Film noir, or noir for short, was originally a moniker retroactively giving to a certain type of American movies from the 40s and 50s by French critics. It's therefor a unusual "genre", cause it probably wasn't until the rise of neo-noirs in the 60s-70s that a filmmaker actively set out to make a noir (like one would with other genres). Since the term first been coined, the definition been debated, its characteristics discussed and the movies being considered broadened. It's debatable if it actually is a genre, or a style, cycle, phenomenon, mood or series. Like film historian Mark Bould said film noir remains an "elusive phenomenon ... always just out of reach". Or like Kim Newman said noirs are like porn, they're hard to define but one knows one when one sees it. While film noir will be subject to endless debates, it is is defined "not by a fundamental attribute, but by a general disposition and a group of elements, some—but rarely and perhaps never all—of which are found in each of the genre's films." That's why we will try to choose our favorite film noirs again.
Because noir is such a tricky "genre" to define, when you feel a movie is eligible (and a favorite according to your own definition) than you can include it. When in doubt about a movie you can ask others about it here of course.
DEADLINE = January 3rd 2023
- IMDb- or iCM-lists are accepted. (If you can't make one of those, ask another user to help you out.)
- Lists can be any length.
- Shorts, mini-series and TV-episodes from anthology series where the episodes are unrelated, are allowed. Tv-series aren't allowed.*
*A mini-series is 16 episodes or less, not multiple seasons, and not planned to be longer but canceled, and is intended as a single unified work and not episodic.
- Each nominee can only be named once (of course)
- Lists can be ranked or unranked or partially-ranked. In a partially-ranked list, the top X films are ranked and everything after that point is unranked. When not specified I will consider a list as ranked.
Noirs you rated on IMDb
Like always, use this at your own discretion; not all movies mentioned you might consider noirs and some you would could be missing.
Last edition from 2015:
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