Some Great Spy/Crime/Etc. Movies

For better or worse, I really love spy movies and crime movies. I think the movies listed below share the same spirit, in some way. The main character is often a spy or criminal and operates outside the law. Sometimes she/he is good, sometimes not. But it isn't just the usual morality tale.

(Or something - the essence I'm trying to describe is more than just that.)

Also, this list isn't quite-in-best to worst order - all movies here are great. But some are better than others...
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1.
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Somber, smooth. ” - tgwizard
 
2.
Spy Game (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors. (126 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ The best spy movie I've seen. ” - tgwizard
 
3.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ One of the best movies ever. Brilliant story and dialogue. ” - tgwizard
 
4.
Mr. Brooks (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce A. Evans
“ Dark. I like it. ” - tgwizard
 
5.
Inside Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Smart and well-written. ” - tgwizard
 
6.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
7.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Great acting, among other things. ” - tgwizard
 
8.
Lord of War (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
 
9.
Taken (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ Really good action. ” - tgwizard
 
10.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Like most of Guy Ritchie's movies - lots of dialect, weird plot-twists, and hilarious. ” - tgwizard
 
11.
RocknRolla (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million dollar prize fall into his hands. (114 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
12.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Good, except for the too long ending. ” - tgwizard
 
13.
A Perfect World (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
14.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
 
15.
Layer Cake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. (105 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
16.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ What can you say. Quentin Tarantino. ” - tgwizard
 
17.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Well-written dialogue. There's nothing like it. ” - tgwizard
 
18.
Traitor (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn. (114 mins.)
 
19.
Duplicity (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one. (125 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ Twisty. ” - tgwizard
 
20.
The Score (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist. (124 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ A bit slow, a bit long. In a good way. ” - tgwizard
 
21.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
22.
Man on Fire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. (146 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ This is film is made by people who know how to introduce their characters. ” - tgwizard
 
23.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Good action. And conspiracy theories, when done well, are fun. ” - tgwizard
 
24.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
25.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
26.
Munich (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. (164 mins.)
“ Political and historical, with lots of moral questions. ” - tgwizard
 
27.
Out of Sight (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A career bank robber breaks out of jail and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a US Marshall he has kidnapped. (123 mins.)
“ Kinda funny, perhaps not the best. ” - tgwizard
 
28.
Bandits (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two bank robbers fall in love with the girl they've kidnapped. (123 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Funny. ” - tgwizard
 
29.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
“ Funny and good. Slick. ” - tgwizard
 
30.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
“ Smart and witty. Awesome. ” - tgwizard
 
31.
Hustle (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A motley group of London con artists pull of a series of daring and intricate stings. (60 mins.)
“ Great series, sometimes a bit repetitive. ” - tgwizard
 
32.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's financial future. (49 mins.)
“ Dark, grown-up, not dumbed-down. ” - tgwizard
 
33.
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ Bond, and good. ” - tgwizard
 
34.
The Matador (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
 
35.
Stander (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber. (111 mins.)
Director: Bronwen Hughes
“ South-african. Funny, with depth. ” - tgwizard
 
36.
Unthinkable (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A psychological thriller centered around a black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent who press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S. (97 mins.)
Director: Gregor Jordan
“ A question of when to draw the line. ” - tgwizard
 
37.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
“ French. I watched it with really, really bad subtitles - and even then it was great. ” - tgwizard
 
38.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
“ Continuation of L'instinct de mort. ” - tgwizard
 
39.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of 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. (141 mins.)
 
40.
Kill the Irishman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's. (106 mins.)
 
41.
Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Brilliant, flamboyant master criminal Michael Lynch is more interested in his image and his posterity than the actual profit from his ill-gotten gains. (93 mins.)
“ Funny and light. ” - tgwizard
 
42.
A Prophet (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ French. Great pacing, great acting. ” - tgwizard
 
43.
Thursday (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The movie opens in a Los Angeles convenience store one late Monday night, where a smalltime drug dealer... (87 mins.)
Director: Skip Woods
“ A bit like Tarantino's movies, although not quite as good. The first scene is brilliant, though. ” - tgwizard
 
44.
Weeds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is. (28 mins.)
“ Funny. But "it's not that she's a drug dealer. It is that she's a BAD drug dealer." ” - tgwizard
 
45.
Hanna (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
46.
Shooter (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up. (124 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ A bit self-righteous. But ok. ” - tgwizard
 
47.
25th Hour (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
48.
The Boondock Saints (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
 
49.
Blow (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
50.
Funny Games (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
51.
Suicide Kings (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter O'Fallon
 
52.
Harry Brown (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice. (103 mins.)
Director: Daniel Barber
 
53.
Cleanskin (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A British secret service agent is faced with the task of pursuing and eliminating a British-born suicide bomber and his terrorist cell. (108 mins.)
Director: Hadi Hajaig
 
54.
The Robber (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Tells the true story of Johann Rettenberger, a marathon athlete who developed robbing banks as a hobby. (90 mins.)
 
55.
Chopper (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
56.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. (116 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
57.
Falling Down (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A borderline personality disordered defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. (113 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
58.
End of Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
 
59.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
60.
Easy Money (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge. (124 mins.)
 
61.
House of Cards (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. (51 mins.)
 
62.
Now You See Me (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
 
63.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
 
64.
American Hustle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (138 mins.)
 
65.
Hannibal (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. (44 mins.)
 
66.
The Iceman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession. (106 mins.)
Director: Ariel Vromen
 
67.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. (142 mins.)