Smoking guns, sharp hats, dangerous dames, fast talking and high trousers – what’s not to love about Film Noir? We can’t seem to get enough of these hard-boiled detective flicks, full of billowing cigarette smoke, bright sun shining through venetian blinds, and some of the snappiest dialogue this side of Chinatown.
We’ve rooted out ten of our favourite killer Film Noir quotes, so hold tight to that cheap cigar of yours, Keyes, and get to reading them (preferably out loud to yourself in the slickest gangster voice you can muster).
Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?
The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1946)
If there’s one thing in this world I hate, it’s a double-crossing dame.
The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
Death’s at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals.
To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks, 1944)
You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together, and…blow.
Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)
Ok, how much did they give you? I’ll top it.
You can’t top this. They said they’d let me breathe.
Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
It was the bottom of the barrel, and I was scraping it.
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
What else is there to think about, except my job, my dirty job?
Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
But, Mrs Mulwray, I goddamn near lost my nose. And I like it. I like breathing through it.
The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953)
Well, you’re about as romantic as a pair of handcuffs.
The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
Those are harsh words to throw at a man, especially when he’s walking out of your bedroom.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)
Is that a rabbit in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?