Movie Cheat Sheet: Film Noir .
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The term ‘film noir’ was actually coined after many of the original noir movies were made, highlighted by a French film critic who noticed a pattern in US movies that were released during the Second World War, but came all at once to France following the war when American films began showing internationally. As such, it’s a genre that didn’t know it was a genre, at least until the ‘60s when directors started consciously including aspects of noir in their work and tweaking it, creating neo noir and other offshoots. Here, we’ve included 10 films we think would be good places to start exploring film noir, beginning with classic examples and moving into its modern equivalents.