Here are some expected and, I hope, some unexpected recommendations of same. I would warn you about spoilers, but you know these are not going to end with sunshine, smooches, and allegro theme music.
The Parallax View (1974) By no means does a noir protagonist have to be a criminal. They just have to be someone who wants to change the status quo and who gets slapped down by their own flaws, or fate, or the Powers That Be. In this thriller (based on the 1970 novel by Loren Singer), Warren Beatty and his hair play an anti-authoritarian reporter who investigates a senator’s assassination and uncovers a conspiracy involving a multinational corporation. Now how can anyone win against one of those?
Richie Narvaez is the author of the historical YA mystery Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco, and his latest book is the anthology Noiryorican.