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The Very Best New Noir Movies

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob... more on Wikipedia

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies


    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of... more on Wikipedia
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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies


    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and... more on Wikipedia

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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


    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch... more on Wikipedia
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    John Wick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe


    Directed byChad Stahelski, David Leitch

    John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.... more on Wikipedia

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    Drive is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies


    Christina Hendricks, Ryan Gosling


    Directed byNicolas Winding

    Drive is a 2011 American neo noir arthouse action directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars... more on Wikipedia
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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro


    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan... more on Wikipedia
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    Sin City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

    Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed... more on Wikipedia

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Shallow Grave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Shallow Grave

    Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston


    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe


    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same... more on Wikipedia
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    Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies


    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae


    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook, based... more on Wikipedia

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    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Detour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies


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    Deep Cover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Deep Cover

    Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne


    Directed byBill Duke

    Deep Cover is a 1992 American neo-noir thriller film starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff... more on Wikipedia


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    Romeo Is Bleeding is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Romeo Is Bleeding

    Gary Oldman, Juliette Lewis


    Directed byPeter Medak

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    Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan


    Directed byBen Affleck

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    The Grifters

    Annette Bening, John Cusack


    Directed byStephen Frears

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

    Miller's Crossing

    Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Blood Simple

    Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Bad Times at the El Royale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo


    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best New Noir Movies

    Devil in a Blue Dress

    Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery


    Directed byCarl Franklin

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