American Film Noir

Woolrich, Cornell

Street Of Chance   1942

Phantom Lady  (as William Irish)  1944

Black Angel    1946

Chase, The    1946

Deadline At Dawn   1946

Fear In The Night   1947

Guilty, The    1947

I Wouldn’t Be In Your Shoes  1948

Night Has A Thousand Eyes  1948

Window, The   1949

Nightmare   1956


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Martin, Don

Pretender, The   1947

Shed No Tears   1948

Shakedown   1950

Destination Murder   1950

Confession   1955

Double Jeopardy   1955

No Man’s Woman   1955

Man Is Armed, The  1956


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Stone, Andrew L.

Highway 301    1950

Steel Trap, The   1952

Blueprint For Murder   1953

Night Holds Terror, The   1955

Julie     1956

Cry Terror   1958


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Fisher, Steve

I Wake Up Screaming  1941

Hunted, The 1948

City That Never Sleeps   1953

Terror Street¹   1953

Hell’s Half Acre   1954


Zuckerman, George

Whispering City¹   1947

Border Incident   1949

Trapped¹   1949

Tattered Dress, The   1950

99 River Street   1953


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Chandler, Raymond

Murder My Sweet   1944

Blue Dahlia, The   1946

Big Sleep, The   1947

Lady In The Lake   1947


Goodis, David,

Unfaithful, The¹  1947

Dark Passage    1947

Burglar, The    1957

Nightfall    1957


McGivern, William P.

Big Heat, The    1953

Rogue Cop    1954

Shield For Murder   1954

Odds Against Tomorrow   1959


Sackheim, William

Smart Girls Don’t Talk  1948

Homicide    1949

Forbidden    1953

Chicago Syndicate  1955


Spillane, Mickey

Kiss Me Deadly   1950

I, The Jury 1953

Long Wait, The 1954

My Gun Is Quick   1957


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Adams, Gerald  D.

Dead Reckoning¹   1947

Between Midnight And Dawn¹  1950

His Kind Of Woman   1951


Brooks, Richard

Crossfire   1947

Storm Warning¹   1951

Deadline U.S.A.   1952


Cain, James M.

Double Indemnity   1944

Mildred Pierce   1945

Postman Always Rings Twice, The 1946


Dratler, Jay

Pitfall     1948

Impact    1949

Las Vegas Story   1951


Erskine, Chester

Angel Face    1953

Split Second¹    1953

Witness To Murder    1954


Hughes, Dorothy B.

Fallen Sparrow, The   1943

Ride The Pink Horse   1947

In A Lonely Place   1951


Mainwaring, Daniel

Out Of The Past   1947

Roadblock¹    1951

Phenix City Story, The¹  1955


Marcus, Larry

Backfire    1950

Dark City    1950

Cause For Alarm   1951


Rackin, Martin

Riffraff    1947

Enforcer, The    1951

Loan Shark    1952


Rosten, Leo

Dark Corner,  1946

Sleep My Love   1948

Where Danger Lives   1950


Sale, Richard

This Side Of The Law  1950

Suddenly    1954

Over-Exposed¹   1956


Walker, Gertude

Silent Partner   1944

Railroaded    1947

Damned Don’t Cry, The   1950


White, Lionel

Killing, The    1956

Big Caper, The   1957

Money Trap, The   1966


Wilbur, Crane

Amazing Mr. X, The   1948

He Walked By Night   1948

Phenix City Story, The¹   1955


Young, Collier

Act Of Violence   1948

Hitch-Hiker, The¹   1953

Private Hell 36¹   1954


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Anderson, Maxwell

Key Largo    1948

Wrong Man, The  1956


Angus, Robert

Armored Car Robbery¹  1950

Time Table 1956


Boehm, Sydney

Side Street   1950

Black Tuesday   1954


Booth, Charles G.

Johnny Angel    1945

Behind Green Lights¹  1946


Bricker, George

Mexican Manhunt   1953

Loophole¹    1954


Brown, Rowland

Nocturne¹    1946

Kansas City Confidential¹  1952


Burnett, W.R.

