Top 25 Women In Classic Film-Noir

One thing I love about film-noir is the women. I wanted to honor them with a list of who I feel is the best of the best.

This isn’t specifically about femme fatales, it is a list compromising all of the women who contributed to the noir style in front of the camera. Not every woman associated with noir pictures was devious or evil. There were many virtuous and strong women that were the flip side of the coin. There were also women who were victimized by the femme fatales or their shady men.

These are my top twenty-five women that starred in film-noir during the classic era of the 1940s and 1950s.

1. Barbara Stanwyck
2. Gene Tierney
3. Lauren Bacall
4. Lizabeth Scott
5. Gloria Grahame
6. Ida Lupino
7. Ava Gardner
8. Joan Bennett
9. Rita Hayworth
10. Ann Savage
11. Linda Darnell
12. Gloria Swanson
13. Mary Astor
14. Jane Greer
15. Ann Blyth
16. Gaby Rogers
17. Lana Turner
18. Hedy Lamarr
19. Cathy O’Donnell
20. Jean Brooks
21. Joan Crawford
22. Ann Doran
23. Kim Novak
24. Cloris Leachman
25. Lynn Baggett

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