What is film noir? The term “film noir” conjures specific images: of dangerous men and femme fatales, of lost souls in darkened streets, or violence in its most gruesome moments. We might think of it as a genre cemented in Hollywood’s past, or as something visual that seeps into all modern day movies. But there’s more to noir than simply a style. Some of our favorite films don’t even resemble film noir. And it’s more than a genre as well.