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Top Ten Crime Films

The Godfather​
The Godfather​

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family.

Pulp Fiction​
Pulp Fiction​

1994 was Quentin Tarantino's year. With audiences reeling from the shock of Reservoir Dogs two years earlier, the mantle of world's coolest film director was his for the taking. His second feature, the ambitious but oddly leisurely thriller Pulp Fiction, premiered at Cannes, where Clint Eastwood's ...

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Goodfellas​
Goodfellas​

Was Goodfellas the Last Truly Great Mobster Film?. Twenty-five years later, Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece is unequaled in its understanding of the horrifying realities—and dark appeal—of a life of organized crime.

The Departed​
The Departed​

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 stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, with Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles.

Seven​
Seven​

Our guide to the greatest crime films of all time, part of the Guardian and Observer's Film Season 2010

Reservoir ​Dogs​
Reservoir ​Dogs​

Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American heist thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino in his feature-length debut. It stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Tarantino, and criminal-turned-author Edward Bunker, as diamond thieves whose planned heist of a jewelry store goes terribly wrong.

City of God​
City of God​

Scott: One of the things City Of God excels at doing—and this is also true of Scorsese films like GoodFellas and Casino, which influence it—is showing how the lawless, in the face of an absent or ineffectual government authority, bring their own form of order to the slums.

Heat​
Heat​

Al Pacino in Heat (1995). Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive M ichael Mann's masterpiece is a three-hour crime epic, a love/hate letter the city of Los Angeles, a scathing Balzacian view of a society corrupt from top to bottom, and a vision of the universe as a space contested over by the fractious armies of crime and the law.

The Usual ​Suspects​
The Usual ​Suspects​

The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, and Kevin Spacey.

Scarface​
Scarface​

Scarface is a 1983 American crime film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone, a remake of the 1932 film of the same name. The film tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony Montana who arrives in 1980s Miami with nothing and rises to become a powerful drug kingpin.

The Silence of ​the Lambs​
The Silence of ​the Lambs​

The Silence of the Lambs is based on Thomas Harris' 1988 novel of the same name and is the second film to feature the character Hannibal Lecter following the 1986 film Manhunter. Prior to the novel's release, Orion Pictures partnered with Gene Hackman to bring the novel to the big screen.

L.A. ​Confidential​
L.A. ​Confidential​

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson. The screenplay by Hanson and Brian Helgeland is based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same name, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series.

Zodiac​
Zodiac​

Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher. The screenplay by James Vanderbilt is based on the 1986 non-fiction book of the same name by Robert Graysmith. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr., with Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney, and Chloë Sevigny in supporting roles.

No Country ​for Old Men​
No Country ​for Old Men​

No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on Cormac McCarthy's novel No Country for Old Men.

Lock, Stock ​and Two Smoking Barrels​
Lock, Stock ​and Two Smoking Barrels​

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, produced by Matthew Vaughn and starring an ensemble cast featuring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, and Sting.

The Godfather ​Part II​
The Godfather ​Part II​

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family.

Casino​
Casino​

Casino is a 1995 American epic crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci. It is based on the nonfiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Scorsese.

Chinatown​
Chinatown​

T he near perfection of Roman Polanski's Chinatown starts with Diener/Hauser/Bates's haunting art nouveau poster for the film: an emblematic Hokusai wave breaks against Jack Nicholson's silhouette as the smoke from his cigarette floats up to merge with Faye Dunaway's medusa-like hair.

Fargo​
Fargo​

Kirsten Dunst on Fargo series two: 'It all starts to get a little ugly' Because the opening explanation is an untruth ("The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed.

The ​Untouchables​
The ​Untouchables​

The Untouchables is a 1987 American gangster film directed by Brian De Palma, produced by Art Linson, written by David Mamet, and based on the book The Untouchables (1957).

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American ​Gangster​
American ​Gangster​

American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is fictionally based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a gangster from La Grange, North Carolina who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War, before being detained by a task force led by detective Richie Roberts.

Snatch​
Snatch​

Snatch (stylized as snatch.) is a 2000 British-American crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast.

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Léon: The ​Professional​
Léon: The ​Professional​

Léon: The Professional (French: Léon), known as Leon in the UK (and originally titled The Professional in the US and Australia), is a 1994 English-language French thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson.

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The Next ​Three Days​
The Next ​Three Days​

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The French ​Connection​
The French ​Connection​

The French Connection is a 1971 American crime thriller film directed by William Friedkin. The screenplay, written by Ernest Tidyman, is based on Robin Moore's 1969 non-fiction book The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy.

