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Modern Film Noirs

By Cecilia Cygnar

Think noir movies are only black and white films from the 1940s? Well, think again!

  • Devil in A Blue Dress

    1998

    Also based on a novel, this time the first in a series of mysteries by Walter Mosley, Denzel Washington plays Easy Rawlins, a PI in post-WWII LA.

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  • L.A. Confidential

    1998

    Based on the noir-ish novel by James Ellroy, this film gave Russell Crowe a Hollywood career and Kim Basinger an Oscar.

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  • Chinatown

    2007

    This Roman Polanski-directed tale of corruption and murder in 1930s L.A. is the classic example of modern noir. After-all, it's Chinatown.

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  • Inherent Vice

    2015

    Another PI, another L.A.-set noir. This one is set in the 1970s and features a PI who is very infrequently sober.

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  • Blood Simple

    2008

    One of the early Coen brothers films, this one features a PI who thinks he's a hitman.

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  • The Long Goodbye

    2002

    Raymond Chandler's infamous PI Philip Marlowe returns in this Robert Altman directed film.

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  • Memento

    2001

    The movie that put Christopher Nolan on the map, this film is told in a completely non-linear way (backwards) which adds to its noirish feel.

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  • Body Heat

    2006

    Caused more ripples for its sensuality than its style, this Lawrence Kasden thriller harkens back to the more "B-movie" noirs.

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  • The Grifters

    2002

    The art of the con is on display here with skill, sass, and sophistication.

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  • Brick

    2006

    Modern noir enters the adolescent world in this tale about a high school crime ring.

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