Film noir is a genre of films that emerged in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. This genre is characterized by its dark and moody visual style, simple, yet complex plots, and morally ambiguous characters. This is a world where happy endings are rare amid a steady diet of cynical pessimism.
As the film noir genre spanned roughly two decades, chiefly, the '40s and '50s, with both large and smaller budget films, not all actors who contributed to this genre could be listed here. Never-the-less, the 51 actors featured here; from Alan Ladd to Zachary Scott embodied the bleak underbelly of film noir through their iconic portrayals of hard-boiled detectives, cynical antiheroes, and of course, ruthless villains.
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