The 75 best crime films

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My favourite crime films, from "M" (1931) to "The Hateful Eight" (2015).
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1.
The Pink Panther (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther." (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ The first film of the legendary series, "The Pink Panther" is a brilliant movie that showcases Sellers's unique talent of mispronouncing and paramount comical timing, a comedy filled with eternal jokes and successive gags. I've wathced this film tens of times and it remains an ingenious comedy that is able to liberate the most genuine and unforced laughter. This is easily an one-man show but one should also mention the rest of the performances and the excellent score that includes THAT tune. ” - PetrosTser
 
2.
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Inspector Clouseau is put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the Phantom's trademark glove the only clue. (113 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Twelve years after the first film (and eleven after "A Shot In The Dark"), Inspector Clouseau is back (yeah!). Sellers easily proves his brilliance once again and Herbert Lom gives one great but very underrated comical performance. It is impossible to top the first film, but "TROTPP" is equally side-splitting and equally brilliant and eternal. ” - PetrosTser
 
3.
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him. (99 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ The last Sellers-starring Pink Panther is better than the third and equally astonishing to the first two. This means that "ROTPP" is another hilarious film, starring the greatest comedian ever, the brilliant Peter Sellers. A must-see, laugh out loud comedy. ” - PetrosTser
 
4.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher. (122 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ "3:10 To Yuma" is an absolutely engaging but also humorous ride boasting great performances by Bale and Crowe, epic action scenes and profound symbolisms. On a par with "Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo". ” - PetrosTser
 
5.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? (160 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ THE court-room drama, "Anatomy Of A Murder" is an exquisitely directed, superbly written and convincingly acted affair, a monumentally captivating 160-minute thrill ride. ” - PetrosTser
 
6.
The Bank Job (2008)
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Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal. (111 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ One could say that "The Bank Job" is a brutal, rude, excessive film but, for me, it's a modern masterpiece. With a very good cast supporting the exquisite script, the film dives into corruption and emerges safe and sound and with a hell of shocking stories. But this is not all. Primarily, "The Bank Job" deals with the loneliness of being as the lead character, a burglar but a family man, played exceptionally by Jason Statham, seeks happiness and the meaning of life. ” - PetrosTser
 
7.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
8.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ First of all, "The Dark Knight" is dark. It's not a children's film but a grown-up allegory, an elegy about a deconstructing planet. Ledger's performance is superb, words being too small to describe it. Newton Howard and Zimmer's score is epic, the effects and scenery great. It's a first-rate action film but also an enduring masterpiece that will last forever and that has more than a few reasons to exist, be it technical innovations or remarks upon a rotting society. ” - PetrosTser
 
9.
Following (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. (69 mins.)
 
10.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
 
11.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
12.
How to Steal a Million (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her. (123 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ "HTSAM" is a charming, utterly hilarious and brilliantly executed comedy. O'Toole and Hepburn make for a great on-screen couple and the fact that they never worked together again is a mystery. And a pity. And another reason to watch this masterpiece again and again and again. Hugh Griffith also provides a wonderful performance, while the genius dialogues are probably the most valuable asset of a film as good as that other Wyler/ Hepburn picture, "Roman Holiday". ” - PetrosTser
 
13.
The Monster (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect... (112 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ An exquisitely funny film, with the inimitable Roberto Benigni making history. Clever script, satirical mood, fun dialogues, outrageous situations and, towards the end, well-directed action. A multi-faceted and well-made political satire with characters with depth. ” - PetrosTser
 
14.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Astonishing performances by everyone, an absorbing script, mind-blowing action, imposing photography, some heavy emotional scenes with Penn and Robbins which will make you feel, well, sh*t and the so realistic ending (no one gave a damn). But, despite the magnificence of the film, you can't ignore one suspicious plot hole: Dave could have said to his wife what he did and simply avoid that fatal excuse. ” - PetrosTser
 
15.
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
“ "Notes On A Scandal" is an utterly engrossing film. The direction by Richard Eyre is brilliantly engaging, Patrick Marber's adaptation of the Zoe Heller book makes for a very tight, concise result and the acting by Judi Dench and Bill Nighy is top-notch. ” - PetrosTser
 
