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Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic 

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Updated February 23, 2020 2.7k votes 439 voters 16.7k views 43 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite films that are full of neon lights.

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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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
William Bowens added Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright

Released: 2017

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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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Drive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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The Neon Demon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone

Released: 2016

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

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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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
underdoglover added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more

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John Wick Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
JoshC. added Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mamoru Oshii

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Only God Forgives is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke

Released: 2013

Directed by: Nicolas Winding

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Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
jaivster added Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Dan Gilroy

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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Nerve is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade

Directed by: Henry Joost

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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Enter the Void is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé, Sara Stockbridge

Released: 2009

Directed by: Gaspar Noé

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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Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

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Beyond The Black Rainbow... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Chris Gauthier, Scott Hylands, Richard Jollymore

Released: 2010

Directed by: Panos Cosmatos

Beyond The Black Rainbow is a 2010 Sci-Fi film written and directed by Panos Cosmatos.

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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
nicorombo88 added Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

Released: 1977

Directed by: Dario Argento

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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
ritafarrs added Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Directed by: David Leitch

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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
JoshC. added Ghost in the Shell

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

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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Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller

Released: 2012

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

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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Tron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Lisberger

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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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Released: 2016

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

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2046 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung

Released: 2004

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai

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Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gaspar Noé

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Lynch

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The Void is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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Released: 2016

Directed by: Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie

The Void is a 2016 Canadian horror film directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie. A group of people who have been trapped in a hospital by a gathering of hooded cultists soon discovers ...more
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Once Upon a Time in Holl... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Released: 2019

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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