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The Very Best New Noir Movies 

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Updated October 3, 2019 2.3k votes 233 voters 5.2k views 59 items

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

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Lynch

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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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) 5 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

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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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

Released: 1997

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...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

Released: 2011

Directed by: Nicolas Winding

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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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Released: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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) 13 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
iknowwhatawesternis added Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen Frears

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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su

Released: 2003

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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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Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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Released: 1984

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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Released: 1990

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Brick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Rian Johnson

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The Last Seduction is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
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Released: 1994

Directed by: John Dahl

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Fincher

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