So Dark the Night (Classic Film Noir Remakes)

by osloj | created - 14 Dec 2016 | updated - 15 Dec 2016 | Public

Some of these films are complete remakes, others are just inspired by certain Classic Film Noirs.

Plus a partial list of Classic Film Noir that these remakes were based upon.

"Every man... every man has to go through hell to reach paradise."

Cape Fear (1991)

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1. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 161,243 | Gross: $79.10M

2. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

R | 95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

70 Metascore

Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles

Votes: 6,084 | Gross: $4.36M

3. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam then gets implicated in his wife's murder.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell

Votes: 23,662 | Gross: $0.96M

4. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 20,480 | Gross: $12.38M

5. Color Me Dead (1969)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A man discovers that he has been deliberately poisoned and hasn't long to live. In the short time he has left, he determines to find out who poisoned him and why.

Director: Eddie Davis | Stars: Tom Tryon, Carolyn Jones, Rick Jason, Patricia Conolly

Votes: 66

6. Kiss of Death (1995)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Helen Hunt

Votes: 16,278 | Gross: $14.94M

7. The Underneath (1995)

R | 99 min | Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

A recovering gambling addict attempts to reconcile with his family and friends but finds trouble and temptation when caught between feelings for his ex-wife and her dangerous hoodlum boyfriend.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Elisabeth Shue, Alison Elliott, William Fichtner

Votes: 3,015 | Gross: $0.54M

8. D.O.A. (1988)

R | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

A college professor's day: his top student allegedly commits suicide, his wife presents him with divorce papers and he overnights in a freshman girl's dorm. The next day: more murders around him. Will he find the killer in time?

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Charlotte Rampling, Daniel Stern

Votes: 9,139 | Gross: $12.71M

9. The Cat Burglar (1961)

Not Rated | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A burglar steals a briefcase. Unknown to him, it contains a valuable secret formula. So he has the police on his trail--plus the owner of the formula and a ruthless spy...

Director: William Witney | Stars: Jack Hogan, June Kenney, John Baer, Gregg Palmer

Votes: 169

Nods to Pickup on South Street (1953).

10. Against All Odds (1984)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

42 Metascore

A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras

Votes: 10,018 | Gross: $25.10M

11. The Killers (1964)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, Clu Gulager

Votes: 6,277

12. Narrow Margin (1990)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney is sent to protect a woman who accidentally witnessed a Mafia murder.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James Sikking, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 7,236 | Gross: $10.87M

13. Arch of Triumph (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance, War

In Paris, before the Nazis penetrate into the city, an Austrian refugee doctor falls in love with a mysterious woman.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Lesley-Anne Down, Donald Pleasence, Frank Finlay

Votes: 477

14. Thieves Like Us (1974)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

When two men break out of prison, they join up with another and restart their criminal ways, robbing banks across the South.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Bert Remsen

Votes: 3,999

15. The Big Sleep (1978)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a pornographer and a gangster.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark

Votes: 3,857

16. Cairo (1963)

91 min | Crime, Drama

A man called Major is in Cairo after being released from a German Prison. He is there to proceed with his plan to steal the jewelry from the King Tutankhamen exhibit at the national gallery... See full summary »

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: George Sanders, Richard Johnson, Faten Hamamah, John Meillon

Votes: 241

17. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 29,110 | Gross: $24.06M

Nods to Double Indemnity (1944) and Out of the Past (1947).

18. No Way Out (1987)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton

Votes: 33,325 | Gross: $35.51M

19. Journey Into Fear (1975)

R | 100 min | Thriller

An American geologist accidentally discovers oil in Turkish mountains. An assassin is sent by someone to eliminate him because of that. He boards a passenger boat to try to escape. However, one of the passengers is the assassin.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Sam Waterston, Zero Mostel, Yvette Mimieux, Scott Marlowe

Votes: 126

20. Double Indemnity (1973 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing his man is involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to prove it.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Richard Crenna, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Webber, Samantha Eggar

Votes: 508

21. Salón México (1996)

79 min | Drama

In this remake of the 40's classic, two lovers murder each other, leading to an investigation and the closing of the Saln Mxico, a famous place where people used to go to dance before WWII.... See full summary »

Director: José Luis García Agraz | Stars: Demián Bichir, Steven Brown, Gerardo Camarena, Luis de Icaza

Votes: 89

22. A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A determined student murders his pregnant secret girlfriend and moves onto her twin sister who gradually becomes suspicious of her new lover.

Director: James Dearden | Stars: Matt Dillon, Sean Young, James Bonfanti, Sarah Keller

Votes: 4,593 | Gross: $15.43M

23. The Cape Town Affair (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

South African secret agents attempt to save confidential microfilm before it falls into the hands of Communists.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: James Brolin, Jacqueline Bisset, Claire Trevor, Bob Courtney

Votes: 353

Nods to Pickup on South Street (1953).

24. Cool Breeze (1972)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

Thalmus is the leader for a group of criminals who gather in L.A. to rob a bank. Their goal is to find a new bank.

