Noir Directors

A full listing of directors credited with a film noir, and the films noir for each director.

Abner Biberman
The Night Runner
The Price of Fear

Abraham Polonsky
Force of Evil

Akira Kurosawa
High And Low
Yoidore tenshi
Stray Dog

Alan J. Pakula

Alan Parker
Angel Heart

Alberto Gout

Alefred L Werker
He Walked by Night

Alexander Mackendrick
Sweet Smell of Success

Alfred Hitchcock
Shadow of a Doubt
Strangers on a Train
The Wrong Man

Alfred L. Werker

Alfred Zeisler
Parole, Inc.

Allan Dwan
Slightly Scarlet

Allen Baron
Blast of Silence

Anatol Litvak
City for Conquest
Out of the Fog
Sorry, Wrong Number
The Long Night

Andre De Toth
Crime Wave
Dark Waters

Andrew L. Stone
A Blueprint for Murder
Cry Terror!
Highway 301
The Night Holds Terror

Andrew V. McLaglen
Man in the Vault

Andy & Larry Wachowski

Anthony Mann
Border Incident
Raw Deal
Reign of Terror
Side Street
The Furies

Antonio Leonviola
Due Verite, Le

Arch Oboler

Archie Mayo
The Petrified Forest

Arnold Laven
Down Three Dark Streets
Without Warning!

Arthur Lubin

Arthur Penn
Mickey One
Night Moves

Arthur Ripley
A Voice in the Wind
The Chase
Thunder Road

Barbet Schroeder
Kiss of Death

Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
The Scoundrel

Bernard Vorhaus
Bury Me Dead
The Amazing Mr. X

Bernardo Bertolucci
Conformista, Il

Bill Bennett
Kiss or Kill

Billy Wilder
Ace in the Hole
Double Indemnity
Sunset Blvd.
The Lost Weekend

Blake Edwards
Experiment in Terror
Peter Gunn

Bob Rafelson
Black Widow
Blood and Wine
Boris Ingster
Southside 1-1000
Stranger on the Third Floor

Bretaine Windugst
The Enforcer

Brian Helgeland

Bruce McDonald
Picture Claire

Bruno VeSota
Female Jungle

Bryan Singer
The Usual Suspects

Budd Boetticher
Assigned to Danger
Behind Locked Doors
Escape in the Fog
The Killer Is Loose

Busby Berkeley
They Made Me a Criminal

Byron Haskin
I Walk Alone
Too Late for Tears

Carl Franklin
Devil in a Blue Dress

Carol Reed
The Fallen Idol
Odd Man Out
The Third Man

Charles Bennett
No Escape

Charles Brabin
A Wicked Woman
The Beast of the City

Charles David
Lady on a Train

Charles F. Haas
The Beat Generation

Charles Laughton
The Night of the Hunter

Charles Lederer
Fingers at the Window

Charles Vidor

Chester Erskine

Christopher Nolan

Cornel Wilde
Storm Fear

Compartiment tueurs

Crane Wilbur
Canon City

Curtis Bernhardt
Behind The High Wall

Curtis Hanson
L.A. Confidential

Cy Endfield
The Sound of Fury
The Underworld Story

Dario Argento
Uccello dalle piume di cristallo, L’

David Bradley
Talk About a Stranger

David Cronenberg
A History of Violence

David Lynch
Blue Velvet
Lost Highway
Mulholland Dr.

David Mamet
The Spanish Prisoner

David Miller
Sudden Fear

Delmer Daves
Dark Passage
The Red House

Dick Powell
Split Second

Don Siegel
Baby Face Nelson
Private Hell 36
The Big Steal
The Lineup
The Verdict

Douglas Sirk
Sleep, My Love

Earl McEvoy
The Killer That Stalked New York

Edgar G. Ulmer
Murder Is My Beat
Strange Illusion
The Strange Woman

Edmond Angelo

Edmund Goulding
Nightmare Alley

Edward D. Wood Jr.
Jail Bait

Edward Dmytryk
Murder, My Sweet
The Sniper

Edward L. Cahn
Destination Murder

Edward Montagne
Man with My Face
The Tattooed Stranger

Edwin L. Marin
Johnny Angel
Race Street

Elia Kazan
Panic in the Streets

Ernesto Caparr¢s
Serpiente roja, La

Eugene Forde

Ewald Andr‚ Dupont
The Scarf

Felix E. Feist
The Devil Thumbs a Ride
The Man Who Cheated Himself
The Threat
Tomorrow Is Another Day