High Sierra    1941

Asphalt Jungle, The   1950


Caspary, Vera

Laura     1944

Blue Gardenia, The   1953


Chambers, Whitman

Blond Ice   1948

Come On, The   1956


Duff, Warren

Dangerous Profession, A¹   1949

Appointment With Danger¹   1951


Eisinger, Jo

Sleeping City, The   1950

Crime Of Passion   1957


Endore, Guy

Whirlpool    1949

Tomorrow Is Another Day   1951


George, George W.

Bodyguard¹    1949

Woman On Pier 13, The¹  1951


Gielgud, Irwin    

Abandoned    1949

I Was A Shoplifter   1950


Giler, Berne

No Questions Asked   1951

Affair In Trinidad   1952


Goldsmith, Martin

Detour     1945

Narrow Margin, The¹   1951


Greene, Clarence

D.O.A.¹    1953

Wicked Woman¹    1953


Greene, Graham

This Gun For Hire   1942

Ministry Of Fear   1944


Grant, James E.

Johnny Eager    1942

Johnny Allegro    1949


Gunn, James

Born To Kill     1947

Unfaithful, The¹   1947


Hawkins, John

Crime Wave¹    1954

Killer Is Loose, The¹   1956


Hemingway, Ernest

Killers, The    1946

Breaking Point, The   1950

(Based on To Have and Have Not)


Huggins, Roy

I Love Trouble   1948

Too Late For Tears   1949


Elman, Irving

Backlash    1947

Crimson Key, The  1947


Finney, Jack

New York Confidential¹  1955

Chicago Confidential¹   1957


Fuchs, Daniel

Gangster, The    1947

Storm Warning¹   1951


Fuller, Samuel

Scandal Sheet    1952

Shockproof    1949


Hammett, Dashiell

Maltese Falcon, The   1941

Glass Key, The   1942


Hampton, Orville

New Orleans Uncensored  1955

Cage Of Evil¹    1960


Helseth, Henry E.

Cry Of The City   1949

Outside The Wall 1950


Holland, Marty

Fallen Angel, The 1945

File On Thelma Jordan, The  1950


Katcher, Leo

Between Midnight And Dawn¹  1950

Naked Street, The   1955


Kellogg, Virginia

T-Men     1947

White Heat    1949


Kent, Robert E.

Assigned To Danger  1948

Houston Story, The   1956


King, Hugh

Threat, The    1949

Dial 1119¹    1950


Lait, Jack

New York Confidential¹   1955

Chicago Confidential¹   1957


Leonard, Jack

Cry Of The Hunted¹   1953

Secret Fury, The¹   1950


McCoy, Horace

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye  1950

Turning Point, The   1952


McDonell, Gordon

Shadow Of A Doubt   1943

They Won’t Believe Me  1947


McGuire, Don

Dial 1119¹       1950

Double Deal   1950


Mann, Anthony

Follow Me Quietly¹    1949

Desperate¹     1947


Masterson, Whit

Cry In The Night   1956

Touch Of Evil    1958


Mortimer, Lee¹

New York Confidential  1955

Chicago Confidential   1957


Nablo, James

Drive A Crooked Road 1954

Bullet For Joey, A   1955


Odlum,  James

Cover Up¹    1949

Never Trust A Gambler   1951


Patrick, John

Strange Love Of Martha Ivers, The 1946

Framed    1947


Pagano, Jo

Sound Of Fury, The   1950

Murder Without Tears   1953


Rivkin, Allen

Strip, The   1951

Girls On The Loose¹   1958


Rosenwald, Francis

Follow Me Quietly¹   1949

Undercover Girl¹   1950


Rouse, Russell

D.O.A.¹  1950

Wicked Woman¹  1953


Trumbo, Dalton

Jealousy    1945

Gun Crazy¹    1950


Ullman, Daniel B.

