Crimeby jamjameepolk | created - 14 Feb 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Could be criminals or cops, as long as it involves crime of some sort. For heist films, see the related list "Heist"; for classic film noir, see the related list "Film Noir". Neo-noir films mainly focused on crime have been left in this list as of now (8/5/18) for simplicity, as many also border on Thriller territory.
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1. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 1,032,741 | Gross: $57.30M
This continues the epic saga set up by the first film. I liked this arguably more, because I thought the focus on familial relationships (both between Michael and Fredo/Connie, as well as Michael and Tom, or even Frank Pentangenelli and the "family" as a whole) was stronger with a relatively smaller cast. The flashback scenes with Vito helped establish context for his rise to power and also brought into question his morality several times, something which seemed to be glossed over in the first. Beautiful cinematography and several party scenes with massive ambition; the Godfather is at his finest (though loneliest) in this. Watched June 12th, 2018
2. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,483,111 | Gross: $134.97M
I unfortunately didn't see this the first time with subtitles, but I plan on rewatching it soon to fully grasp the dialogue that I missed out on. I enjoyed its slower pace and attention to detail, but it mostly felt like a build-up to the sequel. The cast did a fantastic job and the soundtrack was great as well; I appreciate it for its artistic merits and its impact on cinema as a whole, but I'll definitely need to watch it again to become more familiar with its themes. Watched December 2nd, 2017 with friends
3. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 1,104,649 | Gross: $132.38M
The ending scene is great, and the entire film is definitely a suspenseful ride the whole way through. Fantastic cast and acting. Even though this is a remake and I haven't seen the original, the nuance and tension throughout the film is phenomenal. Did a report on this in 8th grade; rewatched June 11th, 2018
4. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 934,314 | Gross: $46.84M
I liked the first person narrative and the fact that it was mostly based on true events. It satisfied my itch for a Mob movie and was an overall solid time; I liked the narration switching between Henry and Karen after her introduction, as it allowed the movie to portray the domestic side of the business as well. Lots of familiar faces from other Mob media (The Sopranos namely), so it was a fun time. It had really great follow shots/assumed single-takes as well. Watched April 10th, 2018 with friends
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,696,169 | Gross: $107.93M
This gets better on every rewatch; there's a lot of nuance in the film, and the non-linear storytelling was also a cool touch
6. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 425,743 | Gross: $42.44M
I liked the parallels established between Ace and Lester, both of whom emotionally manipulated Ginger, who in turn manipulated the two of them. Really cool fashion throughout, and a solid soundtrack. The slow burn of the deterioration of Ginger and Ace's relationship was also cool to watch, and Joe Pescie's rants are top-notch as always. Watched July 11th, 2018 with friends
7. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.
Votes: 183,291 | Gross: $26.86M
The revolving shots were great (especially at the beginning), and I appreciated the subtle acting and nuanced characters. The anti-bank lamentations of everyone being in debt seem particularly poignant with the student debt crisis, and I overall greatly enjoyed it. Probably my favorite thing Chris Pine has ever done Watched January 13th, 2019
8. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 854,091 | Gross: $2.83M
A bold move to have basically the entire movie told through dialogue with several flashbacks. Great cast and characters
9. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Votes: 574,660 | Gross: $24.61M
A cool premise, to see how small-town police officers deal with a grisly murder. The cast did a great job
10. Traffic (2000)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.
Votes: 188,278 | Gross: $124.12M
Phenomenal cinematography and great acting from the star-studded cast. I appreciated the in-depth and nuanced perspective from all aspects of the drug trade. My only qualms were with a few cliche plot points, but I overall enjoyed the film a lot Watched September 28th, 2019 with family
11. A Bronx Tale (1993)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.
Votes: 119,315 | Gross: $17.27M
This needs a rewatch, but I remember loving it as a kid Rewatched June 16th, 2018: I thought the two "warring sides" of an honest but frugal life versus a dangerous but luxurious one were interesting in how they shaped Calogero ((mostly) non-prejudiced and hardworking but unenthused by the lfiestyle of the working man, etc.) The romantic subplot and racial tension was done tastefully but left little time to develop, so I had hoped the runtime for the film had been a bit longer. Nonetheless, fantastic soundtrack and great acting throughout (particularly by Lillo Brancato, Jr.)
12. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen -- one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy -- investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Votes: 503,231 | Gross: $64.62M
While I enjoyed the film and it was certainly thrilling, it seemed to rely fairly heavily on tropes and as such most of the plot points were predictable. Great acting from an all-star cast and thoroughly entertaining nonetheless Watched July 1st, 2018
13. Training Day (2001)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Votes: 364,128 | Gross: $76.63M
This was really entertaining, though I don't remember much about it. The scene in the bathtub was pretty iconic though
14. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 928,965 | Gross: $23.34M
The ending was great, but the buildup to get there seemed a bit dragged out Also Thriller, Mystery
15. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Votes: 62,020 | Gross: $24.38M
Though similar stories have been told of overcoming racial prejudices and working together across societal boundaries, I thought the development between the two leads was both believable and well-paced. The resolution of the plot seemed to come out of nowhere and I'm still not really sure how Tibbs figured out the whole mystery, but the rest of the film was nice. Tibbs slapping Endicott was iconic. Watched Mach 30th, 2019 with family
16. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
There were some beautiful shots in this and McDowell did a great job in portraying Alex. It had a slow and deliberate pace in its scenes, which was appreciated, but definitely would not lend itself well to repeat viewings. Questioned free will and what it means to be good, but altogether a bit overhyped for me. Watched March 17th, 2019
17. Get Carter (1971)
R | 112 min | Crime, Thriller
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.
