Day Five of Noirvember: List o’ the Week — My Favorite Noir Titles

As if I needed something else to love about film noir, I recently realized that I just love noir’s creative and unique titles. So today’s Noirvember post serves up a list of my Top 20 film noir titles. What are some of your favorites?

Kiss The Blood Off My Hands (1948) — Burt Lancaster, Joan Fontaine

Please Murder Me (1956) — Raymond Burr, Angela Lansbury

Appointment with a Shadow (1958) — George Nader, Joanna Moore

I Wake Up Screaming (1941) — Betty Grable, Victor Mature

Experiment Perilous (1944) — Hedy Lamarr, George Brent

Hollow Triumph (1948) — Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett

I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes (1948) — Don Castle, Elyse Knox

The Man With My Face (1951) — Barry Nelson, Carole Mathews

Screaming Mimi (1958) — Anita Ekberg, Philip Carey

Cry Vengeance (1954) — Mark Stevens, Martha Hyer

Whispering Footsteps (1943) — John Hubbard, Rita Quigley

Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) — Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell

Murder is My Beat (1955) — Paul Langton, Barbara Payton

They Live By Night (1948) — Farley Granger, Cathy O’Donnell

Short Cut to Hell (1957) — Robert Ivers, Georgann Johnson

Try and Get Me (1950) — Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges

I Died a Thousand Times (1955) — Jack Palance, Shelley Winters

The Unholy Wife (1957) — Diana Dors, Rod Steiger

Blonde Ice (1948) — Robert Paige, Leslie Brooks

The Damned Don’t Cry (1950) — Joan Crawford, Steve Cochran

Join me tomorrow for Day 6 of Noirvember!

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~ by shadowsandsatin on November 5, 2018.

14 Responses to “Day Five of Noirvember: List o’ the Week — My Favorite Noir Titles”

  1. Two of the most evocative noir titles for me are They Won’t Believe Me (1947) and, for a far better-known movie, Out of the Past (also 1947 — clearly a good year for titles!).

    No arguments with any of your picks, though!

  2. Aren’t they just great evocative Noir titles! I think you’ve cornered the best. I’d only add Kiss Me Deadly.

  3. “Kiss The Blood Off My Hands” is hard to beat. I remember “Cry of the City” as “Cry of the Dark City”, which is super-noir.

  4. Eternally laughing at “Please Murder Me” XD

  5. Sometimes I don’t immediately recall the movie that goes with a pithy title, but can’t forget those titles.

  6. One of my favorites which you didn’t mention is Private Hell 36. Also, Naked Alibi. Here’s my entry for worst noir title: Christmas Holiday. Silliest noir title: Johnny O’Clock.

  7. Maybe it’s something about the word “Hell”, but I think the title “Hell Drivers” is intriguing. I saw it at the L.A. Film Noir Festival a few years ago and liked it. A British Noir with Sean Connery in an early role.

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