Film The Very Best New Noir Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the best neo-noir movies that have been released since 1990.

When you think "noir," you're likely to conjure images of movies from the 1940s. But plenty of newer films put their own spin on the genre, from forbidden love affairs to deadly conspiracies. The best new noir films feature brooding detectives, amateur crime-solvers, and sneaky criminals lurking at every turn. This is a list of the top recent noir movies including everything from Inception to Minority Report to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

What films will you find on this list of the top recent noir movies? You won't be surprised to find Pulp Fiction here. Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are classic antihero archetypes as they lie, cheat, and kill within the boundaries of their own criminal code. Sin City is another great new noir film that features classic elements of the genre, such as voice over and shadowy lighting techniques. David Lynch's Mulholland Drive is full of many neo noir elements, but it breaks from tradition by placing women in the lead roles. Other good films included on this best new noir movies list include Fargo, The Prestige, and Shutter Island.

Which new noir movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any flicks that are missing.

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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Drive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Drive Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. It is adapted from the ...more

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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added The Grifters Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E. ...more

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Sin City Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir crime thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. ...more

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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added John Wick Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean ...more

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...more

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello Prisoners is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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China Moon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added China Moon Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Benicio del Toro China Moon is a 1994 American neo-noir film directed by John Bailey and starring Ed Harris, Benicio del Toro and Madeleine Stowe. It was written by Roy Carlson. It was filmed in 1991 but ...more

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Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Blood Simple Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir crime film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir crime film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a ...more

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Hard Eight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Hard Eight Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman Hard Eight is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson. There ...more

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Shallow Grave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Shallow Grave Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, 피터 뮬란 Shallow Grave is a 1994 British dark comedy crime film that marked the cinematic directorial debut of Danny Boyle with an original screenplay by John Hodge. The film also provided starring roles ...more

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Oldboy Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. ...more

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Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Lost Highway Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. Blending elements of horror and neo-noir, the plot features Bill Pullman as a man ...more

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written and directed by Shane Black, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen. The ...more

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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Blue Velvet Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery thriller flm, written and directed by David Lynch. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken ...more

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The Last Seduction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added The Last Seduction Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman, Peter Berg The Last Seduction is a 1994 neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by John Dahl, and features Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, and Bill Pullman. Fiorentino's performance generated talk of an Oscar ...more

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Detour is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. The Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. joint ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Robb Larson added Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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A History of Violence is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added A History of Violence Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris A History of Violence is a 2005 American crime thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner ...more

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
gerard flynn added The Equalizer Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel ...more

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more

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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Miller's Crossing Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American gangster film by the Coen brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot ...more

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Deep Cover is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Deep Cover Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne, Clarence Williams III Deep Cover is a 1992 American neo-noir crime thriller film starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum and directed by veteran actor Bill Duke. It is also notable for its theme song of the ...more

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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Romeo Is Bleeding is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Romeo Is Bleeding Gary Oldman, Juliette Lewis, James Cromwell Romeo Is Bleeding is a 1993 crime film starring Gary Oldman and Lena Olin, directed by Peter Medak. The film's title was taken from a song by Tom Waits.

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Suture is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Suture Dennis Haysbert, Dina Merrill, Mel Harris Suture is a 1993 neo-noir film directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel and stars Dennis Haysbert and Mel Harris. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film

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Brick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Brick Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin Brick is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was Johnson's directorial debut and won the Special Jury Prize for ...more

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A Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added A Simple Plan Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda A Simple Plan is a 1998 American neo-noir crime thriller film, and an adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the screenplay. Directed by Sam Raimi, the ...more

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Faster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
gerard flynn added Faster Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace Faster is 2010 action film written by Joe Gayton and Tony Gayton and directed by George Tillman Jr..

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more

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Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Devil in a Blue Dress Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle Devil in a Blue Dress is a 1995 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Carl Franklin and photographed by Tak Fujimoto. The film is based on Walter Mosley's novel of the same name and ...more

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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Guest_3549622f-8714-457e-aad1-fa3b62f3640c added The Nice Guys Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film focuses on a private eye and a tough enforcer who team up to investigate ...more

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Sherlock Holmes Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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Red Rock West is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Red Rock West Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle Red Rock West is a 1993 neo-noir film directed by John Dahl. It was written by Dahl and his brother Rick, and shot in Montana and Willcox, Arizona. The film was well received at the prestigious ...more

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Lucky Number Slevin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Lucky Number Slevin Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman Lucky Number Slevin, is a 2006 crime mafia thriller film written by Jason Smilovic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu and ...more

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One False Move is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added One False Move Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams One False Move is a 1992 American thriller film co-written by Billy Bob Thornton. The film stars Thornton alongside Bill Paxton and Cynda Williams and was directed by Carl Franklin. The ...more

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Romeo Must Die is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Romeo Must Die Grace Park, Aaliyah, DMX Romeo Must Die is a 2000 American martial arts action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak in his directorial debut, and also fight choreography by Corey Yuen, and starring Jet Li and Aaliyah. ...more

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El Mariachi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added El Mariachi Carlos Gallardo, Juan García, María Castillo El Mariachi is a 1992 American action film and the first installment in the saga that came to be known as Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy. It marked the debut of Rodriguez as writer and ...more