Top 50 underrated film-noir movies

01.
The Letter
95 min | 1940 |
7.6 (11369 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 (19369 votes)
|
8.71 (122 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 (9411 votes)
|
8.18 (70 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 (138876 votes)
|
9.04 (345 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.
The Lost Weekend
101 min | 1945 |
7.9 (32665 votes)
|
8.61 (142 reviews)

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

06.
Ace in the Hole
111 min | 1951 |
8.1 (30297 votes)
|
8.8 (147 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.

07.
The 39 Steps
86 min | 1935 |
7.6 (50240 votes)
|
8.26 (217 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.

08.
Odd Man Out
116 min | 1947 |
7.7 (8709 votes)
|
8.36 (88 reviews)

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

09.
The Asphalt Jungle
112 min | 1950 |
7.9 (23361 votes)
|
8.56 (129 reviews)

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

10.
Sunset Blvd.
110 min | 1950 |
8.4 (194742 votes)
|
9.04 (533 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 (18467 votes)
|
8.44 (102 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 (8082 votes)
|
8.03 (64 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 (20686 votes)
|
7.21 (97 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.
The Petrified Forest
82 min | 1936 |
7.5 (12184 votes)
|
8.11 (94 reviews)

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

15.
The Wrong Man
105 min | 1956 |
7.4 (24670 votes)
|
8.0 (136 reviews)

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

16.
Out of the Past
97 min | 1947 |
8.0 (31600 votes)
|
8.6 (203 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.

17.
The Third Man
93 min | 1949 |
8.1 (154673 votes)
|
8.69 (402 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 (11634 votes)
|
8.45 (78 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.
Sweet Smell of Success
96 min | 1957 |
8.1 (27102 votes)
|
8.64 (127 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.

20.
Murder, My Sweet
90 min | 1944 |
7.6 (11703 votes)
|
8.13 (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.

21.
All the King's Men
110 min | 1949 |
7.5 (12825 votes)
|
8.01 (68 reviews)

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

22.
The Big Heat
89 min | 1953 |
8.0 (22796 votes)
|
8.48 (138 reviews)

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

23.
Brute Force
98 min | 1947 |
7.6 (8516 votes)
|
8.08 (64 reviews)

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

24.
D.O.A.
77 min | 1949 |
7.3 (10445 votes)
|
7.78 (119 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.
The Desperate Hours
112 min | 1955 |
7.5 (8528 votes)
|
7.93 (55 reviews)

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

26.
Stage Fright
110 min | 1950 |
7.1 (12285 votes)
|
7.52 (100 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.
Niagara
92 min | 1953 |
7.0 (14494 votes)
|
7.42 (109 reviews)

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

28.
Fury
92 min | 1936 |
7.9 (10924 votes)
|
8.32 (58 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.
The Maltese Falcon
100 min | 1941 |
8.0 (146431 votes)
|
8.41 (289 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.

30.
Notorious
102 min | 1946 |
7.9 (90038 votes)
|
8.29 (277 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?

31.
Gun Crazy
87 min | 1950 |
7.6 (10937 votes)
|
7.97 (103 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.

32.
Witness for the Prosecution
116 min | 1957 |
8.4 (103724 votes)
|
8.75 (227 reviews)

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

33.
Blackmail
85 min | 1929 |
7.0 (9358 votes)
|
7.34 (82 reviews)

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

34.
The Lady Vanishes
96 min | 1938 |
7.8 (45919 votes)
|
8.11 (178 reviews)

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

35.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
92 min | 1932 |
8.2 (11321 votes)
|
8.51 (322 reviews)

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

36.
Pickup on South Street
80 min | 1953 |
7.7 (12520 votes)
|
8.0 (97 reviews)

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

37.
The Roaring Twenties
106 min | 1939 |
8.0 (12409 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.

38.
In a Lonely Place
94 min | 1950 |
8.0 (25157 votes)
|
8.26 (156 reviews)

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

39.
The Big Sleep
114 min | 1946 |
7.9 (77317 votes)
|
8.14 (228 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.

40.
Sorry, Wrong Number
89 min | 1948 |
7.4 (9201 votes)
|
7.64 (93 reviews)

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

41.
Stray Dog
122 min | 1949 |
7.9 (14683 votes)
|
8.13 (66 reviews)

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

42.
Gaslight
114 min | 1944 |
7.8 (23439 votes)
|
8.03 (122 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.
The Naked City
96 min | 1948 |
7.6 (11724 votes)
|
7.79 (79 reviews)

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

44.
Strangers on a Train
92 min | 1951 |
8.0 (120620 votes)
|
8.16 (255 reviews)

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

45.
Gilda
110 min | 1946 |
7.7 (27013 votes)
|
7.85 (146 reviews)

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

46.
Laura
88 min | 1944 |
8.0 (41506 votes)
|
8.14 (238 reviews)

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

47.
The Woman in the Window
107 min | 1944 |
7.7 (13525 votes)
|
7.81 (83 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.

48.
Detour
68 min | 1945 |
7.4 (14387 votes)
|
7.46 (154 reviews)

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

49.
Mildred Pierce
111 min | 1945 |
8.0 (21948 votes)
|
8.06 (276 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.
Dark Passage
106 min | 1947 |
7.5 (17155 votes)
|
7.54 (132 reviews)

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

Top 2 overrated film-noir movies

01.
Touch of Evil
95 min | 1958 |
8.0 (96566 votes)
|
7.04 (234 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 (79901 votes)
|
7.44 (388 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.