THIRTEEN FILM NOIR CLASSICS
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.