The Killing (1956)

The Killing (1956) is the second feature length film noir directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson, based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. The noir features Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards and Elisha Cook Jr.

Roger Ebert recently gave it a great write-up as one his “Great Movies.”

Top 50 Film Noir – According to IMDB Voters

Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 8.6 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 78,527
2. 8.5 M (1931) 56,971
3. 8.5 Double Indemnity (1944) 54,255
4. 8.4 The Third Man (1949) 68,386
5. 8.4 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 27,991
6. 8.3 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 68,706
7. 8.3 Touch of Evil (1958) 44,444
8. 8.2 Strangers on a Train (1951) 51,078
9. 8.2 Rififi (1955) 11,698
10. 8.2 Ace in the Hole (1951) 10,822
11. 8.2 Notorious (1946) 43,211
12. 8.2 The Big Sleep (1946) 39,393
13. 8.2 White Heat (1949) 13,080
14. 8.2 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 36,501
15. 8.1 The Killing (1956) 36,396
16. 8.1 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) 12,377
17. 8.1 Laura (1944) 18,818
18. 8.1 Out of the Past (1947) 14,082
19. 8.1 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 28,865
20. 8.0 Night and the City (1950) 4,852
21. 8.0 In a Lonely Place (1950) 9,652
22. 8.0 The Big Heat (1953) 9,825
23. 7.9 Key Largo (1948) 19,036
24. 7.9 Mildred Pierce (1945) 10,129
25. 7.9 The Asphalt Jungle (1950) 11,566
26. 7.9 Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) 10,780
27. 7.9 The Killers (1946) 8,165
28. 7.9 Fury (1936) 5,404
29. 7.9 Scarface (1932) 12,807
30. 7.9 Pickup on South Street (1953) 5,716
31. 7.9 Scarlet Street (1945) 5,572
32. 7.8 Stray Dog (1949) 7,139
33. 7.8 The Set-Up (1949) 3,956
34. 7.8 Thieves’ Highway (1949) 2,208
35. 7.8 Body and Soul (1947) 2,138
36. 7.8 Gaslight (1944) 10,268
37. 7.8 Gun Crazy (1950) 4,663
38. 7.8 Odd Man Out (1947) 3,663
39. 7.8 Nightmare Alley (1947) 3,356
40. 7.8 The Narrow Margin (1952) 3,064
41. 7.8 The Woman in the Window (1944) 5,436
42. 7.7 Gilda (1946) 12,361
43. 7.7 The Lady from Shanghai (1947) 11,398
44. 7.7 The Naked City (1948) 4,905
45. 7.7 Kiss Me Deadly (1955) 8,738
46. 7.7 The Letter (1940) 5,224
47. 7.7 Brute Force (1947) 3,424
48. 7.7 Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) 3,065
49. 7.7 The Big Clock (1948) 3,304
50. 7.7 Spellbound (1945) 20,129

And a great counterpoint by Eddie Muller