"The Maltese Falcon" was released in 1941, with a bigger budget and bigger stars than many of the B-movie noirs to follow. It's a template for the genre, with Humphrey Bogart as the hard-bitten but morally compromised hero, Mary Astor as the femme fatale, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre as slimy villains, and Elisha Cook, Jr., as the gun-toting enforcer.
Kiss Me Deadly - Filmed in less than three weeks, this is a film noir detective story not to be missed. Based on a novel by Mickey Spillane, the dialogue is snappy and wise-cracking, and always entertaining. It’s the ultimate pulp fiction.