Top 50 underrated film-noir movies

01.
The Letter
95 min | 1940 |
7.7 (10358 votes)
|
8.58 (106 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.
Angels with Dirty Faces
97 min | 1938 |
7.9 (18360 votes)
|
8.68 (117 reviews)

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

03.
The Lost Weekend
101 min | 1945 |
7.9 (31101 votes)
|
8.62 (132 reviews)

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

04.
Odd Man Out
116 min | 1947 |
7.7 (8137 votes)
|
8.41 (79 reviews)

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

05.
Double Indemnity
107 min | 1944 |
8.3 (131401 votes)
|
9.0 (314 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 Man with the Golden Arm
119 min | 1955 |
7.5 (8561 votes)
|
8.19 (68 reviews)

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

07.
Sweet Smell of Success
96 min | 1957 |
8.1 (24951 votes)
|
8.79 (114 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.

08.
The Asphalt Jungle
112 min | 1950 |
7.9 (22137 votes)
|
8.59 (116 reviews)

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

09.
Sunset Blvd.
110 min | 1950 |
8.4 (183849 votes)
|
9.05 (482 reviews)

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

10.
The 39 Steps
86 min | 1935 |
7.7 (47627 votes)
|
8.34 (206 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.

11.
The Killers
103 min | 1946 |
7.8 (17470 votes)
|
8.44 (101 reviews)

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

12.
Ace in the Hole
111 min | 1951 |
8.2 (25475 votes)
|
8.82 (139 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.

13.
The Third Man
93 min | 1949 |
8.1 (148057 votes)
|
8.71 (375 reviews)

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

14.
The Wrong Man
105 min | 1956 |
7.4 (23385 votes)
|
7.99 (124 reviews)

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

15.
Murder, My Sweet
90 min | 1944 |
7.6 (10852 votes)
|
8.16 (90 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.

16.
The Petrified Forest
82 min | 1936 |
7.6 (11266 votes)
|
8.12 (86 reviews)

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

17.
Out of the Past
97 min | 1947 |
8.0 (29663 votes)
|
8.52 (193 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.

18.
D.O.A.
77 min | 1949 |
7.3 (9744 votes)
|
7.79 (109 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.

19.
The Big Heat
89 min | 1953 |
8.0 (21263 votes)
|
8.49 (128 reviews)

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

20.
Killer's Kiss
67 min | 1955 |
6.7 (19463 votes)
|
7.18 (92 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.

21.
All the King's Men
110 min | 1949 |
7.5 (11969 votes)
|
7.97 (66 reviews)

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

22.
Night and the City
96 min | 1950 |
8.0 (10813 votes)
|
8.47 (73 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.

23.
Niagara
92 min | 1953 |
7.0 (13632 votes)
|
7.41 (99 reviews)

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

24.
The Lady Vanishes
96 min | 1938 |
7.8 (43546 votes)
|
8.21 (166 reviews)

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

25.
Notorious
102 min | 1946 |
7.9 (86420 votes)
|
8.3 (258 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?

26.
Witness for the Prosecution
116 min | 1957 |
8.4 (95691 votes)
|
8.79 (198 reviews)

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

27.
Stage Fright
110 min | 1950 |
7.1 (11368 votes)
|
7.44 (91 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.

28.
The Maltese Falcon
100 min | 1941 |
8.0 (142363 votes)
|
8.31 (267 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.

29.
Blackmail
85 min | 1929 |
7.0 (8843 votes)
|
7.31 (75 reviews)

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

30.
Gun Crazy
87 min | 1950 |
7.7 (10128 votes)
|
7.99 (94 reviews)

A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is.

31.
Pickup on South Street
80 min | 1953 |
7.7 (11664 votes)
|
7.97 (89 reviews)

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

32.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
92 min | 1932 |
8.2 (10744 votes)
|
8.46 (313 reviews)

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

33.
Strangers on a Train
92 min | 1951 |
8.0 (116057 votes)
|
8.23 (240 reviews)

A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

34.
Fury
92 min | 1936 |
7.9 (10414 votes)
|
8.13 (55 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.

35.
The Big Sleep
114 min | 1946 |
7.9 (74612 votes)
|
8.12 (218 reviews)

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

36.
Stray Dog
122 min | 1949 |
7.9 (13265 votes)
|
8.1 (62 reviews)

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

37.
In a Lonely Place
94 min | 1950 |
8.0 (23029 votes)
|
8.18 (149 reviews)

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.

38.
Gaslight
114 min | 1944 |
7.8 (21669 votes)
|
7.96 (111 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.

39.
The Stranger
95 min | 1946 |
7.4 (20110 votes)
|
7.54 (164 reviews)

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

40.
The Naked City
96 min | 1948 |
7.6 (10787 votes)
|
7.74 (74 reviews)

Two New York City detectives investigate the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder.

41.
The Woman in the Window
107 min | 1944 |
7.7 (12063 votes)
|
7.83 (77 reviews)

When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.

42.
Laura
88 min | 1944 |
8.0 (39239 votes)
|
8.13 (211 reviews)

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

43.
Gilda
110 min | 1946 |
7.7 (25428 votes)
|
7.82 (142 reviews)

A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer.

44.
Sorry, Wrong Number
89 min | 1948 |
7.5 (8713 votes)
|
7.61 (88 reviews)

While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it.

45.
Detour
68 min | 1945 |
7.4 (13186 votes)
|
7.48 (141 reviews)

Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

46.
Mildred Pierce
111 min | 1945 |
8.0 (20725 votes)
|
8.06 (268 reviews)

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

47.
The Lady from Shanghai
81 min | 1947 |
7.6 (23981 votes)
|
7.57 (142 reviews)

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

48.
Leave Her to Heaven
110 min | 1945 |
7.6 (9874 votes)
|
7.56 (105 reviews)

A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.

49.
Spellbound
111 min | 1945 |
7.6 (39994 votes)
|
7.49 (135 reviews)

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

50.
Kiss Me Deadly
106 min | 1955 |
7.6 (17056 votes)
|
7.49 (152 reviews)

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Top 3 overrated film-noir movies

01.
Touch of Evil
95 min | 1958 |
8.0 (93721 votes)
|
6.95 (217 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 (76446 votes)
|
7.39 (373 reviews)

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

03.
The Killing
84 min | 1956 |
8.0 (75065 votes)
|
7.59 (299 reviews)

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