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  • Stray Dog

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1949 • Japan
    Starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo’s sweltering streets for the stray dog w...

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    Directed by Peter Yates • 1973 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan

    In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel “The...

  • The Bad Sleep Well

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1960 • Japan
    Starring Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Tatsuya Mihashi

    A young executive hunts down his father’s killer in director Akira Kurosawa’s scathing THE BAD SLEEP WELL. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines element...

  • Swoon

    Directed by Tom Kalin • 1992 • United States
    Starring Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, Ron Vawter

    The notorious case of Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb—two young, gay University of Chicago students whose 1924 thrill-killing of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks captured headlines as the “crime o...

  • Take Aim at the Police Van

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1960 • Japan

    At the beginning of Seijun Suzuki's taut and twisty whodunit, a prison truck is attacked and a convict inside murdered. The penitentiary guard on duty, Daijiro (Michitaro Mizushima), is accused of negligence and suspended, only to take it upon himself to ...

  • Nightmare Alley

    Directed by Edmund Goulding • 1947 • United States
    Starring Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray

    Darkness lurks behind the bright lights of a traveling carnival in one of the most haunting and perverse film noirs of the 1940s. Adapted from the scandalous best seller by William Lindsay Gresha...

  • Suture

    Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel • 1993 • United States
    Starring Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono

    The fascinating debut feature from Scott McGehee and David Siegel is a spellbinding exploration of identity, memory, and dreams that evokes the coolly modernist visual style of 196...

  • Branded to Kill

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1967 • Japan
    Starring Joe Shishido, Koji Nanbara, Isao Tamagawa

    When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece to the executives at his studio, he was promptly fired. BRANDED TO KILL tells the ecstatica...

  • Niagara

    Directed by Henry Hathaway • 1953 • United States
    Starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

    Marilyn Monroe dazzles in her star-making turn as a devious femme fatale in this sultry tale of seduction and murder. While on vacation at Niagara Falls, Rose Loomis (Monroe) plots to murder her...

  • High and Low

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1963 • Japan
    Starring Toshiro Mifune, Kyoko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi

    Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in HIGH AND LOW (TENGOKU TO JIGOKU), the highly influential domesti...

  • Mona Lisa

    Directed by Neil Jordan • 1986 • United Kingdom

    Writer-director Neil Jordan's breakthrough film is a brilliant, noir-infused love story. Bob Hoskins (who snagged an Oscar nomination for his performance) plays George, a small-time loser employed as a chauffeur to an enigmatic, high-class call gir...

  • Scandal Sheet

    Directed by Phil Karlson • 1952 • United States
    Starring Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed, John Derek

    B-noir specialist Phil Karlson brings plenty of pulp punch to this gritty thriller set in the sleazy world of tabloid journalism and based on a novel by Samuel Fuller. Upon becoming editor at the ...

  • The Naked City

    Directed by Jules Dassin • 1948 • United States
    Starring Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart

    “There are eight million stories in the Naked City,” as the narrator immortally states at the close of this breathtakingly vivid film and this is one of them. Master noir craftsman Jules Dassin a...

  • Cruel Gun Story

    Directed by Takumi Furukawa • 1964 • Japan

    Fresh out of the slammer, Togawa (Branded to Kill's rough-and-ready Joe Shishido) has no chance to go straight because he is immediately coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing a heist on an armored car carrying racetrack receipts. After assemblin...

  • Pale Flower

    Directed by Masahiro Shinoda • 1964 • Japan
    Starring Ryo Ikebe, Mariko Kaga

    In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict; what at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him f...

  • Tokyo Drifter

    Directed by Seijun Suzuki • 1966 • Japan
    Starring Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawaji

    In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Tetsu’s attempt to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. Director Seijun Suzuki’s onslaught ...

  • Ace in the Hole

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1951 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur

    Billy Wilder’s ACE IN THE HOLE is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Ta...

  • Stakeout

    Directed by Yoshitaro Nomura • 1958 • Japan
    Starring Minoru Oki, Seiji Miyaguchi, Hideko Takamine

    When a pair of a detectives lose the trail of a murder suspect, they camp out across the street from his ex-lover (Hideko Takamine) in hopes that she will lead them to their man. It’s the beginning ...

  • The American Friend

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1977 • Germany
    Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz

    Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with THE AMERICAN FRIEND, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel “Ripley’s Game.” Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American a...

  • Zero Focus

    Directed by Yoshitaro Nomura • 1961 • Japan
    Starring Yoshiko Kuga, Hizuru Takachiho, Ineko Arima

    After her husband disappears on a business trip, newlywed Teiko (Yoshiko Kuga) realizes she knows very little about the man she has been married to for only a week. With a pair of mysterious photogra...

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1976 • United States
    Starring Ben Gazzara, Timothy Agoglia Carey, Seymour Cassel

    John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desper...

  • A Colt Is My Passport

    Directed by Takashi Nomura • 1967 • Japan
    Starring Joe Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi

    One of Japanese cinema’s supreme emulations of American noir, Takashi Nomura’s A COLT IS MY PASSPORT is a down-and-dirty but gorgeously photographed yakuza film starring Joe Shishido as a hard-boiled hit man caugh...

  • Intimidation

    Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara • 1960 • Japan

    Koreyoshi Kurahara's ingeniously plotted, pocket-size noir concerns the intertwined fates of a desperate bank manager, blackmailed for book-cooking, and his resentful but timid underling, passed over for a promotion. The marvelously moody Intimidatio...

  • The Big Sleep

    Directed by Michael Winner • 1978 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone

    Robert Mitchum steps into the gumshoes of detective Philip Marlowe in this bold 1970s reimagining of the Raymond Chandler classic set in England. When Marlowe takes on what appears to be a routi...