Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Thursday Thirteen #225


Literally, "film noir" means "black film." Today's cinemaphiles use the term to describe stylish crime dramas, usually in black and white, often with a femme fatale at the center of the action. Movies of this type were crazy-popular in the 1930s and 1940s. 

I am seeing some film noir classics with a movie-going group, so they're top of mind for me these days. And here are 13 that are considered classics of this genre. 

I've bolded the ones I've seen. Which ones do you know?

1) The Public Enemy. 1931. James Cagney and Jean Harlow.

2) Scarface. 1932. Paul Muni and George Raft.

3) The Thin Man. 1934. Myrna Loy and William Powell.

4) The Petrified Forest. 1936. Humphrey Bogart and Leslie Howard.

5) Angels with Dirty Faces. 1938. James Cagney and Pat O'Brien.

6) The Maltese Falcon. 1941. Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor.

7) A Woman's Face. 1941. Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas.

8) Double Indemnity. 1944. Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.

9) Laura. 1944. Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews.

10) Mildred Pierce. 1945. Joan Crawford and Zachary Scott.

11) Gilda. 1946. Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.

12) The Postman Always Rings Twice. 1946. Lana Turner and John Garfield.

13) Out of the Past. 1947. Robert MItchum and Kirk Douglas.

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  1. I like these films too. I think you could also add The Big Sleep to your Noir Film list.

  2. Only a couple of these are familiar to me. I should watch some of these since I like Noir translated to books.

  3. Great topic--some of my favorite classic films fall into the film noir genre. Of those listed, I have seen 3, 6 and 8. Arboretum Walk

  4. I am sorry to say I haven't watched a single one of these. It is an area of my education in which I am sadly lacking.

  5. I love your list! I've seen many of them. One I would like to see soon is "The Petrified Forest". I've just never caught it when it's on tv.