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Chinatown
A landmark movie in the film-noir tradition, CHINATOWN stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to…
Breathless
There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinema.…
Un Flic - A Cop
Beginning with a remarkable bank robbery on a deserted beach front and also featuring a helicopter heist shot in real time, UN FLIC is perhaps Jean-Pierre Melville's most perfect synthesis of style and suspense. A wonderfully fatalistic study of loss…
Sunset Boulevard
Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen, and William Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen's most memorable characters in SUNSET BOULEVARD. Winner of three Academy…
Woman on the Run
A lost gem rediscovered! Thanks to the efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, this terrific 1950 film noir, the only American print of which was burned in a 2008 fire, has been rescued and restored to its original luster. Join…
Ace in the Hole - The Big Carnival
A cave collapse in New Mexico traps a man, and all eyes turn toward the tragedy ... including those of Charles "Chuck" Tatum (Kirk Douglas), a washed-up newspaper reporter who sees the incident as a ticket back to his former…
Sudden Fear
In this rediscovered masterpiece of film noir, Joan Crawford plays a successful playwright who marries a mediocre actor (Jack Palance). She soon discovers that he not only married her for money but that he plans to murder her with the…
Purple Noon
Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when PURPLE NOON was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the versatile Rene Clement, stars Delon…
The Stranger
Having directed two undisputed masterpieces - Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons - Orson Welles delved into the suspense film, crafting a baroque postwar thriller that drew upon the style of his previous work, while laying the groundwork for his…
Maigret Sets a Trap - Maigret tend un piège
Inspector Maigret tries to trap a killer and discovers why a happily married, wealthy, and talented man should want to murder women at night. Jean Gabin is fantastic as Georges Simenon's secure and steady sleuth, and old-hand Jean Delannoy expertly…
Detective Story
In this influential crime drama, an embittered cop, Det. James McLeod, leads a precinct of characters in their grim battle with the city's lowlife. But while McLeod fights crime on the streets, his wife suffers from neglect at home. Based…
The Hitch-Hiker
In this thrilling film noir from trailblazing director Ida Lupino, friends Ray (Edmond O'Brien) and Gilbert's (Frank Lovejoy) fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker (William Talman) they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the…
Lured
In this sumptuous thriller by legendary filmmaker Douglas Sirk and featuring a bevy of classic stars of the silver screen, a serial killer is on the loose in London, luring young women into his web through ads placed in the…
The Man Who Cheated Himself
Blinded by love, homicide lieutenant Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb) goes to great lengths to cover up a murder. His coquettish girlfriend Lois (Jane Wyatt) has killed her scheming husband before he could bump her off. John Dall co-stars as…
Bob the Gambler - Bob le Flambeur
Bob has decided to give up his business in order to enjoy his hobby: gambling. However, he cannot refuse one last job proposed by a friend: to take part in an amazing raid on the Deauville casino. But that day,…
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
In this Academy Award - nominated film (Best Writing, Original Story), young Martha (Barbara Stanwyck) inadvertently causes the death of her cruel, authoritarian aunt. Martha lies to the cops, and Walter (Kirk Douglas), who saw the crime, corroborates the girl's…
Le Doulos - The Finger Man
Just out of prison, Maurice (Serge Reggiani) murders a man and steals the loot of a break-in. Preparing another heist, he asks his friend Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) for help. But Silien is an informer and warns the police; Maurice is…
Private Property
Two homicidal Southern California drifters (played to creepy perfection by Warren Oates and Corey Allen) wander off the beach and into the seemingly-perfect Beverly Hills home of unhappy housewife Kate Manx, in this long-lost film noir gem written & directed…
The Trial
Josef K wakes up in the morning and finds the police in his room. They tell him that he is on trial but nobody tells him what he is accused of. In order to find out about the reason of…
Kansas City Confidential
In this noir-thriller, three convicts are contracted by a mysterious benefactor to pull a bank heist. The four men, having worn masks during the crime, are complete strangers and are anonymous to one another, but plan to meet up in…