Neo-Noir or Nearly Noir (Try Saying That Five Times Fast)

A few of these are stretches, but in my opinion, an argument could be made with regard to the application of the term neo-noir to all of these titles. They do not all contain every single characteristic of the noir genre, e.g. a femme fatale, but if you think about it, you should be able to come to a conclusion about why these particular films were selected, if only in terms of their atmosphere/aesthetic.

  • Klute
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Chinatown
  • Body Heat
  • Coup de Torchon
  • Angel Heart
  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • The Grifters
  • Blood Simple
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Sin City
  • Brick
  • Miller's Crossing
  • U Turn
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Dark City
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Square
  • Blade Runner
  • Le Samouraï
  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • 2 Days in the Valley
  • The Aura
  • Dead Again
  • Insomnia
  • The Limey
  • Lost Highway
  • Lucky Number Slevin
  • Se7en
  • Malice
  • Léon: The Professional
  • State of Grace
  • Hard Boiled
  • The Killer
  • Memento
  • The Usual Suspects
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Basic Instinct
  • Carlito's Way
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Drive
  • Blow Out
  • Fight Club
  • The Man Who Wasn't There
  • Fargo
  • Manhunter
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
  • True Romance
  • The Machinist
  • The Spanish Prisoner
  • The Element of Crime
  • Europa
  • Only God Forgives
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • Killer Joe
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • Following
  • Collateral
  • The Counselor
  • Shutter Island
  • The Killer Inside Me
  • Body Double
  • The Man from Nowhere
  • Miami Vice
  • Monsieur Hire
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Public Enemies
  • Road to Perdition
  • Running Scared
  • The Salton Sea
  • Thief
  • TransSiberian
  • The Conversation
  • The Vanishing
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Taxi Driver
  • Wild Things
  • Red Rock West
  • The Last Seduction
  • Bound
  • The Matrix
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit