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->''"You need cops, venetian blinds, lots of smoking, hats, sweat, dead-end streets, guys who know all the angles except for the one that ends up sticking out of their backs. Sirens of the automotive and female kind."''
-->-- '''James Lileks''', ''The Bleat'', [[http://lileks.com/bleat/?p=701 "Think You Oughta Drink That"]]

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Film Noir (literally "black film" in French) is a genre of stylish crime dramas, difficult to define, but the [[TheForties 1940s]] and [[TheFifties 1950s]] were the classic period. Whether works since then can be accurately classed as Noir is a subject of much debate among film critics. Film Noir, and the literature from which it is drawn, is clearly the progenitor of later genres, particularly {{cyberpunk}}. Common plots of noir films include murder investigations, [[TheCaper heists]], [[TheCon con games]], and (mostly) innocent men or women WronglyAccused of crime. The [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder double-cross]] and [[SmokingIsCool cigarette smoking]] are mandatory. [[KudzuPlot Complicated plots]] are further convoluted by {{Flashback}}s and {{Flash Forward}}s -- the [[{{Narrator}} narration]] tying everything together, [[UnreliableNarrator assuming we can trust him]].

''Noir'', in the classic and stylistic sense, is visually darker than your average gangster picture, [[{{Chiaroscuro}} playing with light and long, deep shadows]] instead of bright, documentary-styled camera work. This visual motif is so iconic that homages and parodies are almost universally DeliberatelyMonochrome, using a [[FadeToGray transition between colour and black and white]] where necessary. Scenes are often filmed on location, and night scenes are shot at night. Camera angles are often very creative and unusual, heightening the viewers sense of unease, adding to the atmosphere. The contrast between light and dark is sometimes used in the cinematography to reflect the difference between the [[BigBad villain]] and the protagonist(s). [[CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain It rains most every night]] in Film Noir; filmmakers admit that this is entirely because at night wet pavement [[RuleOfCool looks cooler than dry.]] Also, the rain makes it plausible that no one else is around.

Film Noir is not really a genre in any sense, rather it reflects a tendency in certain American films of the 40s and 50s where crime and gangster stories are infused with an excessive visual style, a modern urban sensibility and a powerful sense of moral ambiguity. These movies differed from the crime movies of the 30s, the Depression Gangster films such as ''The Public Enemy'' or the original ''[[{{Film/Scarface1932}} Scarface]]'' in that criminal behaviour is no longer relegated to gangsters or ethnic ghettos, the plots don't usually revolve around turf wars or police clampdowns. Protagonists in films noir are often normal people who get involved in crime, and the motivations are no longer just social or circumstantial but psychological and personal. The standard noir plot is, in broad terms, best summed up as centring around a protagonist who, usually by pure chance, is placed in a complex and dangerous situation completely beyond their control where they are pitted against an adversary whose identity and motives are not immediately obvious. The system and the law is usually either apathetic to their plight or is even outright working against them, meaning that they will have to take up the fight and make sense of it all by themselves or die trying. As a style and sensibility, Film Noir was flexible to include hybrids such as the Western-Film Noir (The 1947 film ''Pursued'' with flashbacks, DarkAndTroubledPast, high contrast black and white lighting and weird Freudian themes), and even the film-noir musical (''The Man I Love, Love Me and Leave Me'') and in the case of ''Leave Her to Heaven'' a Film Noir in technicolor.

Trying to explain Film Noir is hard, since it's kind of a mix of European cynicism and post-war American angst. The clash between crude pulp fiction narratives and complex storytelling and characterization, derived from emerging psychology, research in criminal behaviour as well as wider influences in modern art and literature. The term was first used by French critics (hence the name) and it derives from "Serie Noir" the label of French translations of American pulp fiction, and French imitations, [[ForeignCultureFetish which was highly popular in France at the time]]. The French critics looked at the American crime films from ''their'' perspective of post-Occupation France. To some extent they over-exaggerated the doom and gloom of American films by projecting their experiences in their writings of these films. Later, American writers when translating these articles into English brought this into PopCulturalOsmosis. The mix of European cynicism with American landscape is also borne out in the fact that several directors of films noir - Creator/BillyWilder (who lost his mother in Auschwitz), Robert Siodmak, Creator/FritzLang, Creator/OttoPreminger - were refugees, exiles and emigres from Nazi Germany, being quite active in [[UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic 1920s Berlin]] which in many ways was the closest a real-life city came to being the exaggerated CityNoir landscape. The lighting in Film Noir was also strongly influenced by European trends, especially GermanExpressionism but later after the war, the Italian neorealist films of Creator/RobertoRossellini also influenced it greatly. The period became especially fertile during the post-war years. The subtext of many of these films often dealt with the trauma of the returning ShellShockedVeteran (most notably, ''Film/ActOfViolence'') and the rising RedScare and UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist which made the working climate in Hollywood highly paranoid and hostile, and this infused the films made in the late '40s.

The standard Noir landscape is [[CityNoir a large, oppressive city (filmed in dark and dusky conditions to create a moody atmosphere)]]. Familiar haunts include dimly-lit bars, [[DenOfIniquity nightclubs filled with questionable clientele]] (including, the {{Gayngster}}) whom the lead may intimidate for information, gambling dens, juke joints and the ubiquitous seedy [[AbandonedWarehouse waterfront warehouse]]. At night in the big city, you can bet the streets are slick with rain, reflecting streetlights like a Hopper painting. [[HumansAreBastards Most of the characters (including the lead) are cynical, misanthropical and hopeless]] all the way through the film, and never find [[RedemptionQuest true redemption]]. It is important to note that the term "Film Noir" was not available to the people who made them in the '40s and '50s. As Robert Mitchum famously stated, "We called them B-Movies." It comes from later audiences and critics who rediscovered these films in revival theaters and clubs and picked up the subtext, visual clues and other HiddenDepths. Many historians feel that the classic Film Noir genre died when it became self-conscious. Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumenton cite the MGM musical ''The Band Wagon'' (made in 1952) where the final number featured a technicolor parody of a Mickey Spillane crime setting, with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse playing the detective and femme fatale in an obvious send-up. Others feel that Creator/OrsonWelles' ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' was the real end since it was made by the director of ''Film/CitizenKane'' (which while not a Noir influenced the lighting and style of several other films noir) and the genre conventions were pretty much stretched inside and outside. They also argue that Noir only worked in a climate of censorship since the crime genre often falling BeneathSuspicion allowed writers and directors more chances to subvert cliches. Once censorship eroded, Film Noir had pretty much served its purpose and achieved its goals.

Attempts to revive this style leads to Neo-Noir, which with some exceptions, tends to {{Flanderization}} - The tone and outlook ''must'' be [[DarkerAndEdgier bleak]], [[CrapsackWorld defeatist]], and [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism pessimistic]] -- it always ''suggests'' a sliminess beyond what it can [[CensorshipBureau show]]. Nobody gets what they want, and [[LaserGuidedKarma everyone gets what's coming to them]]. Characters are often armed -- [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolvers]][[note]]Especially [[PintSizePowerHouse Snubnosed .38's]] if you're a cop or a [[FemmeFatale dame.]][[/note]], [[HandCannon Colt 1911s]], and if they need MoreDakka, tommy guns. Also, no self-respecting FilmNoir thug will be seen without his [[PowerFist brass knuckles.]] They'll probably wear a [[NiceHat Fedora or trilby hat]] with a [[BadassLongcoat trench coat]]. Frequently the ending will be [[{{Anticlimax}} low-key]] and [[DownerEnding leave no one character happy or fulfilled]]. Commonly, there is also a great deal of [[BelligerentSexualTension sexual tension]] between the hero and the female lead; Noir stories are quite risqué. The original Film Noir era followed the [[CensorshipBureau Hays Code]], so the odds of a female lead removing her clothing are minimal. This applies to modern versions; [[{{Fanservice}} gratuitous nudity]] or scenes of excessive violence are [[GoryDiscretionShot hinted at]] [[SexyDiscretionShot rather than portrayed.]] It is often what is ''not'' seen that adds to the mystery and suspense.

Film Noir usually features the AntiHero, AntiVillain, VillainProtagonist, the ambiguity often rests on questions of trust, leading to an atmosphere of paranoia where PoorCommunicationKills regularly. The conclusion may or may not tie up all the loose ends, with the major mystery being the [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally ambiguous theme]] of the story. These factors contribute to the widely-held opinion that [[TrueArtIsAngsty Film Noir works are among the best artistic works of all time]] and contributed greatly to the maturity of cinema as an artform.

Not to be confused with the religious conspiracy anime ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' (although that ''is'' an example of the genre).

