teen movies The Very Best Teen Noir Movies

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List Rules Vote up the best movies about teenagers and high school that have elements of noir films.

The noir genre is often associated with dog-tired older detectives and black and white films. These movies with teen protagonists are out to challenge that notion, while still paying tribute to classic noir tropes. The best teen noir movies feature murderous plots, arch narration, and dastardly deeds. This is a list of the top teenage noir movies including everything from Donnie Darko to The Basketball Diaries to The Rules of Attraction.

What films will you find on this list of the best noir movies about teenagers? In Brick, a moody high school-age private detective sets out to uncover who murdered his girlfriend. Sofia Coppola puts a chillingly beautiful spin on the genre in The Virgin Suicides, which follows five suicidal sisters through the eyes of the neighborhood boys who pine for them. Winona Ryder's voice-over narration is only one of the noir elements in the murderous 1988 black comedy Heathers. Other good films featured on this best teen noir movies list include Alpha Dog, Election, and I Know Who Killed Me.

Which teen noir movie do you like the best? Give your favorite films a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine

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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson

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Election is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Election Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein

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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Thirteen Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter

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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Virgin Suicides Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

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The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Basketball Diaries Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis

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Alpha Dog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Alpha Dog Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard

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Jawbreaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Jawbreaker Rose McGowan, Julie Benz, Pam Grier

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Brick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Brick Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin

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Daydream Nation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Daydream Nation Kat Dennings, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Poison Ivy Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd

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Assassination of a High School... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Assassination of a High School President Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Zoë Kravitz

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I Know Who Killed Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
I Know Who Killed Me Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond, Garcelle Beauvais

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Bully is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Bully Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl

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The Chumscrubber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Chumscrubber Ralph Fiennes, Camilla Belle, Glenn Close

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The Rules of Attraction is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Rules of Attraction Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder

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American Honey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
American Honey Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, McCaul Lombardi

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Pretty Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Pretty Persuasion Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods, Jaime King

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The Informers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Informers Amber Heard, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder

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Charlie Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Charlie Bartlett Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings, Drake