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The Very Best New Noir Movies

Updated August 8, 2020 3.3k votes 250 voters 5.7k views59 items

List RulesVote 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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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same...  more

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    Mulholland Drive

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Fargo7
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • Drive8
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    Drive

    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling

    Released2011

    Directed byNicolas Winding

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  • Minority Report9
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byChad Stahelski, David Leitch

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  • Fight Club11
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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  • Reservoir Dogs13
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    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

    Released1992

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Shutter Island14
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

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  • Inception16
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Deep Cover17
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    Deep Cover

    Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1992

    Directed byBill Duke

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  • Blood Simple18
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    Blood Simple

    Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand

    Released1984

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    The Last Seduction

    Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Dahl

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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery

    Released1995

    Directed byCarl Franklin

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  • El Mariachi23
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    El Mariachi

    Carlos Gallardo, Juan García

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    Dark City

    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released1998

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    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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