Director: Barry Pollack | Stars: Thalmus Rasulala, Judy Pace, Julian Christopher, Lincoln Kilpatrick

Votes: 285

25. Diabolique (1996)

R | 107 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The wife and mistress of the sadistic dean of an exclusive prep school conspire to murder him.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri, Kathy Bates

Votes: 12,814 | Gross: $17.10M

26. Desperate Hours (1990)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An escaped con, on the run from the law, moves into a married couple's house and takes over their lives.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse

Votes: 6,578 | Gross: $2.74M

27. Night and the City (1992)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

The story about a cheating and incompetent lawyer (Harry Fabian) who suddenly gets obsessed on becoming a boxing promoter.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman, Alan King

Votes: 4,327 | Gross: $6.20M

28. The Deep End (2001)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Donat

Votes: 10,728 | Gross: $8.82M

29. Sorcerer (1977)

PG | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou

Votes: 15,980 | Gross: $12.00M

30. Target: Harry (1969)

R | 85 min | Mystery, Thriller

Pilot Harry Black is hired to fly a man named Carlyle to Istanbul, where he's murdered. Now, mysterious Diane Reed and a local gangster, Rashi, are after Harry believing that he has the priceless plates Carlyle used to counterfeit money.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vic Morrow, Suzanne Pleshette, Victor Buono, Cesar Romero

Votes: 109

31. Diamond's Edge (1988)

PG | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

When the man who left a package in his care is murdered, detective Tim Diamond suddenly has every major gangster in the city after him. With only the package and the help of his little brother, he sets out to unravel the mysterious plot.

Director: Stephen Bayly | Stars: Colin Dale, Saeed Jaffrey, Dursley McLinden, José René Ruiz

Votes: 229

32. Once You Kiss a Stranger... (1969)

M/PG | 106 min | Thriller

A woman seduces a professional golfer, then offers to kill his opponent if the golfer will kill her psychiatrist, who wants her committed.

Director: Robert Sparr | Stars: Paul Burke, Carol Lynley, Martha Hyer, Peter Lind Hayes

Votes: 232

33. The Boy Cried Murder (1966)

86 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy with a penchant for spinning elaborate yarns gets himself in deep trouble when he tries to tell people that he really did witness a terrible murder.

Director: George P. Breakston | Stars: Fraser MacIntosh, Veronica Hurst, Phil Brown, Tim Barrett

Votes: 60

34. Brighton Rock (2010)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie (Sam Riley), a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.

Director: Rowan Joffe | Stars: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Helen Mirren, John Hurt

Votes: 5,956

35. Cloak & Dagger (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

64 Metascore

A young boy and his imaginary friend end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy, Christina Nigra

Votes: 6,483 | Gross: $9.72M

36. Laura (1962 TV Movie)

115 min | Drama, Mystery

The detective investigating Laura Hunt's murder finds himself becoming obsessed with the dead woman - and then finds out she's actually still alive.

Director: Franz Josef Wild | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Anton Walbrook, Hellmut Lange, John Van Dreelen

Votes: 35

37. The Lost Man (1969)

M | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A gang of black militants plots to rob a factory to finance their "revolutionary struggle".

Director: Robert Alan Aurthur | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Joanna Shimkus, Al Freeman Jr., Michael Tolan

Votes: 139

38. Guncrazy (1992)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A trashy teen murders her sexually abusive step-father, then helps get her reformed prison pen-pal released on good behavior so that she can re-corrupt him.

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Le Gros, Robert Greenberg, Rodney Harvey

Votes: 1,988 | Gross: $0.11M

39. The Family Rico (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Crime, Drama

A Mafia chief is torn between his brother, who has defected from the family, and his loyalty to the organization.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Jack Carter, Dane Clark, Leif Erickson

Votes: 15

40. The Hanged Man (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Western

Miraculously still alive after his hanging, gunfighter James Devlin defends a young widow's farm from a vicious land grabber.

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Steve Forrest, Dean Jagger, Will Geer, Sharon Acker

Votes: 264

41. I, the Jury (1982)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A PI investigates the murder of his one-armed friend, a PI working on a case. Clues lead to a sex clinic. Bodies pile up.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon, Alan King

Votes: 1,356 | Gross: $1.52M

42. J'ai épousé une ombre (1983)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

After a train accident, a woman survives and is mistaken for an other woman she just met on a train before the accident.

Director: Robin Davis | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Francis Huster, Richard Bohringer, Madeleine Robinson

Votes: 333

43. The New Mike Hammer (1984–1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of Mickey Spillane's classic private eye character.

Stars: Stacy Keach, Lindsay Bloom, Don Stroud, Kent Williams

Votes: 873

44. Murder Me, Murder You (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Mickey Spillane's private eye Mike Hammer (Stacy Keach) probes his long-lost love's death while seeking their daughter.

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Stacy Keach, Tanya Roberts, Don Stroud, Delta Burke

Votes: 256

45. Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997–1998)
Episode: Songbird: Part 1 (1998)

PG-13 | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lila B is a singer who is romantically involved with a mobster, Johnny Dive. When she becomes a murder suspect, Mike tries to help.

Director: Jonathan Winfrey | Stars: Stacy Keach, Shane Conrad, Shannon Whirry, Kent Williams

Votes: 52

46. More Than Murder (1984 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Crime, Mystery