Top 50 underrated film-noir movies

01.
The Letter
95 min | 1940 |
7.6 (11483 votes)
|
8.62 (116 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 (19546 votes)
|
8.7 (124 reviews)

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

03.
The Man with the Golden Arm
119 min | 1955 |
7.4 (9741 votes)
|
8.15 (71 reviews)

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

04.
Double Indemnity
107 min | 1944 |
8.3 (140918 votes)
|
9.04 (350 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.

05.
Ace in the Hole
111 min | 1951 |
8.1 (30835 votes)
|
8.8 (148 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.

06.
The Asphalt Jungle
112 min | 1950 |
7.9 (23615 votes)
|
8.57 (130 reviews)

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

07.
Odd Man Out
116 min | 1947 |
7.7 (8709 votes)
|
8.34 (91 reviews)

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

08.
The Lost Weekend
101 min | 1945 |
7.9 (33016 votes)
|
8.53 (144 reviews)

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

09.
The 39 Steps
86 min | 1935 |
7.6 (50935 votes)
|
8.23 (225 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.
Sunset Blvd.
110 min | 1950 |
8.4 (197835 votes)
|
9.03 (552 reviews)

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

11.
The Killers
103 min | 1946 |
7.8 (18797 votes)
|
8.4 (104 reviews)

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

12.
This Gun for Hire
81 min | 1942 |
7.4 (8214 votes)
|
8.0 (68 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.

13.
Killer's Kiss
67 min | 1955 |
6.6 (20964 votes)
|
7.19 (99 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.

14.
Out of the Past
97 min | 1947 |
8.0 (32148 votes)
|
8.59 (209 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.

15.
The Wrong Man
105 min | 1956 |
7.4 (25094 votes)
|
7.97 (139 reviews)

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

16.
The Petrified Forest
82 min | 1936 |
7.5 (12270 votes)
|
8.07 (96 reviews)

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

17.
The Third Man
93 min | 1949 |
8.1 (156396 votes)
|
8.67 (407 reviews)

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

18.
Night and the City
96 min | 1950 |
7.9 (11798 votes)
|
8.46 (79 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.

19.
Murder, My Sweet
90 min | 1944 |
7.6 (11862 votes)
|
8.14 (95 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.

20.
Sweet Smell of Success
96 min | 1957 |
8.1 (27497 votes)
|
8.61 (128 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.

21.
Brute Force
98 min | 1947 |
7.6 (8832 votes)
|
8.1 (66 reviews)

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

22.
All the King's Men
110 min | 1949 |
7.5 (13010 votes)
|
7.98 (69 reviews)

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

23.
The Big Heat
89 min | 1953 |
8.0 (23108 votes)
|
8.46 (141 reviews)

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

24.
D.O.A.
77 min | 1949 |
7.3 (10569 votes)
|
7.76 (121 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.

25.
Niagara
92 min | 1953 |
7.0 (14660 votes)
|
7.43 (111 reviews)

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

26.
The Maltese Falcon
100 min | 1941 |
8.0 (147354 votes)
|
8.39 (291 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.

27.
The Desperate Hours
112 min | 1955 |
7.5 (8644 votes)
|
7.88 (59 reviews)

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

28.
Fury
92 min | 1936 |
7.9 (11069 votes)
|
8.28 (61 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.

29.
Notorious
102 min | 1946 |
7.9 (91018 votes)
|
8.27 (282 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?

30.
Stage Fright
110 min | 1950 |
7.1 (12523 votes)
|
7.45 (103 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.

31.
Pickup on South Street
80 min | 1953 |
7.7 (12748 votes)
|
8.05 (99 reviews)

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

32.
Gun Crazy
87 min | 1950 |
7.6 (11409 votes)
|
7.95 (104 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.

33.
Witness for the Prosecution
116 min | 1957 |
8.4 (106095 votes)
|
8.74 (238 reviews)

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

34.
Blackmail
85 min | 1929 |
7.0 (9376 votes)
|
7.34 (83 reviews)

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

35.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
92 min | 1932 |
8.2 (11472 votes)
|
8.54 (338 reviews)

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

36.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
116 min | 1946 |
7.4 (8189 votes)
|
7.69 (97 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.

37.
The Lady Vanishes
96 min | 1938 |
7.8 (46549 votes)
|
8.07 (183 reviews)

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

38.
The Roaring Twenties
106 min | 1939 |
8.0 (12544 votes)
|
8.26 (88 reviews)

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

39.
In a Lonely Place
94 min | 1950 |
8.0 (25740 votes)
|
8.26 (160 reviews)

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

40.
Strangers on a Train
92 min | 1951 |
7.9 (121777 votes)
|
8.14 (260 reviews)

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

41.
The Big Sleep
114 min | 1946 |
7.9 (77874 votes)
|
8.13 (230 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.

42.
Gaslight
114 min | 1944 |
7.8 (23881 votes)
|
8.02 (124 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.

43.
Stray Dog
122 min | 1949 |
7.9 (14934 votes)
|
8.11 (66 reviews)

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

44.
Gilda
110 min | 1946 |
7.7 (27448 votes)
|
7.88 (148 reviews)

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

45.
Sorry, Wrong Number
89 min | 1948 |
7.4 (9533 votes)
|
7.56 (96 reviews)

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

46.
Laura
88 min | 1944 |
8.0 (42014 votes)
|
8.13 (239 reviews)

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

47.
The Naked City
96 min | 1948 |
7.6 (11883 votes)
|
7.7 (80 reviews)

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

48.
The Woman in the Window
107 min | 1944 |
7.7 (13759 votes)
|
7.79 (89 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.

49.
Mildred Pierce
111 min | 1945 |
8.0 (22228 votes)
|
8.08 (281 reviews)

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

50.
Detour
68 min | 1945 |
7.4 (14702 votes)
|
7.45 (156 reviews)

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

Top 3 overrated film-noir movies

01.
Touch of Evil
95 min | 1958 |
8.0 (97350 votes)
|
7.14 (236 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 (80700 votes)
|
7.42 (390 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 (80242 votes)
|
7.65 (310 reviews)

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