For fans of the Film Noir genre, including myself, there is little doubt that the 1940’s produced a wealth of noir directed by many of the greatest film noir directors in the genres history. It was these early noir efforts that would take the genre well into the 1950’s.
The success of the following directors is not in any way limited to the 1940’s, or to film noir exclusively. Many started earlier, and/or continued with their directorial success for decades to come in numerous film genres.
They are listed alphabetically and I’m sure you will find some of your own favorites included. I will also suggest for viewing some of their most notable film noir for the decade.
Here are my favorites:
Edward Dmytryk – From studio messenger, to top director, to university professor, Dmytryk directed two of the more classic film noir titles of the 40’s. However, there was a black side to the directors career as he was one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of blacklisted film industry professionals during the McCarthy era.
* Murder My Sweet – 1944
* Crossfire – 1947
Alfred Hitchcock – A London import whose name and films are familiar to everyone. A master of psychological thrillers, many of which are film noir, Hitchcock had a career that spanned over five decades earning him the distinction of being considered one of the most influential filmmakers of all time.
* Suspicion – 1941
* Shadow of a Doubt – 1943
* Spellbound – 1945