Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) is considered by some to be the definitive apocalyptic film noir. It is based on the seventh book of the Mickey Spillane detective series featuring the notorious Mike Hammer, who will stop at nothing to help his female client (who is later on murdered). In the film, Hammer tries to prevent criminals from obtaining radioactive materials. The film echoes cold war paranoia and the threat of nuclear war at the time. It contains classic film noir elements, including a mood of despair fostered by darkly lit scenes at night, a femme fatale, and the proverbial anti-hero.