“Film Noir: Reflections in a Dark Mirror” by Bruce Crowther

All the films listed in the index of my 1988 copy of Bruce Crowther’s Film Noir: Reflections in a Dark Mirror.

I was given Crowther’s book on my 17th birthday, in August 1988. The book, along with Danny Peary’s Guide for the Film Fanatic and various film noir seasons on BBC Two, contributed hugely to what became a life-long love of the genre. 

Note: the films are currently listed alphabetically, though at some point I might reorder them to align with the chapters.

Note (II): obviously, some of the films listed are not film noir movies (e.g. Gone With the Wind), but I’ve included them for context and for completion’s sake. 

Note (III): Yes, I’ve swapped round the first two films, purely because I want Ace in the Hole to be the header image.

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  • Ace in the Hole
  • The Accused
  • Act of Violence
  • After Hours
  • Against All Odds
  • Angel Face
  • Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Appointment with Danger
  • Armored Car Robbery
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • The Badlanders
  • The Beast of the City
  • La Bête Humaine
  • Beware, My Lovely
  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  • The Big Clock
  • The Big Combo
  • The Big Heat
  • The Big Knife
  • The Big Sleep
  • The Big Sleep
  • Black Angel
  • The Black Bird
  • Blackboard Jungle
  • Black Widow
  • Blood Simple
  • The Blue Dahlia
  • The Blue Gardenia
  • Blue Velvet
  • Body and Soul
  • Body Heat
  • Border Incident
  • Born to Kill
  • Brainstorm
  • The Brasher Doubloon
  • The Breaking Point
  • The Bribe
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • The Bride Wore Black
  • The Brothers Rico
  • Brute Force
  • Out of the Past
  • Bullet Scars
  • The Burglar
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Caged
  • Calcutta
  • Call Northside 777
  • Cape Fear
  • Caught
  • Champion
  • The Chase
  • Chicago Deadline
  • La Chienne
  • Chinatown
  • Christmas Holiday
  • Citizen Kane
  • City Streets
  • Conflict
  • Convicted
  • Coogan's Bluff
  • Cool Breeze
  • Cornered
  • Coup de Torchon
  • Crime of Passion
  • Criss Cross
  • The Crooked Way
  • Crossfire
  • Cry Danger
  • Cry of the City
  • The Damned Don't Cry
  • Dangerous Lady
  • Dark City
  • The Dark Corner
  • The Dark Mirror
  • Dark Passage
  • Dead End
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Deadline at Dawn
  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
  • Desperate
  • The Desperate Hours
  • Detective Story
  • Dirty Harry
  • D.O.A.
  • Dr. Socrates
  • Don't Bother to Knock
  • Double Indemnity
  • A Double Life
  • Dracula
  • The Falcon Takes Over
  • Fall Guy
  • Fallen Angel
  • The Family Rico
  • Murder, My Sweet
  • Farewell, My Lovely
  • 52 Pick-Up
  • The File on Thelma Jordon
  • Force of Evil
  • Framed