Film Noir is one of those things that never really goes out of style, and it has the added (if occasionally perplexing) benefit of fluidity which allows it to move beyond both its original historical and generic contexts, and even national boundaries. Film Noir can be adapted to just about any genre – western, sci-fi, etc, etc and can be set in any country or time period. But there are a core group of elements that define Film Noir. These elements can all be present in a Film Noir, but sometimes just one or two of these elements can be strong enough to create the tone and mood of Film Noir.
Jump ahead for a list of several of the most common features of Film Noir, which we've compiled for you convenience.