NEO-NOIR

While there have been hardly any major recent films in the classic “film noir” genre since the early 1960s, even so it’s had substantial effect on other genres. These films more often than not include both thematic and visual rudiments suggestive of film noir. Newer, more present-tense ideas and threads involved in neo-noir films comprise identity-related predicaments, problems of memory and subjectivity, and most significantly, technological harms and their social consequences.
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1.
Experiment in Terror (1962)
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A man with an asthmatic voice telephones bank clerk Kelly Sherwood at home and coerces her into helping him steal a large sum from her bank. (123 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
2.
Le Deuxieme Souffle (1966)
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Gustave Minda, better known as Gu, a dangerous gangster, escapes from jail. He goes to Paris to join Manouche and other friends... (150 mins.)
 
3.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
The Offence (1973)
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A burned-out British police detective finally snaps while interrogating a suspected child molester. (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
6.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
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After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
7.
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
 
8.
Hardcore (1979)
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A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits. (109 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
9.
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
 
10.
House of Games (1987)
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A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
11.
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
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A married New York cop falls for the socialite murder witness he's been assigned to protect. (106 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
12.
Johnny Handsome (1989)
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Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette... (94 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
13.
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
 
14.
Sea of Love (1989)
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A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit. (113 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
15.
Bad Influence (1990)
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Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome... (99 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
16.
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
 
17.
The Hot Spot (1990)
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When the drifter Harry Madox reaches a small town in Texas, he gets a job as used car salesman with... (130 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
 
18.
Dead Again (1991)
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An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection. (107 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
19.
Homicide (1991)
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A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
20.
Liebestraum (1991)
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Two affairs, a generation apart. Nick, a professor of architecture in upstate New York, comes to an... (112 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
 
21.
Shadows and Fog (1991)
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With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer. (85 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
22.
Basic Instinct (1992)
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A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved. (127 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
23.
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
 
24.
Single White Female (1992)
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A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in. (107 mins.)
 
25.
Unlawful Entry (1992)
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After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system... (117 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
26.
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
 
27.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
 
28.
Jade (1995)
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A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves. (95 mins.)
 
29.
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
 
30.
The Underneath (1995)
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A recovering gambling addict attempts to reconcile with his family and friends but finds trouble and temptation when caught between feelings for his ex-wife and her dangerous hoodlum boyfriend. (99 mins.)
 
31.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
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A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
32.
Blood and Wine (1996)
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A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes. (101 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
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An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that. (110 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
37.
Croupier (1998)
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An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel. (94 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
 
38.
Snake Eyes (1998)
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A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
Domestic Disturbance (2001)
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A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be. (89 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
41.
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
 
42.
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
 
43.
Read My Lips (2001)
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She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
44.
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
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An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
Unfaithful (2002)
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A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling. (124 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
47.
Spartan (2004)
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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official. (106 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
48.
13 Tzameti (2005)
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Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him... (93 mins.)
Director: Géla Babluani
 
49.
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
 
50.
Edmond (2005)
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A fortune-tellers teasing rumination sends Edmond Burke lurching into New York City's hellish underworld. (82 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
 
51.
The Ice Harvest (2005)
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A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash. (92 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
52.
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
 
53.
The Good German (2006)
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While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver. (105 mins.)
 
54.
Lights in the Dusk (2006)
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In Helsinki, a lonely night watchman is caught up in a series of misadventures with a femme fatale and a crooked businessman. (78 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
55.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
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When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax. (117 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
56.
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
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The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies. (108 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
57.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
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Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
58.
The Lookout (2007)
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Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist. (99 mins.)
Director: Scott Frank
 
59.
Roman de gare (2007)
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A popular novelist researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next bestseller. (103 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
60.
Vacancy (2007)
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A married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film. (85 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
 
61.
Transsiberian (2008)
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A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers. (111 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
62.
Untraceable (2008)
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FBI agent Jennifer Marsh is tasked with hunting down a seemingly untraceable serial killer who posts live videos of his victims on the Internet. As time runs out, the cat and mouse chase becomes more personal. (101 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
63.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
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A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. (109 mins.)