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)