Fernando A. Rivero
Amantes, Los

Fletcher Markle

Francois Truffaut
Tirez sur le pianiste

Frank Borzage

Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez
Sin City

Frank Tuttle
A Cry in the Night
The Glass Key
This Gun for Hire

Frank Wisbar
Nasser Asphalt

Fred Zinnemann
Act of Violence

Fritz Lang
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Clash by Night
House by the River
Human Desire
Ministry of Fear
Scarlet Street
Secret Beyond the Door…
The Big Heat
The Blue Gardenia
The Woman in the Window
While the City Sleeps
You Only Live Once

Fyodor Otsep
Whispering City

George Cukor
A Double Life

George Marshall
The Blue Dahlia

George Sherman
The Raging Tide
The Sleeping City

George Stevens
A Place in the Sun

George Waggner
Sealed Lips

Gerd Oswald
A Kiss Before Dying
Crime of Passion
Screaming Mimi

Gian Carlo Menotti
The Medium

Gordon Douglas
Between Midnight and Dawn
I Was a Communist for the FBI
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Walk a Crooked Mile

Gordon Wiles
The Gangster

Gregory Ratoff
Moss Rose

H. Bruce Humberstone
I Wake Up Screaming

Harold Clurman
Deadline at Dawn

Harold D. Schuster
Finger Man

Harold Daniels

Harold F. Kress
No Questions Asked

Harold Young
The Lie

Harry Horner
Beware, My Lovely

Harry J. Essex
I, the Jury

Henri-Georges Clouzot
Diaboliques, Les
Le Corbeau
Quai des OrfŠvres

Henry Hathaway
Call Northside 777
Fourteen Hours
The Dark Corner
The House on 92nd Street

Henry Levin
Night Editor
Two of a Kind

Herbert Wilcox
The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk

Herman Shumlin
Confidential Agent

Howard Hawks
The Big Sleep
To Have and Have Not

Howard Hawks & Richard Rosson

Howard W. Koch
The Girl in Black Stockings

Howard W. Koch & Edmond O’Brien
Shield for Murder

Hubert Cornfield
Plunder Road
Sudden Danger

Hugo Fregonese
Black Tuesday
One Way Street

Hugo Haas
Hold Back Tomorrow
Strange Fascination
The Other Woman

Ida Lupino
The Hitch-Hiker

Irving Lerner
Murder by Contract

Irving Pichel
They Won’t Believe Me
Tomorrow Is Forever

Irving Rapper
Another Man’s Poison

Irving Reis
All My Sons
The Falcon Takes Over

J. Walter Ruben

Jack Arnold
The Glass Web
The Tattered Dress

Jack Bernhard
Blonde Ice
The Hunted

Jack Hively
Street of Chance

Jacques Becker
Casque d’or
Touchez pas au grisbi

Jacques Tourneur
Berlin Express
Experiment Perilous
Out of the Past

James Edward Grant
Ring of Fear

James Foley
At Close Range

James V. Kern
The Second Woman

Jean Negulesco
Nobody Lives Forever
Road House
The Mask of Dimitrios
Three Strangers

Jean Renoir
The Woman on the Beach

Jean-Luc Godard
A Bout de Souffle
Bande Apart

Jean-Pierre Melville
Bob le flambeur
Cercle rouge, Le
Doulos, Le
Flic, Le
Quand tu liras cette lettre
Samoura‹, Le

Jerry Hopper
Naked Alibi

Joel Coen
Blood Simple
Miller’s Crossing
The Man Who Wasn’t There

John Berry
He Ran All the Way

John Boorman
Point Blank

John Boulton
Brighton Rock

John Brahm
The Brasher Doubloon
Guest in the House
Hangover Square
The Locket
The Lodger

John Cromwell
Dead Reckoning
The Racket

John Dahl
Kill Me Again
The Last Seduction

John Farrow
Alias Nick Beal
His Kind of Woman
Night Has a Thousand Eyes
The Big Clock
The Unholy Wife
Where Danger Lives

John Flynn
Best Seller

John Frankenheimer
The Manchurian Candidate

John H. Auer
City That Never Sleeps

John Huston
Key Largo
The Asphalt Jungle
The Maltese Falcon

John Irvin
City of Industry

John M. Stahl
Leave Her to Heaven

John Reinhardt
For You I Die
The Guilty

John Sturges
Mystery Street
The People Against O’Hara

Jonathan Demme
Last Embrace

Josef Von Sternberg
The Shanghai Gesture

Joseph H. Lewis
A Lady Without Passport
Cry of the Hunted
Deadly Is the Female
Gun Crazy
My Name Is Julia Ross
So Dark the Night
The Big Combo
The Undercover Man

