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Bright colors, vivid lights, and a modern aesthetic come together to create cinematic beauty in the best neon films. The top movies with neon are set in a variety of places and times, but they share the same bold palette. This is a list of the greatest movies with a neon aesthetic including everything from Tron: Legacy to Enter the Void to Robocop.

What films will you find on this list of the best neon movies? In the 2011 film Drive, director Nicolas Winding Refn gave Los Angeles a hazy neon makeover. In 2016, Refn pushed the concept even further with his lurid drama The Neon Demon. The eerie sci-fi movie Under the Skin underscored its chilly feel with pops of neon color. Other fluorescent films featured on this list include Solaris, Ichi the Killer, and Blade Runner.

Do you have a favorite neon movie? Take a look at this list and give your picks a thumbs up to help them land in the top spot.

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
William Bowens added Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve, and a sequel to the 1982 film. A young blade runner's (Ryan Gosling) discovery of a long-buried ...more

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The Neon Demon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone The Neon Demon is a 2016 psychological horror film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. An aspiring model (Elle Fanning) in Los Angeles generates intense fascination and jealousy within the

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Only God Forgives is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke Only God Forgives is a 2013 Danish-French thriller film written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vithaya Pansringarm. The film was shot on ...more

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Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
jaivster added Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal who starts shooting footage in Los Angeles and ...more

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Enter the Void is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé, Sara Stockbridge Enter the Void is a 2009 English-language French fantasy drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé and starring Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, and Cyril Roy. Set in the neon-lit ...more

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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
nicorombo88 added Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an ...more

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Nerve is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade Nerve is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. The film stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, and Juliette ...more

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Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A sequel to the 1982 film Tron, it is directed by Joseph Kosinski, produced by Tron director ...more

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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on Michel Faber's 2000 novel. A mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men in the ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller Byzantium is a 2012 drama, fantasy and thriller film written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan.

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Tron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars ...more

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Beyond The Black Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Chris Gauthier, Scott Hylands, Richard Jollymore Beyond The Black Rainbow is a 2010 Sci-Fi film written and directed by Panos Cosmatos.

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2046 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung 2046 is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It is a loose sequel to the 1991 Hong Kong film Days of Being Wild and the 2000 Hong Kong film In the Mood for Love. ...more

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Lost River is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan Lost River is a 2014 American fantasy-neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Ryan Gosling, in his directorial debut. The film stars Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith, ...more

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy RoboCop is a 2014 action science fiction film written by Michael Miner, Edward Neumeier, Nick Schenk and 2 others and directed by José Padilha.

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Videodrome is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian postmodernist science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto in the ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more

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Escape from L.A. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier Escape from L.A. is a 1996 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter, co-written and produced by Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, with Russell also ...more

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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Isara Ra added Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more

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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
JoshC. added Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 science fiction action film directed by Rupert Sanders, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field ...more

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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
JoshC. added Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by Masamune Shirow. The film was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by ...more

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Hobo with a Shotgun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
nicorombo88 added Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Nick Bateman Hobo with a Shotgun is a 2011 Canadian exploitation action film directed by Jason Eisener and written by John Davies, starring Rutger Hauer. It is based on the winning trailer of the same name ...more