16.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all. (103 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
17.
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.)
“ A screenwriting triumph: extravagant, foul, violent, inspired, filled with cult references only QT himself can possibly understand, lavishly pervaded with derisive nicknames, cohesive despite all the overlapping stories and, most importantly, explosively entertaining thanks to excitingly jocular dialogues and a perfectly matched cast. Tarantino's largesse regarding unhibited outbursts of violence and swearing occasionally goes over the top but overall, it is what makes this experience so unique. ” - PetrosTser
 
18.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
19.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Brilliant. ” - PetrosTser
 
20.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement. (101 mins.)
“ Hitchcock was a great director but most of the scripts he used to direct suffered from the same "illness": they often betrayed suspense in favor of romance or comedy. Highsmith's novel is the exception. Creepy atmosphere, photography, music, MacGuffins. A film typical of Hitch - but even better, more tasty, more engaging, more homogenous. A film that ends with a mindblowing carousel ride and that can convert a tennis match into a breathtaking fight for survival. Simply Hitchcock's best film. ” - PetrosTser
 
21.
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 began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ "The Usual Suspects" is righteously deemed one of the best (whodunnit) films ever. The script is absolutely brilliant; in fact, it is charmingly labyrinthine - so labyrinthine it requires at least two viewings. Visually, the film is sheer pleasure. There's an abundance of remarkable directorial techniques as well as great editing by Ottman (who also composed that helluva score). The cast is great too. Baldwin, Byrne, Del Toro, Pollak, Spacey, they all deliver. And they prove their stunning versatility as well. ” - PetrosTser
 
22.
Confidentially Yours (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place than Julien Vercel, an estate agent that... (110 mins.)
“ A brilliant and stunning picture. ” - PetrosTser
 
23.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Short, tense and to-the-point, "12 Angry Men" takes the simple idea of a dozen men arguing with each other while locked in a room and runs away with it. The cast is powerful and believable and the script very well-written, combining the elements of mystery (a murder's been committed, remember), argumentations and, surprisingly, nuanced yet mostly discreet characterization. Recommended. ” - PetrosTser
 
24.
8 Women (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman! (111 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ It has a well-structured mystery and the female cream of French cinema in first-class acting. Hypocrisy, selfishness and exploitation are given a kick in the ass. It's marvellous technically, with fantastic sets and costumes, a good soundtrack and an unbelievable finale. And it's not elementary, Watson. A theatrical performance in the luxury of your living room. What else could you ask for? ” - PetrosTser
 
25.
Farewell, Friend (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After an overseas deployment, two former French Foreign Legion members plan to break into the vault of a French corporation. (115 mins.)
Director: Jean Herman
“ Extremely watchable, "Honor Among Thieves" features a perfect protagonistic duo in Alain Delon and Charles Bronson, a well-written script, engaging dialogue, tight direction and some truly classic scenes. ” - PetrosTser
 
26.
The Angels' Share (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
“ At times wildly funny, at times tense and suspensful, at times genuinely moving. This is an unadorned film about a bunch of real characters you actually care about. ” - PetrosTser
 
27.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ "Arsenic And Old Lace" is partly hilarious, partly adorable, partly mesmerising, partly horrifying and completely enjoyable. Grant, Hull and Adair give excellent performances while the atmosphere and the direction are purely theatrical as Capra and the Epsteins protect and respect the characteristics of Kesselring's original theatrical play. A classic. ” - PetrosTser
 
28.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Agonising from the beginning. ” - PetrosTser
 
29.
Bank Bang (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two brothers, Mihalis and Nondas are working in a mortuary trying to make money, since Nondas owes a... (97 mins.)
“ One of the finest Greek films of all times, "Bank Bang" is a very funny comedy, with enjoyable dialogues, delicious performances (with then-76-year-old Greek cinema veteran comedian Kostas Voutsas stealing the show) and fast-paced direction and editing. What with its sharp humour, apropos commentary, suspense and explosive chases, it holds its own against more expensive Hollywood blockbusters. ” - PetrosTser
 
30.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ An enormously funny action comedy featuring some of the greatest car chases ever, two AMAZING performances (Belushi, Aykroyd) and unbeliavable guest stars including Aretha Franklin, Frank Oz and Twiggy! Hilarious dialogues, fantastic soundtrack and choreographies and surrealism make the viewing of this movie more than just pleasant. Apart from some flaws, the script is very well-written and its main message is simple but important: find someone to love and resist blind people-isolating justice. ” - PetrosTser
 
