Top 5 Film Noir Movies

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The term "film noir" evokes images of tough-talking detectives, smoke-filled rooms, and treacherous dames. Coined in the 1940s by French film critics, film noir is an American style of film—not a genre—that emerged around World War II and reflected the cynicism and grief inspired by war and the Great Depression. In film noir, the heroes are morally ambiguous, the plot is twisting, and there are no easy answers or happy endings. The best noir films use cinematography and acting to bring depth to their characters and balance to hard-boiled violence and cynicism.
Top 5 Film Noir Movies
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The term "film noir" evokes images of tough-talking detectives, smoke-filled rooms, and treacherous dames. Coined in the 1940s by French film critics, film noir is an American style of film—not a genre—that emerged around World War II and reflected the cynicism and grief inspired by war and the Great Depression. In film noir, the heroes are morally ambiguous, the plot is twisting, and there are no easy answers or happy endings. The best noir films use cinematography and acting to bring depth to their characters and balance to hard-boiled violence and cynicism.
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