Top 50 underrated film-noir movies

01.
The Letter
95 min | 1940 |
7.6 (10834 votes)
|
8.6 (111 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 (18835 votes)
|
8.69 (119 reviews)

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

03.
The Asphalt Jungle
112 min | 1950 |
7.9 (22444 votes)
|
8.66 (122 reviews)

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

04.
The Lost Weekend
101 min | 1945 |
7.9 (31511 votes)
|
8.62 (136 reviews)

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

05.
Double Indemnity
107 min | 1944 |
8.3 (133344 votes)
|
9.02 (322 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)
|
8.21 (68 reviews)

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

07.
The Third Man
93 min | 1949 |
8.1 (149918 votes)
|
8.79 (380 reviews)

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

08.
Sweet Smell of Success
96 min | 1957 |
8.1 (25511 votes)
|
8.76 (116 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.

09.
Sunset Blvd.
110 min | 1950 |
8.4 (186719 votes)
|
9.06 (495 reviews)

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

10.
Odd Man Out
116 min | 1947 |
7.7 (8246 votes)
|
8.35 (81 reviews)

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

11.
Out of the Past
97 min | 1947 |
8.0 (30181 votes)
|
8.65 (199 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.

12.
The Killers
103 min | 1946 |
7.8 (17734 votes)
|
8.43 (102 reviews)

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

13.
The 39 Steps
86 min | 1935 |
7.7 (48291 votes)
|
8.32 (210 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.

14.
Ace in the Hole
111 min | 1951 |
8.2 (26947 votes)
|
8.81 (141 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.

15.
The Wrong Man
105 min | 1956 |
7.4 (23734 votes)
|
7.98 (125 reviews)

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

16.
Night and the City
96 min | 1950 |
7.9 (11042 votes)
|
8.46 (74 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.

17.
Murder, My Sweet
90 min | 1944 |
7.6 (11221 votes)
|
8.15 (92 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.
D.O.A.
77 min | 1949 |
7.3 (10023 votes)
|
7.82 (110 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 (21594 votes)
|
8.51 (131 reviews)

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

20.
Killer's Kiss
67 min | 1955 |
6.7 (19787 votes)
|
7.2 (94 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.
Brute Force
98 min | 1947 |
7.6 (8177 votes)
|
8.09 (63 reviews)

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

22.
The Desperate Hours
112 min | 1955 |
7.5 (8184 votes)
|
7.99 (53 reviews)

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

23.
All the King's Men
110 min | 1949 |
7.5 (12349 votes)
|
7.98 (66 reviews)

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

24.
The Petrified Forest
82 min | 1936 |
7.6 (11700 votes)
|
8.08 (90 reviews)

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

25.
Niagara
92 min | 1953 |
7.0 (13867 votes)
|
7.39 (103 reviews)

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

26.
Notorious
102 min | 1946 |
7.9 (87303 votes)
|
8.29 (263 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?

27.
Gun Crazy
87 min | 1950 |
7.6 (10520 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.

28.
The Maltese Falcon
100 min | 1941 |
8.0 (143412 votes)
|
8.36 (268 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.
The Lady Vanishes
96 min | 1938 |
7.8 (44129 votes)
|
8.16 (171 reviews)

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

30.
Witness for the Prosecution
116 min | 1957 |
8.4 (97843 votes)
|
8.74 (204 reviews)

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

31.
Stage Fright
110 min | 1950 |
7.1 (11746 votes)
|
7.44 (90 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.

32.
Blackmail
85 min | 1929 |
7.0 (8928 votes)
|
7.3 (77 reviews)

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

33.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
92 min | 1932 |
8.2 (10886 votes)
|
8.49 (316 reviews)

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

34.
In a Lonely Place
94 min | 1950 |
8.0 (23482 votes)
|
8.28 (149 reviews)

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

35.
Pickup on South Street
80 min | 1953 |
7.7 (11904 votes)
|
7.98 (92 reviews)

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

36.
Strangers on a Train
92 min | 1951 |
8.0 (117198 votes)
|
8.24 (242 reviews)

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

37.
The Big Sleep
114 min | 1946 |
7.9 (75415 votes)
|
8.13 (221 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.

38.
Fury
92 min | 1936 |
7.9 (10535 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.

39.
The Roaring Twenties
106 min | 1939 |
8.0 (11942 votes)
|
8.22 (80 reviews)

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

40.
Stray Dog
122 min | 1949 |
7.9 (13786 votes)
|
8.1 (63 reviews)

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

41.
Laura
88 min | 1944 |
8.0 (39871 votes)
|
8.19 (221 reviews)

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

42.
Gaslight
114 min | 1944 |
7.8 (22143 votes)
|
7.98 (113 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.
Detour
68 min | 1945 |
7.4 (13559 votes)
|
7.56 (144 reviews)

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

44.
The Woman in the Window
107 min | 1944 |
7.7 (12642 votes)
|
7.86 (78 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.

45.
Sorry, Wrong Number
89 min | 1948 |
7.4 (8933 votes)
|
7.56 (88 reviews)

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

46.
The Naked City
96 min | 1948 |
7.6 (11140 votes)
|
7.75 (75 reviews)

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

47.
Gilda
110 min | 1946 |
7.7 (25771 votes)
|
7.84 (143 reviews)

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

48.
Mildred Pierce
111 min | 1945 |
8.0 (21017 votes)
|
8.05 (271 reviews)

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

49.
Kiss Me Deadly
106 min | 1955 |
7.6 (17292 votes)
|
7.56 (153 reviews)

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

50.
The Stranger
95 min | 1946 |
7.4 (20907 votes)
|
7.36 (174 reviews)

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

Top 3 overrated film-noir movies

01.
Touch of Evil
95 min | 1958 |
8.0 (94523 votes)
|
6.95 (222 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 (77258 votes)
|
7.44 (378 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 (76176 votes)
|
7.64 (301 reviews)

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