Edited by jefty on 8/12/2015, 7:35 am
With regard to the "top" lists I agree with those hailing the placement of KMD...it is a fav film of mine as it introduces us to film noir in the "atomic age"...the existential threat that hung over all the world in the Cold War 50's, being the most dramatic and pernicious memory of WW2, namely Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Split Second and Atomic City are others which bring to bear this ungodly force of nature and it's dreadful, cataclysmic power that continues to imperil the world
Other films I'd like to see higher up the list are OAT for its bringing racial tensions to the fore and SSOS for exposing the destructive power of the press and the cavalier manner in which it was employed (Walter Winchell ?) to destroy lives and careers.
Overall, it's a solid list and far better than any others recently posted. As Don M and others suggest, a top 100 list INCLUDING foreign noirs would be a worthwhile exercise here to see where those foreign films would place. When you consider films like Rififi, Brighton Rock, Odd Man Out, Stray Dog etc, it may prove difficult. Perhaps a first start might be just a list of fav foreign noirs encompassing all nations and then go from there.