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Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic  

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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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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
underdoglover added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
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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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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Drive is listed (or ranked) 3 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 2049 is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 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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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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Nerve is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Only God Forgives is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
ritafarrs added Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which ...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
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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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 14 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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2046 is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 17 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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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Lost River is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé
Irréversible is a 2002 French mystery thriller film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, starring Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel. The film employs a non-linear ...more
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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Beyond The Black Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Videodrome is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 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