!!Characters associated with Film Noir:

* TheAlcoholic
* AmoralAttorney
* AntiHero
* AntiVillain
* BadCopIncompetentCop
* ByronicHero
* TheChanteuse / GlamorousWartimeSinger
* CorruptBureaucrat
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* CorruptHick
* CorruptPolitician
* TheCynic
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefectiveDetective
* DetectiveAnimal
* DirtyCop
* FemmeFatale
* GangBangers
* HangingJudge
* HardboiledDetective
* InternalAffairs
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KangarooCourt
* KnightInSourArmor
* LadyInRed
* TheLastDJ
* MysteriousWoman
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* TheOldestProfession
* Organized crime, including but not limited to:
** TheMafia
** TheMafiya
** {{Yakuza}}
** TheTriadsAndTheTongs
** IrishMob
** KosherNostra
** and, within each organization, TheDon, TheConsigliere, and so on
* PrivateDetective
* SleazyPolitician
* TheSnarkKnight
* StepfordSnarker
* {{Streetwalker}}
* TheVamp
* VigilanteMan
* VillainProtagonist

!!Common noir settings:
* AbandonedWarehouse
* BandOfBrothels
* TheBigRottenApple
* TheCityNarrows
* CityNoir
* CrapsackWorld
* DenOfIniquity
* DyingTown, particularly the bigger, city-sized examples, such as UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}
* GangsterLand
* GreyRainOfDepression
* HellholePrison
* HolidayInCambodia (the urban variant, involving seedy Asian cityscapes)
* IndustrialGhetto
* NotSoSafeHarbor
* NordicNoir, SnowMeansDeath
* RedLightDistrict
* SoiledCityOnAHill
* SunshineNoir
* UrbanSegregation
* ViceCity
* WretchedHive
* WrongSideOfTheTracks

!!Common noir eras (both setting and publication):
* TheRoaringTwenties
* GenteelInterbellumSetting
* TheGreatDepression
* ChandlerAmericanTime
* TheFifties (mostly as a subversion of postwar American prosperity, but likelier to be played straight in war-devastated Europe)
* TheSeventies (especially for major American cities—TheBigRottenApple is the TropeCodifier)
* TheEighties (the rise and heyday of CyberPunk noir)
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (for sci-fi examples)
* VictorianLondon (for OlderThanTheyThink examples)

!!Visual elements and camera techniques:
* {{Chiaroscuro}}
* DeliberatelyMonochrome
* DutchAngle
* RealIsBrown
* UnnaturallyBlueLighting

!!Sound elements and music:
* CyberPunkIsTechno
* LonelyPianoPiece
* {{Sexophone}}
* SimpleScoreOfSadness
* SinisterTangoMusic

!!Other tropes associated with Film Noir:
* AnyoneCanDie
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* EmergingFromTheShadows
* EverybodySmokes[=/=]SmokingIsCool
* GoingByTheMatchbook
* IOwnThisTown
* InherentInTheSystem
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
* PoliceAreUseless / SocialServicesDoesNotExist
--> (in the sense that government authorities cannot be counted on to solve ordinary people's problems, either because of corruption, sheer incompetence, or both).
* PoliceBrutality
* PrivateEyeMonologue
* {{Revenge}} tropes
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* SherlockScan
* SympathyForTheDevil
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth
* UnreliableNarrator
* WeatherReportOpening
* WhoWatchesTheWatchmen

A common form of SomethingCompletelyDifferent is the NoirEpisode -- a work spends a single episode {{homag|e}}ing or {{parody}}ing Film Noir style ([[ShallowParody or just has everyone wearing trilbies and talking about the rain, in black and white]]). FantasticNoir is a sub-genre with [[{{Fantasy}} fantastic]] or ScienceFiction elements. See also our SoYouWantTo/WriteAFilmNoir guide.
!!Examples (the first three subcategories contain Film, Literature and WesternAnimation) :


* ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' is often considered the first noir story, being the first novel to focus on the suffocation and isolation of modern urban life, as well as an on the psychological profiles of criminals.
* Sensation novels set in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, and especially VictorianLondon, such as works by Wilkie Collins (''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'', ''Literature/TheMoonstone'') or M. E. Braddon (''Literature/LadyAudleysSecret'').
* The ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' novels and short stories helped popularize the detective genre, and is the TropeNamer for the SherlockScan. Not quite noir, but it certainly wouldn't be here without the series.
* ''The Mysteries of Paris'' by Eugene Sue pretty much started the whole modern Urban Crime/Mystery/Adventure genre
* ''Literature/TheVampireCountess'' by Creator/PaulFeval, is ambiguous about its supernatural elements: the title character may just be a ManipulativeBitch con woman and a FemmeFatale. Also has a Noir style AntiHero who knocks up a teenage girl that falls in love with him but is then seduced by The FemmeFatale. And it in general depicts the seedy underworld of 1804 Paris.
** ''Literature/JohnDevil'' by the same author, while not as Noir like in general, does anticipate the classic FemmeFatale in the Detective's office scene.
* Some of the darker Literature/ArseneLupin stories, particularly ''813''
* The Hardboiled genre of crime and detective fiction, by authors like:
** Creator/RaymondChandler (1888-1959)
** Creator/JamesMCain (1892-1977)
** Creator/DashiellHammett (1894-1961)
* ''Film/LittleCaesar'' (1931), a crime drama depicting the rise and fall of an organized crime leader.
* ''Film/{{M}}'' (1931), a [[GermanExpressionism German Expressionistic]] movie by Creator/FritzLang, starring Creator/PeterLorre as a peculiarly sympathetic SerialKiller. Not quite noir, but getting there.
* ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'' (1931). Following the exploits of a hoodlum from entry-level crimes, to his rise in the crime ranks, and to his eventual demise. A Depression Gangster film where the tensions are related to the hoodlum and his "good family" who complain about his lifestyle.
* ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' (1932), a horror film. Excluding all the slice-of-life scenes that take up the majority of it, the actual plot is pretty noirish.
* ''Film/IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang'' (1932). A random man is caught up in a robbery and the legal system never ceases to hunt him down. An anti-establishment film with a famous finale.
* ''Film/TheLastWillOfDrMabuse'' (1933). A sequel to an earlier film and a story where the eponymous DiabolicalMastermind seems to control an entire gang while incarcerated.
* ''Film/TheThinMan'' (1934). A MysteryFiction film based on a Dashiel Hammett novel. While more light-hearted than proper noirs, it is still considered one of the best adaptations of the hard-boiled literary genre.
* ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces'' (1938). Crime film which famously uses the HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook plot. A child criminal is caught for a petty crime and send to reform school. He stays in the system for life, going in and out of prison through his adulthood and eventually executed. A fellow child criminal who was never caught became a priest.
* ''Film/{{The Roaring Twenties|1939}}'' (1939). Crime thriller covering the Prohibition era.

