6. Notorious (3.5)
2. A Face in the Crowd (3.5). Absent from Blackboard's top 100. Is it noir? It's also reviewed in the Film Noir File and that page also mentions the next entry. The Film Noir File is by Film Noir Blonde and Mike Wilmington. Another site says it's only slightly less cynical than Ace in the Hole. I've seen "Face in the Crowd" on other long noir lists. If this rates 3.5, and it may well do so, shouldn't it be in the upper echelon?
3. On the Waterfront (4). #76 in BB's top 100. Is it noir? A search reveals split opinion. Noir City Sentinel vol. 5 contained an essay against it's being noir. My opinion, without elaborating a case, is that it's easily as noir as "The Garment Jungle" and "The Harder They Fall". It sure looks noir, and even the Sentinel hit-piece concedes that it's pure noir every second that Rod Steiger is on the screen. It's in the BB's top 100. The question is why it's not higher if it's a 4-star film, which it is. Is it because it's a "religious" noir, as one site argues?
4. They Won't Believe Me (3.5). Maltin rates many very good noirs at 3, but this he has at 3.5. BB gave it 1 point, way out of the running. Something is not right in a vote that creates such a result. If we merely arranged the films in categories like 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5, in a first round, and didn't try to name a top 25 or bunch up our votes to favorites, would we not get a more accurate picture of quality?
5. Detective Story (3.5). Another interesting divergence because of its lowly 5 score on BB. I'd rate it 3.
The BB voting picked out a top echelon, say 25 movies that's similar to Maltin's. Most all the movies below that in the BB 100 are in one category. They are mostly 3 star movies according to Maltin. This makes them a cut or two above the average Maltin rating of 2.5.
6. Notorious (3.5)