Here’s one I left out.
The essential noir, starring Ralph Meeker as the ultimate sleazeball Mike Hammer, and featuring Cloris Leachman in her first film role
The film received the condemnation of the Kefauver Commission, which accused it of being “designed to ruin young viewers”, a verdict that director Aldrich protested. Despite initial critical disapproval, it is considered one of the most important and influential film noirs of all time.
The film has been noted as a stylistic precursor to the French New Wave, and has been cited as a major influence on a number of filmmakers, including François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Alex Cox, and Quentin Tarantino. In 1999, Kiss Me Deadly was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
The film has been described as “the definitive, apocalyptic, nihilistic, science-fiction film noir of all time – at the close of the classic noir period.
(from the Wikipedia entry)
Mickey Spillane hated what the filmmakers did to his book. He wrote a piece of trash, Hollywood transformed it to high art.