publication date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 (part of Spring 2012)

category: Movies

clue: This writer-director can turn out neo-noir films both large like Inception and The Dark Knight and small like Following and Memento.

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, and Aaron Shurtleff

Goo Noir 2: It feels good to be back in black! Ever since the original noir genre tapered off in the 1950s, writers and filmmakers have kept returning to the dark theme. These five goos are famous for their work in neo-noir.

Similar Goos

Robert De Niro

The star of Raging Bull, Cape Fear, Heat, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Angel Heart, and countless other dark films might be the king of neo-noir. Go »

Kathleen Turner

Her role as Matty Walker became such an iconic femme fatale that she was able to parodize the archetype as Jessica Rabbit. Go »

James and Oliver Phelps

It must have been something, to see these twins beside their stunt doubles while filming scenes for the Harry Potter movies. Go »

Patricia Highsmith

By the time she dreamed up con artist Tom Ripley, Alfred Hitchcock had already adapted her first novel into a film in 1951. Go »

Octavia Spencer

She didn't need any help winning an Oscar. Go »

Taylor Kitsch

This actor's cinematic trip to Mars last month was an even bigger flop than his barely-watched NBC series about high school football. Go »