List of Films Noir In US Library of Congress National Film Registry

Cat People (1942)

A reader has asked which American films noir have been inducted into the US Library of Congress National Film Registry.

I did a little digging and identified 26 Hollywood movies in the list that fall under the film noir umbrella.  There are 650 films in the list so the standard e&oe disclaimer applies.

 
Film Title Year of Release Year Inducted
Cat People 1942 1993
Detour 1945 1992
Double Indemnity 1944 1992
Force of Evil 1948 1994
Fury 1936 1995
Gilda 1946 2013
In a Lonely Place 1950 2007
Kiss Me Deadly 1955 1999
Laura 1944 1999
Mildred Pierce 1945 1996
Out of the Past 1947 1991
Sunset Boulevard 1950 1989
Sweet Smell of Success 1957 1993
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 2008
The Big Heat 1953 2011
The Big Sleep 1946 1997
The Hitch-Hiker 1953 1998
The Killers 1946 2008
The Lost Weekend 1945 2011
The Maltese Falcon 1941 1989
The Naked City 1948 2007
The Pawnbroker 1965 2008
The Thin Man 1934 1997
Touch of Evil 1958 1993
Vertigo 1958 1989
White Heat 1949 2003

3 thoughts on “List of Films Noir In US Library of Congress National Film Registry”

  1. A master class list of inclusions here, and one would be hard press to debate on any of these as genre worthy. Still, it can be argued with some degree of success that VERTIGO, a crossover, has been entered as a film noir. In addition CAT PEOPLE is too often generalized as a low-budget horror, though I never bought that. Several of the Lewton’s are fair game for noir inclusion, and the label is a persuasive one when applied to THE SEVENTH VICTIM. I guess we can agree that the list here isn’t big enough, though it does accentuate the perceived greatness of this short list.

    Great post here Tony! These are films I do and will re-visit without question. 🙂

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