Film Noir on YouTube

by karljhickey14 | created - 10 Jun 2017 | updated - 11 Nov 2017 | Public

legally available , out of copyright and Public Domain films easily available on YouTube ( and other sites ) avoided films listed in disguise , or only uploaded recently - they often get taken off quickly . foreign language films are without subtitles unless noted otherwise .

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1. Detour (1945)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Chance events trap hitchhiking nightclub pianist Al Roberts in a tightening net of death, deception and blackmail.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald

Votes: 16,521 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, though her fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 15,754

3. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two fishermen pick up a psychopathic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 8,328

4. D.O.A. (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland

Votes: 11,472

5. Fear in the Night (1946)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, Kay Scott, Ann Doran

Votes: 1,491

6. Suddenly (1954)

Unrated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates

Votes: 6,420 | Gross: $1.40M

7. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 6,623

8. Guest in the House (1944)

Approved | 121 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiancé's family and turns a happy household against itself.

Directors: John Brahm, John Cromwell, André De Toth, Lewis Milestone | Stars: Anne Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Aline MacMahon, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 821

9. Woman on the Run (1950)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Frank Johnson becomes an eyewitness to a murder. He's pursued around San Francisco by his wife, the police, and the killer.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen

Votes: 3,488

10. The Woman in the Window (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A conservative middle aged professor engages in a relationship with a femme fatale, he's plunged into a nightmarish world of blackmail and murder.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Edmund Breon

Votes: 15,239

11. The Red House (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandoned farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun

Votes: 3,809

12. Whistle Stop (1946)

Passed | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When beautiful Mary returns home to her "whistle stop" home town, long-standing feelings of animosity between two of her old boyfriends leads to robbery and murder.

Director: Léonide Moguy | Stars: George Raft, Ava Gardner, Victor McLaglen, Tom Conway

Votes: 1,120

13. Reign of Terror (1949)

Approved | 89 min | History, Romance, Thriller

Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,674

14. They Drive by Night (1938)

84 min | Crime, Thriller

A convict, just out of prison, is implicated in a murder and goes on the run, hitching a ride with a truck driver.

Director: Arthur B. Woods | Stars: Emlyn Williams, Anna Konstam, Allan Jeayes, Ernest Thesiger

Votes: 284

15. The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Approved | 78 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Thriller

On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell, Richard Carlson

Votes: 1,625

16. Time Table (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Arizona, a train's baggage car is robbed of a large payroll, prompting an investigation led by a railroad official-insurance investigator team.

Director: Mark Stevens | Stars: Mark Stevens, King Calder, Felicia Farr, Marianne Stewart

Votes: 753

17. A Life at Stake (1955)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, Film-Noir

An out-of-work architect meets a married woman who has a business proposition for him. The architect begins to suspect the woman's interest in him is not just financial and may actually be deadly.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes, Douglass Dumbrille, Claudia Barrett

Votes: 704

18. Framed (1947)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Mike Lambert, seeking a mining job, instead becomes the patsy for a femme-fatale's schemes.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 1,693

19. 'C'-Man (1949)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A Treasury Department agent is murdered. His best friend, a fellow agent, investigates and stumbles into a scheme involving smuggling and murder.

Director: Joseph Lerner | Stars: Dean Jagger, John Carradine, Harry Landers, Lottie Elwen

Votes: 268

20. Port of New York (1949)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their contraband.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Scott Brady, Richard Rober, K.T. Stevens, Yul Brynner

Votes: 867

21. The Big Combo (1955)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 7,169

22. Jigsaw (1949)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy investigates a series of murders and uncovers an extremist group.

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace, Myron McCormick, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 815

23. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 2,220

24. The Chase (1946)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.

Director: Arthur Ripley | Stars: Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 1,872

25. Quicksand (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After taking 20 dollars from his employer to go on a date with plans to repay it the next day, an auto mechanic falls into increasingly disastrous circumstances for more and more money which rapidly spirals out of his control.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates, Peter Lorre

Votes: 2,301

26. The Hoodlum (1951)

PG | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Paroled sociopath and career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, Lisa Golm

Votes: 952

27. Inner Sanctum (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery

A man fleeing the police after having committed a murder hides out in a boarding house in a small town.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Charles Russell, Mary Beth Hughes, Billy House, Dale Belding

Votes: 956

28. Shed No Tears (1948)

Passed | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A wife convinces her husband to fake his death so they can collect on the life insurance. However, he doesn't know that she has been having an affair for some time, and she has plans for the money - and they don't include him.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Wallace Ford, June Vincent, Mark Roberts, Frank Albertson

Votes: 336

29. Shock (1946)

Passed | 70 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

A psychologically distraught woman is committed to a private sanitarium by the man she witnessed commit a murder.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw

Votes: 2,660

30. Too Late for Tears (1949)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Through a fluke circumstance, a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 4,189

31. Hollow Triumph (1948)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller assumes a new identity - with unfortunate results.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Paul Henreid | Stars: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks

Votes: 2,619

32. He Walked by Night (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann | Stars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell

Votes: 5,619

33. The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith

Votes: 9,658

34. Blonde Ice (1948)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Jack Bernhard | Stars: Robert Paige, Leslie Brooks, Russ Vincent, Michael Whalen

Votes: 1,046

35. The Strange Woman (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 1,967

36. Strange Illusion (1945)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William, Regis Toomey

Votes: 970

37. The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall, Lisa Howard

Votes: 2,064

38. Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Passed | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A high-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb, Ellen Drew

Votes: 1,799

39. Parole, Inc. (1948)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Parole officers fight against gangsters trying to infiltrate the parole system.

Director: Alfred Zeisler | Stars: Michael O'Shea, Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, Virginia Lee

Votes: 355

40. Alimony (1949)

Passed | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Music

A promising young composer is tempted away from his devoted wife by a fortune-seeking woman who cares more for his prospects than for him.

Director: Alfred Zeisler | Stars: Martha Vickers, John Beal, Hillary Brooke, Laurie Lind

Votes: 137

41. Trapped (1949)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Secret Service agents make a deal with a counterfeiting inmate to be released on early parole if he will help them recover some bogus moneymaking plates, but he plans to double cross them.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, John Hoyt, James Todd

Votes: 1,196

42. Dementia (1955)

Not Rated | 61 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery

This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night.

Directors: John Parker, Bruno VeSota | Stars: Adrienne Barrett, Bruno VeSota, Ben Roseman, Richard Barron

Votes: 2,107

43. The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.9