50 International Film Noir Classics That Everyone Should See

We’ve been spending our summer with private eyes, femmes fatales, and shady gangsters while studying the classic film noir canon with TCM (see our “Into the Darkness” course study group to join in). This week, MoMA will kick off another noir celebration with their Mexico at Midnight film series, highlighting the “ciné negro” from our friends down South. We wanted to present other little known noir films from around the world. If you’re seeking international greats beyond classics like The Third Man, read on. Please note that we ventured into neo-noir territory a few times (and assumed you already know movies like the late noirs of Jean-Pierre Melville and company), but only because it’s worth it. The far-reaching influence of noir cinema is astounding and continues to be an international phenomenon.