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DVDBeavers LOVE Neo-Noir. Gregory and I have compiled a listing of the TOP 100 Neo-Noirs... available on Blu-ray. First, we independently created a list of 100 each. We found that 70 of those were duplicated on both our separate lists. Then we, each, chose 15 more to complete this catalog. There are purchase, review and comparisons links, as well as a Ten Recommended Neo-Noirs presently on DVD list, Neo-Noir TV series, and Recommended Neo-Noir Reading.

 

Our Neo-Noir selection is, obviously, far more mainstream, and broad, than our Essential Noir on Blu-ray choices. In the context of this webpage, 'Neo-noir' (English: New-black; from the Greek neo, 'new', and the French noir, interpreted as 'black') is a cinematic form of modern movies that prominently utilize elements and plot devices found in the cycle of films recognized as film noir. Some of these include career criminals and/or recent ex-convict characters (Reindeer Games, The Crossing Guard), flash-back (remembered) narratives (Memento), seductive femme fatale (Basic Instinct) lovers and mistresses (Fatal Attraction, Body Heat), unrequited love interests defused by money, desire or power (Against All Odds, Bound), there can be guilt (The Conversation, The Machinist, Insomnia), pathos (Gone Baby, Gone), and complete or partial redemption (A History of Violence) - as a foci of the plots. The Neo-noir will have updated themes, content, period and visual elements that were absent in the film noir style of the 1940s and 1950s. These narratives can even include science-fiction (Blade Runner, Dark City), humor (Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid), the occult (Angel Heart), western (Blood Simple, No Country for Old Men), super-hero (the Nolan Batman films) or other genres that often contain sympathetic or amoral protagonists involved in criminal activity (Heat, Thief), or forced, coerced or seduced by circumstance into illegal behavior (Death Wish, The Lookout, Prisoners, Shallow Grave). Their, and our, often ambiguous, moral response (Nightcrawler) becomes the impactful underlying device evoking noirs that were made over a 1/2 century ago.

 

NOTE: These TOP 100 are listed in Alphabetical order! This page will be maintained and updated as necessary.

-Gary Tooze

 

Upcoming!

 

China Moon (1994)

Farewell My Lovely (1975)

 

25th Hour

Against All Odds

Albino Alligator

The American

Angel Heart

Basic Instinct

Black Widow

 

Blade Runner

Blood Simple Blow Out

Blue Velvet

Body Heat

Bound

Brick

 

Cape Fear (1991) Carlito's Way Charley Varrick

China Moon (1994)

Chinatown

Collateral

The Conversation

 

The Crossing Guard

Dark City

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Death Wish

The Deep End

Devil in a Blue Dress

Dressed to Kill

 

Drive

The Driver (1978)

Fargo

Farewell My Lovely (1975)

Fatal Attraction

Frantic

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

 

The Game

The Ghost Writer

Gone Baby Gone

Gone Girl

The Grifters

Hardcore

Heat

 

Hell or High Water

Hickey & Boggs

A History of Violence

In the Electric Mist

The Indian Runner

Inside Man

Insomnia

 

Jackie Brown

Jagged Edge

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie L. A. Confidential The Last Seduction The Long Goodbye The Lookout

 

Looper Lost Highway The Machinist Malice The Man Who Wasn't There Manhunter Memento

 

Miami Blues Mulholland Drive Mystic River Night Moves Nightcrawler No Country for Old Men No Way Out

 

Play Misty for Me Point Blank The Postman Always Rings Twice Pretty Poison Prisoners The Professional aka Léon Pulp Fiction

 

Red Rock West Reindeer Games Reservoir Dogs Ronin Sea of Love Serpico Seven aka Se7en

 

Sexy Beast Shallow Grave Shutter Island Side Effects A Simple Plan Sin City Suture

 

 

The Talented Mr. Ripley Taxi Driver Thief To Live and Die In L.A True Romance U-Turn The Usual Suspects

 

White of the Eye Winter's Bone Witness Zodiac


Recommended Neo Noir on DVD (that would be nice to have on Blu-ray):

After Hours Eye of the Beholder House of Games

Klute

 

The Limey The Spanish Prisoner Straight Time All the Jesse Stone films

 


'Neo-Noir' TV Series on Blu-ray (in chronological order):

Coronet Blue The Rockford Files Miami Vice Twin Peaks X-Files

 

The Sopranos The Wire Dexter Breaking Bad


Recommended Reading for Neo-Noir fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

 

 

TV Noir

 

 

International Noir

 

East Asian Film Noir: Transnational Encounters and Intercultural Dialogue (Tauris World Cinema Series)
by Chi-Yun Shin and Mark Gallagher
Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film and TV (Pocket Essential series)
by Barry Forshaw

European Film Noir
by Andrew Spicer

Hong Kong Neo-Noir (Edinburgh Studies in East Asian Film) 1st Edition
by Esther Yau and Tony Williams

 

International Noir (Traditions in World Cinema EUP) Reprint Edition
by Homer B. Pettey and R. Barton Palmer

Nordic Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Film & TV
by Barry Forshaw 

The Worldwide Film Noir Tradition: The Complete Reference to Classic Dark Cinema from America, Britain, France and Other Countries Across the Globe
by Spencer Selby


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