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BFI: One Great Noir Film for Every Year (1940-59)

To celebrate #Noirvember, we select one essential film from each of the peak years of classic American noir.
"...For most of the 1940s and 50s, th[e] [film noir] style of crime film was dominant. You can spot them by their shadowy visuals and shady morals. Hard-talking men fall for duplicitous dames, as cigarette smoke wreaths around them on dark street corners or in rooms with the slatted blinds pulled down.
Hot on the heels of the Great Depression and the traumatising violence of the war, film noir reflected a world-weary fatalism in the American mood (and in the many European émigré filmmakers who had fled to Hollywood). The movies borrowed angular lighting effects from 1920s German films and a poetic gloominess from 1930s French films, wrapping it all up in tantalising packages of grit, glamour and cynicism.
Here's one key film from each of the influential cycle's peak years."
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from www2.bfi.org.uk · made by Joshua Shaw
avg. score: 6 of 20 (28%)
required scores: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11 

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1
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
2
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
3
This Gun for Hire (1942)
This Gun for Hire (1942)
4
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
5
The Woman in the Window (1944)
The Woman in the Window (1944)
6
Detour (1945)
Detour (1945)
7
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
8
Out of the Past (1947)
Out of the Past (1947)
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9
Cry of the City (1948)
Cry of the City (1948)
10
The Reckless Moment (1949)
The Reckless Moment (1949)
11
In a Lonely Place (1950)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
12
The Prowler (1951)
The Prowler (1951)
13
The Narrow Margin (1952)
The Narrow Margin (1952)
14
Angel Face (1952)
Angel Face (1952)
15
Human Desire (1954)
Human Desire (1954)
16
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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17
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
18
Nightfall (1957)
Nightfall (1957)
19
Touch of Evil (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
20
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
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