Top Film Noir movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Chinatown on DVD Chinatown
Synopsis
With a suspicious femme fatale bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble in director Roman Polanski's complex neonoir classic.
Cast
Cast
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Darrell Zwerling, Diane Ladd, Roy Jenson, Roman Polanski, Richard Bakalyan
Director
Director
Roman Polanski
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir, Mystery, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent The Maltese Falcon on DVD The Maltese Falcon
Synopsis
Humphrey Bogart stars as private eye Sam Spade in this Oscar-nominated noir classic that finds the sultry Miss Wonderly (Mary Astor) seeking out protection from a man named Thursby. Spade's partner (Jerome Cowan) takes the case -- but he winds up dead, along with Thursby. Spade's subsequent hunt for the killer leads him into a world of deception and double-crossing, as a trio of criminals searches for a priceless statue known as the Maltese Falcon.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr., James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton
Director
Director
John Huston
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Sunset Boulevard on DVD Sunset Boulevard
Synopsis
Running from debt collectors, screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles upon the crumbling mansion of former silent-film star Norma Desmond. As he begins penning a comeback screenplay for her, their professional relationship evolves into something more.
Cast
Cast
William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb
Director
Director
Billy Wilder
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Showbiz Dramas
Rent The Big Sleep on DVD The Big Sleep
Synopsis
A dangerous blackmailer has targeted the Sternwoods, a wealthy family once tucked away in the safety of their Los Angeles mansion. But while private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) works on the case, he ends up falling for the clan's fiery daughter (Lauren Bacall). Crackling dialogue and the perfect pairing of Bogart and Bacall make this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel a timeless classic. Howard Hawks directs.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele, Elisha Cook Jr., Louis Jean Heydt
Director
Director
Howard Hawks
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Double Indemnity on DVD Double Indemnity
Synopsis
Smitten insurance man Walter Neff plots the perfect murder with femme fatale client Phyllis Dietrichson: staging her husband's "accidental" death to collect double indemnity on his life insurance and absconding with the loot.
Cast
Cast
Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather, Tom Powers, Byron Barr, Richard Gaines, Fortunio Bonanova, John Philliber
Director
Director
Billy Wilder
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Classic Dramas
Rent Shadow of a Doubt on DVD Shadow of a Doubt
Synopsis
In trademark style, master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock directs this taut and chilling tale about Charlie (Teresa Wright), a small-town girl consumed with finding out whether her unhinged Uncle (Joseph Cotten) is a serial killer or not. The arrival of detectives and a suspicious neighbor (Hume Cronyn) only increase Charlie's paranoia. But tension builds as she draws closer to the truth, culminating in a nail-biting scene aboard a speeding train.
Cast
Cast
Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, Wallace Ford, Edna May Wonacott, Charles Bates, Irving Bacon
Director
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir
Rent Touch of Evil on DVD Touch of Evil
Synopsis
Narcotics detective Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) sees his honeymoon cut short when a car crossing the U.S.-Mexico border explodes before his eyes. Vargas forsakes his bride (Janet Leigh) to mount an investigation, but soon locks horns with corpulent Sheriff Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). The shady cop isn't above planting evidence -- or colluding with the local crime lord -- to keep Vargas from discovering the ugly truth.
Cast
Cast
Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich, Akim Tamiroff, Joseph Calleia, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Victor Millan, Zsa Zsa Gabor
Director
Director
Orson Welles
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers
Rent The Night of the Hunter on DVD The Night of the Hunter
Synopsis
After bogus preacher Harry Powell is released from jail, he goes in search of the money hidden by Ben, his former cellmate. Powell marries Ben's widow, and soon, only Ben's children and an indomitable local woman stand between Powell and the loot.
Cast
Cast
Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce, Gloria Castillo
Director
Director
Charles Laughton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir, Suspense
Rent In a Lonely Place on DVD In a Lonely Place
Synopsis
Just when Hollywood screenwriter Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart) sparks up a romance with his neighbor Laurel (Gloria Grahame), the police begin to suspect him of murdering a former lover. Laurel believes Dixon's innocent, but his alibi doesn't wash with the police. As they continue to pressure Dixon, the lovebirds' relationship suffers -- and after witnessing Dixon's increasing hot-tempered behavior, Laurel suspects the police may be right.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart, Robert Warwick, Morris Ankrum, William Ching, Steven Geray
Director
Director
Nicholas Ray
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Mystery, The Criterion Collection, Crime Dramas
Rent Mildred Pierce on DVD Mildred Pierce
Synopsis
This potent mixture of melodrama and film noir was nominated for six Oscars and features a standout performance by Joan Crawford. When police interrogate restaurateur Mildred Pierce (Crawford) after finding her second husband dead, will her obsession with her selfish oldest daughter Veda (Ann Blyth), cause Mildred to sacrifice herself to protect her child?
Cast
Cast
Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Lee Patrick, Bruce Bennett, Moroni Olsen, Jo Ann Marlowe, Butterfly McQueen
Director
Director
Michael Curtiz
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Crime Dramas, Tearjerkers
Rent The Long Goodbye on DVD The Long Goodbye
Synopsis
Robert Altman updates the exploits of 1940s hard-boiled gumshoe Phillip Marlowe, who ferrets out a killer in the City of Angels circa 1974. Now, he's a wisecracking cynic who deals with coke-addled, sun-worshipping suspects and nudist neighbors.
Cast
Cast
Elliott Gould, Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, Henry Gibson, David Arkin, Jim Bouton, Warren Berlinger
Director
Director
Robert Altman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Film Noir, Mystery
Rent Dark Passage on DVD Dark Passage
Synopsis
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall grace the screen in this classic 1947 thriller about a convict who escapes from San Quentin to hunt down his wife's true killer. To complete his mission, he must escape detection by the cops. So he undergoes plastic surgery and hides out in the home of a mysterious woman (Bacall) he's just met. The film uses a first-person point of view in its camera work, to put viewers into the shoes of the accused man.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead, Clifton Young, Douglas Kennedy, Rory Mallinson, Houseley Stevenson
Director
Director
Delmer Daves
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Classic Thrillers, Romance Classics
Rent Gilda on DVD Gilda
Synopsis
Curvy bombshell Rita Hayworth "Puts the Blame on Mame" in this South American thriller that became her biggest hit and forever linked the stunning actress to the specter of her most popular character. Hayworth, Glenn Ford and George Macready comprise the three sides of a steamy love triangle that threatens to destroy Macready's thriving casino and wreck all of their lives. Hayworth's sinuous vamp of the aforementioned tune is a classic moment.