The Town​
The Town​

Films like “Three Days of the Condor” “The House on 92nd Street” and “North by Northwest”, all have at least great New York sequences but are more spy films than crime films per se, while Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” is remarkable for among other things, evoking an unmistakable sense of the city (think about it — could it be set anywhere else?) while never leaving the confines of one apartment block.

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Memento​
Memento​

From the Coen Bros. to Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, these are the great crime films that made the cut.

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The Dark ​Knight​
The Dark ​Knight​

The Dark Knight is the highest-grossing film of 2008, the second-highest-grossing superhero film, the second-highest-grossing film based on comics, and the fourth highest-grossing North American film of all time.

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Double ​Indemnity​
Double ​Indemnity​

Double Indemnity is a 1944 film noir directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novella of the same name, which originally appeared as an eight-part serial in Liberty magazine, beginning in February 1936.

Ocean's ​Eleven​
Ocean's ​Eleven​

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American heist film and a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, and Julia Roberts.

Once Upon a ​Time in America​
Once Upon a ​Time in America​

Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods.

Bonnie and ​Clyde​
Bonnie and ​Clyde​

Bonnie and Clyde: they consummate their first robbery before formal introductions. "Who'd want to see the rise and fall of a couple of rats?" asked a studio executive at Warner Brothers, which grudgingly financed the film.

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Carlito's Way​
Carlito's Way​

A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.

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Taxi Driver​
Taxi Driver​

Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, and starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks and Leonard Harris.

In Bruges​
In Bruges​

In Bruges is a 2008 black comedy crime film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as their enraged boss. The film is set and was filmed in the Belgian city of Bruges.

Sicario​
Sicario​

Sicario is a 2015 American crime thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve, written by Taylor Sheridan and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Victor Garber. The film follows a principled FBI agent who is enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel.

Badlands​
Badlands​

The film's dislocated emotional effect arises almost entirely from Holly, whose banal narration goes starkly against the grain. Traditionally, a voice-over fills in the blanks, but Badlands is defined by the contradiction between what we see and what we hear.

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Collateral​
Collateral​

Heat is THE BEST crime film of all time. Collateral is top 5. Wasn't a fan of the ending and felt that it let the movie down because Jamie Foxx magically becomes the hero who saves the day.

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The ​Shawshank Redemption​
The ​Shawshank Redemption​

“The Shawshank Redemption” depicts with masterful strokes a place in which hate and distrust are the most watered and nurtured plants – and that is as true of prison today as it was at Shawshank in the 1950s – but the soul empowering force of real friendship still pokes through the prison’s asphalt and steel in defiance of all odds – in defiance of prison itself.

Dog Day ​Afternoon​
Dog Day ​Afternoon​

In the aftermath of the crime, a 14-hour hostage ordeal that riveted the nation, a character based on Wojtowicz would be played by Al Pacino in the 1975 film “Dog Day Afternoon,” which earned six Oscar nominations (winning Best Screenplay).

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The Big Sleep​
The Big Sleep​

Watch online full movie The Big Sleep (1946) for free Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

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A Prophet​
A Prophet​

A Prophet (French: Un prophète) is a 2009 French prison drama-crime film directed by Jacques Audiard from a screenplay he co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit.

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Memories of ​Murder​
Memories of ​Murder​

Memories of Murder (Hangul: 살인의 추억; RR: Salinui chueok) is a 2003 South Korean crime-drama film co-written and directed by Bong Joon-ho. It is based on the true story of Korea's first serial murders in history, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.

Donnie ​Brasco​
Donnie ​Brasco​

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Mike Newell, and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles.

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Mystic River​
Mystic River​

Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery crime drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. The screenplay by Brian Helgeland was based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane.

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Baby Driver​
Baby Driver​

Baby Driver is a 2017 action crime film written and directed by Edgar Wright. The plot follows Baby ... It was co-produced by Working Title Films, ...

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Infernal Affairs​
Infernal Affairs​

Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It tells the story of a police officer who infiltrates a triad, and another officer secretly working for the same gang. It is the first in the Infernal Affairs series and is followed by Infernal Affairs II and Infernal Affairs III.

Serpico​
Serpico​

Serpico is a 1973 American neo-noir crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank Serpico, who went undercover to expose corruption in the police force.

Miller's ​Crossing​
Miller's ​Crossing​

Gabriel Byrne in Miller's Crossing. Photograph: The Ronald Grant Archive I n this, their third feature, Joel and Ethan Coen started to grow up, jettisoning – or at least honing – many of the over-the-top stylistic tics and tropes they had deployed in Blood Simple and Raising Arizona.

Road to ​Perdition​
Road to ​Perdition​

Road to Perdition is a 2002 American crime film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, and Daniel Craig.

American ​Hustle​
American ​Hustle​

American Hustle is a 2013 American black comedy-crime film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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