.
Sweet Smell of Success
96 min | 1957 |
8.0 (29585 votes)
|
8.63 (142 reviews)

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

12.
Sunset Blvd.
110 min | 1950 |
8.4 (208366 votes)
|
9.02 (580 reviews)

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

13.
Out of the Past
97 min | 1947 |
8.0 (34388 votes)
|
8.6 (225 reviews)

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

14.
Odd Man Out
116 min | 1947 |
7.7 (9137 votes)
|
8.29 (93 reviews)

A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.

15.
The Killers
103 min | 1946 |
7.8 (19974 votes)
|
8.38 (111 reviews)

Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.

16.
The Wrong Man
105 min | 1956 |
7.4 (26816 votes)
|
7.97 (147 reviews)

In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.

17.
Murder, My Sweet
90 min | 1944 |
7.6 (12375 votes)
|
8.15 (100 reviews)

After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

18.
Killer's Kiss
67 min | 1955 |
6.6 (22416 votes)
|
7.15 (116 reviews)

Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed-up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days.

19.
Night and the City
96 min | 1950 |
7.9 (12544 votes)
|
8.44 (86 reviews)

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

20.
The Big Heat
89 min | 1953 |
8.0 (24775 votes)
|
8.52 (150 reviews)

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

21.
The Maltese Falcon
100 min | 1941 |
8.0 (152222 votes)
|
8.49 (313 reviews)

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

22.
The Third Man
93 min | 1949 |
8.1 (163418 votes)
|
8.59 (429 reviews)

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

23.
D.O.A.
77 min | 1949 |
7.3 (10837 votes)
|
7.78 (137 reviews)

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

24.
Gun Crazy
87 min | 1950 |
7.6 (12149 votes)
|
8.07 (116 reviews)

Two disturbed young people release their fascination with guns through a crime spree.

25.
Niagara
92 min | 1953 |
7.0 (15620 votes)
|
7.4 (115 reviews)

As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

26.
Stage Fright
110 min | 1950 |
7.1 (12724 votes)
|
7.5 (108 reviews)

A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.

27.
Witness for the Prosecution
116 min | 1957 |
8.4 (114102 votes)
|
8.8 (259 reviews)

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

28.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
116 min | 1946 |
7.4 (8996 votes)
|
7.8 (103 reviews)

A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.

29.
The Desperate Hours
112 min | 1955 |
7.5 (8980 votes)
|
7.9 (62 reviews)

Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

30.
Stray Dog
122 min | 1949 |
7.9 (15183 votes)
|
8.28 (73 reviews)

During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

31.
The Roaring Twenties
106 min | 1939 |
7.9 (13310 votes)
|
8.27 (94 reviews)

Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

32.
Blackmail
85 min | 1929 |
7.0 (9376 votes)
|
7.36 (87 reviews)

After killing a man in self-defense, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.

33.
The Petrified Forest
82 min | 1936 |
7.6 (13137 votes)
|
7.93 (108 reviews)

A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

34.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
92 min | 1932 |
8.2 (12367 votes)
|
8.52 (362 reviews)

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

35.
All the King's Men
110 min | 1949 |
7.5 (13578 votes)
|
7.82 (77 reviews)

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

36.
The Lady Vanishes
96 min | 1938 |
7.8 (49454 votes)
|
8.11 (203 reviews)

While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

37.
The Hitch-Hiker
71 min | 1953 |
7.0 (8115 votes)
|
7.28 (111 reviews)

Two fishermen pick up a psychopathic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

38.
Call Northside 777
112 min | 1948 |
7.4 (8186 votes)
|
7.68 (96 reviews)

Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a decade-old murder case.

39.
Notorious
102 min | 1946 |
8.0 (96290 votes)
|
8.27 (298 reviews)

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

40.
Fury
92 min | 1936 |
7.9 (11765 votes)
|
8.15 (70 reviews)

When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.

41.
Shadow of a Doubt
108 min | 1943 |
7.8 (61895 votes)
|
8.05 (231 reviews)

A young girl, overjoyed when her favorite uncle comes to visit the family, slowly begins to suspect that he is in fact the "Merry Widow" killer sought by the authorities.

42.
The Big Sleep
114 min | 1946 |
7.9 (81919 votes)
|
8.14 (241 reviews)

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a wealthy family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

43.
Brute Force
98 min | 1947 |
7.6 (8846 votes)
|
7.83 (72 reviews)

At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

44.
In a Lonely Place
94 min | 1950 |
8.0 (28395 votes)
|
8.21 (179 reviews)

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. However, she soon starts to have her doubts.

45.
The Naked City
96 min | 1948 |
7.6 (12094 votes)
|
7.8 (82 reviews)

A step-by-step look at a murder investigation on the streets of New York.

46.
Pickup on South Street
80 min | 1953 |
7.7 (13540 votes)
|
7.9 (104 reviews)

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

47.
Gaslight
114 min | 1944 |
7.8 (26033 votes)
|
7.98 (138 reviews)

Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

48.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
95 min | 1950 |
7.6 (8153 votes)
|
7.78 (99 reviews)

Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. Will Dixon's vicious nature get the better of him?

49.
The Woman in the Window
107 min | 1944 |
7.7 (14608 votes)
|
7.85 (101 reviews)

A conservative middle aged professor engages in a relationship with a femme fatale, he's plunged into a nightmarish world of blackmail and murder.

50.
Gilda
110 min | 1946 |
7.6 (30484 votes)
|
7.75 (154 reviews)

A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino discovers his employer's new wife is his former lover.

Top 3 overrated film-noir movies

01.
Touch of Evil
95 min | 1958 |
8.0 (100751 votes)
|
7.29 (260 reviews)

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

02.
The Night of the Hunter
92 min | 1955 |
8.0 (84743 votes)
|
7.44 (418 reviews)

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

03.
The Killing
84 min | 1956 |
8.0 (84474 votes)
|
7.64 (325 reviews)

Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five-man team to plan and execute a daring racetrack robbery.