Cast
Cast
Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr, Robert E. Scott, Ludwig Donath, Donald Douglas
Director
Director
Charles Vidor
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Romance Classics, Gambling Dramas
Rent Rififi on DVD Rififi
Synopsis
Director Jules Dassin created one of cinema's greatest heist films with this tense tale about a daring jewel robbery carried out by four veteran thieves. After the gang pulls off the job, however, the plan starts coming apart at the seams.
Cast
Cast
Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey, Pierre Grasset, Robert Hossein, Marcel Lupovici, Dominique Maurin, Magali Noel, Marie Sabouret, Claude Sylvain, Jules Dassin
Director
Director
Jules Dassin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Foreign Classic Dramas, Heist Films, Film Noir, French Language, France
Rent The Killing on DVD The Killing
Synopsis
Before settling down to a respectable life, career criminal Johnny Clay teams with a group of pitiful two-bit crooks to pull off one final, elaborate heist at a racetrack in this classic noir thriller directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Cast
Cast
Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Ted de Corsia, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook Jr., Joe Sawyer, Colleen Gray
Director
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir, Suspense, Heist Films
Rent The Big Heat on DVD The Big Heat
Synopsis
German auteur Fritz Lang directs this gritty, violent drama that follows Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford), a detective who investigates a police sergeant's suicide and winds up on a personal quest for vengeance. When Bannion suspects foul play and is promptly taken off the case he defies his superiors and continues to pursue it on his own, leading to his wife's murder and setting Bannion off on a mission to nab the guys responsible.
Cast
Cast
Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jeanette Nolan, Jocelyn Brando, Lee Marvin, Peter Whitney
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Suspense
Rent White Heat on DVD White Heat
Synopsis
"Made it, Ma, top of the world!" James Cagney is riveting as homicidal gangster Cody Jarrett (complete with an "insane mother" complex) in this hard-boiled movie that costars Virginia Mayo as his two-timing wife. Edmond O'Brien's the cop who infiltrates Cody's gang to bring him down -- and that he does in the legendary finale that plays out in an industrial yard filled with giant fuel tanks. Better watch those stray bullets! Raoul Walsh directs.
Cast
Cast
James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John Archer, Wally Cassell, Fred Clark
Director
Director
Raoul Walsh
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers
Rent Sorry, Wrong Number on DVD Sorry, Wrong Number
Synopsis
When Leona Stevenson dials a wrong number by mistake, she overhears two men plotting a murder. As she tries to trace the source of the call, she becomes convinced that her husband is involved.
Cast
Cast
Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Harold Vermilyea, Ed Begley, Leif Erickson, William Conrad, John Bromfield, Jimmy Hunt
Director
Director
Anatole Litvak
Genres
Genres
Classics, Thrillers, Film Noir, Mystery, Classic Thrillers
Rent Dead Reckoning on DVD Dead Reckoning
Synopsis
Humphrey Bogart stars as Rip Murdock, a World War II veteran ensnared in a web of crime and conspiracy when his best friend, Johnny Drake (William Prince), disappears en route to Washington, D.C., to receive a war medal. Murdock follows the trail to Drake's hometown, where he finds his friend's body burned beyond recognition. His continuing investigation soon involves Drake's ex-girlfriend, femme fatale Cory Chandler (Lizabeth Scott).
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott, Morris Carnovsky, Charles Cane, William Prince, Marvin Miller, Wallace Ford, James Bell, George Chandler
Director
Director
John Cromwell
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense
Rent The Asphalt Jungle on DVD The Asphalt Jungle
Synopsis
Nominated for four Academy Awards and long considered a noir classic, John Huston's heist film follows a band of criminal masterminds (Sam Jaffe, Sterling Hayden and Louis Calhern) as they carry out a million-dollar jewelry-store burglary that will have them set for life. Snatching the loot is easy, but their greed soon leads to double crosses and murder. The film features an early appearance by Marilyn Monroe as a sexy moll.
Cast
Cast
Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Cady
Director
Director
John Huston
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Heist Films, The Criterion Collection
Rent Sudden Fear on DVD Sudden Fear
Synopsis
In this Oscar-nominated noir thriller, successful playwright Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford) puts her mystery-writing skills to good use when she suspects that her husband (Jack Palance) and his mistress (Gloria Grahame) are plotting to kill her when they discover the contents of her will. The role offered Crawford a brief comeback during the 1950s as well as a third (and final) Oscar nod. Palance was also nominated, for Best Supporting Actor.
Cast
Cast
Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Mike Connors
Director
Director
David Miller
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Suspense, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir
Rent The Letter on DVD The Letter
Synopsis
Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel and directed by William Wyler, this drama stars Bette Davis in one of her nastiest film roles. After shooting Geoffrey (David Newell), Leslie (Davis) tells husband Robert (Herbert Marshall) and their lawyer (James Stephenson) that it was self-defense. But Leslie's case begins to fall apart when a letter reveals that she may have planned the murder, and Geoffrey's widow (Gale Sondergaard) attempts blackmail.
Cast
Cast
Bette Davis, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Sondergaard, Bruce Lester, Elizabeth Inglis, Cecil Kellaway, Victor Sen Yung, Doris Lloyd, Herbert Marshall, David Newell
Director
Director
William Wyler
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
Rent The Postman Always Rings Twice on DVD The Postman Always Rings Twice
Synopsis
The sexual chemistry between Depression-era drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) and sexy, smoldering roadside café waitress Cora (Lana Turner) is so hot that they'll do anything to keep the fire lit -- even if it means killing Cora's husband. Although the sex scenes were watered down to conform to industry standards, this classic based on an original story by author James M. Cain was still considered shocking for its time.
Cast
Cast
Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter, Alan Reed, Jeff York
Director
Director
Tay Garnett
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
Rent Kiss Me Deadly on DVD Kiss Me Deadly
Synopsis
Shortly after sleazy detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) picks up a scantily clad hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman), his car is forced over a cliff. He awakens from unconsciousness to find his passenger dead -- but it wasn't the fall that killed her. As Hammer sets out to uncover the woman's deadly secret and find her unknown assassins, he ignores explicit signs that he should mind his own business. This film noir was adapted from Mickey Spillane's novel.
Cast
Cast
Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez, Wesley Addy, Marian Carr, Fortunio Bonanova, Nick Dennis, Jack Elam, Percy Helton, Jack Lambert, Strother Martin, James McCallion, James Seay, Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole
Director
Director
Robert Aldrich
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent The Killers on DVD The Killers
Synopsis
Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Killers" was turned into two memorable films that bookended the high period of the noir genre. Disc 1 contains the original 1946 Robert Siodmak version starring Burt Lancaster as "the Swede," an aging boxer who's brought in for an underground job. To view the 1964 Don Siegel version, please rent Disc 2.
