1980s Crime Movies

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Against All Odds(1984)

2.8/5 (with 58 votes)

She was a beautiful fugitive. Fleeing from corruption. From power. He was a professional athlete past his prime. Hired to find her, he grew to love her. Love turned to obsession. Obsession turned to murder. And now the price of freedom might be nothing less than their lives.

The Mighty Quinn(1989)

| 1h 38min | Crime
3.1/5 (with 35 votes)

Police chief Xavier Quinn investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island. He was found decapitated in his Jacuzzi. Although the local political establishment, especially crooked Governor Chalk, insists that small-time thief Maubee is responsible, Xavier has his doubts. This view is complicated by the police chief's personal history with Maubee: The men have been friends since childhood.

Prizzi's Honor(1985)

| 2h 4min | Romance / Love, Comedy, Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 119 votes)

Charley Partanna is a hit-man who works for the Prizzis, one of the richest crime syndicate families in the country. Unbeknownst to Charley,the Prizzis just hired Irene Walker, a free-lance killer, to eliminate someone who double-crossed them. When Irene and Charley fall in love their jobs become complicated. Their jobs become impossible when each is given a contract that neither can go through with.

Mauvais Sang(1986)

| 1h 59min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 72 votes)

Two aging crooks are given two weeks to repay a debt to a woman named The American. They recruit their recently deceased partner's son to help them break into a laboratory and steal the vaccine against STBO, a sexually transmitted disease that is sweeping the country. It's spread by having sex without emotional involvement, and most of its victims are teenagers who make love out of curiosity rather than commitment.

An Innocent Man(1989)

| 1h 53min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 40 votes)

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and the officers frame him as a drug dealer. Rainwood is convicted of drug dealing, based on the perjured evidence of a police informant. Thrown into a seedy jail, fighting to prove his innocence is diffucult when he has to deal with the realities of prison life, where everyone claims they were framed.


| 1h 30min | Action, Crime, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 23 votes)

New York City factory worker Eddie Marino is a solid citizen and regular guy, until the day a sadistic street gang brutally assaults his wife and murders his child. When a corrupt judge sets the thugs free, Eddie goes berserk and vows revenge.

La Balance(1982)

1h 43min | Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 21 votes)

A Paris police detective (Richard Berry) plays rough with a prostitute (Nathalie Baye) and her pimp/lover (Philippe Léotard), whom he wants as an informant.

The Private Eyes(1980)

| 1h 31min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
3.4/5 (with 13 votes)

The lord and lady of a capacious manor are killed, and the lord's ghost seems to have returned to knock off the staff one by one, causing Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart to investigate the wacky house and its inhabitants.

Choice of Arms(1981)

2h 15min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 32 votes)

Two men break out of prison; a rival gang ambushes them. One is mortally wounded and tells the other, Mickey, to take him to the estate of a retired robber, Noel, who lives in comfort with his lovely and beloved wife, Nicole. The man dies, and Mickey, a menacing hothead, demands money of Noel. A few days later, Mickey returns to the estate, shoots up a dinner party and threatens them again. Noel sends Nicole to an hotel and goes to his old gang to help him hunt down the dangerous Mickey. Mickey has other problems, too, including heartache for a daughter he hardly knows. Young, eager cops tail Nicole, and all are on a complicated collision course.

The Moro Affair(1986)

1h 50min | Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

On March 16 1978, the Red Brigade kidnap the Chief of the Christian Democraty, the party in power in Italy since the end of the war. Fifty-five days later, his corpse was found in the trunk of a red Renault.

Long Arm of the Law(1984)

1h 40min | Action, Crime
3.3/5 (with 8 votes)

An ultra-violent and ultra-gritty tale of desperate Chinese would-be jewel thieves hoping to make a quick, effortless score in Hong Kong. Naturally, things go afoul, and the gang must hide out until the heat dies down, besmirched with the blood of an undercover cop.

Directed by Johnny Mak

The Ruffian(1983)

1h 48min | Drama, Adventure, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 17 votes)

The adventures of a group of friends who plan to recover crates full of gold from a fall in Canada.

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1h 35min | Drama, Comedy, Crime
2.9/5 (with 17 votes)

Emile Chenal and his wife, Françoise, leaned on boxing manager Jim Fox Warner to cough up the considerable sum of money that he owes them, with both the police and the mob circling the situation. In the same hotel, Inspector Neveu looks into a murder that took place years before, and his storyline overlaps with the arc of the Chenals.

Chicken with Vinegar(1985)

3.1/5 (with 22 votes)

Unorthodox detective Jean Lavardin is called to a provincial French town after a prank turns deadly.

Slam Dance(1987)

| 1h 39min | Mystery, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 9 votes)

An artist, framed for the murder of a woman, is drawn into a web of corruption, blackmail and deceit.

Sherlock Holmes in the 20th Century(1987)

2h 29min | Mystery, Crime, Adventure
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

In addition to the two-part television version of the film, a shorter version was installed to show the film, entitled “Sherlock Holmes in the 20th Century.” In this installation version, in particular, the entire plot of the story “Bruce-Partington Drawings” was deleted. A film version was released before the premiere of the full (two-part) television version of the film.


| 1h 52min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 7 votes)

A single mother takes a job with the government where she is confronted with corruption.

