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A list of all the best neo-noir movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This neo-noir movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of neo-noir films also contains neo-noir movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This neo-noir films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best neo-noir movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This neo-noir movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote for your favorite movies to see them graduate to the top of the list.

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These are the top films in the neo-noir genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the neo-noir genre in it. Be it the motifs of the neo-noir genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

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List contains movies like The Gingerbread Man andFargo.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these neo-noir movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good neo-noir movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest neo-noir movies, here is the full neo-noir movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Plenty of well-known directors have been associated with Neo-noir films, including Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone.

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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jaivster added Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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film snob added Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
film snob added Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. It is adapted from the ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry ...more

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane Serenity is a 2019 American noir thriller-drama film directed by Steven Knight. The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain (Matthew McConaughey) living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt ...more

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Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E. ...more

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Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. The film features the last film appearances of Richard Pryor, Jack Nance, and Robert ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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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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Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle Red Rock West is a 1993 neo-noir film directed by John Dahl. It was written by Dahl and his brother Rick, and shot in Montana and Willcox, Arizona. The film was well received at the prestigious ...more

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Willie Nelson, James Caan, Tuesday Weld This film is a 1981 neo-noir film written and directed by Michael Mann and based on the 1975 novel by "Frank Hohimer". The film stars James Caan as the titular thief and Tuesday Weld ...more

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 American neo-noir dark comedy film written and directed by Shane Black, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen. The ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris ...more

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Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle Devil in a Blue Dress is a 1995 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Carl Franklin and photographed by Tak Fujimoto. The film is based on Walter Mosley's novel of the same name and ...more

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen The Hot Spot is a 1990 American film noir directed by Dennis Hopper and based on the 1952 book Hell Hath No Fury by Charles Williams. It stars Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, and Jennifer ...more

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neo-noir Movies
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik ...more

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film snob added Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman Hard Eight is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson. There ...more

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Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams One False Move is a 1992 American thriller film co-written by Billy Bob Thornton. The film stars Thornton alongside Bill Paxton and Cynda Williams and was directed by Carl Franklin. The ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Tom Waits, Madeleine Stowe The Two Jakes is a 1990 American Neo-noir mystery film, and the sequel to the 1974 film Chinatown. Directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, it also features Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Sean Penn, Claire Danes U Turn is a 1997 romantic comedy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone, based on the book Stray Dogs by John Ridley. It stars Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, Powers ...more