Top 30 Highest Rated Film Noir of 1956



Film noir, noted for its dark visual style, takes place primarily, but not exclusively, within the generic complex of the American crime film of the forties and fifties. The term was first introduced by French cineaste Nino Frank in 1946. Here is a selection of some of the best film noir released in the year 1956. Total ratings for the 30 films = 193.2 (out of 300) an average of 6.44 out of 10.
Three books were useful when selecting films for this video series – “Dark City – Film Noir” by Spencer Selby, “Film Noir Guide” by Michael F. Keaney, and “Film Noir – An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style” by Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward.
Ratings Average sources include IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Radio Times, FilmAffinity, Letterboxd, TMDB, Videohound, Maltin’s Movie Guide and Halliwell’s Film Guide.

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Stuck in the Air by The Tower of Light
Cataclysmic Molten Core by Jingle Punks
Echinoderm Regeneration by Jingle Punks
Galactic Damages by Jingle Punks

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