Cast
Cast
Charles D. Brown, Charles McGraw, Sam Levene, William Conrad, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Jack Lambert, Donald MacBride, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Virginia Christine, Vince Barnett, Lee Marvin
Director
Director
Robert Siodmak, Don Siegel
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Classic Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Film Noir, The Criterion Collection
Rent Ace in the Hole on DVD Ace in the Hole
Synopsis
Fired from a number of big-city papers, reporter Chuck Tatum tries to re-establish himself in New Mexico. When a local store owner is trapped in a cave-in, Tatum turns the victim's misfortune into a media frenzy to further his own career.
Cast
Cast
Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Frank Jaquet
Director
Director
Billy Wilder
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir
Rent Pickup on South Street on DVD Pickup on South Street
Synopsis
A routine subway ride turns out to be anything but when Candy (Jean Peters) is mugged by a man named Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark), who's in search of valuable microfilm that Candy is carrying. Aware of the film's important nature but not its exact contents (government secrets intended for Communist spies), Candy must now enlist the help of her ex-boyfriend Joey (Richard Kiley) to find the thief and get the microfilm back.
Cast
Cast
Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley, Willis Bouchey, Milburn Stone
Director
Director
Samuel Fuller
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Espionage Thrillers
Rent The Man Who Knew Too Much on DVD The Man Who Knew Too Much
Synopsis
The Lawrences are vacationing in Switzerland when a secret-agent friend is mortally wounded. Before dying, he utters some cryptic words revealing a planned assassination in London, and things only get worse when the couple's daughter is kidnapped. With little police help, the parents take matters into their own hands. Alfred Hitchcock's black-and-white classic was later remade in color, starring Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.
Cast
Cast
Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Frank Vosper, Hugh Wakefield, Nova Pilbeam, Pierre Fresnay, Cicely Oates, D.A. Clarke-Smith, George Curzon
Director
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir
Rent The Naked City on DVD The Naked City
Synopsis
When a model is found drowned in her bathtub, homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran are on the case. Their investigation, the inner workings of the police department and some of the "8 million stories in the Naked City" are explored.
Cast
Cast
Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Frank Conroy, Ted de Corsia, House Jameson, Anne Sargent, Adelaide Klein, Tom Pedi
Director
Director
Jules Dassin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense
Rent Film Noir Collection: The Stranger on DVD Film Noir Collection: The Stranger
Synopsis
Directed by and starring Orson Welles, this Academy Award-nominated film tells the story of Franz Kindler, a Nazi war criminal who has fled to Connecticut and assumed a new identity: Prof. Charles Rankin. While an Allied War Crimes Commission detective (the indomitable Edward G. Robinson) hunts down Kindler without knowing how he looks, Kindler's new wife (Loretta Young) discovers the ugly truth about her husband's evil past.
Cast
Cast
Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Philip Merivale, Richard Long, Konstantin Shayne, Byron Keith, Billy House
Director
Director
Orson Welles
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Psychological Thrillers, Mystery, Classic Thrillers
Rent This Gun for Hire on DVD This Gun for Hire
Synopsis
Phillip Raven (Alan Ladd) is an assassin whose latest murder assignment is paid for with counterfeit money by turncoat Willard Gates. Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake), an entertainer and the girlfriend of the police lieutenant who's trying to bring Raven down, is recruited by the government to probe Gates's illegal activities. When Raven happens to meet Ellen on a train, they use their relationship to get what they want -- and exact revenge.
Cast
Cast
Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, Alan Ladd, Tully Marshall, Marc Lawrence, Olin Howlin
Director
Director
Frank Tuttle
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers
Rent Night and the City on DVD Night and the City
Synopsis
Shot in London, Jules Dassin's film noir centers on grifter Harry (Richard Widmark), who schemes to take over wrestling promoter Kristo's (Herbert Lom) racket. Harry pits Kristo's father, Gregorius, against his own son and convinces nightclub owner Phil (Francis L. Sullivan) to invest in his scheme. But his plan falls apart when Gregorius is killed and Phil learns that his wife (Googie Withers) is leaving him for Harry.
Cast
Cast
Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Herbert Lom, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Mike Mazurki, Charles Farrell, Ada Reeve, Kenneth Richmond
Director
Director
Jules Dassin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, Film Noir, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, The Criterion Collection
Rent The Enforcer on DVD The Enforcer
Synopsis
A crusading district attorney tries to crack a ring of organized killers, but just when victory is imminent -- after four arduous years -- a key witness is murdered, and it's back to square one.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane, Roy Roberts, Michael Tolan, King Donovan, Bob Steele, Adelaide Klein, Don Beddoe
Director
Director
Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Crime Dramas
Rent Angel Face on DVD Angel Face
Synopsis
Otto Preminger's noir classic stars Robert Mitchum as an ordinary man who becomes caught in a web of seduction and murder. Wealthy Diane Treymayne (Jean Simmons) has an angelic face that belies her true nature. After her stepmother dies under mysterious circumstances, Diane takes a liking to family chauffeur Frank Jessup (Mitchum). She successfully tempts him away from his girlfriend -- and he soon finds himself involved in her deadly deceptions.
Cast
Cast
Mona Freeman, Jean Simmons, Robert Mitchum, Herbert Marshall, Leon Ames, Barbara O'Neil, Kenneth Tobey, Jim Backus, Raymond Greenleaf
Director
Director
Otto Preminger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir
Rent Where the Sidewalk Ends on DVD Where the Sidewalk Ends
Synopsis
Tormented by his criminal father's reputation, hard-line cop Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews) spins a web of lies to conceal his accidental killing of a suspect. But by planting evidence meant to pin the rap on a racketeer (Gary Merrill), the gumshoe unwittingly turns an innocent taxi driver into the prime suspect. To further complicate matters, Dixon falls for the cabbie's daughter (Gene Tierney) in this stinging film noir directed by Otto Preminger.
Cast
Cast
Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed, Tom Tully, Karl Malden, Ruth Donnelly, Craig Stevens
Director
Director
Otto Preminger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers
Rent The Big Clock on DVD The Big Clock
Synopsis
In director John Farrow's noir thriller, crime magazine publisher Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton) tries to pin the murder of his own mistress on the magazine's editor, George Stroud (Ray Milland), after he discovers George coming out of the woman's apartment. Things fall into place as all the signs increasingly point to George as the killer, making it that much easier for Earl to set up the editor to take the fall.
Cast
Cast
Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester
Director
Director
John Farrow
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Film Noir, Psychological Thrillers
Rent Kiss of Death on DVD Kiss of Death
Synopsis
Richard Widmark nabbed an Oscar nod for his memorable debut role as a sadistic mobster in this classic crime noir. Caught red-handed during a heist, two-bit hood Nick Bianco (Victor Mature, in a stellar turn) refuses to rat out his underworld pals but turns stoolie after they renege on a promise. Coerced by the prosecutor to get the goods on hit man Tommy Udo (Widmark), Bianco gets chummy with him but becomes Udo's mark when he beats the rap.