Under The Gun   1951

Sudden Danger  1955


Wald, Malvin

Behind Locked Doors   1948

Naked City, The   1948


Wallis, J.H.

Woman In The Window  1944

Strange Bargain   1949


Walsh, Thomas

Union Station   1951

Pushover¹    1954


Wilhelm, Hans

Once A Thief¹   1950

Prowler, The¹    1951


Wisberg, Aubrey

Treasure Of Monte Cristo¹   1949

Murder Is My Beat¹   1955


Yordan, Philip

Suspense   1946

Big Combo, The   1954


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Abel, Robert

Breakdown    1952


Abrams, Leon

Missing Juror, The¹    1944


Altimus, Henry

Man In The Dark¹   1953


Altman, Robert

Bodyguard¹     1949


Ambler, Eric

Mask Of Dimitrios, The   1944


Anderson, Edward

They Live By Night   1949






Anderson, U.S.

Highway Dragnet¹  1954


Andrews, Robert H.

Undercover Girl¹    1950


Anhalt, Edna

Sniper, The¹     1952


Anhalt, Edward

Sniper, The    1952


Anthelme, Paul

I Confess    1951


Armstrong, Arnold B.

Raw Deal¹    1948


Armstrong, Charlotte

Unsuspected, The   1947


Ashley, Audrey

Raw Deal¹     1948


Atlas, Dorothy¹

Desperate    1947


Atwater, Gladys

Naked Alibi, The¹  1955


Babcock, Dwight

Loophole¹     1954


Bachmann, Lawrence

Shadow On The Wall   1950


Baerwitz, Sam

I Cheated the Law   1949


Ballinger, Bill S.

Pushover¹     1954


Baron, Allen

Blast Of Silence   1961


Barry, Don

Red Light    1949


Baum, Vicki

Woman’s Secret, A   1949


Bengal, Ben

Illegal Entry¹     1949


Bennett, Charles

No Escape    1953


Bentley, Micolas

Deadly Game   1954


Bezzerides, A.I.

Thieve’s Highway   1949


Biddell, Sidney

Dead Reckoning¹    1947


Blum, Edwin

Midnight Story, The¹   1957


Bodeen, DeWitt

7th Victim, The¹    1943


Borowsky, Marvin

Somewhere In The Night  1946


Brady, Frederick

Hollywood Story¹    1951


Brady, Leo

Edge Of Doom   1950


Breen, Richard

Appointment With Danger¹   1951


Bren, J. Robertt

Naked Alibi,  The¹   1955


Brestow, Lou

Crooked Web, The  1955


Bricekr, George

Cry Vengeance  1954


Brown, Bert C.

Southside 1-1000¹    1950


Brown, Frederic

Crack Up 1946


Buffum, Ray

Playgirl    1954


Burr, Jane

Arnelo Affair, The   1947


Burt, Frank

Chinatown At Midnight¹   1949


Butler, Gerald

On Dangerous Ground  1952


Butler, John K.

Terror At Midnight¹    1956


Cady, Jerome

Cry Danger    1951


Canfield, Alyce

Models Inc.    1952


Cacaulay, Richard

Good Die Young, The    1954


Chamberlain, George A.

Red House, The   1947


Chantler, David T.

Please Murder Me¹    1956


Charney, Jack

Plunder Road¹   1957


Charteris, Leslie

Lady On A Train   1945


Chase, Borden

Great Jewel Robber   1950


Chester, Hal E.

Crashout¹    1955


Clark, Alan R.

High Wall, ¹    1947


Cole, Roal K.

Parole Inc.¹    1948


Collins, Frank J.

Illegal     1955


Considine, Robert

Hoodlum Empire   1952


Cormack, Bartlett

Racket, The    1951


Corman, Roger

Highway Dragnet¹    1954


Dallinger, Nat

Shakedown¹     1950


Daplyn, James

Fake, The   1953


Darling, Scott

Behind Green Lights¹   1946


Davis, Maurice

Race Street    1948


DeMond, Albert

Shock     1946


Deutsch, Helen

Shockproof¹     1949


Doniger, Walter

Steel Jungle    1956


Douglas, Warren

Cry Vengeance¹   1954


Dunning, Decla

Crime Against Joe   1956


Dupont, Ewald A.

