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The genre of Film Noir is a style of storytelling marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace often centering around tales of murder, crime, gangsters and corruption. Film Noir was coined by French critics and was born in the mid 1940s and hit a crucial peak of popularity into the early 1950s. Some of the best movies include The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Laura, Out of the Past, The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers, The Big Sleep, The Third Man and Niagra. These films featured iconic stars such as Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Gene Tierney, Veronica Lake, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer, Marilyn Monroe, Dana Andrews, Vincent Price, Rita Hayworth, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains and Loretta Young.