Cast
Cast
Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Richard Widmark, Taylor Holmes, Howard Smith, Karl Malden, Anthony Ross, Mildred Dunnock, Millard Mitchell
Director
Director
Henry Hathaway
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers, Classic Thrillers
Rent Brute Force on DVD Brute Force
Synopsis
In this intense prison drama, Burt Lancaster plays Joe Collins, the toughest inmate on the cell block, and Hume Cronyn is Capt. Munsey, a corrupt prison guard whose ruthless nature has made him the bane of Collins's existence. After one infraction too many, Munsey assigns Collins and his fellow prisoners to the dreaded drain pipe detail. With the support of his cellmates, Collins hatches an escape plan that could cost him his life.
Cast
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Yvonne De Carlo, Charles Bickford, Ann Blyth, Ella Raines, Anita Colby, Howard Duff
Director
Director
Jules Dassin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Crime Dramas, Classic Dramas
Rent Crossfire on DVD Crossfire
Synopsis
Wrapped around a taut whodunit, this groundbreaking, Oscar-nominated film from director Edward Dmytryk explores the topic of anti-Semitism. A jaded homicide detective (Robert Young) must get to the bottom of a savage -- and ostensibly motiveless -- killing, with the chief suspect a pie-eyed soldier who fled the scene of the crime. Army Sgt. Peter Keeley (Robert Mitchum) teams with the gumshoe to flush out the murderer in his ranks.
Cast
Cast
Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly, Sam Levene, Jacqueline White, Steve Brodie, George Cooper, Richard Benedict, Richard Powers, William Phipps, Lex Barker, Marlo Dwyer
Director
Director
Edward Dmytryk
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Suspense, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Film Noir Collection: Detour on DVD Film Noir Collection: Detour
Synopsis
Classic film noir rules when down-in-the-dumps musician Al Roberts (Tom Neal) decides to hitchhike cross-country to be with his chanteuse girlfriend. He accepts a lift from high-roller Charles Haskell Jr. (Edmund MacDonald), who promptly suffers a fatal coronary. Afraid the cops will finger him as a killer, Al ditches the body and assumes Haskell's identity. But Al's trip quickly goes downhill when he picks up a scheming hitchhiker (Ann Savage).
Cast
Cast
Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan, Esther Howard, Pat Gleason
Director
Director
Edgar G. Ulmer
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Film Noir, Mystery
Rent Deception on DVD Deception
Synopsis
Christine Radcliffe (Bette Davis) thought her lover, cellist Karel Novak (Paul Henreid), was killed in the war. But when he unexpectedly strolls back into her life, she's forced to hide the fact that she's been having an affair with prominent composer Alexander Hollenius (Claude Rains). Christine's efforts to conceal her actions are hampered by Hollenius's insistence on sabotaging Novak's career, which prompts her to take drastic measures.
Cast
Cast
Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, John Abbott, Benson Fong
Director
Director
Irving Rapper
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics
Rent The Dark Corner on DVD The Dark Corner
Synopsis
Mark Stevens stars as hardboiled private eye Bradford Galt, who relocates to New York City after serving two years in stir on a manslaughter charge. Framed by his shyster ex-partner, Tony Jardine (Kurt Kreuger), Galt soon finds himself set up again -- this time for Jardine's murder. Lucille Ball portrays Galt's adoring secretary, and Clifton Webb plays an unctuous art collector in this gritty film noir from director Henry Hathaway.
Cast
Cast
Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Mark Stevens, Kurt Kreuger, Cathy Downs, Reed Hadley, Constance Collier, Eddie Heywood, Isabel Randolph
Director
Director
Henry Hathaway
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Mystery, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers
Rent The Blue Gardenia on DVD The Blue Gardenia
Synopsis
When Norah Larkin (Anne Baxter) learns that her GI beau has a new girl, she impulsively agrees to have dinner with playboy Harry Prebble (Raymond Burr). Several drinks later, Norah awakens at home having no memory of the previous night -- and soon learns that Harry is dead. Pursued as a murderess, Norah goes on the run, desperate to evade the law as she tries to piece together the events of that lost evening.
Cast
Cast
Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Raymond Burr
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Crime Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers
Rent Gun Crazy on DVD Gun Crazy
Synopsis
A searing forerunner to Bonnie and Clyde, this film tells the story of a gun-obsessed twosome who meet at a carnival, run off to get married and then commit a string of daring robberies across the country. The screenplay was adapted by Dalton Trumbo from novelist MacKinlay Kantor's magazine article. Shockingly dark and brutal for its time, this drama was directed by Joseph H. Lewis and stars Peggy Cummins and John Dall.
Cast
Cast
Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, Russ Tamblyn
Director
Director
Joseph H. Lewis
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Classic Thrillers, Indie Classics
Rent Nightmare Alley on DVD Nightmare Alley
Synopsis
Always looking for his next big chance, ambitious carnival barker Stan Carlisle (Tyrone Power) moves in on Zeena (Joan Blondell), the widow of the carnival's mentalist. After Zeena teaches Stan every mind-reading trick she knows, he marries another beautiful performer (Coleen Gray) who becomes his nightclub act partner. But Stan's new wife isn't prepared for her husband's callous plan to con a millionaire by conjuring up the man's dead daughter.
Cast
Cast
Tyrone Power, Coleen Gray, Joan Blondell, Helen Walker, Taylor Holmes, Mike Mazurki, Ian Keith, Julia Dean, Gene Stutenroth, George Matthews
Director
Director
Edmund Goulding
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas
Rent The Strange Love of Martha Ivers on DVD The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Synopsis
After nearly two decades away, Sam Masterson (Van Heflin) returns to his hometown, sending its preeminent couple -- Martha Ivers (Barbara Stanwyck) and her spouse, Walter O'Neil (Kirk Douglas, in his film debut) -- into a tizzy. It seems that 18 years ago, Sam may have witnessed the untimely death of Martha's ironhanded aunt (Judith Anderson). Alarmed that Sam will divulge what he knows, the predatory Martha starts scheming against him.
Cast
Cast
Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas, Lizabeth Scott, Judith Anderson, Darryl Hickman, Ann Doran, Mickey Kuhn, Charles D. Brown
Director
Director
Lewis Milestone
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir
Rent Criss Cross on DVD Criss Cross
Synopsis
Working man Steve (Burt Lancaster) makes a decent and honest living as an armored truck driver. His only downfall? His lingering feelings for his ex-wife, Anna (Yvonne De Carlo), a greedy woman who recently married a dangerous mob boss (Dan Duryea). When the two ex-lovers reunite and her husband catches them, they manage to convince him they were plotting to rob the truck. Now, Steve is now forced to go through with the crime ... or face death.