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* ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' (1940). A mystery thriller with GothicHorror elements. A number of film critics, such as Patrick Brion, regard it as "the first true film noir" and others term it a "gothic noir".
* ''Film/StrangerOnTheThirdFloor'' (1940). Often cited as "the first true film noir" due to including many of the relevant tropes and cinematographic techniques. A BMovie and a box office flop at the time of release , it was re-appraised decades later. It is now considered groundbreaking.
* ''Film/TheyDriveByNight'' (1940). Often cited as a noir, mostly for Creator/IdaLupino's great FemmeFatale, Lana Carlsen.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'' (1941). While often excluded from lists, its visual style and "voice-over driven narrative structure" are widely cited as extremely influential to the genre.
* ''Film/HighSierra'' (1941). Considered as a transition film between the 1930s gangster films and the 1940s films noir. First leading role and StarMakingRole for Creator/HumphreyBogart, who had already made a career of playing gangsters in crime films.
* ''Film/IWakeUpScreaming'' (1941)
* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' (1941). The third film adaptation of the same Dashiell Hammett novel, the second leading role for Humphrey Bogart, and the directorial debut of Creator/JohnHuston. An iconic depiction of the HardboiledDetective and a major hit for the film noir genre.
* ''Film/CatPeople'' (1942) is a film noir disguised as a horror film. It inspired the film noir style that would dominate RKOPictures during the 1940s.
* ''Film/ThisGunForHire'' (1942). Based on a Creator/GrahamGreene novel, though with some material reworked for wartime-propaganda reasons. ProfessionalKiller Philip Raven completes an assignment and is then double-crossed by his latest employer. He sets out to get revenge. Meanwhile, [[TheChanteuse Nightclub Singer]] Ellen Graham is recruited by the federal authorities to spy on her current boss, who is suspected to be a fifth columnist. Raven and Graham are unknowingly WorkingTheSameCase and their paths cross. A major hit for the film noir genre, and the film which turned Creator/AlanLadd and Creator/VeronicaLake into "reliable box office draws".
* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' (1943). Wartime drama which has been listed as another major influence on the genre. The lighting and visuals were similar but darker to those of ''The Maltese Falcon''. The setting in a shady and exotic bar of Morocco, the cynical and world-weary protagonist, the adulterous undertones of the main LoveTriangle, a narrative populated by gangsters, black marketeers, con-artists, corrupt cops, and fleeing refugees willing to make deals to save their skins all add to the general mood of melancholy and pessimism. Casablanca as depicted here is a CityNoir. Or in the words of Sheri Chinen Biesen, "a cramped, crowded, where an underworld climate and abundant dubious nocturnal activity proliferate".
* ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'' (1944). A successful but bored insurance salesman falls for a woman in an unhappy marriage, and the two conspire to commit ThePerfectCrime by getting her husband to buy an accident insurance policy, and then making sure he meets an untimely end. A film notorious for pushing the envelope on UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode restrictions to its limits. Despite an activist campaign "imploring the public to stay away on moral grounds", the film was a major critical and box office hit. It paved the way for further dark, controversial films and directly inspired imitators. Often seen as the TropeCodifier for films noir.
* ''Literature/{{Laura}}'' (1944). Advertising executive Laura Hunt is seemingly murdered within her own apartment. A police detective investigating the case becomes intrigued with her life and personality. An interest which becomes obsessive. Somewhat atypical for the genre in shifting focus from the criminal underworld to the privileged classes of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and their own shady side. A stylish depiction of glamour, obsession, and suggestive sexuality.
* ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' (1944). In VictorianLondon, a ConMan (and a male version of the FemmeFatale) marries a young woman solely to get hold of her late aunt's fortune. He almost succeeds by dimming the gas lamps in the house and convincing his wife (when she notices) that she is going mad—in fact, this is the TropeNamer for the {{Gaslighting}} method of psychological torment.
* ''Film/MurderMySweet'' (1944). The first film adaptation of a Literature/PhilipMarlowe novel and one of the highly-regarded depictions of the HardboiledDetective in cinema. The so-called "standard private eye formula" (of seeking a missing person and ending up personally involved in a bizarre case) tends to follow the lead of this film.
* ''Film/TheWomanInTheWindow'' (1944). A married, middle-aged man falls for a FemmeFatale, and is involved in a fight with her current boyfriend. He kills the man in self-defense and soon discovers that he can not get away with it. On the surface a conservative parable on acting on repressed desires and paying a price for it. It has been argued however that director Creator/FritzLang aimed to depict the thin line between respectability and immorality, and how an ordinary person can be caught in a web of murder and intrigue. Another key theme to the film noir genre.
* ''Film/{{Detour}}'' (1945). A so-called "Poverty Row" production (a term used for low-budget films by lesser-tier studios) which is now hailed as a major critical hit in the genre and the masterpiece of director Edgar G. Ulmer. Al Roberts, a New York pianist, impulsively decides to hitch-hike his way to California, where he hopes to reunite with a former lover. He is eventually picked-up by professional gambler Charles Haskell, Jr. who is also heading to California in hopes of "a big payoff". Haskell actually wanted a second driver in the car, to allow himself some much-needed sleep. He keeps popping pills during their journey through the Arizona desert, and does not survive it. He dies in his sleep, the cause of death never specified. Roberts decides to claim the identity and property of the dead man for himself. He knows nothing, however, about the loose ends in the real Haskell's life and complications soon arise. The film is often described as a deconstruction of the phrase "Go West, young man", and the idea of heading West in search of a better life. There are four important characters in the film who head West in pursuit of their dreams. All end up either dead or with their dreams thoroughly crushed.
* ''Film/{{Fallen Angel|1945}}'' (1945). Directed by Creator/OttoPreminger. A ConMan is mixed in the murder of his FemmeFatale girlfriend as he tries to woo a NaiveEverygirl for her fortune.
* ''Film/LeaveHerToHeaven'' (1945). A psychological thriller about romantic obsession featuring Creator/GeneTierney, Creator/CornelWilde and Creator/VincentPrice, and an early example of full color noir.
* ''Literature/MildredPierce'' (1945). The film opens with the murder of Monte Beragon. His widow Mildred then narrates her story. A story which starts with the end of a previous marriage in a divorce, her winning custody over her daughters, and her efforts to financially support them. Unfortunately, elder daughter Veda is a FilleFatale and the mother-daughter relationship is not a particularly healthy one. The prevailing mood of "pessimism and paranoia", the visual style, and the convoluted narrative have earned the film a place among the better known entries of the genre. Though an entry where the two main female characters dominate the narrative and family relationships take center stage.
* ''Film/ScarletStreet'' (1945). Directed by Creator/FritzLang. A mild-mannered bank clerk falls for a FemmeFatale, who teams with her sleazy boyfriend to bleed him for money.
* ''Film/TheBigSleep'' (1946). A Literature/PhilipMarlowe film, particularly noted for its "labyrinthine" complexity and enigmatic ambiguity.
* ''Film/TheBlueDahlia'' (1946). A Navy officer returns from war service to discover that his son is dead (due to a traffic accident) and his wife unfaithful. When said wife is found murdered, the widower becomes one of several suspects in this murder case. The film is noted for its jaded view of what awaits the returning veterans of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, broken homes and nothing to return to. The protagonist himself has violent tendencies which are not particularly helping him adjust to civilian life even before the mystery begins.
* ''Film/{{Gilda}}'' (1946). A film set in the decadent atmosphere of post-war Buenos Aires. At its heart is a love-hate relationship between the male lead (and narrator) Johnny Farrell and female lead Gilda. A relationship with what critics call "dark and disturbing sadomasochistic sexual currents" which takes over the plot.
* ''[[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice]]'' (1946). An adaptation of a Creator/JamesMCain [[Literature/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice novel]]. A male drifter and the female manager of a rural diner have a passionate affair. But there is still the problem of her loveless marriage to a much older man, who actually owns the diner. They decide to murder him and fulfill their dreams. But the dream soon turns into a living nightmare for them.
* ''Film/TheStrangeLoveOfMarthaIvers'' (1946). The film is one of the better known films noir of Creator/BarbaraStanwyck and Lizabeth Scott, who were both major stars in the genre.
* ''Film/TheStranger'' (1946). An Creator/OrsonWelles entry in the genre. A NaziHunter tracks an escaped high-ranking Nazi, notorious for his success in remaining relatively anonymous, to a suburban neighbourhood in Connecticut. The fugitive, having settled down and married the daughter of a Supreme Court Justice, is quite keen on keeping his true identity as a war criminal secret, and a dangerous psychological duel between the detective and the escapee begins, with his wife caught in the middle.
* ''Film/TheKillers'' (1946). A life insurance investigator takes a closer look at a murder case, and finds out that the victim is linked to a past robbery and $250,000 in cash.
* ''Film/{{Brute Force|1947}}'' (1947). A Jules Dassin film starring Creator/BurtLancaster as Joe Collins, a convicted felon who's trying to escape [[TheAlcatraz Westgate Penitentiary]] to see his dying wife. It includes one of the cruelest prison guards ever in the form of Captain Munsey (played by Hume Cronyn).
* ''Film/{{Crossfire}}'' (1947). A detective investigates the murder of a Jewish man, which involves a group of soldiers from the local Army base. One of the first Hollywood films to deal with anti-Semitism as a theme.
* ''Film/DarkPassage'' (1947). A bleak adaptation of a David Goodis novel. A man wrongly convicted of murdering his own wife escapes prison. He hopes to [[ClearMyName Clear His Name]] but the goal remains out of reach for most of the film. The film was one of the earliest to extensively use subjective camera angles to hide the face of the protagonist. This obscuring technique is used for about 1/3 of its duration. It was also notable for defying Hays Code standards in its finale. [[spoiler: The actual murderer commits suicide. The protagonist never clears his name and remains the main suspect of an additional murder. Instead of a stereotypical "justice prevails" ending, the man will remain a fugitive for life.]] The film originally received mixed reviews, but has [[VindicatedByHistory since gained a pretty good reputation]].
