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Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic

Updated February 23, 2020 3.8k votes 480 voters 19.8k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Blade Runner 2049

    Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

    Released2017

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

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    Drive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Drive

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

    Released2011

    Directed byNicolas Winding

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    The Neon Demon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    The Neon Demon

    Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman

    Released2016

    Directed byNicolas Winding Refn

    The Neon Demon is a 2016 psychological horror film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. An... more on Wikipedia
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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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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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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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    Ghost in the Shell

    Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released1995

    Directed byMamoru Oshii

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    John Wick Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Nightcrawler

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2014

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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    Enter the Void is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Enter the Void

    Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé

    Released2009

    Directed byGaspar Noé

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    Only God Forgives is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Only God Forgives

    Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas

    Released2013

    Directed byNicolas Winding

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    Nerve is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Nerve

    Emma Roberts, Dave Franco

    Directed byHenry Joost

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    Atomic Blonde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Atomic Blonde

    Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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    Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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    Too Old to Die Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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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. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Escape from L.A.

    Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Beyond The Black Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Beyond The Black Rainbow

    Chris Gauthier, Scott Hylands

    Released2010

    Directed byPanos Cosmatos

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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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    Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Streets of Fire

    Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane

    Released1984

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Byzantium

    Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan

    Released2012

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    Irréversible is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Irréversible

    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel

    Released2002

    Directed byGaspar Noé

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    Revenge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Revenge

    Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens

    Released2018

    Directed byCoralie Fargeat

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    Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Ghost in the Shell

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    La La Land is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    La La Land

    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

    Released2016

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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    Tron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Tron

    Jeff Bridges, David Warner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Lisberger

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    Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies with a Neon Aesthetic
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    Under the Skin

    Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek

    Released2013

    Directed byJonathan Glazer

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