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.
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.
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.
WHAT'S THE MEANING
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#8The 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.