* ''Film/DeadReckoning'' (1947). Two paratroopers return from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and learn they are about to receive medals for their honorable service. Johnny Drake seems terrified of the notion that his picture will appear in the press and attempts to disappear. His incinerated corpse is later discovered, though his death is deemed accidental. His surviving friend Warren Murdock is not convinced. He wants to know what caused his friend to disappear and why the man was killed. Murdock soon finds himself framed for murder and caught in a web of intrigue, dating to the years before the War. Coral "Dusty" Chandler, the FemmeFatale of the film, is considered among the most notable examples in the genre, and is often discussed in reviews of misogynistic elements in films noir. Several film critics insist there is a HomoeroticSubtext in the relationship between Drake and Murdoch, which gets the film frequently included in reviews of gender identity in film noir.
* ''Film/ADoubleLife'' (1947). Creator/RonaldColman won his only Oscar for his performance as an actor who's acting method has disastrous results for his personal life.
* ''Film/KissOfDeath'' (1947). The film begins with family man Nick Bianco in dire financial straights. His status as an ex-convict leaves him unemployable, despite his decision to live an honest life. His inability to provide for his daughters causes him to join a criminal gang, and take part in a jewel heist. When an alarm is set off and the police arrives, Nick is injured and captured. He decides to protect the identities of his associates and take the fall for them. He does so with the understanding that his gang will take care of his wife and underage daughters. A couple of years later, Nick learns that the gang eventually abandoned his family. His broke wife committed suicide, and his daughters have become wards of an orphanage. He decides to co-operate with the authorities to earn a parole, a decision which will endanger his life. Noted for its realistic, almost documentary style, depiction of New York City. The film is currently mostly mentioned for a memorable secondary character: Tommy Udo. Udo is a PsychoForHire with a distinctive laugh (a "high-pitched falchetto), best used when disposing victims in sadistic ways. A character often compared to ComicBook/TheJoker.
* ''Film/TheLadyFromShanghai'' (1947). Another Creator/OrsonWelles entry in the genre. While in Central Park, seaman Michael O'Hara chances on a beautiful woman being assaulted. He rescues Elsa Bannister and is then offered a job on the yacht of her husband. Then a partner of said husband offers Michael a substantial sum of money, in exchange for helping him to [[FakingTheDead fake his death]]. By taking this deal, Michael is caught in a trap. Just about every character seems to have his own agenda, in a film noted for its complex narrative, [[GambitPileup multiple agendas]], and groundbreaking cinematography.
* ''Film/LadyInTheLake'' (1947).
* ''Film/NightmareAlley'' (1947). Stanton Carlisle works at a CrappyCarnival but has ambitions to improve his life. He seduces an older woman, has-been FortuneTeller Mademoiselle Zeena, to learn the secrets that had once made her a star. Then abandons her to start a lucrative career as a PhonyPsychic and ConMan. An alliance with [[PsychoPsychologist amoral psychologist]] Lilith Ritter will help him prey on her wealthy patients. But then his greatest scheme backfires. [[spoiler: His guild-ridden wife Molly exposes him to their latest victim, effectively ending his career. Lilith cheats him out of his share for their schemes and financially ruins him.]] A flop at the time of release, currently listed among the classics of the genre.
* ''Film/NoraPrentiss'' (1947).
* ''Film/OutOfThePast'' (1947). In a small town in California, retired PrivateDetective Jeff Bailey romances local girl Ann Miller. When a figure from his past arrives and invites him to a meeting, Jeff accepts and takes Ann with him. He narrates to her a convoluted tale from his DarkAndTroubledPast, including his former infatuation with FemmeFatale Kathie Moffat, and involvement with various shady characters. In the present, Kathie and several of these characters are also in California. The plots and schemes from his tale are still ongoing, and he still has a role to play in them. A film notorious for its complex script and ambiguity concerning the motivations and thought processes of every character, Jeff included.
* ''Film/TheyMadeMeAFugitive'' (1947). Small time hustler, Creator/TrevorHoward, smuggles goods for a gangster but gets framed for manslaughter. He eventually escapes from prison to get revenge.
* ''Film/TheWeb'' (1947). A bodyguard who killed a man defending his client starts to suspect that there was something more to the incident.
* ''Film/ForceOfEvil'' (1948). The drama tells of a lawyer, Joe Morse, working on the side for a powerful gangster, Ben Tucker, who wishes to consolidate and control the numbers racket in New York. This means assuming control of the many smaller numbers rackets, one of which is run by Morse's older brother Leo Morse. In trying to both to look out for his brother and getting his own sizeable piece of the action, Morse soon finds himself getting in way too deep. Noted for its religious motifs, especially its many references to the story of CainAndAbel.
* ''Film/KeyLargo'' (1948). Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/LaurenBacall square off against Creator/EdwardGRobinson, who plays a mob boss who's long past his prime (in a send-up of [[Film/LittleCaesar the role that made him famous]]).
* ''Film/IWantToLive'' (1948).
* ''Film/{{Road House|1948}}'' (1948). Robert Widmark falls for a [[TheChanteuse singer]], Creator/IdaLupino, but she's in love with his best friend.
* ''Film/SecretBeyondTheDoor'' (1948).
* ''Film/ActOfViolence'' (1949). Two [[ShellShockedVeteran shell shocked veterans]] deal with their DarkAndTroubledPast, as one seeks revenge, and another tries to atone for his sins.
* ''Film/BeyondTheForest'' (1949). A woman bored with life in a small town squeezes her husband to pay their bills so she can visit Chicago, but that soon proves to be the beginning of a violent conflict. Famous for star Creator/BetteDavis line "What a dump!" being remembered as being pronounced far more enthusiastically than it actually was said in the film.
* ''Film/TheRecklessMoment'' (1949). Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film, and it stars Creator/JoanBennett and Creator/JamesMason.
* ''Film/StrayDog'' (1949), directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa and set amidst the ruins of postwar Tokyo.
* ''Film/TheThirdMan'' (1949).
* ''Film/TooLateForTears'' (1949). Lizabeth Scott is the epitome of the FemmeFatale in this film.
* ''Film/WhiteHeat'' (1949). Creator/JamesCagney stars in this complex, psychological take on his typical gangster persona. Famous for his final line.
* ''Film/TheWindow'' (1949). A young boy with a habit of CryingWolf sees his neighbors commit murder and is unable to convince his parents or the police that he is telling the truth.
* ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle'' (1950). One of the quintessential heist films, with a nice RetroactiveRecognition role for Creator/MarilynMonroe.
* ''Film/{{DOA}}'' (1950). (Source of the above picture) A man walks into a police station to report a murder...''his'' murder. He goes on to tell his story. Remade in 1988, but you may know its rough 2009 incarnation: ''Film/{{Crank}}''.
* ''Film/GunCrazy'' (1950).
* ''Film/InALonelyPlace'' (1950).
* ''Film/NightAndTheCity'' (1950).
* ''Film/{{No Man of Her Own|1950}}'' (1950). Directed by Creator/MitchellLeisen and starring Creator/BarbaraStanwyck.
* ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (1950). Satire of Hollywood and the passing nature of fame, especially for silent-era stars.
* ''Film/WhereTheSidewalkEnds'' (1950). An Creator/OttoPreminger film, reuniting Creator/DanaAndrews and Creator/GeneTierney in this take on a violent cop who covers up a murder.
* ''Film/{{Whirlpool}}'' (1950). Another Creator/OttoPreminger outing with Creator/GeneTierney. Here she's a kleptomaniac involved in a murder due to hypnoses.
* ''Film/WomanOnTheRun'' (1950). Creator/AnnSheridan stars as a woman desperately looking for her husband who witnessed a murder.
* ''Film/AceInTheHole'' (1951). A disgraced reporter, eager for a comeback, turns a man trapped by a cave-in into a media circus.
* ''Film/ThunderOnTheHill'' (1951).
* ''Film/ClashByNight'' (1952). A [[TheDrifter woman]] returns to her hometown, marries, and has a secret affair.
* ''Film/OnDangerousGround'' (1952). A brutal cop falls in love with the blind sister of a murderer.
* ''Film/NinetyNineRiverStreet'' (1953). A cabbie and former boxer must team up with an actress friend after his wife's body gets dumped in the back of his taxi to frame him. Essentially a film homage to the more pulp-oriented writings of the era.
* ''Film/AngelFace'' (1953).
* ''Film/TheHitchHiker'' (1953). A psycho kidnaps two friends on a fishing trip and forces them at gunpoint to drive him to Mexico. This film has the distinction of being the first film noir directed by a woman, Creator/IdaLupino.
* ''Film/{{Niagara}}'' (1953). When two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder. Arguably the film that put Creator/MarilynMonroe on the map, alongside ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'' and ''How to Marry a Millionaire''.
* ''Film/PickupOnSouthStreet'' (1953). Creator/SamuelFuller-directed film about a hoodlum who is given a chance to redeem himself by fighting against a Communist ring.
* ''Film/TheBigCombo'' (1955).
* ''[[Literature/MikeHammer Kiss Me Deadly]]'' (1955). Adaptation of Mickey Spillane's novel, with a heavily rewritten narrative involving nuclear secrets.
* ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'' (1955).
* ''Film/TheKilling'' (1956). Creator/StanleyKubrick heist film famous for its non-linear plot and for ''sort-of'' providing inspiration for ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* ''Literature/AKissBeforeDying'' (1956), adapted from the novel by Creator/IraLevin. Remade in 1991.
* ''Film/BeyondAReasonableDoubt'' (1956) .
* ''Film/WhileTheCitySleeps'' (1956). A Creator/FritzLang noir with touches of comedy.
* ''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess'' (1957).
* '' Film/TheWrongMan'' (1957). Creator/AlfredHitchcock film starring Creator/HenryFonda as a man falsely accused of murder because he happens to look like the real deal.
* ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' (1958). Usually cited as the last of the greatest film of the "classic noir" era. Creator/OrsonWelles and Creator/CharltonHeston star in a dark tale of police corruption and moral ambiguity on the Mexican-American border.
* ''Film/TheCrimsonKimono'' (1959). Another Creator/SamuelFuller-directed film, about two cops trying to solve a murder in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo district. A film dealing with society's perception of race, it was in many ways socially ahead of its time.
* ''Film/OddsAgainstTomorrow'' (1959). Often cited as the one of the very last, if not ''the'' last film of the "classic noir" era, and known for being the first noir with a black protagonist. A heist film with a heavy dose of social commentary about racism. Stars Creator/HarryBelafonte in a non-musical role.

