The MoFo Top 100 Film Noir Countdown

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Of the 1-pointers, I've only seen They Drive By Night and that was so long ago I can't remember too much about it, so I need to catch it again. I'm really looking forward to seeing Crime Wave because I dig me some Sterling Hayden. And we're off!
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Current revealed ballot:

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3. M 1931 <- ineligible so just bump up everything below this by 1.
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9. Rififi 1955 (#42)
10. Elevator to the Gallows 1958 (#41)
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16. The Lost Weekend 1945 (#34)
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18. Nightmare Alley 1947 (#33)
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20. The Naked City (#60)
21. The Hitch-Hiker (#67)
22. Gaslight 1944 (#96)
23. Niagara 1953 (#56)
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Have not seen any of the one-pointers, may have to try to rectify on one or two.
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I know I've seen a few of those but when it comes to classic noir, I mix them up a lot if they don't stand out to me. This is a countdown which will have me checking my records a lot.
Same! I love noir, but my mind just lumps it all together and it's really hard to keep films straight. I also have a feeling there are going to be a lot of films on this Countdown that I've actually seen but just don't remember.



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I've seen far too few classic movies that are film noir for me to have seen one obscure enough to be a 1-pointer. My 1-point selection will probably make the actual countdown. The ones that have shown up here all look pretty interesting, and actually really good. (I haven't seen any of them of course.)
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#100 Le Corbeau (1943)

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Production: Continental Films
Cast: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey
20 Points, 3 Lists

'A French village doctor becomes the target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.'
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#99 Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Director: Anatole Litvak
Production: Hal Wallis Productions
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey
21 Points, 2 Lists

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

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Love the format! Well done, all.

That said, I've not seen either of these, so I am 0/2 so far!
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The only one I've seen from the one-pointers is Quicksand. I don't even remember if I was the one that had it at #25 but I'm happy to see it represented. It's a solid little noir with a lot of atmosphere (check out my review here)
Quicksand is mine.

Back when I was playing with the idea of cutting the cord, I dove into this one when I saw it streaming one day.

It almost plays out as a junior noir with Mickey Rooney being suckered into borrowing a twenty from the drawer at work to impress this "femme fatale". But the friend he counted on to pay him back never does so and he finds himself in hot water with work, the law and the owner of a penny arcade (Peter Lorre) faster than you can say...quicksand.

Still, it packs a punch. And in doing this list, I realized that I haven't seen as many classic noirs as modern ones. Thus...

My List:

17. Quicksand (1950)



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Wow! That's nice!
So the start is at 20 points...
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Love the format! Well done, all.

That said, I've not seen either of these, so I am 0/2 so far!
Thanks, the format and images for this countdown is all moi doing I'm very curious to see what Yoda and Thief cooked up for the Neo Noir countdown, I have no insider info on what it might look like...but it should be good!



Wow! That's nice!
So the start is at 20 points...
Good question...The criteria was the movies had to have made two list and have 20 points or more. I was hoping for 25 points or more but the bottom 7 movies are under 25 points and who wants a Top 92 Film Noir countdown



Quicksand is mine.

Back when I was playing with the idea of cutting the cord, I dove into this one when I saw it streaming one day.

It almost plays out as a junior noir with Mickey Rooney being suckered into borrowing a twenty from the drawer at work to impress this "femme fatale". But the friend he counted on to pay him back never does so and he finds himself in hot water with work, the law and the owner of a penny arcade (Peter Lorre) faster than you can say...quicksand.

Still, it packs a punch. And in doing this list, I realized that I haven't seen as many classic noirs as modern ones. Thus...

My List:

17. Quicksand (1950)
I think that, in its simplicity, it perfectly showcases some of the most notable noir traits. That of otherwise "good" people being sucked into situations they just can't control. It's good stuff.
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Added Sorry, Wrong Number to the Noir watchlist. Stanwyk and Lancaster should make me prioritize it.

You are going to hear a few things a lot from me in this countdown due to Noir being a plot heavy genre. Here is the first of one of those things, just saw Le Corbeau a couple years ago. Based on my star rating is was mid for me, but I don’t remember it at all. I said in my short review that I wish it had been fleshed out more. That it didn’t hold my interest with the mystery.
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BTW, I'm starting with two donuts here. Haven't seen either of these two but I've heard good things about both.



Ooh I like that visual style of the reveals
Thanks! I wanted to be able to give people some images that might jog their memories reminding them that they had seen the movie, as noir titles can sound similar. Or entice them to watch it!

That's also why I included the top billed cast members and a mini synopsis of the film. Hoping the presentations will pique some interest and get some of these neat noirs watched



What is film noir?



It is a label used to identify certain films that were made in the US during the 1940s and 1950s. It literally means "black film", which hints at the change in tone that was present in certain films, probably because of the war. However, it wasn't until 1946 that the term was coined by French film critics who hadn't had the chance to watch American films for several years. When the war ended, and they started catching up with the films that were made during the past five years, they noticed a trend towards a more pessimistic and fatalistic tone which they called "film noir".



So, perhaps this initial spurt of "dark films" was not intentional, but rather a product of the things that were going on in the world. But once studios caught up with the popularity of the trend, they started producing films of that kind in a more intentional way. Films about mysteries, worn down detectives meeting femme fatales in dark alleys and dimly lit offices, where the ending was not always the best for our protagonists. Stories were fate always showed its ugly head to remind us that we have no control over our destiny.