Neo Noir 1980 - 2000

by Michel_nicami | created - 18 Jun 2011 | updated - 31 Jul 2012 | Public

Some films that sport the look & style of the classic days of cinema. It is often primarily a "noirish" sensibility that you'll find in the following pieces, while I purposely left most films out that only deal with a subject matter typical for NOIR.

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1. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 548,455 | Gross: $27.00M

2. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 453,689 | Gross: $64.62M

3. Miller's Crossing (1990)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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66 Metascore

Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 111,249 | Gross: $5.08M

4. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 291,936 | Gross: $251.19M

5. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,475,865 | Gross: $107.93M

6. Singapore sling: O anthropos pou agapise ena ptoma (1990)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A man searching for his long-lost lover is kidnapped by her killers, an insane, mother-daughter duo, and they force him to commit various sexual atrocities with them.

Director: Nikos Nikolaidis | Stars: Meredyth Herold, Panos Thanassoulis, Michele Valley

Votes: 1,732

7. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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80 Metascore

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 941,414 | Gross: $25.54M

8. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 168,355 | Gross: $14.38M

9. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 164,479 | Gross: $9.93M

10. Wild at Heart (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 68,223 | Gross: $14.56M

11. Last Man Standing (1996)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson, Christopher Walken

Votes: 47,413 | Gross: $17.60M

12. Sea of Love (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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66 Metascore

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker

Votes: 32,406 | Gross: $58.57M

13. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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41 Metascore

A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 145,328 | Gross: $117.73M

14. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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79 Metascore

After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 745,185 | Gross: $2.83M

15. Happy Birthday, Türke! (1992)

109 min | Crime, Thriller

6.5
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Kemal Kayankaya, a private detective, was hired by a Turkish women, Ilter, to search for his husband, Amend, who has been missing since the death of her father, Vassif. Unknownst to him, he... See full summary »

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Hansa Czypionka, Özay Fecht, Meret Becker, Doris Kunstmann

Votes: 207

16. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.

Directors: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Dan Riba | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Stacy Keach

Votes: 34,037 | Gross: $5.62M

17. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 148,748 | Gross: $8.55M

18. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 108,905 | Gross: $3.80M

19. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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53 Metascore

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner

Votes: 48,263 | Gross: $8.95M

20. House on Haunted Hill (1999)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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28 Metascore

An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

Director: William Malone | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 47,810 | Gross: $40.85M

21. Year of the Dragon (1985)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo

Votes: 11,572 | Gross: $18.70M

22. Mulholland Falls (1996)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 13,834 | Gross: $11.50M

23. Payback (I) (1999)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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46 Metascore

After a successful heist, Porter is shot by his wife and his best friend. They leave him there to die but when he recovers, he seeks revenge and wants his share of the money.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer

Votes: 118,698 | Gross: $81.53M

24. Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 50,772 | Gross: $103.74M

25. Strange Days (1995)

R | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 58,361 | Gross: $7.92M

26. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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61 Metascore

After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn

Votes: 288,880 | Gross: $48.32M

27. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 505,703 | Gross: $57.14M

28. Barton Fink (1991)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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69 Metascore

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner

Votes: 97,021 | Gross: $6.15M

29. The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.9
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56 Metascore

Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene

Votes: 289,805 | Gross: $119.94M

30. U Turn (1997)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 44,378 | Gross: $6.63M

31. eXistenZ (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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68 Metascore

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 82,841 | Gross: $2.84M

32. Four Rooms (1995)

R | 98 min | Comedy

6.7
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Four interlocking tales that take place in a fading hotel on New Year's Eve.

Directors: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Sammi Davis, Amanda De Cadenet

Votes: 84,619 | Gross: $4.30M

33. Get Shorty (1995)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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82 Metascore

A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt, and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, John Travolta

Votes: 66,853 | Gross: $72.08M

34. The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black

Votes: 131,956 | Gross: $60.24M

35. Batman Forever (1995)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.4
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51 Metascore

Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman

Votes: 205,994 | Gross: $184.03M

36. Death Becomes Her (1992)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 86,608 | Gross: $58.42M

37. Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

5.9
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48 Metascore

After a freak accident, a yuppie turns invisible and runs from a treacherous CIA official, while trying to cope with his new life.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Sam Neill, Michael McKean

Votes: 18,844 | Gross: $14.36M

38. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

Votes: 68,477 | Gross: $41.90M

39. Under Suspicion (2000)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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43 Metascore

A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. This will only take ten minutes, they say, but it turns out to be one ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Thomas Jane, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 19,441 | Gross: $0.26M

40. American Psycho (2000)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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64 Metascore

A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 395,788 | Gross: $15.07M

41. Grim Fandango (1998 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

9.5
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Manuel Calavera is a travel agent in The Land of the Dead who has stumbled across a ring of corruption.

Director: Tim Schafer | Stars: Tony Plana, Maria Canals-Barrera, Alan Blumenfeld, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 2,518