[[folder:Post-Classic and Neo-Noir]]
* ''Film/HellDrivers'' (1957). The British film industry is constantly debatated over whether it made noirs or not (there was a genre popular in the 1950s named "crime thrillers" which was very similar), however, this movie ticks most of the trope boxes.
* ''Film/{{Breathless}}'' (1960).
* ''Film/ShootThePianoPlayer'' (1960).
* ''Film/BlastOfSilence'' (1961).
* ''Film/ZeroFocus'' (1961). A Japanese example of Film Noir.
* ''Film/CarryOnSpying'' (1963). A parody movie that is a mixture of film noir and Franchise/JamesBond spy movies, starring a teacher of a spy school (that has post-graduate links to {{MI6}}) and his best students.
* ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}'' (1965).
* ''Film/{{Mirage|1965}}'' (1965).
* ''Film/LeSamourai'' (1967). Anything directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.
* ''Film/{{Taggart}}''. (according to the French)
* ''Film/PointBlank'' (1967).
* ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' (1968).
* ''Film/PrettyPoison'' (1968).
* ''Film/{{Marlowe}}'' (1969).
* ''Film/{{Klute}}'' (1971).
* ''Film/TheLongGoodbye'' (1973).
* ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' (1974).
* ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfAlfredoGarcia'' (1974). A rare noir taking place in [[SunshineNoir sunny, but still craptastic]] Mexico.
* ''Film/TheDrowningPool'' (1975).
* ''Film/NightMoves'' (1975).
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' (1976).
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' (1979). Although not immediately obvious, this movie is actually a very sneaky case of GenreBusting, following a typical Film Noir plot structure with Kurtz's crime being the mystery to be solved.
* ''Film/BodyHeat'' (1981). A loose remake of ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', with all the limits of the Code removed.
* ''[[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice]]'' (1981). The second adaptation of the novel is (as you might expect) more explicitly sexy than the 1946 version.
* ''Film/{{Thief}}'' (1981).
* ''Film/BladeRunner'' (1982). One of the most influential examples of {{Cyberpunk}} showing its Noir pedigree.
** ''Film/BladeRunner2049'', the 2017 sequel, will be an attempt to recapture said Noir pedigree, with 2010s cinematography.
* ''Film/StillOfTheNight'' (1982).
* ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid'' (1983) is an AffectionateParody of Noir.
* ''Film/BodyDouble'' (1984).
* ''Film/TheElementOfCrime'' (1984) is simultaneously a {{Homage}} and a {{Deconstruction}} of the genre.
* ''Film/TroubleInMind'' (1985).
* ''Film/BloodSimple'' (1985).
* ''Film/BlueVelvet'' (1986) is a Noir by Creator/DavidLynch. Has the trademark Lynch weirdness, but it's surprisingly [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] and the plot is one of his most comprehensible.
* ''Film/AngelHeart'' (1987) combines Noir with horror to stunning effect.
* ''Film/FatalAttraction'' (1987) has a famous spin on the FemmeFatale archetype.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (1988). Don't let the 'Toons fool you. This has a very noir plot.
* ''Film/MillersCrossing'' (1990), loosely based off of the Creator/DashiellHammett novel ''Literature/TheGlassKey''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (1992) and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' (1993)
* ''Film/DeadAgain'' (1991) features many of the noir conventions in the narrative, blending them with invocations of hypnosis and past lives.
* ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'' (1991)
* ''Film/BasicInstinct'' (1992)
* ''Film/DeepCover'' (1992)
* ''Film/ManBitesDog'' (1992) can come across as the "regular guys" (the filmmakers) being drawn into the world of crime by the subject of their documentary.
* ''Film/RedRockWest'' (1992)
* ''Film/BadLieutenant'' (1992)
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' (1992) is Creator/QuentinTarantino's non-linear spin on the "heist film" subgenre.
* ''Film/RomeoIsBleeding'' (1993)
* ''Film/{{Disclosure}}'' (1994)
* ''Film/TheLastSeduction'' (1994) is a {{Deconstruction}} of the FemmeFatale plot.
* ''Film/FallenAngels'' (1995) is a noir set in UsefulNotes/HongKong, made by Creator/WongKarWai of ''Film/ChungkingExpress'' fame.
* ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'' (1995) A Creator/JohnCarpenter directed film, which combines Noir with a dash of Creator/StephenKing and copious amounts of Creator/HPLovecraft. What starts out as a very Noir-ish plot about a skilled insurance agent trying to find a missing horror author, slowly but surely turns into a full-on CosmicHorrorStory.
* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' (1995), whose title comes from a famous line in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/DevilInABlueDress'' (1995)
* Clive Barker's ''Film/LordOfIllusions'' (1995) combines noir elements with [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] body horror.
* ''Film/BloodAndWine'' (1996)
* ''Film/{{Bound|1996}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/{{Freeway}}'' (1996) which used noir elements combined with fairy tale references.
* ''Film/HardEight'' (1996)
* ''Film/TheHunters'' (1996)
* ''Film/MulhollandFalls'' (1996)
* ''The American Friend'' (1997), one of the least known adaptations of the Literature/{{Ripliad}} with Ripley being a world-weary, apathetic and brooding AntiHero, instead of the VillainProtagonist from the books.
* ''Film/TheBloodyOlive'' (1997)
* ''Film/{{Gattaca}}'' (1997) is, in many ways, a noir-style SpiritualSuccessor to ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', incorporating noir motifs into a society of DesignerBabies.
* ''Film/LAConfidential'' (1997)
* ''Film/LostHighway'' (1997)
* ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner'' (1997)
* ''Film/TruthOrConsequencesNM'' (1997)
* ''Film/UTurn'' (1997)
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' (1998) is a simultaneous {{homage}} to and [[TheParody parody of]] Film Noir specific tropes.
** This is known as "Parody of Reaffirmation", like Weird Al parodying music, but at the same time is making music, or Scream parodying horror movies, all the while being a horror movie.
* ''Film/{{Following}}'' (1998) The directorial debut of Creator/ChristopherNolan is the British ([[DownplayedTrope somewhat subverted]]) version of the Film Noir standard. Since then, with the notable exception of ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', his films will as a rule have at least a noir-ish "vibe" to them.
* ''Film/ThePrestige'' and ''Film/{{Inception}}'' have elements of noir, but each is a GenreBuster of sorts.
* ''Film/DarkCity'' (1998) is a clever twist on CityNoir and AlwaysNight, along with an interesting foreshadow-by-a-year of ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* ''Film/ASimplePlan'' (1998)
* ''Twilight'' (1998) is a neo-noir starring Creator/PaulNewman and Susan Sarandon with a score by Music/ElmerBernstein. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[Literature/{{Twilight}} those vampire movies.]] If such a thing were possible.
* ''Film/EightMM'' (1999)
* ''Film/FightClub'' (1999) has many elements of noir pop up amid all the craziness....
* ''Film/TheMatrix'' (1999) hardly pure noir but has strong elements of it. The sequels, much less so.
* ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor'' (1999) is noir through and through, right down to the music and the dress styles.
* ''Film/{{Payback}}'' (1999)
* ''Film/{{Memento}}'' (2000): A man searches for his wife's killer in the aftermath of a violent home invasion that left him unable to form new memories. Has many of the stylistic elements that define classic Noir: an alienated, uncertain protagonist attempting to solve a nigh-impossible mystery, characters whose trustworthiness is constantly in flux, a sharply twisting plot that changes the audience's understanding of the story practically every scene, and a highly unreal, dreamlike tone, with half of the movie even arranged in backwards chronology to match the protagonist's inability to remember how or why he is in any given situation.
* ''Film/HitTeam'' (2001)
* ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' (2001)
* ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' (2001)
* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' (2002-2007) has a heavy neo-noir feel in many scenes.
* ''Film/{{Femme Fatale|2002}}'' (2002), as the name implies. Creator/BrianDePalma's {{Deconstruction}} of the FemmeFatale archetype, by putting such a character through the ringer.
* ''Film/TheGoodThief'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' (2002): The [[ForeignRemake American adaptation]] of a Norwegian film from 1997. At its core a fairly straightforward noir with Creator/AlPacino as an angst-ridden cop dealing with past mistakes.
* ''Film/MinorityReport'' (2002), similar to ''Film/BladeRunner'' two decades earlier, is a sci-fi noir set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Director Steven Spielberg has said it is heavily inspired by classic noir.
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' (2002)
* ''Film/TheSaltonSea'' (2002)
* ''[[Film/ArseneLupin2004 Arsène Lupin]]'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' (2004)
* ''Film/TheMachinist'' (2004) uses Film Noir atmosphere in a psychological drama.
* ''Film/{{Brick}}'' (2005), which is interestingly set in a HighSchool. It also uses 1930s slang so thick you might need a translator.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' (2005-2012) plays up the noirish aspects of Batman.
* ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo''--both the Swedish trilogy (2005) and the Creator/DavidFincher remake (2011).
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' (2005) throws in a heavy dose of comedy.
* ''Film/SinCity'' (2005), which is the genre's conventions turned UpToEleven.
* ''Film/TheBlackDahlia'' (2006). Creator/BrianDePalma-directed try at [[UpToEleven "the ultimate film noir"]]. Known for its super-stylization and ''very'' complicated plot.
* ''Film/TheDeparted'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Renaissance}}'' (2006) (Black-and-white CG movie set in Paris, [[RecycledInSpace IN THE FUTURE]])
* ''Film/TheEmpireStateBuildingMurders'' (2006) uses TalkingHeads and film noir clips to tell its own noir story.
* ''Film/BeforeTheDevilKnowsYoureDead'' (2007)
* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' (2007), set in [[SunshineNoir sunlit but desolate Texas]].
* ''Film/TheSpirit'' (2008). Oh man, The Spirit.
* ''Film/TheChaser'' (2008) A South-Korean entry to the genre.
* ''Film/PublicEnemies'' (2009)
* ''Film/GiveEmHellMalone'' (2009) is a ''[[LampshadeHanging very]]'' [[{{Troperiffic}} knowing]] mild parody of the hard-boiled detective kind of storyline.
* ''Film/WintersBone'' (2010) is an example of Neo-Realist Noir, setting a missing persons case in the isolated and meth-ravaged communities of the Ozarks.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Looper}}'' (2012), a TimeTravel sci-fi noir.
* ''Film/UniversalSoldierDayOfReckoning'' (2012) is essentially a neo-noir movie with martial arts action and homages to other movies such as ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
* ''Film/AmericanHustle'' (2013) has quite a lot of Noir-ish content, with two [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] who are forced to put their skills to work for an FBI agent (who isn't particularly straight-and-narrow himself) while struggling with their own consciences. Notable for the film's heroine (played by Creator/AmyAdams) being a FemmeFatale...but a ''highly'' sympathetic one.
* ''Film/OnTheJob'' (2013), a Filipino take on the genre, set in grim, polluted, overcrowded, and [[GreyRainOfDepression constantly flood-prone]] metropolitan Manila.
* ''Film/AWalkAmongTheTombstones'' (2014)
* ''Film/InherentVice'' (2015), something of a mix of homage and parody that combines the Film Noir with the StonerFlick, as a perpetually high PrivateDetective gets involved in several intricate criminal conspiracies.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (2016) A LighterAndSofter version with a happy ending, but this is still a detective story in which a simple criminal investigation brings to light political corruption, cover-ups, and conspiracy at the highest levels in a city wracked with racial tension while exploring the hateful and savage impulses that underlie the veneer of civilized life.
* ''Film/TheNiceGuys'' (2016) A very {{troperiffic}} drama wherein [[BrainsAndBrawn a veteran thug and newbie PI]] try to find a missing girl, finding ties to a seemingly irrelevant pornstar's death in the process. It's another Creator/ShaneBlack detective movie, so it's naturally a love letter to noir through BlackComedy and LampshadeHanging.
* ''Film/NocturnalAnimals'' (2016) A film with a StoryWithinAStory, both involving different spins on noir. Creator/AmyAdams plays an art gallery owner with a DarkAndTroubledPast concerning a past marriage, who receives a manuscript for a novel by her ex-husband--a violent crime novel with [[{{Expy}} eerie familiarities in the characters]], which may or may not be [[TakeThat a psychological attempt at revenge]]. As the novel's events unfold before our eyes, so does the past of Adams's character--and moral ambiguities abound, over exactly who is responsible for what.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/Area51'' has a very pronounced chiaroscuro artstyle and a private detective protagonist in a wretched town. Despite those elements though, there's quite a bit of humor. And also lots of monsters, gods and other fantastical creatures.
* ''Anime/TheBigO''
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', in its more "serious" moments.
* ''Anime/ErgoProxy''. Especially the first few episodes.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' had some noir traits, including the chiaroscuro lighting, moral ambiguity, and dark themes.
* ''Manga/GhostInTheShell''
** Especially the second movie ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShell Innocence]]'', which even mimics typical designs for cars and buildings from the classic Noir movies.
* ''Manga/{{Golgo13}}''
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}''
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. It's the real deal, but the character of Gai Kurasawa (a private detective), is used to parody it.
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' is set in a Tokyo which is a CityNoir teaming with corruption and has its hero in IntrepidReporter Saiga who is a good example of a KnightInSourArmor.
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' has some elements of this trope.
* The York Shin Arc of [[Manga/HunterXHunter Hunter x Hunter]] has a noir feel to it that gets more prominent as the tone becomes darker.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' and ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', which are written by the same author, both have definite noir elements, the former focusing on mafia members and the latter focusing on gang members, with plenty of private-eye monologues from [[EnsembleCast multiple characters]].
* ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' is a murder-mystery set in TheFifties with this type of setting
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has this vibe sometimes, DependingOnTheWriter.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', being a series about a GreatDetective solving murders and fighting a deadly criminal organization, uses plenty of noir tropes.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets''
* ''ComicBook/SinCity''
* Franchise/{{Batman}} - many stories are noir at their core. Gotham City is obviously a very noirish setting.
* ComicBook/TheQuestion. Bonus points for his fedora and trench coat.
* ''Manga/DogbyWalksAlone'' - parodied by being placed in a ThemeParks setting.
* The ''Marvel Noir'' line. Changes to Wolverine, for example, include his signature claws actually being handheld Japanese weapons. Naturally, there's a different version of Logan on the X-Men. In normal Marvel continuity, such street-level heroes as Daredevil, Comicbook/MoonKnight and the Punisher have all had runs or story arcs that followed many noir conventions.
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' - An anthropomorphic detective series, that follows the stories of John Blacksad.
* ''The Damned'' - A detective cursed to never die working for demonic(literally demons) gang bosses in the midst of a war with a rival organization.
* The third series of ''Comicbook/XFactor'' features Jamie Madrox's attempt at a noir mutant detective agency .
* Many books by Creator/EdBrubaker, especially when he's working with Sean Philips. ''Comicbook/{{Criminal}}'' and ''Comicbook/TheFadeOut'' are straight noir. ''ComicBook/{{Sleeper}}'' and ''Comicbook/{{Incognito}}'' are superhero/pulp hero noir, and ''Comicbook/{{Fatale}}'' is noir where the FemmeFatale's supernatural allure [[CosmicHorrorStory actually is supernatural.]]
* Brian Michael Bendis's ''ComicBook/{{Alias}}''.
* Also by Bendis, ''Sam And Twitch'', a spin-off from the ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' series
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' contains significant noir elements, particularly Rorschach's sections.
* ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'', particularly the newspaper strip.
* ''ComicBook/StrayBullets''
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': One of Calvin's {{Imagine Spot}}s follows the adventures of a very noir-ish private investigator called Tracer Bullet.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The aptly named ''FanFic/CoruscantNoir''.
* ''FanFic/ADarkKnightOverSinCity''
* There's an ongoing Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} fanfic called FanFic/CitiesInDust: [[Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff shit lets be hardboiled]] that puts the characters in a Noir AU.
* ''Fanfic/NightsInTheBigCity''
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7206038/1/bDial_b_bM_b_For_bMutant_b Dial M For Mutant]] puts the characters of X-Men: First Class into the noir setting, complete with copious use of 30's/40's slang.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' sometimes uses this, resulting in an OutOfGenreExperience.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7234043/1/Noirble-Hornets This]] WebVideo/MarbleHornets fan fiction, aptly titled "[[PunnyName Noirble Hornets]]," is a noir reimagining of Entry #22, in which [[spoiler:Alex lets Seth meet his fate in the abandoned building]].
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9386666/1/Ash-Ketchum-Master-Detective This Pokemon Fanfiction]] is titled "[[ExactlyWhatitSaysOntheTin Ash Ketchum: Master Detective]]". Uses many [[HardboiledDetective Hard-Boiled Detective]] tropes, and is best read when listening to a Jazzy Noir Soundtrack.
* ''FanFic/AnUncommonWitness'' is a well-researched ''Anime/PrincessTutu"" AU fic set in the RoaringTwenties which features Fakir as the HardboiledDetective, Duck as TheIngenue, Rue as the FemmeFatale, and Mytho as part of TheMafia ran by Rue's father.
* ''Fanfiction/RepublicCityBlues'', a nor-AU of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl''

