Neo Noir is my favorite genre. I'm writing one right now. Neo noir's, or the best ones, tend to be some of the most creative films in the history of filmmaking, with plenty of clever dialogue, mysterious characters, exaggerated and lush lighting, and brilliant musical scores. It's a genre that wouldn't be here today without its predecessor, the genre of film noir, a genre I've only just begun to dip into. From what I've seen, it's my favorite genre of the golden age, my personal favorite probably being Carol Reed's 'The Third Man.' Those are films that use lighting and framing to the highest possible extent, with many noir films giving us perhaps even more atmosphere than actual plot (not that that's a bad thing, when done correctly). They really don't make them like that anymore.
I'll probably update this list every once in awhile, every time a major change occurs or whatever in the rankings.