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Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic

Updated February 23, 2020 3.7k votes 487 voters 20.1k views43 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Blade Runner 2049
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    Blade Runner 2049

    Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

    Released2017

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Drive
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    Drive

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

    Released2011

    Directed byNicolas Winding

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    The Neon Demon
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    The Neon Demon

    Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman

    Released2016

    Directed byNicolas Winding Refn

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    Alita: Battle Angel
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    John Wick Franchise
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    Ghost in the Shell
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    Ghost in the Shell

    Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released1995

    Directed byMamoru Oshii

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    Enter the Void
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    Enter the Void

    Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé

    Released2009

    Directed byGaspar Noé

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    Nightcrawler
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    Nightcrawler

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2014

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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    Nerve
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    Nerve

    Emma Roberts, Dave Franco

    Directed byHenry Joost

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    Only God Forgives
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    Only God Forgives

    Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas

    Released2013

    Directed byNicolas Winding

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    Atomic Blonde
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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    Tron: Legacy
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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    Too Old to Die Young
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    Too Old to Die Young

    Miles Telle, Billy Baldwin

    Released2019

    Directed byNicolas Winding Refn

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    Escape from L.A.
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    Escape from L.A.

    Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Beyond The Black Rainbow
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    Beyond The Black Rainbow

    Chris Gauthier, Scott Hylands

    Released2010

    Directed byPanos Cosmatos

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    Suspiria
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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    Streets of Fire
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    Streets of Fire

    Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane

    Released1984

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    Irréversible
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    Irréversible

    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel

    Released2002

    Directed byGaspar Noé

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    Byzantium
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    Byzantium

    Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan

    Released2012

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    Revenge
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    Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens

    Released2018

    Directed byCoralie Fargeat

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    La La Land
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    La La Land

    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

    Released2016

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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    Mulholland Drive
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    Mulholland Drive

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Ghost in the Shell
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    Ghost in the Shell

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    Tron
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    Tron

    Jeff Bridges, David Warner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Lisberger

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