Total Nerd The Best Future Noir & Tech Noir Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Your favorite future noir and tech noir films, regardless of box office or critic rating.

The best tech noir and future noir movies bring the classic film noir feel into the future with science fiction backdrops and characters. Sure, they may not be filmed in black and white, but their stories very much embody film noir. So which are the best techno noir and future noir movies of all time? See what fans of films think below.

What defines the future noir genre? One way to define it is as a combination of film noir storytelling with a science fiction setting. However, that definition can be problematic in itself because there is some disagreement on what film noir encapsulates. Generally, the best future noir films have to do with a crime or mystery that the hero (who sometimes but not always is a detective) must solve.

Some examples of future noir or tech noir include Gattaca and Blade Runner. In fact, Blade Runner is probably the strongest example of a tech noir film, as it features both a detective and a femme fatale. A more recent tech noir film is I, Robot, which stars Will Smith as a police office that has to get to the bottom of a murder mystery.

So now that we’re all on the same page as to what makes a science fiction movie a future noir or tech noir, it’s time to see which are actually the best ones. Vote for your favorite future noir films below or add any you feel are missing. If you’re looking to see where a particular future noir film is ranked, you can use the search box at the top of the list. Otherwise, let’s solve the mystery of which is the best future noir movie ever!

All sorts of directors have taken on Future noir movies. Examples include Mamoru Oshii, Alejandro Amenábar, and Colin Budds.

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Future Noir & Tech Noir Movies, Ranked
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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Gattaca Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke

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12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Future Noir & Tech Noir Movies, Ranked
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Future Noir & Tech Noir Movies, Ranked
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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Ghost in the Shell Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera

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A Scanner Darkly Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Future Noir & Tech Noir Movies, Ranked
Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

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Strange Days Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis

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Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

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Alphaville Anna Karina, Jean Piere Leaud, Akim Tamiroff

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V for Vendetta Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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Existenz Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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The Thirteenth Floor Gretchen Mol, Vincent D'Onofrio, Shiri Appleby

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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Robocop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Future Noir & Tech Noir Movies, Ranked
Robocop Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Future Noir & Tech Noir Movies, Ranked
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Naoto Takenaka, Akio Ōtsuka, Yoshiko Sakakibara

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Equilibrium Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara, Daran Norris

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A Detective Story Carrie-Anne Moss, James Arnold Taylor, Terrence C. Carson

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The City of Lost Children Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Pinon

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

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I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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Open Your Eyes Penélope Cruz, Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri

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Looker James Coburn, Susan Dey, Albert Finney

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Renaissance Daniel Craig, Ian Holm, Catherine McCormack

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The Element of Crime Lars von Trier, Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight

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Paycheck Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti

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WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 Toshio Furukawa, Daisuke Gōri, Yoshiko Sakakibara

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Natural City Yoo Ji-tae, Yoon Chan, Shin Gu

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Death Watch Harvey Keitel, Max von Sydow, Bill Nighy

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The Final Cut Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino

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Patlabor: The Movie Megumi Hayashibara, Toshio Furukawa, Koyasu Taketo

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Ai City Jōji Yanami, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Ichirō Nagai

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Patlabor 2: The Movie Toshio Furukawa, Naoto Takenaka, Daisuke Gōri

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Max Knight: Ultra Spy Rachel Blakely, Michael Landes, Brooke Harman