It was nice to see a young Michael Caine, and even though the violence was a bit much at times, this is a mostly satisfying tale of revenge with a few twists along the way. Watched June 7th, 2019
18. Mean Streets (1973)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.
Votes: 88,841 | Gross: $3.13M
This was an interesting character study of a man seeking redemption and a nice look into the more "mundane" aspects of criminal life. For how hyped Robert De Niro was in this, I was a bit surprised Harvey Keitel had more screentime (and frankly stood out more to me here). Watched July 23rd, 2019
19. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 286,087 | Gross: $5.32M
Amazing score and a sweeping tale of friendship and memories. I don't anticipate watching it again, but I thought the acting was good and the themes covered were interesting (other people have more well-written analyses that I won't put here). The women were poorly-written but I otherwise enjoyed the film. Watched February 7th, 2019
20. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 682,918 | Gross: $45.60M
Other than being intriguing for portraying a "person of color" as the main character and truly accomplishing the American Dream, the rest of the film was fairly mediocre. The plot was generic (overprotective brother, loveless marriage, addiction to drugs and subsequent downfall), but the movie was still entertaining. The iconic quote came near the end, which I hadn't expected, but it was nice to see a piece of cultural history. Watched February 24th, 2019
21. Heat (1995)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.
Votes: 536,122 | Gross: $67.44M
I thought the acting was good and the heist sequences were certainly thrilling, but the slow character moments and borderline unnecessary romantic plotlines really dragged the movie for me. Every character was well-rounded, and even seemingly inconsequential characters (Breedan) ended up being important, but I couldn't help but feel that the movie could've been half an hour to forty-five minutes shorter with absolutely nothing lost. Still mostly enjoyable Watched December 25th, 2018
22. American Hustle (2013)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.
Votes: 425,374 | Gross: $150.12M
The ensemble cast and soundtrack were the big draws of this movie. While the plot was entertaining and partially based on real life, I was fairly underwhelmed throughout (though I found Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence's characters particularly interesting). Watched July 7th, 2018 with family
23. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
Votes: 294,294 | Gross: $39.67M
A thoroughly entertaining watch, but it felt a little long. I don't remember much about it, but I watched it in the apartment
24. Natural Born Killers (1994)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Votes: 204,308 | Gross: $50.28M
Watched at a Disturbing Movie Night I believe. The peyote scene was pretty intense, but "Scagnetti" is a running joke with my friends to this day, so it was good in that regard Also Thriller, Satire
25. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
R | 162 min | Crime, Drama
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
Votes: 333,044 | Gross: $66.67M
While this certainly didn't live up to its predecessors, I think it's too harshly criticized. The evolution of Michael, from a cold and callous Don to a morally corrupt man seeking absolution, is believable as he advances in age. Joey Zasa and Vincent Mancini's characters weren't as compelling as they were intended to be and Sofia Coppola's acting, though I want to give it the benefit of the doubt, honestly tanked the movie. The helicopter shootout was over-the-top and of debatable necessity. Watched December 16th, 2018
26. Serpico (1973)
R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.
Votes: 99,673 | Gross: $29.80M
Pacino's acting was the highlight of the movie for me. I appreciated the scope of the movie and its apparent faithfulness to real life (I can't say for sure if it was entirely accurate). An entertaining but long watch. Watched August 5th, 2018
27. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,328,188 | Gross: $100.13M
Cool premise, but it fell a little flat for me
28. The Town (2010)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down.
Votes: 329,091 | Gross: $92.19M
Arguably Heist as well, but it's labelled a crime drama everywhere I've seen. I don't remember much about it, but it was entertaining
29. The Blues Brothers (1980)
R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.
Votes: 171,136 | Gross: $57.23M
This had more charm and pizzazz than the sequel, and Aykroyd and Belushi were definitely the best duo. I appreciate this more now that I'm older Also Comedy
30. The Untouchables (1987)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.
Votes: 261,432 | Gross: $76.27M
This was an entertaining watch but featured much less Capone than I would have liked and was a bit too cliche in some of its story beats. Great performance from Connery though Watched October 19th, 2019
31. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 679,611 | Gross: $17.50M
I didn't like this when I watched it, but I remember a lot about it, so it couldn't have been too bad
32. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Elwood must reunite the old band, with a few new members, and go on another "Mission from God."
Votes: 30,212 | Gross: $13.98M
I saw this one first and really liked it, but in retrospect I don't think it was that great of a movie. Entertaining, but the chemistry between the cast members didn't feel the same as the first one Also Comedy
33. The Family (I) (2013)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the Witness Protection Program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging, as their old habits die hard.
Votes: 104,437 | Gross: $36.92M
I liked the cast but the movie itself was pretty lackluster
34. The Bling Ring (2013)
R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
Votes: 78,767 | Gross: $5.84M
I don't remember much of this, but the only scene that stood out to me was towards the end with the sirens. Fine cast but unremarkable otherwise