If you've developed a taste for smoky bars, mysterious murders and cops pounding a dangerous beat thanks to the engrossing 'L.A. Noire,' we've got some essential film noirs for you, including several that inspired the video game.

Let us take you back to 1940s Los Angeles for classics like 'Double Indemnity,' with a double-dealing Barbara Stanwyck, and 'The Big Sleep,' with Humphrey Bogart as jaded P.I. Philip Marlowe. Then we tour the underbelly of overlooked L.A. noirs, where the cops can be more crooked than the criminals. Finally, we leave you with modern classics like 'Heat,' where the City of Angels is now in color, but just as noir.