Film noir (/nwɑːr/; French) is term that is used to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Yeah that is the literal definition. But, a movie of this genre is mostly dark and brooding and certainly a part of crime dramas. In cinema experience, the term shows movies that are based on realism. Originally, this term was used only in its classic sense. The movies were black and white and specifically American. But time evolved their horizons and here we have a list of those movies that were extremely powerful and if you love crime, action, thrills and all these three at the same time, this list is for you. The ones created after 1990s are known as Neo-Noir Movies and the ones post 1990s are known as Classic Noir Movies.
Here are the top 20 Neo-Noir in Hollywood (Post 1990s)
Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club begins with an unnamed narrator being utterly dissatisfied with his life and his job. He has earned himself regular dosage of insomnia. The narrator attends a support group and there he meets another sufferer like him, Marla. Both of them seem to connect with each other very well. The story goes on and the narrator meets a soap salesman, Tyler, and from here the story takes a turn. The two men fight with each other to release their aggression and this ultimately gives birth to a ‘Fight Club’ at the basement of a bar. This incident gathers a lot of public attention and frustrated men start coming there to fight each other off, as a form of recreation. Soon enough, a lot of such fight clubs open up all across the country, which paves way for a new kind of revolution against the establishment.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp fiction is a Tarantino classic and one of the establishing films of his career. Winner of Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and many more awards, this cult classic is about two hitmen, Jules and Vincent who work for the crime boss, Marcellus Wallace. Their lives change when they set out on a hunt for the contents of a briefcase stolen from their boss. They run into never-ending & unexpected detours along the road. On their way, they also meet the Boss’s wife Mia who complicates the situation even further. The movies forms a series of closely related but estranged short stories of comedy and crime that each end up being an unforeseen event including abrupt tweaks, deaths and intense conclusions of crime and its following consequences.
LA Confidential (1997)
L.A. Confidential is set in Los Angeles during the 1950s. The mob boss of Mickey Cohen’s gang has been murdered, and three cops have been assigned to the murder. Each of the cops tackles the unsolved murder with their own motives and styles. First is Ed Exley, a cop who’s willing to do anything to get ahead of his rivals, other than selling himself out. Second is Jack Vincennes, a “will-do-anything-for-quick-money” cop. The third is Bud White, a hardcore cop who’s ready to break all the rules, just for justice. Together, the three cops travel a dangerous road to unearth the truth behind the murder.
Leonard Shelby is an insurance investigator. He is suffering from anterograde amnesia, a disorder in which his ability to make new memories is compromised. With remembering experiences from the past and by following up on them in the present time, Leonard has to find his wife’s killer.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs is an independent film shot on a very low budget but the exceptional prowess of the director and co-writer yells out that a good movie does not need a huge budget. It is not your average Crime – Drama as along with the characters the viewers have a toll on their patience regularly throughout the film. A gang of six thieves is hired to successfully carry out an armed robbery on a diamond warehouse. As soon as they get done with the robbery, things get out of control and they suffer with unintended and unexpected damage to their plan and force. The Police are after them and it is then that it struck them that one of them must be a police informant. Will they be able to find out which one is the back-stabber here? Or are they just too blatant to be true in the first place?
This is a psychological thriller that includes two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, all working together to track down a serial killer who rationalizes his crimes as a release for the world’s ignorance of the 7 deadly sins. David Mills is a rookie Detective who is accompanied by a veteran Detective, William Somerset and together they trace each and every step of the killer as they come closer to a ghastly fate that neither of them could have imagined.
A cutting-edge thriller, ‘Inception’ is the story of Cobb (a thief) who is skilled in the art of entering people’s dreams and reading their thoughts. He steals information in this manner. Cobb later gets tangled in the blame of murdering his own wife and the only legal way out and meet his children, is the inception of an idea in one of the competitor’s minds.
The Prestige (2006)
Based on the novel written in 1995 by Christopher Priest, the movie follows two good acquaintances turned rivals after an unfortunate incident takes place. Robert Angier and Alfred Borden perform as magicians together until one fateful event that tears them apart and throw them into a cut-throat competition with unpleasant results. Borden comes up with a brilliant trick that transports him from one end of the room to the other. This infuriates Angier and he plots to learn Borden’s secrets.
Hard Eight (1996)
Children of Men (2006)
V for Vendetta (2006)
Set in an alternative future of post World War Britain having a totalitarian government regime, V, an insurgent makes terrorist attempts to establish anarchy in the state to curb the oppressors of England. When V saves a young lady named Evey from the secret police, he teams up with her to fight the cause.
The Pledge (2001)
Point Blank (2010)
A History of Violence (2005)
Louis Bloom, a petty thief, witnesses a brutal car accident, and meets a stringer (freelance photojournalist) who tells him that they sell the footage to local news stations. Inspired by this, he buys a camcorder and a police radio scanner. After recording the aftermath of a violent car crash, he sells the footage to a news station, where the producer tells him that she is only interested in violent crimes in affluent areas. Things escalate quickly when Louis records a crime scene before the cops arrive and find himself in the midst of a full-blown police investigation.
Shutter Island (2010)
Aschecliffe Hospital is an asylum for criminally insane people situated on Shutter Island in Boston Harbor. Rachel Solando is a patient at Aschecliffe Hospital and also a smart and dangerous murdered. She is on the loose who’s on the loose and U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck are called to investigate the disappearance of Rachel, who was imprisoned there for drowning her own children.
The Master (2012)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
‘Nocturnal animals’ is a novel penned by Susan Morrow’s ex-husband Edward. She is curious about the novel because the title of the book is actually a nickname Edward gave her and he also dedicated the book to her. Upon reading it, she finds herself emerged in a tale of violent tragedy. The novel continues to haunt her and she perceives it to be some kind of form of Edward’s revenge. The movie is shown in two parts. The present and the novel.