Great 80s Noir

Detective fiction, Neo noir, and just generally dark vibes had a real moment in the 80s, resulting in grimy neon and dark synth lines. It's a sub niche, one usually focused in Hollywood, but add your own dark, twisted, and heavily shoulder padded favorite here- book, movie, music, comic, hell, even real life, whatever art you prefer
  1. First and foremost, don't any of you say Drive. Like, we get it, it's a moody pastiche, but let's try to get that original stuff
  2. And! Let's try to keep it to things that took place in the then present. So no genre homages like Blood Simple or even Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Futuristic things get a pass since they're usually parables
  3. Blue Velvet (dir David Lynch)
    Ne plus ultra of this genre. Colorful and sickly in equal measures, a great crime story that teeters into full blown insanity, or maybe goes all in, it's hard to tell
  4. The Killer (dir John Woo)
    The movie that is the best example of the cop and criminal forming a begrudging, professional respect for one another. Also a hell of a moody movie with a whole lot of blood
  5. Blade Runner
  6. Less than Zero (book and movie)
    Not really a detective story but undeniably bleak about the current social strata. Noir in the sense that the world is absolute shit and we all are helpless but also unwilling to leave our own shit. Lose-lose situations abound
  7. Neuromancer (William Gibson)
    This is how the 80s saw the future in its purest form. Cyberpunk owes heavy to noir, focusing on corruption, conspiracy, and mysteries, and this is holy scripture within the genre
  8. Sisters of Mercy
    Like it may seem a little over the top nowadays but this was operatic darkness back in the day and kind of drew you in to its own black hole
  9. Add your own!
  10. The Black Dahlia (1987) and The Big Nowhere (1988) both by James Ellroy. They're great.
    Suggested by   @tombatten
  11. Thief (1981) is a total classic
    Suggested by   @tombatten
    This might violate your "homage" rules, because it IS set in kind of a weird, parallel noir universe. But it's such a perfect example of the specifically 80s noir you're talking about. And it's got a great Divine role!
    Suggested by   @angusisley
    Sci-fi Blade Runner-inspired naughty movie that uses the neon-noir framework for an incredible AIDS parable - with a great "femme fatale"/ "guy-played-for-a-chump" ending
    Suggested by   @angusisley
  14. MS. TREE
    This great Max Allan Collins comic is pretty much forgotten, but really paved the way for Sin City by basically reminding Frank Miller about the existence of noir. Awesome, female Mike Hammer stuff!
    Suggested by   @angusisley
  15. To Live And Die In L.A.
    William Friedkin's dark look at Secret Service agents trying to take down a neurotic counterfeiter (Willem Dafoe) is a near-equal to HEAT. One of the best car chases.
    Suggested by   @roche
  16. Kill Me Again (1989)
    Great early noir thriller from the director of THE LAST SEDUCTION.
    Suggested by   @roche
  17. Slam Dance
    Very underrated. Harry Dean Stanton!
    Suggested by   @roche
  18. Blood Simple
    It doesn't get much noirier than this.
    Suggested by   @Gola
  19. Angel Heart
    Mickey Rourke as a detective trying to track down a missing singer. Voodoo, murder, suspense, Lisa Bonet. Classic!
    Suggested by   @HisDudeness