- Film noir is defined as a genre of urban crime movies from the 1940s and 1950s with a melodramatic, bleak or cynical feel.
An example of film noir is a Humphrey Bogart movie.
film noir definition by Webster's New World
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a type of film, esp. of the 1940s and 1950s, fatalistic, pessimistic, or cynical in mood and often dealing melodramatically with urban crime and corruption
Origin: French literally , black film
film noir definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.