* The Mina Davis books ''[[Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed Hungover and Handcuffed]]'' and ''[[Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend]]'' are extremely noiry, and their covers evoke classic noir imagery (Creator/HumphreyBogart and Film/{{Gilda}} specifically).
* Most of Lawrence Block's work, Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries in particular.
* The ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novels by Glen Cook, Literature/NeroWolfe in a gritty fantasy world.
* The novels of Creator/DashiellHammett, Creator/RaymondChandler, Creator/JamesMCain, and Jim Thompson.
* The ''Literature/JoGar'' series by Raoul Whitfield, set in UsefulNotes/{{Manila}}, capital of the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, then under U.S. colonial rule.
* Literature/TheDresdenFiles, which is Noir [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] UrbanFantasy.
* And Literature/TheAutomaticDetective is Noir [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] RaygunGothic.
* ''{{Literature/Felidae}}'' is a Film Noir [[RecycledInSpace WITH CATS]].
* The ''Literature/CoruscantNights'' series of Star Wars novels contains a lot of film noir homages. They are, in fact, an ''official'' Coruscant Noir.
* ''Literature/AllTheWrongQuestions'', a prequel series to ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', is a big homage to noir and stars a young Creator/LemonySnicket as a KidDetective.
* ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' combines Film Noir with UrbanFantasy spiced with (un)healthy dose of RuleOfCool, everything turned UpToEleven.
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' (''Literature/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'' and its sequels), along with its movie adaptations, is [[NordicNoir noir set in modern-day Sweden]], with heavy emphasis on computer technology.
* ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'', a Filipino crime novel with two priests moonlighting as {{Amateur Sleuth}}s, and is also an exploration on the [[PoliceAreUseless sheer ineptness of Philippine law enforcement authorities]].
* ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' has a lot of shout-outs to the genre, including down-on-his-luck detective with problems and first-person narration, his beautiful, but clearly troubled ex and a case police can't be entrusted with. The hero even lampshades FemmeFatale in his head.
* Much of ''Literature/TheAngaranChronicles'' is like this with a hefty, hefty dose of DieselPunk. The most notable example is the novella ''[[https://www.wattpad.com/story/123095410-the-angaran-chronicles-hamar-noir/ Hamar Noir]]'' which embodies many of the themes and tropes of Film Noir. Which follows the [[VampireHunter Hunter]] [[GuileHero Anargrin]] as he tracks down a serial killing vampire in the slums of the [[WretchedHive underground city of Valtagan.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': The latter part of "Postage Due" is a very much film noir influenced, with Miss Brooks providing a PrivateEyeMonologue.
* ''Series/{{Dragnet}}'': Especially in its first run in the 40's and 50's.
* ''Series/JessicaJones'' The 2015 Netflix series plays heavily on noir themes; Jessica herself being a gender-swapped, alcoholic, emotionally-detached private detective.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has a heavy noir element to it, with a murder leading to uncovering of the corruption and moral ambiguity of a seemingly idyllic town. Various noir tropes are given their due in the show, from the dark jazz motifs in the score to various character archetypes. This being a Creator/DavidLynch series, though, it's filled with nice helpings of surrealism, and it's just as much a SoapOpera with heavy doses of the supernatural.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' somehow effectively used this style in a San Diego high school setting. And gender swapped.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had an episode based around a book taking them to a place with this style.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' did this well.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' had a Jimmy centric episode set in a noir dream sequence.
* Other than the Hawaii setting and heavy doses of comedy, ''Series/MagnumPI'' tends toward this as well, complete with PrivateEyeMonologue.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' is based on Noir.
* ''Series/{{Terriers}}''
* ''Series/BoredToDeath''
* ''Series/{{Luther}}''
* ''Series/EZStreets''
* ''Series/LostGirl'' has the chiaroscuro lighting and grand but decaying settings. Interesting twist though that the FemmeFatale also happens to be the AntiHero-PrivateDetective.
* The BBC two part Drama "Exile"
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has the Season 5 episode, "Mr. Monk and The Leper," done in a complete homage to Film Noir including an introduction from Tony Shaloub dropping references to FemmeFatale amongst other tropes. A black-and-white then a color version aired back-to-back when the episode premiered. The DVD includes the black-and-white version.
* ''Series/PeterGunn'' mixed Noir tropes with 1950s cool Jazz.
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'' is heavily inspired by Film Noir, borrowing many plot elements and a very dark and cynical tone.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was heavily influenced by Film Noir, mostly up to about half way through the third season, but it retained certain Film Noir traits until the very end, such as the moral abiguity. [[spoiler: The final scene of the show is in the classic Film Noir setting of rainy alleyway]].
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' season 4 episode "The Blue Butterfly" has Castle find the diary of a private eye from 1948, which results in a number of Film Noir-style flashbacks with the regulars taking on various roles in the story - Castle as the detective, Beckett as a nightclub singer, Esposito and Ryan as gangsters and Alexis (!) as a FemmeFatale. We also get Castle doing the monologue and at one point [[FreudianSlip inadvertently swapping the name of the singer for Kate]]... which results in a RecordNeedleScratch drop out of flashback as Beckett looks at him funny.
* ''Series/SerangoonRoad'', set in 1960s Singapore. This might seem odd as a setting until one realises that Singapore in TheSixties was more WretchedHive than ShiningCity.
* A 2014 episode of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' in which Spencer goes into hallucination mode uses this setting.
* It's in color, but {{Series/Gotham}} has a very ''Noir'' feel to it with corrupt police, a seedy underworld that can only hint at the real level of nastiness, corrupt and shady politicians, and a brewing mob war.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' looks like your typical BodyOfTheWeek show on the surface, but as each episode goes on that veneer is scraped away to something much darker and conspiracy-oriented. The way Phryne loves to pretend to be a FemmeFatale certainly helps.
* ''Series/BabylonBerlin'': A German TV crime series (based on a book trilogy) set in [[UsefulNotes/TheWeimarRepublic 1929]] Berlin, a city rife with underground pornographers, gangsters, Communists and Fascists.