Please Murder Me¹    1956


DuSoe, Robert C.

Devil Thumbs A Ride, The  1947


Eby, Lois

Larceny¹   1948

Echard, Margaret

Lightning Strikes Twice  1951


Ehrlich, Max

Glass Web, The   1953


Einstein, Charles

While The City Sleeps  1956


Ellington, E. A.

Gilda     1947


English, Richard   

711 Ocean Drive¹    1950


Eon, Andre Mouezy

Scarlet Street¹     1945


Erikson, Paul

Killer Her Gently   1957


Fearing, Kenneth

Big Clock, The   1948


Felton, Earl

Trapped¹   1949


Fenton, Frank

Nocturne¹     1946


Field, Gustave

Flight To Hong Kong   1956


Field, Martin

Murder Is My Beat¹    1955


Findley, Ferguson

Mob, The    1951


Fleming, John

Larceny¹   1948


Fletcher, Lucille

Sorry, Wrong Number  1948


Foote, Bradbury

High Wall, ¹    1947


Forbes, Murray

Scar, The      1948


Foreman, Carl

Clay Pigeon    1949


Foster, Lewis R.

Crashout¹    1955


Francis, Owen

They Made Me A Killer  1946


Frank, Paul

Invisible Wall ¹


Franklyn, Irwin

Lady Confesses, The   1945


Freeman, Devery

Borderline    1950


Friedman, Alan

Girls On The Loose¹    1958


Froeschel, George

Unknown Man,  The¹     1951


Gallico, Paul

Big Operator, The   1959


Gelsey, Erwin

Gambling House     1950


Gibney, Sheridan

Locket, The    1946


Girard, Bernard

Waterfront At Midnight  1948


Goldsmith, Isadore

Scarf, The¹     1951


Goldsmith, L.S.

Manhandled    1949


Gordon, Gordon

Down Three Dark Streets¹    1954


Gordon, Mildred

Down Three Dark Streets¹   1954


Grafton, Edith

System, The¹    1953


Grafton, Samuel

System, The¹      1953


Graham, Winston

She Played  With Fire   1957


Grant, James Edward

Two Of A Kind   1951


Green,  Clearence

D.O.A.¹    1950


Greene, Harold

Kansas City Confidential¹   1952


Green, Harold J.

Invisible Wall, The ¹


Grubb, Davis

Night Of The Hunter   1955


Gruber, Frank

Man In The Vault   1956


Hawkins, Ward

Killer Is Loose, The¹    1956

Crime Wave¹     1954


Hayes, Joseph

Desperate Hours, The   1955


Herman, Lewis¹

Strange Impersonation 1946


Hicks, Edwin P.

Hot Summer Night    1957


Higgins, John C.

Border Incident   1949


Highsmith, Patricia

Strangers On A Train   1951


Hill, Robert

Female On The Beach  1955


Hoag, Doane R.

Count The Hours   1953


Holding, Elisabeth S.

Reckless Moment, The 1949


Holmes, Milton

Johnny O’Clock   1947


Hormon, Arthur T.

Undertow 1949


Hughes, Ken

Heat Wave*    1953


Hughes, Rupert

F.B.I Girl    1951


Hyland. Dick I.

Price Of Fear, The   1956


Johnston, Alva

End Of The Road   1944


Jordan, Henry

Johnny Stool Pigeon   1949


Joseph, Robert L.

Hitch-Hiker, The¹    1953


Josephy, Alvin M.

Captive City, The¹   1952


Kaiser, Burt

Female Jungle    1955


Kamb, Karl

Captive City, The¹   1952


Kane, Frank

Key Witness 1960  


Kantor, Leonard

Tight Spot    1955


Kantor, MacKinlay

Gun Crazy¹    1950


Kersh, Gerald

Night And The City 1950


Kesler, Henry S.

