Some of my favourite neo-noirs

Regular readers of this blog and those who follow me on Instagram will know I’m something of a noir glutton – femmes fatales, crisp black and white photography, jazzy scores and a scheme or heist that you know can only end badly – I just can’t get enough. But I also have a thing for neo-noir, the genre that takes elements from film noir but transports them to later periods and have more modern aspects. So here are some of my favourites, in no particular order:

  1. L.A. Confidential (Curtis, Hanson, 1997)

2. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973)

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3. The Grifters (1990, Stephen Frears)

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4. Drive (2011, Nicolas Winding Refn) A bit too gory for me in places but a terrific film, nonetheless

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5. Chinatown (1973, Roman Polanski)

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6. The Last Seduction (1994, John Dahl)

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7. Basic Instinct (1992, Paul Verhoeven) Again too much blood, but a gripping story

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8. Mulholland Drive (2001, David Lynch)

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9. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)

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10. Brick (2005, Rian Johnson)

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11.Body Heat (1981, Laurence Kasdan)

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12. The Consequences of Love (2004, Paolo Sorrentino)

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13. The Usual Suspects (1995, Bryan Singer)

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14. Point Blank (1967, John Boorman)

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15. Fargo (1996, the Coen brothers)

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16. Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan)

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17. Le Samouraï (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville)

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18. Klute (1971, Alan J. Pakula)

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19. Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)

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20. La Cérémonie (1995, Claude Chabrol)

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