* KPop group SECRET's music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP56DuUpKBE "Poison"]] is in the style of Film Noir, complete with LadyInRed FemmeFatale.
* Music/{{Ultravox}}'s breakthrough hit "Vienna" was heavily influenced by film noir themes. The music video in particular was inspired by ''The Third Man''.

* ''[[Pinball/WHODunnit WHO dunnit]]'' (1995)

[[folder:Spoofs and Parodies]]
* ''Film/TheCheapDetective''
* ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid''
* ''Film/PlayItAgainSam'', a play and later film by Creator/WoodyAllen that matches up Allen's "neurotic Jew" character with Creator/HumphreyBogart. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', at least setting-wise, plays with the genre and its tropes in part. The bulk of the work is an incredibly silly take on the EasternRPG, but it's decidedly within a Film Noir framework. And when it does noir, oh, ''[[http://i.imgur.com/Toe2lwD.jpg it does noir]]''.
** In a similar vein, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s Midnight Crew intermission plays with the [[AntiHero darker]] end of the genre's spectrum, [[TimeyWimeyBall just with extra time travel]].
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' -- underneath the cartoonish action, there is a very straight Film Noir in there.
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', an AffectionateParody with [[spoiler:a [[AvertedTrope surprisingly happy ending]].]]
* The [[AffectionateParody Tracer Bullet]] stories in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
* ''Franchise/SamAndMax'', especially with the character Flint Paper.
** In ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Season 3: Episode 3'', Max gets murdered and Sam has an '[[HeroicBSOD embarrassing noirish rampage]]' that turns the game into a Film Noir spoof for a while, down to the lighting and the camera angles in the cutscenes. Highlights include Sam demonstrating his edgy true-to-life violence by [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique slapping people in the face mid sentence]] and having a 'Noir' option during conversations which causes him to [[{{Wangst}} give a largely incoherent metaphorical description about how amoral and miserable he is]].
* Less spoof than reference, but Tyrell Badd of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' is a blatant noir detective down to the stubble, trenchcoat, and tragic past.
** Godot counts as well, from his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6KRIMASing slow, sweet, jazzy]] {{leitmotif}} even in it's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZxLlirprF0 in-game sound]], to his [[IceCreamKoans coffeenese]] and coffee-oriented metaphors, tragic and mysterious backstory, and his style of dress which looks like a HardBoiledDetective without his trenchcoat. His "worried" animation on first glance makes it look like he's smoking, though the "cigarette" is actually his ring and the smoke is off his mask.
* ''The Black Bird'' is a film spoof of ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' without much originality.
* ''Film/RockSlyde'' (2009) is a modern film-noir parody starring Creator/PatrickWarburton as "Rock Slyde", private-eye and former [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot homosexual-pirate musical-pornstar]].
* One of the scenarios in the Artificial Reality machine in Series/RedDwarf is a film noir setting, complete with monochrome, a FemmeFatale, UsefulNotes/AlCapone-style outfits and a car from the 30s.
* Swiss claymation film "Pas de cercueil pour les pantins" ("No coffin for puppets"). Partly hommage, partly parody, all 4th wall. [[spoiler: At the final shootout, the private-eye-turned-killer crashes into the requisites set and realizes he is a clay figure. Everyone else would have GoneMadFromTheRevelation, but a noir dude can take anything...]]
* "AudioPlay/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger" (and the later Nick Danger skits) by Creator/TheFiresignTheater.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' (2011) [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fittingly enough]].
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' (2001) - Also [[Film/MaxPayne a movie]]. The second game was even billed with the tagline "A ''film noir'' love story".
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' (2008) has some elements of this trope.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'' series constantly [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] elements of the genre. A dark-yet-stylized and moody atmosphere (not to mention a setting where you aren't quite sure who to trust--or who the real "bad guy" is) permeates the first two, and the third has you play a private detective. Bonus points for the first ''Burial At Sea'' DLC being a straight-up NoirEpisode.
* ''VideoGame/BluesAndBullets'' (2015)
* The ''VideoGame/KneeDeep'' (2015) theatrical stage adventure features several noir tropes in its grim Florida setting.
* ''VideoGame/TexMurphy'' (1996)
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' (1998)
* ''The Black Dahlia'' (1998) - correct setting, period clothes and corny dialogue to boot.
* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' (1999) - ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
** Its sequel even used the tagline "A Film Noir Love Story". Which is somewhat ironic, given that the protagonist is much less cynical jaded in the sequel than in the original.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blackout}}'', an AdventureGame that combines Noir with PsychologicalHorror and puppets.
* ''Deja Vu''
* ''VideoGame/JackOrlando''
* ''Dead Head Fred''
* ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' ''Sins of The Fathers'' Combines Noir with horror much the same way as the film ''Film/AngelHeart''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series.
* ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215'' (2006) and it's sequel, ''VideoGame/LastWindow'' (2010)
* ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'' Neon Noir, deeply inspired by Film/{{Drive}}.
** ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber''
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' (2010) Shelby's character is homage to Noir while Jayden is homage to its more modern counterparts.
* The later ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' games start to veer into this territory by virtue of GrowingTheBeard and aiming for a more DarkerAndEdgier feel. Several missions in the third and fourth game (''Contracts'' and ''Blood Money'') have a genuinely noir tone.
* Creator/WadjetEyeGames ''loves'' this genre, with most of their games so far either belonging fully to this genre or using parts of it. These include:
** ''VideoGame/TheShivah'', with a Rabbi who's losing faith in the goodness of God as the protagonist.
** ''VideoGame/EmeraldCityConfidential'' was described by the producer as follows: "Harsh city streets, grey rainy skies, femmes fatales, tough guys, trenchcoats, fedoras and plot twists. It's [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Oz]], seen through the eyes of Raymond Chandler."
** ''VideoGame/TheBlackwellSeries'' uses some elements of noir (one of the protagonists is a DeadpanSnarker ghost from the 30's).
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' which is {{Cyberpunk}} so Noir is bound to be there.
* VideoGame/DeusEx also heavily borrows from the noir aesthetics and narrative structure. Technically, this is a noir game with government agent and conspirators replacing more common private dick and crooks.
* KillerIsDead, as well as VideoGame/Killer7, from Creator/Suda51, features some heavy surreal film noir looks, down to [[DressedToKill badass assassins in suits]], heavy shading and shadows, hypnotic soundtracks and weird characters. They're much more SciFi that film noir, though the influence is clearly there.
* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' was developed to evoke a Film Noir atmosphere as a lone soldier investigates an alien-occupied city.
* By virtue of evoking late 80s scifi movies, ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' evokes this in parts, especially on Omega, Ilium and the Citadel. Thane and Samara's loyalty missions are even investigations with much less action than the rest of the game (oddly enough, both characters are stoic badasses with philosophical sides).
* ''VideoGame/BladeRunner'' (1997) follows the movie with its distinctive noir feeling mixed with s-f settings.
* ''Carte Blanche: For a Fistful of Teeth''. Bonus points for [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black-and-white graphics]].
* ''{{VideoGame/Gunpoint}}'' plays many of the tropes of Film Noir fairly straight despite it's more humorous atmosphere and incredibly snarky protagonist.
* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters2'' (2002) the Chicago level has this in spades, from the opening monologue to the soundtrack for the level.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' (2009) and its sequel are very noir, even though they're set in a fantasy world replete with witches and golems. It has corrupt, drunken authorities, the drug trade, a conspiracy, several femme fatales, and a jaded, sarcastic anti-hero who's primarily concerned with his own goals.
* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' is a murder mystery set in 1986 New York, and starring Sheriff Bigby Wolf, a DeadpanSnarker[=/=]HardBoiledDetective type investigating Fairytale characters in a noir setting.
* ''VideoGame/LastCaseTheDisappearanceOfAmandaKane'' is a mostly black and white crime drama about a private investigator trying to look for a mission person. The protagonist drinks, recently lost his partner, and the game has smooth, somewhat somber accompanying the setting (which seems to take place in the mid to late nineties).
* VideoGame/{{Snatcher}}. Cyberpunk, deeply inspired by (almost to the point of plagiarism) Film/BladeRunner.

* ''Webcomic/AntiBunny'' draws heavily on Film Noir in its visual and storytelling style. As a call out to the visual style in Chapter 5 of The Gritty City Stories Pooky cynically narrates "No one gets film noir these days anyway."
* ''Automata'', and it's sequel ''Blood and Oil''; two short stories created by the ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' duo. [[http://penny-arcade.com/archive/results/search&keywords=automata/]]
* ''Webcomic/BloodandSmoke'' is a black and white comic set in a hellhole of a city, starring a cynical, chain-smoking, fedora and trench-coat wearing police detective that chases a serial killer with a cool sounding name.
* ''Webcomic/TheTalbotChronicles'' placed Lawrence Talbot from the ''[[Film/TheWolfMan1941 Wolf Man]]'' series into a film noir setting. A good fit, as Talbot's whole bag has always been existential angst.
* ''WebComic/LivingWithInsanity'' did this in its [[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/?p=364 one arc.]]
* ''WebComic/TwoRooks'' combines crime noir with a dystopian setting.
* [[http://www.sintitulocomic.com/2007/06/17/page-01/ Sin Titulo]] definitely has noir undertones (and it uses color very sparingly).
* ''WebComic/IWasKidnappedByLesbianPiratesFromOuterSpace'' has a [[http://lesbianspacepirates.com/index.php?id=424 bonus story]], originally subscribers only, following a HardboiledDetective who gets hired to find a young woman who went missing from her workplace. [[spoiler: Of course he never finds her, because she's been ... you know.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Daniel}}'' is a vampire horror comic set in the 1930s. It's setting and grayscale color scheme give it a feel very akin to film noir.
* ''Webcomic/RiversideExtras'' is a male gangster vs female gangster comic. It's DeliberatelyMonochrome except for splashes of red. The main character is the FemmeFatale with a DarkAndTroubledPast instead of a detective (who has appeared but is only a minor player compared to the lady gangsters).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/WeekendPussyHunt'', a cartoon parody of the genre made by Creator/JohnKricfalusi during the late 90's, animated in UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tRfL2EUhDo The Deadliest Tag]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFyxJd6uOQg Deadliest Tag Chapter Two]] on VlogTag.
* Perri Rhoades' web serial ''Literature/{{Spectral Shadows}}'' has a peculiar planet, Cygnus, that's populated by lots of half-human half animal creatures, with each town having an {{Intellectual Property Religion}} (literally -- even if sometimes the religion doesn't correctly match the source material). The town of Noire tries its best to fit this trope, even going so far as to use fossil fuels for vehicles while the rest of the world uses solar power -- because in the gangster movies, they didn't have solar power.
* ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'': Parodied in the [[http://youtu.be/KYBU4G2ERyU "Mycaruba"]] T-shirt ad, complete with Danny as Detective N.S. Grump and Arin as... um... just watch it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' with "BMO Noir".
* The eighth season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', titled [[NewSeasonNewTitle "Archer Dreamland"]], is a 1940s Film Noir that's justified as taking place inside [[AdventuresInComaland Archer's coma dream.]] [[CerebusSyndrome It's played straighter than one would expect from the show]], leaning closer to a {{Dramedy}} rather than the outright SpyFiction spoof of previous seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had chiaroscuro lighting, snap-brim hats, a gun moll for ComicBook/TheJoker, and a number of other ''noir'' traits.
** Also applies to its three [[TheMovie movies]]: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' especially but also ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'' (though ''Mystery Of The Batwoman'' is LighterAndSofter, it still retains noir aspects and a BittersweetEnding).
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Rarity Investigates" complete with voiceover narration, flashbacks, noirish lighting, and black-and-white style.
* Parodied in the 1993 ''WesternAnimation/PinkPanther'' series ("Black and White and Pink All Over").
* ''Plantywood: The City of Plants'' [[JustforPun plants]] the three heroes of ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' into a film noir-type Hollywood filled with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin plants.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "The Tale of X9" was most certainly created with this genre in mind.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "The Third Mouse" is a send-up of ''Film/TheThirdMan''. Keeping true to the source material, it is also in black-and-white.

* The 2007 Hollywood Portfolio of ''Vanity Fair'' magazine set up a faux noir film called [[http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/03/filmnoir_portfolio200703#slide=1 "Killers Kill, Dead Men Die"]] to accompany the series of photos taken, complete with casting and set descriptions in the captions.
* ''Blog/TheUnitedFederationOfCharles'' had a [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/06/what-is-noir.html discussion of Noir and its role in fiction]]. It argues that the genre never died and is continuing on today.