5 Steps To Danger   1957


Kimble, Lawrence

One Way Street   1950


King, Sherwood

Lady From Shanghai, The  1947


Kingsley, Sidney

Detective Story   1951


Kleiner, Harry

Street With No Name   1948


Kline, Herbert

Illegal Entry¹     1949







Klorer, John D.

Tension    1949


Krohner, Frederick

Hollywood Story¹    1951


Kubrick, Stanley

Killer’s Kiss     1955


Kurnitz, Harry

Web, The    1947


La Fouchariere, G. de La

Scarlet Street¹     1945


Landau, Richard

Roadblock¹     1951


Lang, David

Flaxy Martin    1949


Lardner, John

Finger Man¹     1955


Lantz, Louis

Violence¹    1947


Leeds, Robert

Armored Car Robbery¹   1950


Lees, Hannah

Shadow On The Wall ¹   1950


Lennox, Michael

Whispering City¹    1947


Leonard, Jack

Narrow Margin, The   1951


Lewis, Harry

Incident  1948


Libott, Robert

Chinatown At Midnight¹   1949


Lipsius, Morris

Finger Man¹     1955


Lipsky, Eleazar

Kiss Of Death    1947


Littleton, Scott

Night Editor    1946


Loos, Mary

Over-Exposed¹    1956


Lord, Mindret

Big Bluff,The    1955


Lowe, Sherman L.

Parole Inc.¹     1948


Lupino, Ida

Private Hell 36¹    1954


MacDonald, John D.

Cape Fear    1962


Mackie, Philip

Whole Truth, The  1958


March, Joseph M.

Set-Up, The    1949


Margaret, Gruen

Road House    1948


Martin, Al

Money Madness   1948


Miller, H. William

Guilty Bystander¹    1950


Martin, John Bartlow

Scene Of The Crime   1949


Maugham, W.  Somerset  

Letter, The   1940


McCune, Hank

Life At Stake, A   1954


McPartland, John

Johnny Cool    1963


Michaels, Pat

True Story Of Lynn Stuart, The  1958


Millar, Ronald

Unknown Man,  The¹    1951


Miller, David

Twist Of Fate¹    1954


Miller, Seton I.

Man Who Cheated Himself,   1950


Millhauser, Berrtam

Walk A Crooked Mile  1948


Moll, Elick

Night Without Sleep¹    1953


Monroe, Robert

Crooked Way,  The   1949


Moore, Dan T.

Illegal Entry¹     1949


Morrow, Douglas

Beyond Reasonable Doubt  1956


Morse, Carlton E.

I Love A Mystery   1945


Moscov, George

When Strangers Marry   1944


Murray, Bert

Port Of New York¹    1949


Myton, Fred

Apology For Murder   1945


Nebel, Frederic

Bribe, The    1949


Neuman, Sam

Hoodlum,The¹    1951


Neumann, Alfred

Conflict¹     1945


Nielsen, Helen

Blackout*    1954


Nystrom, Carl

Twist Of Fate¹    1954


O’Hanlon, James

Secret Fury, The   1950


O’Keefe, Dennis

Cover Up¹     1949


O’Neal, Charles

7th Victim, The¹    1943


Orloff, Arthur

Hell Bound    1957


Oursler, Fulton

Boomerang    1947


Partos, Frank

Stranger On The Third Floor  1940


Patterson, Robert

Brute Force    1947


Paxton, John

Pickup Alley    1957


Phillips, Herbert O.

Hit and Run     1957


Phillips, Judson

Appointment With A Shadow   1957


Pollexfen, Jack  

Treasure Of Monte Cristo¹    1949


Polimer, Richard K.