Pizza Connection(1985)

1h 56min | Action, Crime, Drama
2.7/5 (with 7 votes)

Mario (Placido), an Italian American who manages a pizzeria in NYC, is charged with an assassination of a judge in Palermo. He leaves the States, comes back to Sicily and recruit Michele, his younger brother, for some help. Michele is a good guy not involved with the Mafia, that is trying to build his life on honesty and hard-working. Michele needs some money to give freedom to a prostitute he is in love, and Mario promise his help in change of an hands to set up his trap for the judge. Anyway Michele isn't made with the same "pasta" of Mario, he couldn't never be a real Mafioso and this causes many between the two brother and the Mafia. There is only a way for Mario to save his brother. A way that Mafia could like.

Inspector Lavardin(1986)

1h 40min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.2/5 (with 20 votes)

Inspector Lavardin is called to a provincial village to investigate a murder – only to find that one of his ex-lovers is the victim’s widow.

Directed by Claude Chabrol - With Jean Poiret, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont, Guy Parigot, Jacques Dacqmine, Jean Depussé, ...

Lunch Wagon(1981)

1h 28min | Comedy, Crime
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Three women start a lunch wagon business but run into stiff resistance from a competitor.

Directed by Ernest Pintoff - With Pamela Bryant, Rosanne Katon, Candy Moore, Chuck McCann, Rose Marie

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Mortal Fight(1980)

3.9/5 (with 13 votes)

After upsetting the criminal underground in 'the Master Blackmailer' case, Sherlock Holmes has to face his archenemy: Prof. Moriarty.

Crack House(1989)

| 1h 30min | Action, Drama
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Rick and Melissa are a pair of young lovers hoping to get out of the slums for good and escape the poverty and crime their families and friends have gotten involved in. All this comes to an end when Rick feels he must rejoin his old gang to avenge the killing of his brother by a rival gang. In the course of getting even, Rick is arrested, leaving Melissa without anyone to protect her. She falls in with a crack dealer and quickly becomes addicted to the drug. When she gets sold to a drug kingpin by a minor dealer to pay off a debt, only Rick can save her.

Directed by Michael Fischa - With Jim Brown

The Right of the People(1986)

1h 40min | TV Movie
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Second Amendment of the Constitution forms the basis of this drama that follows the crusade of a lawyer to allow citizens to carry handguns. He launched his fight after his wife and daughter were killed during a robbery.

Directed by Jeffrey Bloom

Ten Little Indians(1987)

2h 17min | Crime, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 20 votes)

A disturbing psychological thriller based on the classic novel by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are forced to come face to face with their dark pasts after receiving an anonymous invitation to an isolated island off the coast of England.

Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind(1980)

1h 35min | Action, Crime, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 9 votes)

A sociopathic beauty urges three nerdy pranksters to embark on a deranged rampage.

Directed by Tsui Hark - With Lo Lieh


| 1h 51min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

On the day Jean Gabin dies, a kidnaper who also takes a fortune in jewels heisted from Cartiers murders Simon Verini's wife. (Simon was fencing the jewels for a youthful gang who robbed Cartiers; he suspects them of the murder.) He's framed for the theft and spends ten years in prison, writing to his daughter, Marie-Sophie, who's 11 when he's sent away. Released, he reconnects to Marie-Sophie and to the young thieves, seeks revenge, and is quickly arrested again. She doesn't know what to make of her father, retreats to her Swiss fiancé, and is flummoxed when one of the young thieves falls for her. Is resolution possible when crime cuts across families and romance?

Angels of Iron(1981)

1h 45min | Crime, Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The subject of this historical drama is a splintering Berlin in the years of 1948 and 1949. Played against the backdrop of social upheaval, the characters in the drama come to epitomize the best and worst of each pole of the political sphere. A 17-year-old hoodlum by the name of Gladow works hand-in-glove with a local white-collar criminal to rob and pillage every day and night, defying capture. While he and his gang of thugs are terrorizing the people of Berlin, the Soviets are trying to make the blockade of their region of control impermeable. The future casts long shadows over the drama, as Berlin's problems take the shape of times to come.

The Perfect Murder(1988)

1h 33min | Thriller, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years. He is assigned to investigate the deadly assault on a Parsi man named Perfect, who is the Secretary of Lala Heera Lal, a wealthy man with underworld links. Inspector Ghote commences his investigation and is displeased when his superiors ask him to work with a Swedish Forensic Expert by the name of Axel Svennson.


1h 37min | Drama, Crime
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

An Aussie businessman is trying to find out why and by whom he was kidnapped and then later released with no explanation.

Directed by Jim Goddard - With Bryan Brown

Three Men on Fire(1986)

1h 26min | Action, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A Cameroonese police officer (Alphonse Beni) and a CIA agent (Richard Harrison) try to prevent the Pope from being assassinated by Italian terrorists during his African tour.

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