31.
Breakdown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert. (93 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
“ "Breakdown" is a very taut film. The script, the pacing, the direction and the acting, especially from Kurt Russell and J.T. Walsh, are all very good and immerse the viewer 100%. It's an excellent example of a maybe not ambitious but definitely very suspenseful thriller that will blow your mind not only with the action but also the way it "manipulates" the viewer's sentiment, imposing on them the helplessness of the protagonist and making them root for him with the utmost sympathy and concern. ” - PetrosTser
 
32.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
33.
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies. (108 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ One of Allen's top films, this isn't the typical Woody comedy. First of all, it's no comedy. Second, it's brutal. It's got no violence but the themes it deals with (murder, madness, depression) are not sweet ones. In fact, one can hardly identify Allen behind the camera, his only two trademarks left being the music and a line about a ship with black sails. Loosely connected to "Match Point", it is every bit as deep thanks to a daring script, tight direction and an excellent protagonistic duo. ” - PetrosTser
 
34.
La Cérémonie (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A new-hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk, who encourages her to rebel against her employers. (112 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
35.
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels. (103 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
36.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
“ The script is remarkable, if flawed, and the cast strong - Ray Milland and John Williams in particular are exquisite. The music at times might seem irrelevant to the mood of the scene, while I feel that the best part of the film is the first half, but there's no denying that this is an overall compelling picture. ” - PetrosTser
 
37.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ A not-so-innocent father and husband (Macy), a persistent sheriff (McDormand) and a couple of criminals (Buscemi, Stormare) are the protagonists of this bizarre crime comedy, which is said to be based on a true story, but, as Macy reveals in an interview, it just wasn't. But, still, it was. Well, I told you it was bizarre! Whatever... Once more, great scenery, music and photography and fantastic performances by all the acting ensemble and especially by Buscemi. It's not perfect, but it's close. ” - PetrosTser
 
38.
The French Connection (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
 
39.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office. (100 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ Time flies while watching "Glengarry Glen Ross". Quick dialogues, excessive swearing and a stunning cast (from which Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino arguably stand out). ” - PetrosTser
 
40.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
41.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. (187 mins.)
“ This is 170 minutes long. And it really doesn't show. The first half is based more on dialogue, atmosphere and building tension, whereas the second half is the one where all hell breaks loose. The eight figures are all quite interesting, and their respective actors all satisfying, with Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh arguably standing out. Tarantino is not breaking new ground in his storytelling but succeeds in delivering a highly enjoyable tale, funny, visually captivating, memorable. ” - PetrosTser
 
42.
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, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and their professional lives. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
43.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
“ "In Bruges" is one of a kind. Gorgeously photographed, with witty dialogues, a very convincing protagonistic trio and an unhindered succession of goofy jokes and strong drama that leads up to the action-packed finale. Martin McDonagh has created a very enjoyable film, marvelously succeeding in both the flawless script and the tight direction. ” - PetrosTser
 
44.
Jackie Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (154 mins.)
 
45.
“ "Joe, O Tromeros" is among the most important film-noirs in the history of Greek cinema - and one of the first. Actually, it should be considered one of the greatest movies of this particular genre worldwide since it ticks all the boxes and meets all the criteria or requirements - conspiracies, impressive fight scenes and chases, imposing black and white photography, creepy music, puzzling dialogues, action and notable performances. Fundamental. ” - PetrosTser
 
46.
Johnny Stecchino (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob. (102 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
47.
Kontroll (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ "Kontroll" is a pleasantly wacky film. It is set underground (in the Budapest metro) and that makes it pretty special - and it's not just a gimmick. Nimród Antal makes excellent use of the subway system as well as the cast and delivers an exciting, varied little gem that meshes suspense, comedy, romance, mystery and drama very well. The finale is just beautiful and reveals an unadorned allegorical take on the film's underground setting which strikes as very resonant. ” - PetrosTser
 
48.
In Order of Disappearance (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The honorable citizen Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, when his son is mistakenly murdered, Nils takes action, which ignites a war between the vegan gangster "the Count" and the Serbian mafia boss Papa. (116 mins.)
“ Beautifully photographed, darkly humourous and utterly engaging, "Kraftidioten" is one of a kind. ” - PetrosTser
 