Behind The High Wall¹   1956


Pozner, Vladimir

Dark Mirror, The    1946


Presnell Sr., Robert

For You I Die    1947


Rackin, Martin

Dangerous Profession, A¹   1949


Raison, Dorothy

Girls On The Loose¹    1958


Raison, Milton

Southside 1-1000¹    1950


Rapf, Mathew

Sellout, The    1952


Raynor, Bill

Without Warning   1952


Reeves, Theodore

I Walk Alone    1948


Reid, Ed¹

Case Against Brooklyn, The   1958


Reisman Jr., Phil

Tattooed Stranger, The  1950


Rice, Craig

Underworld Story 1950


Richards,  Robert L.

Last Crooked Mile, The  1946


Richards, Alexander

Cage Of Evil¹     1960


Ritch, Steven

Plunder Road¹   1957


Robinson, John

Midnight Story, The¹   1957


Rolfe, E.A.

Scarf, The¹     1951


Romano, Dean

Angel’s Flight   1965


Ross, Arthure

Port Of New York¹    1949


Ross, Sam

He Ran All The Way   1951


Rubin, Stanley

Violence   1947¹


Sarafian, Richard C.

Man Who Died Twice, The 1958


Saul, Oscar¹

Road House    1948


Scott, DeVallon

Hunt The Man Down   1950


Seeley, Clinton

Storm Fear    1955


Seff, Manuel

Unmasked¹   1950


Sherry, Edna

Sudden Fear   1952


Shiffrin, A.B.

Cry Murder    1950


Shulman, Irving

Terror At Midnight¹   1956


Silliphant, Stirling

Lineup, The    1958


Simcoe, Ben

Murder By Contract   1958


Simenon, Georges

Brothers Rico, The   1957


Siodmak, Robert

Conflict¹     1945


Slavin, George F.

Woman On Pier 13, The¹   1951


Smith, Robert

Quicksand    1950


Sobell, Jack

Nora Prentiss¹     1947


Spigelgass, Leonard

Mystery Street   1950


Strauss, Theodore

Moonrise    1948


Stuart, William L.

Where The Sidewalk Ends  1950


Sullivan, Wallace

Behind The High Wall¹   1956


Swann, Francis

711 Ocean Drive¹    1950


Tanchuck, Nat

Hoodlum, The¹   1951


Tate, Sylvia

Woman On The Run   1950


Taylor, Dwight

Pickup On South Street  1953


Taylor, Lawrence

Lady Without Passport  1950


Thayer, Tiffany

Chicago Deadline   1949


Thoeren, Robert

Prowler, The¹     1951


Tors, Ivan

Below The Deadline   1946


Tracy, Don

Criss Cross    1949


Trivas, Victor

Stranger, The    1946


Truesdell, June

Accused, The    1949


Van Dycke, Tom

Man In The Dark¹    1953


Van Upp, Virginia

Affair In Trinidad¹


Verney, Anthony

Limping Man, The*   1953


von Harbou, Thea

M   1951


Wade, Robert A.

Guilty Bystander¹    1950


Wallace, Irving

Split Second¹     1953


Warwick, James

Dark Past, The   1948


Webb, James

Woman In Hiding   1950


Webster, Paul

Nora Prentiss¹     1947


Weiman, Rita

Possessed    1947


Westrate, Edwin V.

Shoot To Kill    1947


Wexley, John

Cornered 1945


White, Leslie T.

Vice Squad    1953


Whitfield, Raoul

High Tide    1947


Wigton, Anne

Strange Impersonation¹   1946


Wilkinson, Richard H.

Missing Juror, The¹    1944


Williams, Charles

3rd Voice, The    1960


Williams, Robert C.

Macao     1952


Wilson, Frank J.

Undercover Man, The  1949


Wolfe, Marion

Cry Of The Hunted¹    1953


Wolfert, Ira

Force Of Evil    1948


Yawitz, Paul

Unmasked¹   1950


Zekial, Marko

Once A Thief  1965


Zimm, Maurice

Jeopardy    1953


Zola, Emile

Human Desire    1954



Writers - original stories

Whether they wrote novels, pulp fiction or original screenplays, these were the stories that were fundamental for film noir.                                                                                                                                             ¹ Indicates co-writing credit


       

American Film Noir