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Film Noir
With writers like Hammett and Chandler on the scene, it was inevitable that their work and that of similar writers would be brought to the big screen - giving birth to what has since become known as film noir. What is your favorite classic noir film?

Also check out Mystery Net's list of the top Film Noir mystery movies.

P Marlowe - 07:57pm Aug 5, 2000 PST(#1 of 11)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Once again, I'll rise to the occasion and add my two cents. This particular type of film happens to be my passion. I've collected them by types, settings and stars.

Just some of my all time favorties are:

B/W Favorites:

  • Out of the Past
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Big Sleep
  • Lady from Shanghai (even tho' Orson Welles Irish Brogue can be a bit wearing).
  • Postman Always Rings Twice
  • The Killers
  • The Lady in the Lake (not seen often enough)

    Color Favorites:

  • Chinatown (one of the best)
  • Body Heat (another of the best)
  • The Last Seduction (outstanding)
  • Taxi Driver (albeit an unwitting femme fatale)
  • The Usual Suspects
  • LA Confidential
  • Pulp Fiction

    Possible Future Picks:

  • The General's Daughter
  • Wild Things
  • Clay Pigeons (extremely competent cast in a extremely offbeat film)
  • Romeo is Bleeding (I'm a huge Gary Oldman fan)
  • True Romance (Slater & if you look hard enough Gary Oldman)

  • william Pratt - 08:33pm Aug 5, 2000 PST(#2 of 11)

    the original postman rings twice(1947)was a classic

    william Pratt - 08:35pm Aug 5, 2000 PST(#3 of 11)

    a more recent and interesting mystery film is called A MURDER OF CROWS with cuba gooding(1998)--it was well done

    P Marlowe - 10:14am Aug 6, 2000 PST(#4 of 11)
    Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

    william pratt, you saw that one too? I almost added it to my "Possible Future Picks" list. That film was a sleeper, wasn't it - what a plot. It was on the other night and I just had to watch it once more.

    Splendid film that even my husband, who doesn't like murder mysteries, watched.

    P Marlowe - 02:35pm Oct 30, 2002 PST(#5 of 11)
    Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

    george frankstin - i'd venture a guess that even on your best days you don't have much (of interest) to say and no doubt you do a lot of guessing about a lot of things.

    tom ato - funny how it works out that stupid people usally follow other stupid people.

    Agnes Snodgrass - 03:41pm Dec 15, 2002 PST(#6 of 11)

    Have you seen "Rider on the Rain", it's got a cute house and watermill in it but,is very scary?

    P Marlowe - 03:53pm Dec 18, 2002 PST(#7 of 11)
    Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

    That title sounds familiar, Agnes. Can you give a bit of plot without telling too much?

    Is it about a woman who picks up a hitchiker?

    navneet - 03:42am Apr 7, 2003 PST(#8 of 11)

    Yes, it's about a woman who kills a hitchhiker, jumps into a windmill, turns the windmill with her death blows a country away with the wind, turns back the cute house into a toy house, and rides a horse in the rain. Hence the title 'Riders in the Rain"

    Dave Biggs - 04:44pm Jul 5, 2007 PST(#9 of 11)

    How could they not include " Body Heat" in the top film noir list. I think it is one of the very best of all time.

    Fran Hinkel - 04:26am Jul 25, 2007 PST(#10 of 11)
    You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

    That's one of my favorites too, Dave.

    Peter Keen - 02:51am Oct 23, 2009 PST(#11 of 11)

    Does anyone know the title of a movie - I can't remember anything about it other than the fact that you hear the hero but never see him.

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