Recently my fondness of film noir has grown from a passing interest to a full fledge hunger to seek out the best of the best, and subsequently in time view them all. Now considering there were literally hundreds of these made in a relatively sparse amount of time, sifting through to the cream of the crop and tracking them all down is obviously proving to be a bit of a chore.
For those unaware of what exactly constitutes a proper film Noir, they're usually considered to be highly stylized black and white American made crime drama's from the 40's and 50's. Generally gritty, blatantly sexual and most often fueled by murder, greed and deceit. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, and some wonderfully crafted foreign plays at the genre.
For reference, i'm posting a link to a list of 250 "Quintessential Noir Films".
So to the point, post your thoughts on and list your favorite film noir here. Whether it be the most notables, or an under looked gem. Foreign works such as Kurosawa's High and Low, Reed's Odd Man Out, The Third Man or the later efforts of Jean Pierre Mellville are welcome as well, but it would be best not to deviate too far from the main focus of the American Noir of the 40's and 50's.