Neo-noir Extravaganzza

Just a few of the best modern cop thrillers out there
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1.
Un Flic (1972)
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Bank robbery in small town ends with one of the robbers being wounded. The loot from the robbery is just an asset for the even more spectacular heist... (98 mins.)
 
2.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
3.
Blade Runner (1982)
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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. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
4.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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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. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
5.
Se7en (1995)
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Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
6.
Hard Eight (1996)
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Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine. (102 mins.)
 
7.
Body Heat (1981)
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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
8.
Mulholland Falls (1996)
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In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
9.
True Confessions (1981)
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A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute. (108 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
 
10.
Give 'em Hell Malone (2009)
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A tough as nails private investigator (Malone) squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well... (96 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
11.
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
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An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces... (114 mins.)
Director: James Foley
 
12.
The Big Bang (2010)
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A private detective is hired to find a missing stripper. A simple job turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead. (101 mins.)
Director: Tony Krantz
 
13.
The Black Dahlia (2006)
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Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation. (121 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
14.
Red Rock West (1993)
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When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife... (98 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
15.
Lone Star (1996)
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When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
16.
Brick (2005)
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A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
17.
Blood Simple. (1984)
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
18.
The Last Seduction (1994)
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A devious sexpot steals her husband's drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme. (110 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
19.
Bound (1996)
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Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar. (108 mins.)
 
20.
Sin City (2005)
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A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
 
21.
Memento (2000)
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A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
 
22.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
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A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor. (103 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
 
23.
Drive (2011)
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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
 
24.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
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A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. (109 mins.)
 
25.
Following (1998)
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A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. (69 mins.)
 
26.
Lawless (2012)
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Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. (116 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
27.
Shallow Grave (1994)
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Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash. (89 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
28.
Eastern Promises (2007)
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A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family. (100 mins.)
 
29.
Insomnia (2002)
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Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. (118 mins.)
 
30.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
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Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
31.
Collateral (2004)
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A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
32.
The Game (1997)
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Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone... (129 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
33.
Payback: Straight Up (2006 Video)
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Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge. (90 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
 
34.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
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A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
35.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
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Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants. (122 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
36.
Side Effects (2013)
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A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. (106 mins.)
 
37.
Running Time (1997)
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Running Time was filmed in black and white, in real time, and seemingly takes place in one continuous... (70 mins.)
Director: Josh Becker
 
38.
The Grifters (1990)
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A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
39.
Kill Me Again (1989)
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A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend. (94 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
40.
The Way of the Gun (2000)
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Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man. (119 mins.)
 
41.
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
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Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly. (115 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
 
42.
Night Moves (1975)
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Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling. (100 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
43.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
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Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
44.
Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
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Detective Jack Grimaldi (Gary Oldman) takes us through his shattered life after encountering the most... (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
45.
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
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48 hours of intersecting lives and crimes in Los Angeles. (104 mins.)
Director: John Herzfeld
 
46.
Carlito's Way (1993)
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A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
47.
Dance with a Stranger (1985)
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A stormy relationship, complicated by the strictures of 1950s social class and gender roles, ends in death. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain. (96 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
48.
The Two Faces of January (2014)
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A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective. (96 mins.)
Director: Hossein Amini
 
49.
Serpico (1973)
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The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
50.
At Close Range (1986)
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In 1978 rural Pennsylvania an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons and they become intrigued with romanticized life of crime. (111 mins.)
Director: James Foley
 
51.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
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Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
52.
Sexy Beast (2000)
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Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
53.
Joy Ride (2001)
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Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer. (97 mins.)
Director: John Dahl