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
House of Strangers
No Way Out
Somewhere in the Night

Joseph Lerner
Guilty Bystander

Joseph Losey
The Big Night
The Prowler

Joseph M. Newman
711 Ocean Drive

Joseph Pevney
The Midnight Story

Joseph Santley
Shadow of a Woman

Jules Dassin
Brute Force
Du rififi chez les hommes
Night and the City
The Naked City
Thieves’ Highway

Julien Duvivier
Pepe le Moko
Voici le Temps des Assassins

Ken Hughes
The House Across the Lake

King Vidor
Beyond the Forest

Laszlo Benedek
Affair in Havana
Port of New York

Laszlo Kardos
The Strip

Lawrence Kasdan
Body Heat
Body Heat

Lee Sholem
Crime Against Joe

Lee Tamahori
Mulholland Falls

Leo C. Popkin & Russell Rouse
The Well

Leonide Moguy
Whistle Stop

Lesley Selander

Lewis Allen
A Bullet for Joey
Appointment with Danger
Chicago Deadline
Desert Fury
So Evil My Love
The Unseen

Lewis Gilbert
Cast a Dark Shadow

Lewis Milestone
The Racket
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Lewis R. Foster

Lewis Seiler
The System

Louis Malle
Ascenseur pour l’‚chafaud

Luc Besson

Luchino Visconti

Luciano Emmer
Ragazza in vetrina, La

Marcel Carne
Jour se leve, Le
Threse Raquin

Mark Robson
Edge of Doom
The Ghost Ship
The Harder They Fall

Mark Roper
City of Fear

Mark Stevens
Cry Vengeance

Martin Ritt
Edge of the City

Martin Scorsese
Cape Fear

Matt Dillon
City of Ghosts

Max Nosseck
The Hoodlum

Max Ophuls
The Reckless Moment

Maxwell Shane
City Across the River
Fear in the Night
The Glass Wall
The Naked Street

Mel Ferrer
The Secret Fury

Mervyn LeRoy
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Johnny Eager

Michael Caton-Jones
City by the Sea

Michael Curtiz
20,000 Years in Sing Sing
Angels with Dirty Faces
Flamingo Road
King Creole
Mildred Pierce
Private Detective 62
The Breaking Point
The Unsuspected

Michael Gordon
The Web
Woman in Hiding

Michael Mann

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
The Small Back Room

Mikael Hafstrom

Mike Hodges
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Nathan Juran
The Crooked Web

Nicholas Ray
A Woman’s Secret
Born to Be Bad
In a Lonely Place
Knock on Any Door
On Dangerous Ground
Party Girl
They Live by Night

Nobuo Nakagawa

Norman Foster
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
Woman on the Run

Norman Panama
The Trap

Orson Welles
Journey Into Fear
Mr. Arkadin
The Lady from Shanghai
The Stranger
Touch of Evil

Otto Preminger
Anatomy of a Murder
Angel Face
Fallen Angel
The 13th Letter
Where the Sidewalk Ends

Pat Jackson
Shadow on the Wall

Patrick Jenkins & Terence Fisher
The Gambler and the Lady

Paul Bogart

Paul McGuigan
Lucky Number Slevin

Paul Schrader
American Gigolo

Paul Sloane
The Sun Sets at Dawn

Paul Verhoeven
Basic Instinct

Peter Godfrey
The Two Mrs. Carrolls

Phil Karlson
5 Against the House
99 River Street
Kansas City Confidential
Scandal Sheet
The Brothers Rico
The Phenix City Story
Tight Spot

R.G. Springsteen
Revolt in the Big House

Ralph Bakshi
Last Days of Coney Island

Raoul Walsh
High Sierra
The Man I Love
The Roaring Twenties
They Drive by Night
White Heat

Ray McCarey
Strange Triangle

Reginald Le Borg
Fall Guy
The Flanagan Boy

Rian Johnson

Ricardo Cortez
City of Chance
Girl in 313

Richard Fleischer
Armored Car Robbery
The Clay Pigeon
The Narrow Margin
Follow Me Quietly