Cast
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Esy Morales, Tom Pedi, Tony Curtis, Richard Long
Director
Director
Robert Siodmak
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas
Rent The House on Telegraph Hill on DVD The House on Telegraph Hill
Synopsis
Robert Wise's tense drama tells the story of a Nazi concentration camp survivor who assumes the identity of her dead best friend when the war ends. She moves to San Francisco, where she finds herself godmother to a young boy and heir to a fortune.
Cast
Cast
Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan, Fay Baker, Gordon Gebert, Steven Geray, David Clarke
Director
Director
Robert Wise
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers, Mystery
Rent Fallen Angel on DVD Fallen Angel
Synopsis
Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews) drifts into a small California town and becomes smitten with a waitress named Stella (Linda Darnell). She, however, refuses to have anything to do with him unless he can prove he has prospects. In short order, Eric connives to wed a wealthy reclusive spinster (Alice Faye) and cash in. But when Stella ends up dead right after the wedding, Eric is the prime suspect. Otto Preminger directs this classic film noir.
Cast
Cast
Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Charles Bickford, Olin Howlin, Anne Revere, Bruce Cabot, John Carradine, Hal Taliaferro, Percy Kilbride, Linda Darnell
Director
Director
Otto Preminger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Mystery, Classic Thrillers, Crime Dramas
Rent On Dangerous Ground on DVD On Dangerous Ground
Synopsis
A jaded, bitter detective (Robert Ryan) is on the hunt for a killer, following a trail from the grimy city streets to the snow-blanketed countryside. In an odd psychological twist, he meets the killer's sister, a sweet blind woman (Ida Lupino) who takes care of her brother and wants his life spared. Director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause) deftly shifts landscapes and moods as Bernard Herrmann's atmospheric score drifts underneath.
Cast
Cast
Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper, Anthony Ross, Ed Begley, Ian Wolfe, Gus Schilling, Frank Ferguson, Olive Carey, Richard Irving
Director
Director
Nicholas Ray
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir
Rent Possessed on DVD Possessed
Synopsis
In a rare unglamorous role, Joan Crawford stars as Louise Howell, who stumbles through the streets of Los Angeles in search of a man named David (Van Heflin). After passing out from exhaustion, she ends up in a psychiatric hospital. The unhealthy love she carries for David -- despite her marriage to her employer (Raymond Massey) -- is soon revealed in a series of flashbacks and paves the way for a psychotic breakdown that leads to murder.
Cast
Cast
Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges, John Ridgely, Moroni Olsen, Erskine Sanford, Gerald Perreau, Jacob Gimpel, Isabel Withers, Lisa Golm
Director
Director
Curtis Bernhardt
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas
Rent His Kind of Woman on DVD His Kind of Woman
Synopsis
Robert Mitchum plays a luckless gambler who agrees to sell his identity to a deported mobster (Raymond Burr). Jane Russell co-stars as a singer pretending to be an heiress, in an attempt to get her hooks into a Shakespeare-slinging actor (Vincent Price). These and other shady characters wind up in a Mexican resort, where the fun really begins. Howard Hughes produced this comedy noir as a vehicle for his rising star Russell.
Cast
Cast
Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt, Charles McGraw, Marjorie Reynolds, Raymond Burr, Jim Backus, Philip Van Zandt, John Mylong, Carleton G. Young
Director
Director
John Farrow
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir, Romance Classics
Rent Europa on DVD Europa
Synopsis
When American pacifist Leopold Kessler journeys to post-World War II Germany, he lands a job as a sleeping-car conductor on the nightmarish Europa railway line, where he discovers a group of partisans violently resisting the Allied occupation.
Cast
Cast
Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Erik Mørk, Jørgen Reenberg, Henning Jensen, Eddie Constantine, Max von Sydow, Benny Poulsen
Director
Director
Lars von Trier
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Psychological Thrillers, Film Noir, Political Dramas, Suspense, Indie Dramas, Indie Suspense & Thriller, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Scandinavia
Rent The Naked Kiss on DVD The Naked Kiss
Synopsis
Looking to start a new life, a prostitute named Kelly (Constance Towers) moves to a small town but finds the residents' wholesome facades to be deceiving. Even the sheriff (Anthony Eisley) and Kelly's handsome new fiancé (Michael Dante) have something to hide. Despite its B-movie feel, this over-the-top drama from influential director Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One) serves as a pointed critique of small-town hypocrisy and the exploitation of women.
Cast
Cast
Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey, Patsy Kelly, Betty Bronson, Marie Devereux, Karen Conrad, Betty Robinson, Gerald Michenaud, Neyle Morrow, Sally Mills, Breena Howard, Edy Williams
Director
Director
Samuel Fuller
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Suspense, Indie Classics, Classic Dramas
Rent The Narrow Margin on DVD The Narrow Margin
Synopsis
Film noir staple Charles McGraw stars as hard-boiled cop Walter Brown, who's assigned to transport a mobster's moll (played to perfection by Marie Windsor) from Chicago to Los Angeles -- where she's set to testify before the grand jury. Naturally, danger turns up on the train in the form of syndicate goons sent to silence the witness; trouble is, they have no idea what she looks like. Richard Fleischer helmed this fast-paced crime thriller.
Cast
Cast
Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Gordon Gebert, Queenie Leonard, David Clarke, Peter Virgo, Don Beddoe, Paul Maxey, Harry Harvey
Director
Director
Richard Fleischer
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense, Classic Thrillers
Rent Film Noir Collection: D.O.A. on DVD Film Noir Collection: D.O.A.
Synopsis
While on vacation in San Francisco, an accountant named Frank Bigelow ingests a dose of lethal, slow-acting poison and begins a desperate search for the individual responsible for his impending death in this noirish thriller.
Cast
Cast
Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Campbell, Lynn Baggett, William Ching, Henry Hart, Neville Brand, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan
Director
Director
Rudolph Maté
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense
Rent Boomerang! on DVD Boomerang!
Synopsis
When a man of the cloth is shot to death on the street, pressure mounts on District Attorney Henry Harvey (Dana Andrews) to put drifter John Waldron (Arthur Kennedy) on trial for the killing. But further investigation soon leads Harvey to doubt the defendant's guilt. Director Elia Kazan's riveting crime drama is based on a real-life Connecticut murder case. Watch for playwright Arthur Miller in the police lineup.
