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Top 100 Film NoirFilms

(April 7, 2014)
Touch of Evil Big Clock Double Indemnity
film noir n.
1. A movie characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical characters.
2. The genre or style of such movies.
[French : film, film + noir, black.]

Once again, Orson Welles genre defining classic "Touch of Evil" (1958) finds itself in the #1 position on the Top Renting Film Noir Titles list. Entering the Top 3 for the first time is John Farrow's "The Big Clock" (1948) and coming in third is Billy Wilders "Double Indemnity" (1944). The rest of the Top 10 proves to be mostly the usual suspects in a slightly rearranged order -- including Fritz Lang's "Ministry of Fear" (1944), Douglas Sirk's "Sleep, My Love" (1948) and Michael Curtiz's "Mildred Pierce" (1945). American Cinematheque just presented Film Noir: The 17th Annual Festival of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and BBC Culture recently did a story "Eight of the Greatest Film Noirs" -- between those and our Top Renter listing, you should be able to find some great titles to watch this week. By the way, we only keep the classic Film Noir in our Film Noir section. The newer Noir titles (The Long Goodbye, Body Heat, Hammett, Mona Lisa, Brick, etc) can be found scattered throughout the store. Here are the Top Renters from our Film Noir section:

1 TOUCH OF EVIL
2 BIG CLOCK, THE
3 DOUBLE INDEMNITY
4 KISS ME DEADLY
5 MALTESE FALCON
6 MINISTRY OF FEAR
7 SLEEP, MY LOVE
8 ASPHALT JUNGLE, THE
9 MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
10 MILDRED PIERCE
11 SUNSET BOULEVARD
12 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT/SIDE STREET
13 WHITE HEAT
14 CAUGHT
15 HANGMEN ALSO DIE
16 KILLERS, THE (1946 AND 1964)
17 LADY FROM SHANGHAI, THE
18 LAURA (1944)
19 NAKED CITY
20 THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE
21 THIEVES' HIGHWAY
22 WITHOUT WARNING
23 BAD GIRLS OF FILM NOIR: VOLUME 01
24 BLACK WIDOW (1954)
25 BLAST OF SILENCE
26 CRIME OF PASSION
27 CRISS CROSS
28 CROSSFIRE
29 DETOUR
30 FORCE OF EVIL
31 FURY (1936)
32 GILDA
33 GUN CRAZY
34 HOUSE ON 92ND STREET
35 HUMAN DESIRE (FNR CLASSICS II)
36 LURED
37 MURDER, MY SWEET
38 NAKED KISS
39 NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950)
40 OUT OF THE PAST
41 PANIC IN THE STREETS
42 PLACE IN THE SUN, A
43 POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)
44 PROWLER, THE
45 SCARLET STREET
46 SET-UP, THE
47 SLIGHTLY SCARLET (1955)
48 SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
49 STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS
50 SUDDEN FEAR
51 TOO LATE FOR TEARS
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