Neo Noir (Post 1980)

by shash1979 | created - 06 May 2014 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations :)

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1. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, 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: 491,966 | Gross: $64.62M

2. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 253,077 | Gross: $67.36M

3. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 559,926 | Gross: $24.61M

4. Blood Simple (1984)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 79,575 | Gross: $2.15M

5. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 19,834 | Gross: $12.38M

6. The Square (2008)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash.

Director: Nash Edgerton | Stars: David Roberts, Claire van der Boom, Joel Edgerton, Peter Phelps

Votes: 5,188 | Gross: $0.05M

7. The Last Seduction (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

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.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman, Michael Raysses

Votes: 18,952 | Gross: $6.14M

8. Red Rock West (1993)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, Craig Reay

Votes: 18,404 | Gross: $2.50M

9. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 202,014 | Gross: $4.24M

10. The Nice Guys (2016)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Votes: 239,029 | Gross: $36.26M

11. Black Widow (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 7,895 | Gross: $25.21M

12. Sea of Love (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 34,597 | Gross: $58.57M

13. Blink (1993)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Emma, a blind violinist who had recently undergone a revolutionary surgery, joins with a police detective to track a serial killer after she was an inadvertent witness to his latest crime.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, James Remar, Peter Friedman

Votes: 7,239 | Gross: $16.70M

14. The Getaway (1994)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

51 Metascore

An ex-con and his devoted wife must flee from danger when a heist doesn't go as planned.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Michael Madsen, James Woods

Votes: 15,895 | Gross: $16.10M

15. Wild Things (1998)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Denise Richards

Votes: 100,970 | Gross: $29.75M

16. The Hot Spot (1990)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter quickly gets into trouble with the local authorities- and the local women- after he robs a bank.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 9,492 | Gross: $1.29M

17. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 156,321 | Gross: $117.73M

18. Dream Lover (1993)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

Director: Nicholas Kazan | Stars: James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Fredric Lehne, Bess Armstrong

Votes: 3,705 | Gross: $0.26M

19. Tequila Sunrise (1988)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A former L.A. drug dealer tries to go straight but his past and his underworld connections bring him into the focus of the DEA, the Mexican feds and the Mexican drug cartels.

Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell, Raul Julia

Votes: 26,644 | Gross: $41.29M

Gorgeous cinematography and the movie itself is highly underrated...

20. Palmetto (1998)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

43 Metascore

A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 7,229 | Gross: $5.84M

21. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 27,810 | Gross: $24.06M

22. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A womanizing, crooked cop on the payroll of the mafia is confronted with the reality of his double life after he is asked to kill a beautiful and ruthless Russian gangster.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Wallace Wood, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 12,205 | Gross: $3.28M

23. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

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.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 714,363 | Gross: $74.10M

24. Out of Sight (1998)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn

Votes: 79,686 | Gross: $37.56M

25. Bound (1996)

R | 109 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

61 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 46,962 | Gross: $3.80M

26. Under Suspicion (1991)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Brighton in 1959, disgraced cop turned private detective Tony Aaron works largely on falsifying adulteries for use as evidence in divorce cases. He involves his wife as the fictional ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Moore | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura San Giacomo, Kenneth Cranham, Maggie O'Neill

Votes: 3,086 | Gross: $0.22M

27. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

An African-American man is hired to find a woman, and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle

Votes: 15,836 | Gross: $16.03M

28. China Moon (1994)

R | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

Director: John Bailey | Stars: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Charles Dance, Patricia Healy

Votes: 5,283 | Gross: $3.04M

29. The Big Easy (1986)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A corrupt lieutenant in the homicide division is threatened by the righteous DA while trying to solve a string of mysterious murders.

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman

Votes: 10,714 | Gross: $17.69M

30. Jennifer 8 (1992)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An LA homicide investigator moves and starts a murder investigation after a woman's hand etc. are found at a dump. Could it be a Jennifer (victims of a serial killer are called Jennifer).? It leads him to a witness; a cute, blind woman.

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen, Graham Beckel

Votes: 14,115 | Gross: $11.39M

31. When Strangers Appear (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

A man enters a roadside diner run by a young woman and claims he is being chased by murderers.

Director: Scott Reynolds | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Josh Lucas, Barry Watson, Kevin Anderson

Votes: 2,590

32. The Frontier (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Decades ago at The Frontier, a diner with 3 motel rooms in the desert on old route 66, a young woman stops and gets work. She reads about a murder in Flagstaff and a $2M armored truck heist. Is it connected to the people at The Frontier?

Director: Oren Shai | Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Kelly Lynch, Jim Beaver, Izabella Miko

Votes: 712

33. Out of Time (I) (2003)

PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

63 Metascore

A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes, Dean Cain

Votes: 52,753 | Gross: $40.91M

34. Twilight (1998)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A retired detective accepts a simple task, unaware that it will tear open old, forgotten, but deadly wounds.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 9,404 | Gross: $15.03M

35. Broken City (2013)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

Director: Allen Hughes | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 71,561 | Gross: $19.70M



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