Top 10 Neo-Noir Flicks of the 00s

  1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
  2. Michael Clayton (Tony Gilroy, 2007)
  3. The Man Who Wasn’t There (The Coen Bros, 2001)
  4. In the Bedroom (Todd Field, 2001)
  5. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
  6. Training Day (Antoine Fuqua, 2001)
  7. Minority Report (Steven Spielberg, 2002)
  8. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Shane Black, 2005)
  9. Layer Cake (Matthew Vaughn, 2004)
  10. Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)
Author Comments: 

(both direct homage and stylistic offspring populate the list)


Chopper (Andrew Dominik, 2000)
The Pledge (Sean Penn, 2001)
Sin City (Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez, 2005)

Now I know I've finally gots to get around to Layer Cake...

Great list.

Hey, I heard a rumor you are now at my old stomping grounds (Hampshire College). True?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

VERY true, actually!

I just finished my first year back in school up at Camp Hamp. It's a pretty stimulating place, and I finally got around to taking a film class.

I'm probably going to be more active around here this year, and it's always nice to see you updating.

Is William Brand still doing the introductory film courses?

Joan Braderman picked up a chair once to throw at me! :) We were debating, of all things, Woody Allen. She said Hannah and Her Sisters was crap, and I maintained it was one of the director's two best films. It got a little heated! Is she still around?

It is great to hear from you!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

How would you define neo-noir?

In this case, I'm using the general tropes of noir to cast an inclusive net. But any sort of twist on the genre belongs up here.

Michael Clayton is iffy, I will admit.

I see. It's a nice list, do you think you could make a best all time noir list? Other than the They Shoot Pictures website I can't find another good list.

I'll work on such a list soon.