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
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
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 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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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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Drive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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 takes place in ...more

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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir 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 group of ...more

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

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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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 Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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) 17 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more

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China Moon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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) 19 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir 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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Hard Eight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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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Shallow Grave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. The film features the last film appearances of Richard Pryor, Jack Nance, and Robert ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Robb Larson added 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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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 American neo-noir dark comedy 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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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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. Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a person ...more

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Detour is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
gerard flynn added Detour

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The Last Seduction is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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A History of Violence is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris This film is a 2005 American 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 and Vince Locke. ...more

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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American film by the Coen brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot concerns a ...more

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
gerard flynn added 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) 33 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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Brick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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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Deep Cover is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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) 36 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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) 37 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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A Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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Suture is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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Faster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
gerard flynn added 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
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 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 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
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. In the film, ...more

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Lucky Number Slevin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman Lucky Number Slevin, is a 2006 thriller film written by Jason Smilovic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu and Stanley ...more

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Bad Times at the El Royale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Drew Goddard. Over the course of one fateful night at a rundown hotel, seven strangers: a young concierge (Lewis ...more

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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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The Cooler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Estella Warren The Cooler is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Wayne Kramer. The original screenplay was written by Kramer and Frank Hannah. In old school gambling parlance, a casino "cooler" is ...more

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Red Rock West is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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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One False Move is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added 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