Cast
Cast
Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Cara Williams, Arthur Kennedy, Sam Levene, Taylor Holmes, Robert Keith, Ed Begley, Karl Malden, Barry Kelley, Lewis Leverett, Philip Coolidge, Arthur Miller
Director
Director
Elia Kazan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Crime Dramas, Classic Dramas, Courtroom Dramas
Rent Thieves' Highway on DVD Thieves' Highway
Synopsis
Jules Dassin's last completed film centers on World War II G.I. Nick Garcos (Richard Conte), who returns to San Francisco to find his trucker father crippled after a fight with crooked driver Mike Figlia (Lee J. Cobb). Garcos's plans to marry his longtime girlfriend, Polly (Barbara Lawrence), fizzle as he becomes embroiled in his father's feud with Figlia's men and turns from good guy to bad. Valentina Cortesa and Morris Carnovsky also star.
Cast
Cast
Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell, Joseph Pevney, Morris Carnovsky, Tamara Shayne, Kasia Orzazewski, Norbert Schiller, Hope Emerson
Director
Director
Jules Dassin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Crime Dramas
Rent Lady in the Lake on DVD Lady in the Lake
Synopsis
In this inventively filmed detective story, Robert Montgomery (who also directs) plays Philip Marlowe and solves an entire mystery from the camera's point of view; when Marlowe takes a punch, the audience feels the hit. Based on Raymond Chandler's novel, the story follows Marlowe as he tries to track down the missing wife of a publisher. Audrey Totter plays the femme fatale who slinks into his office to hire him for the job.
Cast
Cast
Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully, Leon Ames, Jayne Meadows, Dick Simmons, Morris Ankrum, Kathleen Lockhart
Director
Director
Robert Montgomery
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir
Rent The Racket on DVD The Racket
Synopsis
Scheming to put a crooked district attorney on the bench, a big-time crime syndicate moves into town and installs resident underworld boss Nick Scanlon (Robert Ryan) as its front man -- but standing in the mob's way is incorruptible cop Thomas McQuigg (Robert Mitchum). When the hotheaded Scanlon's younger brother gets involved with a nightclub chanteuse (Lizabeth Scott), the plan threatens to go bust in this old-fashioned film noir.
Cast
Cast
Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott, William Talman, Ray Collins, Robert Hutton, William Conrad, Walter Sande, Les Tremayne, Don Porter, Walter Baldwin, Brett King
Director
Director
John Cromwell
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers
Rent Black Angel on DVD Black Angel
Synopsis
A lopsided couple, Catherine (June Vincent) and Martin (Dan Duryea), turn into amateur sleuths when they launch an investigation to prove that Catherine's incarcerated husband (John Phillips) isn't guilty of murdering Martin's wife (Constance Dowling) in this classic film noir. Sitting on death row and getting closer to his execution date, Catherine's husband can only hope that the offbeat pair is successful in their search for the real killer.
Cast
Cast
Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford, Constance Dowling, Wallace Ford, Hobart Cavanaugh, Freddie Steele, John Phillips, Ben Bard
Director
Director
Roy William Neill
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Film Noir
Rent Whirlpool on DVD Whirlpool
Synopsis
Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney) is married to a successful psychoanalyst (Richard Conte), but all isn't hunky-dory when she's arrested for shoplifting. When a somewhat dubious hypnotist (José Ferrer), who's more interested in mind control than cures, saves Sutton from certain social scandal, the patient soon finds herself caught up in a murder hunt. Otto Preminger directs this psychological thriller with a first-rate musical score by David Raksin.
Cast
Cast
Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford, Barbara O'Neil, Eduard Franz, Constance Collier, Fortunio Bonanova
Director
Director
Otto Preminger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Psychological Thrillers, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir
Rent Macao on DVD Macao
Synopsis
Josef von Sternberg's classic mystery follows a trio of travelers who cross paths on the way to the Asian port city of Macao, then become caught up in a conflict between Chinese cops and an American gangster once they arrive. On the lam for a crime he didn't commit, Nick Cochran (Robert Mitchum) meets a job-seeking singer (Jane Russell) and a salesman on a gambling vacation. When things heat up in Macao, it turns out they're all hiding secrets.
Cast
Cast
William Bendix, Brad Dexter, Thomas Gomez, Gloria Grahame, Edward Ashley, Jane Russell, Philip Ahn, Robert Mitchum
Director
Director
Nicholas Ray, Josef Von Sternberg
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Romance Classics
Rent Blast of Silence on DVD Blast of Silence
Synopsis
This gritty, well-crafted film noir follows professional assassin Frank Bono (Allen Baron), who returns to New York City at Christmastime to ice a slimy second-string racketeer (Peter Clune) for the mob. But while prowling the streets staking out his quarry, Bono unexpectedly finds himself struggling with the ethics of his chosen vocation. Larry Tucker delivers a memorable performance as Bono's portly gun broker.
Cast
Cast
Allen Baron, Peter Clune, Larry Tucker, Molly McCarthy, Danny Meehan
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers
Rent Keeper of the Flame on DVD Keeper of the Flame
Synopsis
While investigating the accidental death of revered war hero Robert Forrest, intrepid reporter Stevie O'Malley (Spencer Tracy) meets the man's wife (Katharine Hepburn) and learns a surprising truth about his subject's supposedly "patriotic" past. George Cukor directs this politically charged wartime thriller that marks Tracy and Hepburn's second onscreen partnership, just a year after their first pairing in the romantic comedy Woman of the Year.
Cast
Cast
Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf, Margaret Wycherly, Forrest Tucker, Frank Craven, Stephen McNally, Percy Kilbride, Audrey Christie
Director
Director
George Cukor
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir
Rent I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang on DVD I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Synopsis
Paul Muni stars in director Mervyn LeRoy's gritty prison exposé based on Robert E. Burns's memoirs. Returning war veteran James Allen descends into darkness when his architectural aspirations dissolve and he's incarcerated on bogus robbery charges.
Cast
Cast
Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis, Preston Foster, Allen Jenkins, Berton Churchill, Edward Ellis, David Landau, Hale Hamilton, Sally Blane
Director
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Film Noir
Rent Fury on DVD Fury
Synopsis
Director Fritz Lang dishes up an unflinching indictment of mob justice in this potent drama. Passing through a small town en route to see his fiancée, upright Joe Wilson ends up charged with kidnapping based on flimsy circumstantial evidence.
Cast
Cast
Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis, Walter Brennan, Frank Albertson, George Walcott, Arthur Stone, Morgan Wallace, George Chandler
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Courtroom Dramas, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas
Rent Born to Kill on DVD Born to Kill
Synopsis
Meeting aboard a San Francisco-bound train, Helen Brent (Claire Trevor) and Sam Wilde (Lawrence Tierney, in a menacing performance) strike up a conversation, unaware of an existing connection between them -- Helen recently found a pair of corpses, courtesy of Sam's murderous hands. They soon begin a depraved affair that leads straight to hell. Walter Slezak and Elisha Cook Jr. provide first-rate support in director Robert Wise's hard-boiled gem.
