BORN TO KILL has been rather poorly served by the FNF--in recent years, they've pushed their own interests (screening a lot of second-tier Charles McGraw, arranging a re-screening of THE UNSUSPECTED to create a tie-in for yet another Mike Curtiz book signing...) instead of showing one of the truly great noirs. BORN TO KILL has played at NC only once--and that was in Year 1, back in 2003. (To be fair, Alan did include it at Palm Springs in 2015.)
BORN TO KILL did get screened early on in the NOIR ALLEY lineup (July 2017), but Eddie amped the "barroom, not classroom" schtick up in his coverage of the film and focused almost exclusively on the film's lurid aspects. It has not been well-served vis-a-vis its bravura and multi-layered extremity: witness the Nitrate Diva swooning over Tierney's completely un-nuanced portrayal of a sexual psychopath in DEVIL while not quite appreciating that some level of social mediation has to be operating in a world that's not summed up in a single dark night, as is so well played out in the twisty sexual-psychological grudge match that ensues between Trevor and Tierney in BORN TO KILL.
Actually, Carl, you had both CRISS CROSS and KISS ME DEADLY in your top tier back in 2005, along with OUT OF THE PAST, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and THE KILLERS. Eddie's 2005 top tier: ASPHALT JUNGLE, CRISS CROSS, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, and...SUNSET BOULEVARD. The late great Bill MacVicar: OUT OF THE PAST, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, NIGHTMARE ALLEY, THE BIG HEAT, and...CAGED.
FWIW, you and two of the prolific-at-the-time group of Garys (George and Deane) were the folks with the best match-up to the consensus Top Five in our poll.
In the IMDB polling, THE KILLING (8.0) edges out THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (7.9), but what is more intriguing is that THE KILLING has more than three times as many votes cast (75,000+) than JUNGLE (only 22,000). If sheer votes cast at IMDB were the determining factor for quality, the film rankings would be:
SUNSET BLVD (185,000+)
THE THIRD MAN (just under 150,000)
THE MALTESE FALCON (142,835)
DOUBLE INDEMNITY (132,295)
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (116,615)
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (96,687)
TOUCH OF EVIL (94,074)
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (76,866)
THE KILLING (75,582)
THE BIG SLEEP (74,983)
KEY LARGO (34,836)
THE LOST WEEKEND (31,301)
OUT OF THE PAST (29,898)
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (28,753)
ACE IN THE HOLE (26.238)
WHITE HEAT (26.100)
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (25,257)
LADY FROM SHANGHAI (24,140)
THE WRONG MAN (23,563)
IN A LONELY PLACE (23.237)
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (22,268)
Where does BORN TO KILL rank on this list? 99th, with 4,120 votes.