This has been a very sparse year for me for movie watching. And very sparse indeed for film noir. So sparse that I can’t even do a top ten list. I can manage a top five list, although even that will include movies that are at best borderline noir (and some are very borderline indeed).
First up is City of Fear
(1959), an excellent “terror in the streets” paranoia movie about a city menaced by stolen Cobalt-60. It has a few noir touches. Here’s my review -Singapore
(1947), directed by John Brahm, is a fine noirish tropical crime/romance melodrama enlivened by great performances by Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner. My review -Spin a Dark Web
(AKA Soho Incident) is a superb British B-mystery with genuine noir atmosphere and enough noir content in the plot to satisfy most fans of the genre. A very good little movie -The Fearmakers
(1958) is an intelligent thriller with at least the odd hint of noir, plus it’s directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars noir icon Dana Andrews. An underrated Tourneur movie.A Dandy in Aspic
(1968) isn’t film noir at all although at a stretch it has some affinities with spy noir. And it is directed by Anthony Mann (although he died before completing it). It’s an interesting and much maligned movie so I’m throwing it in because it’s the only way I can my list up to five titles.