The Best of Film Noir (and Neo Noir)

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.

  • Drive

    1

  • Chinatown

    2

  • Blade Runner 2049

    3

  • Blade Runner

    4

  • Collateral

    5

  • Mulholland Drive

    6

  • You Were Never Really Here

    7

  • Ocean's Eleven

    8

  • Casablanca

    9

  • Point Blank

    10

  • Nightcrawler

    11

  • The Dark Knight

    12

  • Taxi Driver

    13

  • Heat

    14

  • L.A. Confidential

    15

  • Blue Ruin

    16

  • The Nice Guys

    17

  • Memento

    18

  • Prisoners

    19

  • Baby Driver

    20

  • Blue Velvet

    21

  • Body Heat

    22

  • Under the Silver Lake

    23

  • All the President's Men

    24

  • Good Time

    25

  • Bullitt

    26

  • The Conversation

    27

  • Le Samouraï

    28

  • Only God Forgives

    29

  • Brick

    30

  • The Third Man

    31

  • The Passenger

    32

  • The Parallax View

    33

  • The Long Goodbye

    34

  • The Big Sleep

    35

  • Se7en

    36

  • Le Cercle Rouge

    37

  • The French Connection

    38

  • Scarlet Street

    39

  • Wild at Heart

    40

  • Inherent Vice

    41

  • The Sting

    42

  • Fear X

    43

  • Sin City

    44

  • Out of Sight

    45

  • The Killing

    46

  • Hell or High Water

    47

  • The Big Lebowski

    48

  • Blow Out

    49

  • Odd Man Out

    50

  • Criss Cross

    51

  • The Conformist

    52

  • Angel Heart

    53

  • Get Carter

    54

  • Notorious

    55

  • The Maltese Falcon

    56

  • Too Old to Die Young

    57

  • House of Games

    58

  • Zodiac

    59

  • The American

    60

  • Double Indemnity

    61

  • Klute

    62

  • Ministry of Fear

    63

  • On Dangerous Ground

    64

  • The Night of the Hunter

    65

  • The Narrow Margin

    66

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    67

  • The Big Heat

    68

  • The Blue Dahlia

    69

  • The Big Combo

    70

  • Oldboy

    71

  • The Breaking Point

    72

  • Carlito's Way

    73

  • Tightrope

    74

  • King of New York

    75

  • The Silent Partner

    76

  • Thief

    77

  • In a Lonely Place

    78

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    79

  • The Dark Corner

    80

  • The Wrong Man

    81

  • Ace in the Hole

    82

  • Dirty Harry

    83

  • This Gun for Hire

    84

  • White Heat

    85

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    86

  • Out of the Past

    87

  • Touch of Evil

    88

  • Murder, My Sweet

    89

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    90

  • Night and the City

    91

  • The Killers

    92

  • The Street with No Name

    93

  • Harper

    94

  • Pickup on South Street

    95

  • M

    96

  • The Big Clock

    97

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    98

  • Nightmare Alley

    99

  • D.O.A.

    100