The 13 Best Noir Films to Stream When You're Looking for Something Dark

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Kata Ogata 

When noir films were introduced to audiences in the early 1940s, they were captivated by cynical tales of cities rife with steady corruption, easy violence, and willing deceit. It's been generations since those black-and-white stories were first told, but people still find the style alluring. Maybe it's because noir films tap into our sinister impulses. Or perhaps it's because these movies usually involve a fair share of memorable lines and plot points. Whatever it may be, this is a genre with staying power because it unapologetically displays personalities that aren't afraid of a little danger.

If you're in the mood to sit in the dark with films that are equally shady, we've put together a list of the 13 best noir movies to stream from Netflix and Amazon Prime. These picks span early classics, like The Maltese Falcon and Sunset Boulevard, and also include recent classics like The Dark Knight and Gone Baby Gone. While we wouldn't necessarily recommend emulating these characters, we don't mind advising you to watch them from a distance.

The beauty of noir is that you can participate in the danger without any of the consequences.