Cast
Cast
Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak, Phillip Terry, Audrey Long, Elisha Cook, Isabel Jewell, Esther Howard, Kathryn Card, Tony Barrett, Grandon Rhodes
Director
Director
Robert Wise
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas
Rent Pushover on DVD Pushover
Synopsis
Police detective Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) is assigned the not-unpleasant task of striking up a friendship with Lona McLane (Kim Novak), the girlfriend of a man suspected of engineering a bank heist that netted more than $200,000 and cost a policeman his life. Immediately falling for the bombshell, the cop soon finds himself neck-deep in her scheme to betray her boyfriend and make off with the loot.
Cast
Cast
Fred MacMurray, Philip Carey, Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone, E.G. Marshall, Allen Nourse, Alan Dexter, Robert Forrest, Don Harvey, Paul Richards
Director
Director
Richard Quine
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Suspense
Rent Union Station on DVD Union Station
Synopsis
In this classic film noir, a fearful passenger reports two suspicious men on a train bound for Chicago's Union Station. When the depot's police squad learns the men are involved in a kidnapping, the officer in charge enlists the aid of a veteran cop.
Cast
Cast
William Holden, Nancy Olson, Barry Fitzgerald, Lyle Bettger, Jan Sterling, Allene Roberts, Herbert Heyes, Don Dunning, Fred Graff, James Seay
Director
Director
Rudolph Maté
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers
Rent I Wake Up Screaming on DVD I Wake Up Screaming
Synopsis
In this film noir classic, when model and aspiring actress Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis) turns up dead, the evidence points to her manager, Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature), who was recently dumped by his star client. Dogged by a tenacious detective (Laird Cregar), Frankie finds the noose tightening, but Vicky's distrustful sister (Betty Grable) -- whose relationship with Frankie is chilly -- may have information that will clear him.
Cast
Cast
Elisha Cook, Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Alan Mowbray, Chick Chandler, William Gargan, Morris Ankrum, Carole Landis, May Beatty, Allyn Joslyn, Laird Cregar
Director
Director
H. Bruce Humberstone
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas
Rent Film Noir Collection: Killer Bait on DVD Film Noir Collection: Killer Bait
Synopsis
A bickering married couple finds a bag of money that's been dropped in the back seat of their car. The upstanding husband (Arthur Kennedy) wants to turn the illicit cash in to the authorities, but his money-hungry wife (Lizabeth Scott) has a different idea: She regards the loot as their personal jackpot. Dan Duryea is great as the "heavy" in this atmospheric noir directed by Byron Haskin.
Cast
Cast
Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy, Kristine Miller, Barry Kelley
Director
Director
Byron Haskin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas
Rent Portrait in Black on DVD Portrait in Black
Synopsis
In love with her invalid husband's physician (Anthony Quinn), beautiful Sheila Cabot (Lana Turner) persuades him to murder her rich spouse in this glossy thriller. Believing they've committed the perfect crime, the lovers are shocked when an anonymous missive turns up congratulating them on the killing -- and soon Sheila and David have more blood on their hands. Will a guilty conscience drive one of them to turn on the other?
Cast
Cast
Lloyd Nolan, Constance Bennett, Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Keir Dullea, Sandra Dee, John Saxon, Virginia Grey, Anthony Quinn, Anna May Wong, Ricardo Montalban, Richard Basehart, Burgess Meredith, Ray Walston
Director
Director
Michael Gordon, David Lowell Rich
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers
Rent The Street with No Name on DVD The Street with No Name
Synopsis
A furious crime boss seeks revenge on an undercover FBI agent in this noir crime drama. Assigned to infiltrate a gang, Agent Cordell (Mark Stevens) gains the confidence of gang leader Stiles (Richard Widmark), helps the gang plan a robbery, then informs the FBI of the details. When an informant tells Stiles there's a mole in his gang, the mob boss decides to kill the undercover agent during the hold-up. Barbara Lawrence and Lloyd Nolan co-star.
Cast
Cast
Mark Stevens, Richard Widmark, Lloyd Nolan, Barbara Lawrence, Ed Begley, Donald Buka, Joseph Pevney, John McIntire, Walter Greaza, Howard Smith
Director
Director
William Keighley
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir, Crime Thrillers
Rent Hitchcock: Blackmail and Easy Virtue on DVD Hitchcock: Blackmail and Easy Virtue
Synopsis
Two early films from the Master of Suspense populate this compilation disc. In Blackmail (1929) -- the director's first talkie -- the illicit tryst of a young woman (Anny Ondra) leads to a sexual assault, blackmail and, eventually, murder. The silent melodrama Easy Virtue (1927) chronicles the life of a young divorcée (Isabel Jeans) who tries to start over in France with a new name but finds she can't escape the taint of scandal.
Cast
Cast
Anny Ondra, Franklin Dyall, Sara Allgood, Isabel Jeans, Charles Paton, Ian Hunter, John Longden, Donald Calthrop, Robin Irvine, Violet Farebrother, Cyril Ritchard, Eric Bransby Williams, Hannah Jones, Frank Elliott, Harvey Braban, Darcia Deane, Dorothy Boyd, Enid Stamp-Taylor
Director
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Film Noir, Mystery, Suspense
Rent A Blueprint for Murder on DVD A Blueprint for Murder
Synopsis
There's no doubt that Lynne (Jean Peters) is beautiful, but could she also be deadly? This is the question her devoted brother-in-law Whitney (Joseph Cotten) must ask himself when first Lynne's husband (Whitney's brother) then her stepdaughter die mysteriously. Torn between love and suspicion, Whitney must act quickly to prevent more killings in this noir chiller from Andrew L. Stone co-starring Gary Merrill and Catherine McLeod.
Cast
Cast
Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill, Catherine McLeod, Jack Kruschen, Barney Phillips, Mae Marsh, Harry Carter, Jonathan Hole
Director
Director
Andrew L. Stone
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Mystery
Rent They Live by Night / Side Street on DVD They Live by Night / Side Street
Synopsis
Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell share the screen in these two crime capers set in New York City. In They Live By Night (based on Edward Anderson's <i>Thieves Like Us</i>), the pair, known as Bowie and Keechie, is a precursor to Bonnie and Clyde as they run from the law. In Side Street, a postman (Granger) steals money to help care for his pregnant wife (O'Donnell), but his petty crime snowballs into a matter of life and death.
