20 Episodes

While film noir had its heyday in the disillusioned postwar era of the 1940s and ’50s, its seductively moody style and dark, cynical edge have continued to inspire more recent filmmakers to put their own stamps on the genre. Featuring unforgettable femmes fatales (Linda Fiorentino’s ice-cold bad girl in THE LAST SEDUCTION) and rogue detectives (a shockingly sleazy James Woods in COP, Harvey Keitel and Nicolas Cage as two very different Bad Lieutenants), these next-generation crime thrillers reveal the myriad ways in which the hard-boiled vocabulary of noir has endured and evolved over the decades. Bringing together acclaimed modern classics (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL) and hidden gems (THE DEEP END) from the New Hollywood of the 1970s (NIGHT MOVES, OBSESSION) to the VHS era of the 1980s and ’90s (CRIMES OF PASSION, OUT OF SIGHT) and beyond, this selection proves that noir is more than just a single era or movement—it’s a state of mind.

  • Neonoir Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Out of Sight

    Episode 2

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh • 1998 • United States Starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Don Cheadle

    The megawatt star power of George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez propels this sexy, sleekly entertaining ...

  • Obsession

    Episode 3

    Directed by Brian De Palma • 1976 • United States
    Starring Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow

    Nearly twenty years after his wife’s tragic death, a guilt-ridden man (Cliff Robertson) meets her exact look-alike (Gen...

  • The Man Who Wasn’t There

    Episode 4

    Directed by Joel Coen • 2001 • United States, United Kingdom Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini

    The Coen brothers put their inimitable, offbeat stamp on the noir genre with this moody tale of...

  • L.A. Confidential

    Episode 5

    Directed by Curtis Hanson • 1997 • United States
    Starring Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey

    Perhaps the finest neonoir since CHINATOWN, Curtis Hanson’s masterful adaptation of the novel by James Ellroy brings the sleazy underbelly of 1950s Los Angeles to the screen with sizzle and punch. F...

  • Thief

    Episode 6

    Directed by Michael Mann • 1981 • United States
    Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Robert Prosky

    The contemporary American auteur Michael Mann’s bold artistic sensibility was already fully formed when he burst out of the gate with THIEF, his debut feature. James Caan stars, in one of his most ri...

  • Eyewitness

    Episode 7

    Directed by Peter Yates • 1981 • United States
    Starring William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer

    When a young janitor (William Hurt) finds a dead body in his building, he convinces a local television reporter with whom he is infatuated (Sigourney Weaver) that he knows more about the k...

  • Blow Out

    Episode 8

    Directed by Brian De Palma • 1981 • United States
    Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

    In the enthralling BLOW OUT, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a p...

  • Blue Steel

    Episode 9

    Directed by Kathryn Bigelow • 1990 • United States
    Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown

    Action auteur Kathryn Bigelow renders this sleek and stylish police thriller with almost painterly abstraction. Day one on the force, and rookie cop Megan Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) faces suspe...

  • Cop
    Episode 10


    Episode 10

    Directed by James B. Harris • 1988 • United States
    Starring James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning

    A magnetically psychotic James Woods takes the dirty-cop genre to new depths of shocking sleaze in this startlingly perverse thriller based on a James Ellroy novel and directed by Stanl...

  • Crimes of Passion

    Episode 11

    Directed by Ken Russell • 1984 • United States
    Starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Bruce Davison

    She is watched. She is worshiped. And she must remain a mystery. Fashion designer Joanna Crane (Kathleen Turner, at the height of her powers) leads a double life. By night she is China Blue, a...

  • The Last Seduction

    Episode 12

    Directed by John Dahl • 1994 • United States
    Starring Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman

    Linda Fiorentino is a diabolical delight as one of the most unrepentantly wicked femmes fatales of the neonoir boom in this deliciously entertaining thriller. After roping her doctor husband (Bill Pu...

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

    Episode 13

    Directed by Werner Herzog • 2009 • United States
    Starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer

    Two of contemporary cinema’s most electrifying eccentrics, Werner Herzog and Nicolas Cage, join forces for a thoroughly unhinged pulp fever dream. Not—despite the title—a remake of or sequel to the si...

  • The Deep End

    Episode 14

    Directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee • 2001 • United States
    Starring Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker

    Tilda Swinton delivers a tour-de-force performance as a mother driven to extremes in this stylish and psychologically rich reworking of Max Ophuls’s 1949 noir THE RECKLESS MO...

  • Absence of Malice

    Episode 15

    Directed by Sydney Pollack • 1981 • United States
    Starring Sally Field, Paul Newman, Bob Balaban

    In America, can a man be guilty until proven innocent? Suppose you picked up this morning’s newspaper and your life was a front-page headl...

  • The Big Sleep

    Episode 16

    Directed by Michael Winner • 1978 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone

    Robert Mitchum steps into the gumshoes of detective Philip Marlowe in this bold 1970s reimagining of the Raymond Chandler classic set in England. When Marlowe takes on what appears to be a routi...

  • Blood Simple

    Episode 17

    Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen • 1984 • United States

    Joel and Ethan Coen's career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous though...

  • Night Moves

    Episode 18

    Directed by Arthur Penn • 1975 • United States
    Starring Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Edward Binns

    Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) is a run-of-the-mill, bottom-of-the-barrel private eye who spends his working hours staking out divorce disputants, chasing runaways, and tracing missing persons. That ...

  • Blood and Wine

    Episode 19

    Directed by Bob Rafelson • 1996 • United States
    Starring Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez

    Director Bob Rafelson and star Jack Nicholson reunite for this gripping, darkly acidic crime drama, the final installment in what the filmmaker has described as an unofficial trilogy about dysf...

  • Bad Lieutenant

    Episode 20

    Directed by Abel Ferrara • 1992 • United States
    Starring Harvey Keitel, Peggy Gormley, Victor Argo

    Abel Ferrara’s harrowing vision of sin, Catholic guilt, and the search for salvation in a grimy New York City underworld is one of the most controversial and indelible works of the art of the 1990s...