The Films of L.A. Noire

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It’s no secret that Rockstar Games’ crime thriller L.A. Noire was inspired by many Noir films from the 1940s. The films of that era have a particular vibe about and an aura of coolness.

One of many L.A. Noire’s many connections to Film-Noir is the collectable film reels. Around Los Angeles, there are 50 golden film reels for the player to collect and each one of them has a title of an actual film that was made during the “Golden Age” of cinema.

Collecting the film reels made me check out some of the films and since the release of L.A. Noire, I have been watching Film-Noir. I hope that me listing all of the films that are golden film reels will get you watching a great genre of film.

All of the information about the films was found on IMDb.

 

Notorious

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains

Year of release: 1946

Notorious Poster
Notorious poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Double Indemnity

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Director: Billy Wilder

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

Year of release: 1944

Double Indemnity poster
Double Indemnity movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Body and Soul

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Director: Robert Rossen

Starring: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks

Year of release: 1947

Body and Soul movie poster
Body and Soul movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Detour

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Director: Edgar G. Ulmer

Starring: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake

Year of release: 1945

Detour movie poster
Detour movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Scarlet Street

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Director: Fritz Lang

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

Year of release: 1945

Scarlet Street poster
Scarlet Street movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Gun Crazy

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Director: Joseph H. Lewis

Starring: John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Berry Kroeger

Year of release: 1950

Gun Crazy poster
Gun Crazy movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

House of Bamboo

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Director: Samuel Fuller

Starring: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi

Year of release: 1955

House of Bamboo poster
House of Bamboo movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Pickup on South Street

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Director: Samuel Fuller

Starring: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter

Year of release: 1953

Pickup on South Street poster
Pickup on South Street movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Leave Her to Heaven

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Director: John M. Stahl

Starring: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain

Year of release: 1945

Leave her to Heaven poster
Leave her to Heaven movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Key Largo

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Director: John Huston

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall

Year of release: 1948

Key Largo poster
Key Largo movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Maltese Falcon

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Director:

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George

Year of release: 1941

The Maltese Falcon poster
The Maltese Falcon movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Big Heat

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Director: Fritz Lang

Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando

Year of release: 1953

The Big Heat poster
The Big Heat movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Angels with Dirty Faces

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Director: Michael Curtiz

Starring: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart

Year of release: 1938

Angels with Dirty faces poster
Angels with Dirty Faces movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Strangers on a Train

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman

Year of release: 1951

Strangers on a Train poster
Strangers on a Train movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Asphalt Jungle

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Director: John Huston

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen

Year of release: 1950

The Asphalt Jungle poster
The Asphalt Jungle movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Touch of Evil

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Director: Orson Welles

Starring: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh

Year of release: 1958

Touch of Evil poster
Touch of Evil movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Out of the Past

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Director: Jacques Tourneur

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas

Year of release: 1947

Out of the Past poster
Out of the Past movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Big Carnival (aka – Ace in the Hole)

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Director: Billy Wilder

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur

Year of release: 1951

The Big Carnival movie poster
The Big Carnival movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Mildred Pierce

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Director: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott

Year of release: 1945

Mildred Pierce poster
Mildred Pierce movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

This Gun for Hire

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Director: Frank Tuttle

Starring: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston

Year of release: 1942

This Gun for Hire
This Gun for Hire movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Sweet Smell of Success

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Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison

Year of release: 1957

Sweet Smell of Success
Sweet Smell of Success movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Rififi

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Director: Jules Dassin

Starring: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel

Year of release: 1955

Rififi movie poster
Rififi movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Murder, My Sweet

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Director: Edward Dmytryk

Starring: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley

Year of release: 1944

Murder My Sweet Poster
Murder, My Sweet movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Night and the City

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Director: Jules Dassin

Starring: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers

Year of release: 1950

Night and the City poster
Night and the City movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Big Clock

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Director: John Farrow

Starring: Ray Milland, Maureen O’Sullivan, Charles Laughton

Year of release: 1948

The Big Clock poster
The Big Clock movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Naked City

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Director: Jules Dassin

Starring: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart

Year of release: 1948

The Naked City poster
The Naked City movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Shadow of a Doubt

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey

Year of release: 1943

Shadow of a Doubt poster
Shadow of a Doubt movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Killing

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Director: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

Year of release: 1956

The Killing poster
The Killing movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Set-Up

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Director: Robert Wise

Starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias

Year of release: 1949

The Set Up poster
The Set-Up poster movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Laura

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Director: Otto Preminger

Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb

Year of release: 1944

Laura poster
Laura movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Third Man

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Director: Carol Reed

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli

Year of release: 1949

The Third Man poster
The Third Man movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Lady from Shanghai

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Director: Orson Welles

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane

Year of release: 1947

The Lady from Shanghai
The Lady from Shanghai movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Killers

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Director: Robert Siodmak

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edward O’Brien

Year of release: 1946

The Killers poster
The Killers movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

M

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Director: Joseph Losey

Starring: David Wayne, Howard da Silva, Martin Gabel

Year of release: 1951

M movie poster
M movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Crossfire

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Director: Edward Dmytryk

Starring: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan

Year of release: 1947

Crossfire poster
Crossfire movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Thieves’ Highway

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Director: Jules Dassin

Starring: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb

Year of release: 1949

Thieves Highway poster
Thieves’ Highway movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

White Heat

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Director: Raoul Walsh

Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien

Year of release: 1949

White Heat poster
White Heat movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Narrow Margin

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Director: Richard Fleischer

Starring: Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White

Year of release: 1952

The Narrow Margin poster
The Narrow Margin movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Sunset Boulevard

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Director: Billy Wilder

Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim

Year of release: 1950

Sunset Boulevard poster
Sunset Boulevard movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

 

The Woman in the Window

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Director: Fritz Lang

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey

Year of release: 1944

The Woman in the Window poster
The Woman in the Window movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Spiral Staircase

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Director: Robert Siodmak

Starring: Dorothy Mcguire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore

Year of release: 1946

The Spiral Staircase poster
The Spiral Staircase movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Night of the Hunter

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Director: Charles Laughton

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters Lillian Gish

Year of release: 1955

The Night of the Hunter
The Night of the Hunter movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Odd Man Out

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Director: Carol Reed

Starring: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack

Year of release: 1947

Odd Man Out poster
Odd Man Out movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

In a Lonely Place

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Director: Nicholas Ray

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame Frank Lovejoy

Year of release: 1950

In a Lonely Place
In a Lonely Place movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Gilda

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Director: Charles Vidor

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready

Year of release: 1946

Gilda poster
Gilda movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Where the Sidewalk Ends

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Director: Otto Preminger

Starring: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill

Year of release: 1950

Where the Sidewalk Ends poster
Where the Sidewalk Ends movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Nightmare Alley

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Director: Edmund Goulding

Starring: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray

Year of release: 1947

Nightmare Alley poster
Nightmare Alley movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Brute Force

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Director: Jules Dassin

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford

Year of release: 1947

Brute Force poster
Brute Force movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Letter

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Director: William Wyler

Starring: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson

Year of release: 1940

The Letter poster
The Letter movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

The Big Sleep

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Director: Howard Hawks

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely

Year of release: 1946

The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep movie poster. Image Source: IMDb

 

Which one of these films is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

This huge L.A. Noire post was something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now but I’m very happy that I finally got around to doing it. I enjoyed putting this together and I hope you enjoy this piece. Give me your feedback in the comments or tell me on Twitter – @ThatGreenDude95


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