Obscure Neo Noir

by Giantjott | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A list of films considered to be Neo Noir (a term which essentially just serves to transfer the characteristics of a cinematic movement [Film Noir] into a cinematic genre) which have not stood the test of time, or else never got the attention they deserve, due to either poor box office receipts, or because of a smear campaign launched by the critics.

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1. The Conversation (1974)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 89,115 | Gross: $4.42M

2. Blood Simple (1984)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 81,069 | Gross: $2.15M

3. Frantic (1988)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner, Djiby Soumare

Votes: 46,049 | Gross: $17.64M

4. Hard Eight (1996)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 36,936 | Gross: $0.22M

5. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats

Votes: 7,698

6. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller

91 Metascore

A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey

Votes: 37,846

7. Love Is Colder Than Death (1969)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Crime

Unusual gangster story, in which a small-time pimp Franz, who is torn between his mistress and Bruno the gangster sent after him by the syndicate that he has refused to join. Things are ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Ulli Lommel, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Liz Söllner

Votes: 2,520

8. The Grifters (1990)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe

Votes: 23,922 | Gross: $13.45M

9. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

A former gangster reenters the criminal underworld after his brother suspiciously commits suicide.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Clive Owen, Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 8,098 | Gross: $0.36M

10. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 28,539 | Gross: $24.06M

11. The American Friend (1977)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain

Votes: 12,247

12. A Simple Plan (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe

Votes: 59,270 | Gross: $16.31M

13. Bad Lieutenant (1992)

NC-17 | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness and redemption.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frank Acciarito, Peggy Gormley

Votes: 35,545 | Gross: $2.00M

14. Croupier (1998)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

An aspiring writer is hired as a croupier at a casino, where he realizes that his life as a croupier would make a great novel.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Alexander Morton

Votes: 17,501 | Gross: $6.20M

15. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 31,557 | Gross: $31.90M

16. The Limey (1999)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 27,913 | Gross: $3.19M

17. Miami Blues (1990)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

An ex-con's first act of freedom is moving to Miami where he restarts his old criminal ways with even more potency.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cecilia Pérez-Cervera

Votes: 7,272 | Gross: $9.89M

18. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

43 Metascore

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 17,051 | Gross: $19.80M

19. Something Wild (1986)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

73 Metascore

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, George 'Red' Schwartz, Leib Lensky

Votes: 14,837 | Gross: $8.36M

20. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 74,682 | Gross: $17.19M

21. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 7,983 | Gross: $20.00M

22. Where the Truth Lies (2005)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, David Hayman

Votes: 16,466 | Gross: $0.87M

23. Light Sleeper (1992)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A drug dealer reconsiders his profession when his boss plans to go straight and an old flame reappears.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany, David Clennon

Votes: 4,855 | Gross: $1.05M

24. Night Moves (1975)

R | 100 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

Los Angeles private investigator Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter. Moseby tracks the daughter down, only to stumble upon something much more intriguing and sinister.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Edward Binns, Harris Yulin

Votes: 10,660

25. One False Move (1992)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, Michael Beach

Votes: 9,057 | Gross: $1.54M

26. U Turn (1997)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 47,076 | Gross: $6.63M

27. The Big Easy (1986)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A corrupt lieutenant in the homicide division is threatened by the righteous DA while trying to solve a string of mysterious murders.

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman

Votes: 10,891 | Gross: $17.69M

28. The Big Fix (1978)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

An ex-'60s radical now working as a private eye is hired by an old flame to investigate a political smear campaign. The case becomes more dangerous as it unfolds.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow

Votes: 1,263

29. Black Rain (1989)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw

Votes: 46,313 | Gross: $46.21M

30. Fingers (1978)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Music

A dysfunctional young man is pulled between loyalties to his Italian mob-connected loan shark father and his mentally disturbed Jewish concert pianist mother.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tisa Farrow, Jim Brown, Michael V. Gazzo

Votes: 2,113

31. Hardcore (1979)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent

Votes: 7,610

32. Johnny Handsome (1989)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being double crossed and thrown in jail, a deformed gangster gets a new face and rehabilitation, but his desire for revenge looms.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8,312 | Gross: $7.24M

33. The Parallax View (1974)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Walter McGinn

Votes: 13,568

34. Marlowe (1969)

PG | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor, Rita Moreno

Votes: 2,886

35. Mona Lisa (1986)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 12,021 | Gross: $5.79M

36. China Moon (1994)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

Director: John Bailey | Stars: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Charles Dance, Patricia Healy

Votes: 5,417 | Gross: $3.04M

37. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer

Votes: 26,689 | Gross: $17.31M

38. Mulholland Falls (1996)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 14,966 | Gross: $11.50M

39. Red Rock West (1993)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, Craig Reay

Votes: 18,791 | Gross: $2.50M

40. The Two Jakes (1990)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe

Votes: 10,216 | Gross: $10.01M



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