DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

Perhaps the ultimate Film Noir, about two murderers who are not nearly as smart as they think they are.

CHINATOWN (1974)

The definitive neo-noir, a movie I love, now inextricably linked with the crimes of its director.

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

The decaying remains of 1920s Hollywood entrap a hack writer and lure him to his doom.

BLADE RUNNER (1982)

This extremely atmospheric neo-noir about androids and flying cars helped revolutionize science fiction with its combination of cynicism and neon.

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

A movie that launched legendary careers and an entire classic genre of film, and is also pretty fun in its own right.