Cast
Cast
Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, James Craig, Paul Kelly, Jean Hagen, Paul Harvey
Director
Director
Nicholas Ray, Anthony Mann
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Film Noir, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
Rent Ministry of Fear on DVD Ministry of Fear
Synopsis
En route to London after being released from a mental institution, Stephen Neale stops at a seemingly innocent village fair, after which he finds himself caught in the web of a sinister underworld with possible Nazi connections.
Cast
Cast
Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke, Percy Waram, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier, Erskine Sanford
Director
Director
Fritz Lang
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Espionage Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Where Danger Lives / Tension on DVD Where Danger Lives / Tension
Synopsis
Familiar Hollywood faces such as Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue and Richard Basehart fill the screen in this double feature of classic film noirs from 1950 -- Where Danger Lives and Tension. In Where Danger Lives, a doctor (Mitchum) finds himself falling for a suicidal patient (Domergue) whose husband doesn't deserve her. Then, in Tension, a woman's infidelities drive a mild-mannered shopkeeper (Basehart) to concoct a heinous murder plot.
Cast
Cast
Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Claude Rains, Maureen O'Sullivan, Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan, William Conrad
Director
Director
John Farrow, John Berry
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers
Rent Black Widow on DVD Black Widow
Synopsis
With his wife out of town, Broadway producer Peter Denver (Van Heflin) lets the naive young Nanny Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner) stay in his luxurious penthouse apartment. When the girl turns up dead, Peter becomes a prime suspect and must find a way to clear his name. Ginger Rogers co-stars as Lottie Marin, a high-maintenance Broadway actress whose husband (Reginald Gardiner) was also involved with the victim.
Cast
Cast
Peggy Ann Garner, Van Heflin, George Raft, Gene Tierney, Ginger Rogers
Director
Director
Nunnally Johnson
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Showbiz Dramas, Classic Dramas
Rent Impact on DVD Impact
Synopsis
In Arthur Lubin's noir classic, Irene Williams plots with her lover, Jim, to stage a car accident to kill her husband, Walter. But the plan backfires, killing Jim, landing Irene in jail, and allowing the presumed dead Walter to start a new life.
Cast
Cast
Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Tony Barrett, Helen Walker, Anna May Wong, Robert Warwick, Clarence Kolb, Art Baker, William Wright, Mae Marsh, Sheilah Graham, Philip Ahn, Glen Vernon, Linda Leighton
Director
Director
Arthur Lubin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Film Noir, Mystery, Suspense
Rent House of Bamboo on DVD House of Bamboo
Synopsis
Filmed in Japan and featuring stunning photography, Sam Fuller's 1955 crime noir tells the story of Eddie Kenner (Robert Stack), a U.S. army operative sent to Tokyo to investigate ex-soldier Sandy Dawson (Robert Ryan). Working undercover, Kenner must gain the trust of Dawson, who now heads a gang that's robbed several ammunition trains. Mariko (Shirley Yamaguchi), the secret wife of a dead American soldier, comes forward to help Kenner.
Cast
Cast
Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi, Cameron Mitchell, Brad Dexter, Sessue Hayakawa, Biff Elliot, Sandro Giglio, Elko Hanabusa, Bob Okazaki
Director
Director
Samuel Fuller
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Film Noir
Rent Odd Man Out on DVD Odd Man Out
Synopsis
Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed's psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks refuge throughout the city, while the woman he loves (Kathleen Ryan) searches for him among the shadows.
Cast
Cast
James Mason, Robert Newton, Dan O'Herlihy
Director
Director
Carol Reed
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers, Crime Dramas, The Criterion Collection
Rent Hangover Square on DVD Hangover Square
Synopsis
Struggling composer George Harvey Bone (Laird Cregar) falls for Netta (Linda Darnell), a scheming dance hall singer who wants to steal his newest song. When he discovers her selfish motives, Bone flies into a rage and kills her in this classic thriller. But Bone has no memory of the crime: So dedicated is he to his craft that discordant sounds make him black out, and he doesn't realize that he's capable of such monstrous violence.
Cast
Cast
Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan, Faye Marlowe, Alan Napier
Director
Director
John Brahm
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers
Rent The Maltese Falcon / Satan Met a Lady on DVD The Maltese Falcon / Satan Met a Lady
Synopsis
Mystery abounds in the first two film adaptations of Dashiell Hammett's classic novel. In 1931's The Maltese Falcon, detective Sam Spade (Ricardo Cortez) investigates the link between his partner's murder and the search for a jewel-encrusted falcon statue. Bebe Daniels co-stars as femme fatale Ruth Wonderly. 1936's loose variation Satan Met a Lady features Ted Shayne (Warren William) and Valerie Purvis (Bette Davis) hunting an antique ram's horn.
Cast
Cast
Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel, William Dieterle, Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, Arthur Treacher
Director
Director
Roy Del Ruth
Genres
Genres
Classics, Dramas Based on the Book, Classic Dramas, Film Noir, Mystery, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
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Synopsis
Wall Street lawyer Joe Morse (John Garfield) is torn between protecting his brother's (Thomas Gomez) livelihood and capitalizing on a profitable business venture when he joins forces with a scheming gangster (Roy Roberts) who wants to steamroll the city's small-scale racketeers. The force of temptation is strong, but is it powerful enough to trump family ties? Abraham Polonsky directs this black-and-white film noir classic.
Cast
Cast
John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain, Roy Roberts, Paul Fix, Stanley Prager, Barry Kelley, Paul McVey, Beatrice Pearson
Director
Director
Abraham Polonsky
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas, Mobster
Rent Deadline U.S.A. on DVD Deadline U.S.A.
Synopsis
Screen legend Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca) stars as a fictional newspaper editor Ed Hutcheson of "The Day", which will be folding in three days. Even though he and his staff will be out of work within days, he intends to expose the criminal activities of vicious crime boss Tomas Rienzi (Martin Gabel, The Thief). An abundance of subplots are expertly woven together by legendary screenwriter/director Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry) in Deadline -- U.S.A.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley, Warren Stevens, Paul Stewart, Martin Gabel
Director
Director
Richard Brooks
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir
Rent Illegal / The Big Steal on DVD Illegal / The Big Steal
Synopsis
Classic Hollywood stars Edward G. Robinson and Robert Mitchum headline a pair of pitch-black noir thrillers from the 1940s and '50s -- Lewis Allen's Illegal and Don Siegel's The Big Steal. In the first film, Robinson plays a retired district attorney who agrees to help a mob boss get his buddy out of a jam. Then, in The Big Steal, Mitchum sets out to clear his name in a crime he didn't commit, with help from the guilty man's girl (Jane Greer).
Cast
Cast
Edward G. Robinson, DeForest Kelley, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Patric Knowles
Director
Director
Lewis Allen, Don Siegel
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Thrillers
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