Communist Noir

by karljhickey14 | created - 06 Oct 2015 | updated - 04 Nov 2015 | Public

Films noir featuring Communists , mostly as the bad guys .

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1. The Red Menace (1949)

81 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

An ex-GI becomes involved with the American Communist party, and falls in love with his instructor. The pair quickly realise their mistake, when they see how party leaders handle a member ... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Robert Rockwell, Hannelore Axman, Betty Lou Gerson, Barbra Fuller

Votes: 156

2. The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Successful, newly married Brad Collins once belonged to the Communist Party of the USA, and now the Party will stop at nothing to use him.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Robert Ryan, Laraine Day, John Agar, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 883

3. I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In Pittsburgh, PA, an F.B.I. agent works to undermine the Communist party, but his brothers and his teenage boy thinks he's a real Red.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican

Votes: 641

4. The Whip Hand (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Matt Corbin, a vacationing magazine writer, takes a fishing trip to Minnesota, and stumbles across a lake in which all the fish have mysteriously died. The locals are tight-lipped about it,... See full summary »

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Carla Balenda, Elliott Reid, Edgar Barrier, Raymond Burr

Votes: 521

5. Pickup on South Street (1953)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 12,258

6. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 69,641

7. Walk East on Beacon! (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A G-man searches for a communist sleeper-cell in Boston.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: George Murphy, Finlay Currie, Virginia Gilmore, Karel Stepanek

Votes: 255

8. The Fearmakers (1958)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A Korean War veteran co-operating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Dick Foran, Marilee Earle, Veda Ann Borg

Votes: 531

9. The Thief (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run.

Director: Russell Rouse | Stars: Ray Milland, Martin Gabel, Harry Bronson, Rita Grapel

Votes: 851

10. High Treason (1951)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A wave of sabotage has been sweeping England, taking lives and creating instability. Cmdr. Robert Brennan and Supt. Folland of the Special Branch and Major Elliott of MI5 are charged with putting an end to this internal terrorism.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Liam Redmond, André Morell, Anthony Bushell, Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 248

11. The Iron Curtain (1948)

Approved | 87 min | Biography, Crime, History

The story of Soviet cypher-clerk Igor Gouzenko who was posted to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa,Canada in 1943 and defected in 1945 to reveal the extent of Soviet espionage activities directed against Canada.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, June Havoc, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 720

12. Conspirator (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

In Cold War London, young American Melinda Greyton (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) marries British Army Major Michael Curragh (Robert Taylor), who is a Communist spy working for the Soviets.

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Flemyng, Harold Warrender

Votes: 780

13. The Shanghai Story (1954)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In post-WW2 Shanghai, expatriate Westerners are detained in the Waldorf Hotel until the Communists can identify a suspected spy among them but some prisoners try to outwit the interrogators and the armed guards and flee.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Ruth Roman, Edmond O'Brien, Richard Jaeckel, Barry Kelley

Votes: 107

14. Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

During the Cold War, at a California atomic research plant, an FBI agent and a Scotland Yard inspector join forces to eliminate a foreign nuclear spy ring operating in the USA and the UK.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Louis Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe, Louise Allbritton, Carl Esmond

Votes: 401

15. Diplomatic Courier (1952)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Cold War yarn about a US State Department courier who tangles with Soviet agents and seductive women in post WW2 Europe.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Stephen McNally, Hildegard Knef

Votes: 884

16. The Man Between (1953)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In post-WW2 Berlin, when travel to the East was still possible, the sister of a British officer from West-Berlin is abducted by Communist agents and taken into the Soviet-sector where her eventual rescue is arranged by a German smuggler.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef, Geoffrey Toone

Votes: 1,526

17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

92 Metascore

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

Votes: 43,292

18. Shack Out on 101 (1955)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An isolated diner on California's 101 highway provides the backdrop of the story involving nuclear secrets, foreign spies and federal agents.

Director: Edward Dein | Stars: Terry Moore, Frank Lovejoy, Keenan Wynn, Lee Marvin

Votes: 595

19. Eight Witnesses (1954 TV Movie)

67 min | Mystery

Eight blind people witness a scientist's murder

Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: Peggy Ann Garner, Dennis Price, Charles Jacquemar, Wolfgang Büttner

Votes: 49

20. Person Unknown (1956)

32 min | Crime, Short

A spy from behind the Iron Curtain changes identities with an assassin.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Edward Cast, Alan Robinson

Votes: 29

21. Afraid to Die (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime

Takeo is a young yakuza who renounces his former criminal activities after being released from prison. But sometimes escaping the past is not so easy.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Yukio Mishima, Ayako Wakao, Eiji Funakoshi, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 451

22. No Pockets in a Shroud (1974)

125 min | Crime, Drama

Michel Dolannes resigns from a major newspaper as a journalist to launch a new journal 'Le Cosmopolite' which reveals all kinds of shady deals.One day, he is killed but who is the killer ?

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Jean Carmet, Michel Constantin, Michel Galabru, Daniel Gélin

Votes: 156

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