Film noir was a natural touchstone for directors of the ’70s and ’80s, if only because a hero looks cooler in a trench coat than a leisure suit. Chinatown was the best of the neo-noirs, but a few others were terrific too.
Night Moves (1975, Warner)
Gene Hackman tails runaway teen Melanie Griffith in Arthur Penn’s enigmatic mystery. One of the great downers of the decade. A
The Late Show (1977, Warner)
Old noir meets new: Neurotic L.A. flake Lily Tomlin helps aging detective Art Carney find his partner’s killer in Robert Benton’s puckish comedy. A-
Farewell, My Lovely (1975, Nelson)
Robert Mitchum plays Philip Marlowe as a weary old lion in this languid tribute to ’40s film noir. B