Richard L. Bare
This Side of the Law

Richard Marquand
Jagged Edge

Richard Pearce
No Mercy

Richard Quine
Drive a Crooked Road

Richard Thorpe
Black Hand
The Unknown Man

Richard Wallace
The Fallen Sparrow

Ridley Scott
Blade Runner
Someone to Watch Over Me

Robert Aldrich
Kiss Me Deadly
The Big Knife
World for Ransom

Robert Culp
Hickey & Boggs

Robert F. Hill
East Side Kids

Robert Florey
Danger Signal
The Crooked Way
The Florentine Dagger

Robert Gordon
Blind Spot

Robert Montgomery
Lady in the Lake
Ride the Pink Horse

Robert Parrish
Cry Danger
The Mob

Robert Rosseb
Blues in the Night
Body and Soul
Johnny O’Clock

Robert S. Baker

Robert Siodmak
Christmas Holiday
Criss Cross
Cry of the City
Phantom Lady
The Dark Mirror
The File on Thelma Jordon
The Killers
The Spiral Staircase
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

Robert Stevenson
I Married a Communist (aka The Woman on Pier 13)
My Forbidden Past
The Las Vegas Story
Walk Softly, Stranger

Robert Wise
Born to Kill
I Want to Live!
Odds Against Tomorrow
The Captive City
The House on Telegraph Hill
The Set-Up

Robert Z. Leonard
The Bribe

Roger Corman
Teenage Doll

Roman Polanski

Rouben Mamoulian
City Streets

Roy Del Ruth
Red Light

Roy Rowland
Rogue Cop Scene of the Crime
Witness to Murder

Roy Ward Baker
Don’t Bother to Knock
Night Without Sleep

Roy William Neill
Black Angel

Rudolph Mate
Second Chance
The Dark Past
Union Station

Russell Rouse
New York Confidential
The Thief The Well (co-director)

S. Sylvan Simon
I Love Trouble

Sam Newfield
Apology for Murder

Sam Raimi
A Simple Plan

Sam Wood

Samuel Fuller
House of Bamboo
Pickup on South Street
Shock Corridor
The Crimson Kimono
The Naked Kiss
Underworld U.S.A.

Seymour Friedman
Chinatown at Midnight
Loan Shark

Sidney Lumet
Guilty as Sin

Sidney Salkow
Chicago Confidential

Stanley Kubrick
Killer’s Kiss
The Killing

Steve Sekely
Hollow Triumph

Stuart Heisler
Among the Living
I Died a Thousand Times
The Glass Key
The Monster and the Girl

Tay Garnett
Cause for Alarm!
The Postman Always Rings Twice

Taylor Hackford
Against All Odds

Ted Tetzlaff
The Window
Under the Gun

Terence Fisher
Stolen Face
The Last Page
The Gambler and the Lady (co-director)

Valeri Ogorodnikov
The Burglar

Victor Saville
The Long Wait

Vincent J. Donehue

Vincent Sherman
Affair in Trinidad
Nora Prentiss
The Damned Don’t Cry
The Garment Jungle
The Unfaithful

Vincente Minnelli
The Bad and the Beautiful

W. Lee Wilder
Once a Thief
The Pretender

W.S. Van Dyke
The Thin Man

Walter Doniger
The Steel Jungle

Wilhelm Thiele
The Madonna’s Secret

William A. Berke
Shoot to Kill

William A. Seiter
Make Haste to Live

William C. Thomas
They Made Me a Killer

William Castle
The Mark of the Whistler
Voice of the Whistler
When Strangers Marry

William Dieterle
Dark City
The Accused
The Turning Point

William Friedkin
To Live and Die in L.A.

William Keighley
The Street with No Name

William Nigh
I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes

William Witney
The Bonnie Parker Story

William Wyler
Detective Story
The Desperate Hours
The Letter

Wim Wenders
Amerikanische Freund, Der

8 thoughts on “Noir Directors”

  1. You should add Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic.

    Also, Fritz Lang’s M and Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets are not strictly speaking part of the classic noir cycle (too early and too late, respectively, and in each case deviating from the ‘classic’ formula) — but they’re worthy of inclusion alongside the other films here.


  2. Thanks for your comment o. I have added Le Flic.

    I agree re M and Mean Streets, but in compiling the list I wanted to include films outside the classic cycle as an attempt at completeness.



    1. Thanks slr for your feedback and for the heads up on the listing errors. I blame the gremlins who chewed up the source table 🙂 I have fixed and updated the entries you mentioned.


  3. Hi, Tony.
    Respectable list and marvellous site you have. I think you could include also Carol Reed’s The fallen idol and Odd man out.
    Greetings from Bulgaria,
    Kamen Vulchinov


    1. Thanks Karem. Absolutely right. I have added Odd Man Out and The Fallen Idol to the list. It has been a while since I reviewed the list so I will need to get to it as there are no doubt other gaps I need to address. I am pretty certain you are the first Bulgarian to post a comment on the site!


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