The MoFo Top 100 Neo-noir Countdown

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Collateral received several nominations and awards. These are some of the most notable:
  • Six (6) BAFTA Film Award nominations, including a win for Best Cinematography (Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron)
  • Five (5) Satellite Award nominations, including a win for Best Editing (Jim Miller and Paul Rubell)
  • Four (4) Saturn Award nominations, including Best Actor (Tom Cruise)
  • Two (2) Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actor (Jamie Foxx)
  • Two (2) Critics Choice Award nominations, including Best Picture
  • One (1) Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Foxx)
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Either forgot or didn't know Fincher had directed Gone Girl. Might watch it if I get the chance.

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My ballot, and this specific countdown, are not on the same page at all!

36. Dog Day Afternoon - Another all-time favourite that simply didn't figure in the films I'd sorted into the neo noir pile. I'm wondering now if a lot of the ones I've picked weren't in contention for other people. Regardless, this 1975 classic is so good. I still remember watching it one afternoon in the mid-to-early 90s and getting absolutely blown away. It instantly became a movie I hold near and dear - based on a true story, which when you see the film itself is hard to believe. Truth is stranger than fiction, and of course the film plays everything up to the hilt - every little absurdity. Al Pacino was incredible as Sonny.

35. Who Framed Roger Rabbit - I saw this at the movies when it came out and didn't like it - I thought the mixing of cartoon and real world was incredibly silly, and I was at an age when silly irked me. It is so due a rewatch, which is something I've been wanting to do for ages. In the meantime, it's a film I saw decades ago. Thankfully it's obviously neo noir, although the fact that it's a comedy lightens the tone.

34. Gone Girl - I really liked this when I saw it on release, and it's another movie that I'm looking forward to seeing again. I have it on DVD, but so far I've been too busy with other films. It would have needed that second go to firm up as a possibility for my ballot. A really nice twisty neo noir film with a great (let's emphasise great) performances from Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck.

33. Collateral - I really liked this more the second time I saw it, and gave it another go because of the repeated times I'd seen other people rave about Collateral. Standout performance from Tom Cruise. Great battle of wits in one scene between Jamie Foxx and Javier Bardem. Be as it may, I still have films on my ballot that I thought better of, and not many of them are showing up on this countdown!

Seen : 44/68
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Collateral was my #14. Love the 'metropolis at night' vibes, ambiance, music and visual style by the great 'neon-noir innovator' Michael Mann.

SEEN: 62/68

25. Mirage (1965)
22. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
17. The Driver (1978)
14. Collateral (2004)
11. Get Carter (1971)
08. The Hot Spot (1990)
04. One False Move (1992)

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For the weekend films, I have seen all four, but none of them made my ballot. I am most certainly due for another viewing of Dog Day Afternoon, as it has been quite some time since I last saw it. I remember liking it, though.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a fun and creative film, obviously riffing on classic noir tropes. I like it, but it didn't make my list.

Gone Girl is excellent, but I was really trying to but bona fide noirs on my ballot, and this seemed more like a straight up twisty crime thriller to me, so I left it off.

I liked Collateral, and I am a big Tom Cruise fan, but it didn't make my ballot.
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Wow. Those are like old TV Guide crossword puzzle level difficulty. There you'd get clues like, "The Courtship __ Eddie's Father".
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Wow. Those are like old TV Guide crossword puzzle level difficulty. There you'd get clues like, "The Courtship __ Eddie's Father".

Forgot to add that yesterday's entries were the second ones for both David Fincher and Michael Mann. Fincher had The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back at #84 and Mann had Manhunter back at #77. Do you think they'll get any others?

There will definitely be at least two more Finchers. As for Mann, I'm not familiar enough with his work or with wtf Neo Noir is to answer that.

Forgot to add that yesterday's entries were the second ones for both David Fincher and Michael Mann. Fincher had The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back at #84 and Mann had Manhunter back at #77. Do you think they'll get any others?
Fincher, yes (SE7EN and likely Zodiac, too). Mann, yes (Heat for sure and maybe still Thief, though that will have to show very soon).


Michael Mann, 1995


Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

Angel Heart

Alan Parker, 1987


Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling


Heat - A meticulous master criminal and a dedicated police detective, whose personal life is in chaos, play a dangerous game of cat and mouse as the former try to stop the criminal's group from committing one last big heist

Angel Heart - A private investigator is hired by a mysterious man to track down a singer. However, as he gets deeper and deeper in the investigation, he starts uncovering the truth of why he was hired.

I've seen both, but none made my list.

Heat is a pretty cool picture, but one that I'm not a big, big fan; at least not as much as a lot of film fans are. The bank heist and subsequent shoot-out is incredibly tense and impressive, the whole cast is great, but it's just not one I tend to go to.

Angel Heart is one I saw a very long time ago, and haven't seen since. I do remember the overall beats of the film, but barely remember specifics. I should definitely revisit it at some point.

SEEN: 45/70
MY BALLOT: 12/25

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I actually haven't seen Angel Hart. I know not cool. Since it's this high up on the list I'll have to change that. Heat is a great crime film with some high quality action scenes (some of the best ever) and exceptional performances.
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I'm surprised Heat didn't make it into the top 10, but I'm glad it made it this far. It's my #4. Such a great character study of both the criminal and the detective chasing him.

I haven't seen Angel Heart.

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