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Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic 

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Updated October 28, 2019 2.7k votes 437 voters 16.7k views 40 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
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) 2 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) 3 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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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Only God Forgives is listed (or ranked) 7 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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John Wick Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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Keanu Reeves
John Wick is an American media franchise which consists of action thriller films created by Derek Kolstad and directed by Chad Stahelski. Keanu Reeves stars as the eponymous character, a retired ...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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Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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) 11 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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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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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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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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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Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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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Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Upgrade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson
Upgrade is a 2018 Australian science fiction action horror film directed by Leigh Whannell. A self-identified technophobe (Logan Marshall-Green) in a near-future world uses an experimental ...more

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Tron is listed (or ranked) 21 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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2046 is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Void is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers
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