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Movies: Best Crime Movies

Crime films, in the broadest sense, is a film genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its detection. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as drama or gangster film, but also include comedy, and, in turn, is divided into many sub-genres, such as mystery, suspense or noir. Screenwriter and scholar Eric R. Williams identified crime film as one of eleven super-genres in his screenwriters’ taxonomy, claiming that all feature-length narrative films can be classified by these super-genres. The other ten super-genres are action, fantasy, horror, romance, science fiction, slice of life, sports, thriller, war and western. Williams identifies drama in a broader category called "film type", mystery and suspense as "macro-genres", and film noir as a "screenwriter's pathway" explaining that these categories are additive rather than exclusionary. Chinatown would be an example of a film that is a drama (film type) crime film (super-genre) that is also a noir (pathway) mystery (macro-genre). ()

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The Dark Knight(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 32min | Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller
4.3/5 (with 12,846 votes)

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

Pulp Fiction(1994)

R
| 2h 34min | Thriller, Crime
4.3/5 (with 10,767 votes)

A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.

The Shawshank Redemption(1994)

R
| 2h 22min | Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 9,762 votes)

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Joker(2019)

R
| 2h 2min | Crime, Thriller, Drama
4.1/5 (with 9,221 votes)

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

The Dark Knight Rises(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 45min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 9,105 votes)

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

The Wolf of Wall Street(2013)

R
| 3h | Comedy, Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 9,080 votes)

A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.

Suicide Squad(2016)

PG-13
| 2h 3min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
3.0/5 (with 8,908 votes)

From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

Batman Begins(2005)

PG-13
| 2h 20min | Action, Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 8,200 votes)

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

Se7en(1995)

R
| 2h 7min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
4.2/5 (with 7,735 votes)

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

The Godfather(1972)

R
| 2h 55min | Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 7,355 votes)

Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1(2003)

R
| 1h 51min | Action, Crime
4.0/5 (with 6,746 votes)

An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle – but she lives to plot her vengeance.

Kingsman: The Secret Service(2014)

3.8/5 (with 6,702 votes)

The story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

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Now You See Me(2013)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Thriller, Crime
3.7/5 (with 6,439 votes)

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

The Green Mile(1999)

R
| 3h 9min | Fantasy, Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 6,268 votes)

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.

The Silence of the Lambs(1991)

R
| 1h 59min | Crime, Drama, Thriller, Horror
4.2/5 (with 6,083 votes)

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Baby Driver(2017)

R
| 1h 53min | Action, Crime
3.8/5 (with 6,072 votes)

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Sherlock Holmes(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 9min | Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 5,758 votes)

Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.

The Departed(2006)

R
| 2h 31min | Drama, Thriller, Crime
4.1/5 (with 5,690 votes)

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

Catch Me If You Can(2002)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | Drama, Crime
4.0/5 (with 5,638 votes)

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

The Hateful Eight(2015)

R
| 3h 8min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western
3.9/5 (with 5,618 votes)

Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.

Léon: The Professional(1994)

R
| 1h 51min | Crime, Drama, Action
4.2/5 (with 5,545 votes)

Léon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Léon's footsteps.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2(2004)

R
| 2h 16min | Action, Crime, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 5,404 votes)

The Bride unwaveringly continues on her roaring rampage of revenge against the band of assassins who had tried to kill her and her unborn child. She visits each of her former associates one-by-one, checking off the victims on her Death List Five until there's nothing left to do … but kill Bill.

Reservoir Dogs(1992)

R
| 1h 39min | Crime, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 5,402 votes)

A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and Nice Guy Eddie -- unravel.

Drive(2011)

R
| 1h 40min | Drama, Thriller, Crime
3.8/5 (with 4,748 votes)

Driver is a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Though he projects an icy exterior, lately he's been warming up to a pretty neighbor named Irene and her young son, Benicio. When Irene's husband gets out of jail, he enlists Driver's help in a million-dollar heist. The job goes horribly wrong, and Driver must risk his life to protect Irene and Benicio from the vengeful masterminds behind the robbery.

Kick-Ass(2010)

R
| 1h 57min | Action, Crime
3.6/5 (with 4,747 votes)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)

R
| 2h 2min | Thriller, Action, Crime
3.6/5 (with 4,695 votes)

John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous killers.

GoodFellas(1990)

R
| 2h 25min | Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 4,562 votes)

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood(2019)

R
| 2h 42min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 4,519 votes)

Los Angeles, 1969. TV star Rick Dalton, a struggling actor specializing in westerns, and stuntman Cliff Booth, his best friend, try to survive in a constantly changing movie industry. Dalton is the neighbor of the young and promising actress and model Sharon Tate, who has just married the prestigious Polish director Roman Polanski….

Ocean's Eleven(2001)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Thriller, Crime
3.7/5 (with 4,503 votes)

Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to score the cash, Danny risks his chances of reconciling with ex-wife, Tess.

Fast & Furious 6(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 11min | Action, Thriller, Crime
3.4/5 (with 4,396 votes)

Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.

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