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.
- 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
- pl. films noirs a film of this type
Origin of film noirFr, literally , black film
nounpl. film noirs, or films noirs
- A movie characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical characters.
- The genre or style of such movies.
Origin of film noirFrench film film ( from English film ; see film . ) noir black ( from Old French) ( from Latin niger, nigr- ; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.)
(plural film noirs or films noirs)