"D: Ridley Scott, 1982. Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer. The film's Cyberpunk themes of corporate dystopia along with the visual style of acid rain-filled streets, its retro-fitted future, and impending social violence hint at losses of individualism. "All those moments will be lost like tears in the rain. Time to die.""
"D: Michael Curtiz, 1942. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Conrad Veidt, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet. Casablanca has a level of hopelessness, but ends with regaining idealism via rite of passage. The end, while ultimately dissatisfying to protagonist's own immediate needs, hopes to better the world."
"D: John Huston, 1941. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet. While not being truly a film noir in theme, this is a very good film and possesses many similarities in style. A detective becomes wrapped up in a crime syndicate's plot to capture the statue of a falcon."
"D: Henry Hathaway, 1948. James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb. A newspaper journalist investigates the facts leading to a man's conviction and life imprisonment. The film belongs to the procedural sub-style of film noir."
"D: Henry Hathaway, 1947. Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Richard Widmark, Karl Malden. This first Widmark film made him famous for one scene in which he pushes an old lady confined to a wheelchair down a flight of stairs."
"D: Billy Wilder, 1944. Fred MacMurray, Barbara Sanwyck, Edward G. Robinson. One of the top three definitive noir films. An insurance salesman gets involved in a woman's plot to murder her husband for insurance money."
"D: Otto Preminger, 1950. Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Karl Malden. Despite the lead roles and director being the same, this film is exceptional despite Tierney's character being a throwaway. Again, Andrews plays a police detective."
"D: Nicholas Ray, 1952. Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond. An brutal, angry city police detective stops at nothing to get a suspect to talk. His later identification with a blind woman he meets (Lupino) changes and redeems him."
"D: Orson Welles, 1958. Charleton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich. The opening shot is famous. It takes a couple through the American-Mexican border and ends in a car bomb explosion. The take is several minutes long."
"D: Akira Kurosawa, 1949, Japanese, police procedural. Toshiro Mifune. When a Japanese policeman loses his gun and it becomes subsequently involved in other crimes, he'll do anything to get it back, to overturn his departmental shame and regain trust."
"D: Martin Scorsese, 1976, neo-noir. Robert De Niro, Cybil Shepard, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel. Scorsese's famous earlier film explores notions of anti-social behavior, hatred of the city, and creeping madness that somehow gets supported by society despite the psychosis."
"D: Warren Beatty, 1990, neo-noir. Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna. Despite wavering reviews, Dick Tracy is a lesson on the styles and themes of film noir. Madonna overturns her bad career with good acting here in the real central role that defines her as a tragic hero lost to gangland consumption."
"D: Preston Sturges, 1948. Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Valley. When a detective informs an orchestra conductor that his attractive wife is cheating on him, he plots to violently murder her and have it blamed on the other guy. (The film would have been even better if it had maintained its serious tone in the last third.)"
"D: Samuel Fuller, 1953. Richard Widmark, Jean Peters. A true masterpiece. The man to save America from the communists is a pickpocket whose only care is the money he stands to gain from the sale of a certain 35mm negative, but he'd take the hero reputation along with it, which is the same as the agent acting on behalf of the covert communist group."
"D: Jules Dassin, 1955. Dassin was blacklisted for five years until this film, and it's one of the best capers in the history of cinema. In it, we get to see criminals open up a jewelry safe with a can opener-like device."