What are the best neo noir films?

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    #1Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman. It won several awards such as the Golden Globe in Best Motion Picture and the Oscar for Best Screenplay.


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    Jacob Andrews
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "The opening scene at the diner kinda bored me. But as soon as I saw someone chainsawed before the movie even hit its 30 minute mark, I realized that this movie will be awesome. And I was right! Me and my pops, who is a big fan of Quentin Tarantino, by the way, totally enjoyed this movie and all the unnecessary violence within it!"
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    #2Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American crime thriller film directed by Quentin Tarantino starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, and Michael Madsen. This film is about a diamond heist gone wrong. 


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    Helen Bryant
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "an unforgettable classic by one of the most unforgettable directors and casts in the whole world! for anyone who's a mad fan of neo-noir, this movie is a must-watch"
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    Collateral is an American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Michael Mann. It was released in 2004 and stars Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, depicting the story of a contract killer and his taxi driver hostage in Los Angeles.


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    Nicole Johnson
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "seeing tom cruise as a bad guy, and realizeing that hes actually good at it, is breathtaking! jamie foxx and tom's dynamic performance made me & my uncle enjoy this movie a lot"


Film noir is described as Hollywood crime dramas with a focus on cynical attitudes, dark wit, and sexual motivations. Similarly, neo-noir runs on the same style, albeit with a more updated style, visual element, and themes, among others.


Did you know that Quentin Tarantino, a filmmaker famous for creating films with neo-noir features, has a knack for connecting all his films, both intricately and in passing? A good example of these movies existing within one universe come from two characters in different Tarantino movies, particularly Mr. Blonde and Vincent Vega. Mr. Blonde, whose real name was Victor Vega and was the antagonist for Reservoir Dogs, was revealed to be Vincent's brother, who in turn was the protagonist for Pulp Fiction.

Back then, modern film noir movies, sometimes called neo-noirs, have become popular amongst present-day fans and have gathered a cult following. Contrary to popular belief, noir and neo-noir films don't have to exclusively center around a city detective against the underworld of organized crime. Oftentimes, neo-noir films focus on an interplay of lights and shadows, the blurred lines of what is morally right or wrong, a motivation for revenge, and contains an overall dark and cynical aesthetic.

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    Inception is a sci-fi film by Warner Bros. Pictures. Released in 2010, Inception was directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a thief who infiltrates the subconscious of sleeping minds to steal secrets in exchange for his freedom.


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    Gary Daniels
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "I won't lie, the only reason why I thought to watch this movie is because of all the memes from 9gag. But tbh, I'm glad I did, the movie is great, the casting is superb, plus the chemistry between all the actors and actresses is next to perfect, not to mention the sweet plot. 5/5!!!"
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    #5Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive is a suspense and mystery drama directed by David Lynch. It was released in 2001 and starred Naomi Watts and Laura Harring. It is about an aspiring actress who found herself mired in a startling conspiracy.


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    Philip Young
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "I love the story, it's not everyday you see a neo-noir movie with a female cast as the lead. Thumbs of for this!"
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    Memento is a 2000 psychological thriller about Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man with anterograde amnesia caused by head trauma. Shelby is trying to solve the mystery of his wife's murder by following clues from photos and tattoos on his own body.


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    Amy Hart
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "The plot twists in this movie made my head hurt so much, but in a good way. Just when you thought you had it all figured out, the movie twists and proves how wrong you were. 4/5 overall from me!"
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    Thief is an American neo-noir crime film directed by Michael Mann in 1981 in his feature film debut. The movie stars James Caan, Tuesday Weld, and Willie Nelson.


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    Benjamin Knight
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "I personally didn't enjoy James caan's acting, but hey, it's an old movie, everyone acted cheesy back then. The story was good overall tho, and it was pretty unextpected at times, me and my wife enjoyed it"
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    #8The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski is an American crime comedy movie directed by Joel Coen starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore in 1998. This film was inspired by the work of screenwriter Raymond Chandler. 


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    Willie Cox
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "Despite being a comedy movie, it included all the elements of how to create the perfect neo-noir. plus, this film made me laugh so much all tyhroughout. 10/10 would jeff bridges again, m8"


Best What are the best neo noir films
1Pulp FictionMovies 14 Paid
2Reservoir DogsMovies 11 Paid
3CollateralMovies 9 Paid
4InceptionMovies 8 Paid
5Mulholland DriveMovies 7 Paid
6MementoMovies 5 Paid
7ThiefMovies 4 Paid
8The Big LebowskiMovies 1 Paid

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