Film noir is defined as a genre of urban crime movies from the 1940s and 1950s with a melodramatic, bleak or cynical feel.noun
An example of film noir is a Humphrey Bogart movie.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: Fr, lit., black film
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- A movie characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical characters.
- The genre or style of such movies.
Origin: French : film, film + noir, black.