Film Noir Assignment (HUM425)

By 2/26 I want everyone to have watched one “classic era” (1940-1959) film noir. Some possibilities are listed on the course information page. You could also consult Eddie Muller’s “Top 25 Noir Films.” Some of these titles are available streaming on Netflix (see below– you can also consult Netflix’s “Film Noir” category) , though other resources include the SFSU library and your local branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

Some streaming films noir from Netflix:

Detour (1945)

Scarlet Street (1945)

The Naked City (1948)

Impact (1949)

Dark City (1950)

Kansas City Confidential (1952)

A short list of films noir that I’ve enjoyed:


Double Indemnity



Out of the Past

Where the Sidewalk Ends


The Big Combo

The Big Sleep

The Postman Always Rings Twice


Strangers on a Train

Phantom Lady

Dead Reckoning

The Blue Dahlia

Force of Evil

Asphalt Jungle

The Maltese Falcon

Kiss Me Deadly

The Lady From Shanghai