Originally Posted by Jonesy
I'm answering the title of your post, rather than your actual post, because they are two completely different topics. My favourite film noir is The Killers. And no, it doesn't star Rita Hayworth.
I prefer the remake with Lee Marvin. Although I believe this one has one of the best opening sequences with William Conrad and Charles Mcgraw as the menacing hitmen.
As for the best one, I nominate two. One from the golden age of noir "The Maltese Falcon" and the other from more recent times:La confidentiel