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The Best Neo-Noir Movies 

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Updated November 22, 2019 3.6k votes 453 voters 21.4k views 60 items

List Rules Vote for your personal favorite Neo-noir films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

This is a list of all the best neo-noir films of all time, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The neo-noir genre is a modern version of film noir, which was a genre of crime movies in the 1940s and 50s and employed the use of light and shadows, unbalanced framing, and tilted camera angles, with a common motif of paranoia, revenge, and alienation. All of the movies on this list fit within the modern noir films genre and are voted on by people who really care about neo-noir films.

Are you one of those people that doesn't like Breathless or Dark City? Then vote those things down to have your voice heard, and give them a thumbs up if you do. Other movies on this list include The Gingerbread Man and Fargo, but if we missed any neo-noir movies movies on this list, please add them yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the top neo-noir films of all time and is currently ordered from best to worst, according to your votes.

So whether you're at home and want to watch these neo-noir movies on DVD or streaming… or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this list of the best neo-noir movies will help you decide what to watch. So from the latest, to the greatest of the neo-noir cinema, here is the full list of neo noir films, 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

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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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Drive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2011

Directed by: Nicolas Winding

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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film snob added Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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jaivster added Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

Released: 1974

Directed by: 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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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
film snob added Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Lynch

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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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
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Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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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Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Rian Johnson

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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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

Released: 1998

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2005

Directed by: Shane Black

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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Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Frears

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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Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Dahl

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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Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Lynch

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Willie Nelson, James Caan, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1981

Directed by: Michael Mann

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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Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle

Released: 1995

Directed by: Carl Franklin

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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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1980

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neo-Noir Movies
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane

Released: 2019

Directed by: Steven Knight

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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film snob added Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich

Released: 1996

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

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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Jennifer Connelly, Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen

Released: 1990

Directed by: Dennis Hopper

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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Jennifer Lopez, Sean Penn, Claire Danes

Released: 1997

Directed by: Oliver Stone

U Turn is a 1997 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, Powers Boothe, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank

Released: 2006

Directed by: Brian De Palma

The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential and stars Josh ...more

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