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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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Hard Candy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Hard Candy Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Patrick Wilson Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the torture of a suspected sexual predator by a 14-year-old female vigilante. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian ...more

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Election is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Election Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Klein Election is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by him and Jim Taylor from Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same title. The plot revolves around a ...more

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Kids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Kids Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film ...more

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The Basketball Diaries is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Basketball Diaries Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg from the non-fiction work of the same ...more

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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 The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh ...more

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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Thirteen Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more

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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 Alpha Dog is a 2006 American crime drama film written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2006, with a wide release the following year on ...more

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Brick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Brick Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin Brick is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was Johnson's directorial debut and won the Special Jury Prize for ...more

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Assassination of a High School... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Assassination of a High School President Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Zoë Kravitz Assassination of a High School President is a 2008 American neo noir comedy film, directed by Brett Simon, written by Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski, and starring Reece Thompson, Bruce Willis, ...more

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Jawbreaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Jawbreaker Rose McGowan, Julie Benz, Pam Grier Jawbreaker is a 1999 American black comedy film written and directed by Darren Stein. The film stars Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer as girls in an exclusive clique in ...more

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Bully is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Bully Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl Bully is a 2001 American film directed by Larry Clark, and starring Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Michael Pitt, Leo Fitzpatrick, Kelli Garner, and Nick Stahl. Based on the 1993 ...more

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American Honey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
American Honey Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, McCaul Lombardi

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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 I Know Who Killed Me is a 2007 American horror-thriller film directed by Chris Sivertson and starring Lindsay Lohan. It is the second movie in which Lohan plays twins, the first being 1998's The ...more

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Poison Ivy Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd Poison Ivy is a 1992 American drama-thriller film and directed by Katt Shea. Andy Ruben transformed Melissa Goddard's story into the screenplay. It stars Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom ...more

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Daydream Nation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Daydream Nation Kat Dennings, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas Daydream Nation is a 2010 Canadian drama film written and directed by Michael Goldbach. It stars Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, and Josh Lucas. The film premiered at the Toronto International ...more

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The Chumscrubber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Chumscrubber Ralph Fiennes, Camilla Belle, Glenn Close The Chumscrubber is a 2005 American-German comedy-drama film, directed by Arie Posin, starring an ensemble cast led by Jamie Bell. The plot, written by Posin and Zac Stanford, focuses on the ...more

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The Rules of Attraction is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Rules of Attraction Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder The Rules of Attraction is a 2002 black comedy film written and directed by Roger Avary, based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. It stars James van der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, ...more

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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 Pretty Persuasion is a 2005 American black comedy/satirical film about a 15-year-old schoolgirl who makes an allegation of sexual harassment against her drama teacher. The film's tagline is: ...more

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Charlie Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
Charlie Bartlett Robert Downey Jr., Kat Dennings, Drake Charlie Bartlett is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Jon Poll. The screenplay by Gustin Nash focuses on a teenager who begins to dispense therapeutic advice and prescription drugs ...more

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The Informers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Teen Noir Movies
The Informers Amber Heard, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder The Informers is a 2008 American ensemble hollywood drama film written by Bret Easton Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki and directed by Gregor Jordan. The film is based on Ellis' 1994 collection of ...more