49.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ It takes some time to catch up with the atmosphere, characters and incidents, but, when you do, you realise you're watching a great film. The cast is grand, with the protagonistic trio (Pearce, Spacey and Crowe) arguably standing out; the photography masterfully naturalistic. But, above all, it's a superbly written film: a terrific crime mystery but with strong characterization as well. ” - PetrosTser
 
50.
The Ladykillers (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. (91 mins.)
 
51.
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
“ One of a kind: a suspenseful thriller with French finesse, thanks to a gorgeously photographed succession of excellent, violent action and charming, peaceful scenes depicting the gradually built relationship of the characters. Often Mathilda doesn't sound like 12 but Portman manages to pull it off admirably. The resolution is very well-thought and the finale, brimming with tension, emerges as truly moving yet not melodramatic. Without noticing 2 hours flew and you grew really close to those two. ” - PetrosTser
 
52.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Expertly directed, "M" is an effortlessly engaging affair, a true milestone in the history of cinema. ” - PetrosTser
 
53.
Marnie (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them. (130 mins.)
“ One of Hitchcock's most haunting films. ” - PetrosTser
 
54.
Michael Clayton (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ Tony Gilroy excels in both the exquisite direction and the sharp writing. "Michael Clayton" is atmospheric, taut, magnificently scored and features an excellent performance from Tom Wilkinson. The plot tends to be a little all over the place at times but everything comes together for a suitably understated yet emotionally powerful finale. ” - PetrosTser
 
55.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ This fourth Coen experience is one of their most well-designed films. With a unique cast which includes Coen regulars and an excelent John Turturro, this is by no means inferior to "The Godfather" or similar mafia classics. The Coen's black humour is there, the great photography wins you and Burwell produces an excellent score, while the costumes do their job right. I must admit, though, that it is confusing in the beginning, but it is worth struggling. "It's all about ethics", after all! ” - PetrosTser
 
56.
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
57.
Murder by Death (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Moore
 
58.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. (128 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ This is majestic. Damn majestic. Lumet's direction is as flawless as it could possibly be, the music is fantastic and the photography is just outstanding. But most important of all is this unbelievable cast of excellent actors and actresses. From older stars such as Bacall and Gielgud to newer (then) faces such as Redgrave and Bisset, all deliver completely (most notably Perkins and Bergman). The mystery is fascinating of course, but watching all these great people is enough for me. ” - PetrosTser
 
59.
Nine Queens (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens"). (114 mins.)
 
60.
Prisoners (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. (153 mins.)
“ One of the most tense films I have ever seen. Denis Villeneuve's direction is assured; Deakins's photography pitch-perfect; Guzikowski's script great, effortlessly moving to lots of different directions; and the cast good, most notably Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo and, of course, a roaring Hugh Jackman. Not all of the questions are answered and, as a whole, it can get a bit too heavy, but it's a remarkably strong and well-made film. A terrific, big, two-hour-and-a-half-long punch in the stomach. ” - PetrosTser
 
61.
The Professional (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts. (108 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
62.
RED (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants. (111 mins.)
“ Exactly as good as you'd expect: stylish, funny, action-packed (the chase, the explosions, the epic fist fight, the siege, the big shoot-out); great soundtrack, crisp dialogues, witty humour. You can't help but relish the way those elements of the textbook action thriller come together along with the more subversive moments. But above all the cast is flawless: Malkovich and Mirren especially are perfect and their chemistry with Willis and Freeman is radiant. Extra kudos for Parker and Dreyfuss. ” - PetrosTser
 
63.
RED 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Retired C.I.A. Agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. (116 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
“ "Red 2" continues the successful formula of "Red" with more of the same: spectacular action, plot twists, a great cast, subversive humour and a vibrating, realistic chemistry between the main characters. ” - PetrosTser
 
64.
Ripley's Game (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A dying family man in need of money is being persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss. (110 mins.)
Director: Liliana Cavani
 
65.
Road to Perdition (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ "RTP" is a wonderfully shot film. Its story may not be particularly original, but the cast, Mendes' direction and the fantastic cinematography by the great Conrad L. Hall make it a compelling piece of work. ” - PetrosTser
 
66.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ "Scarface" depicts realistically the rise and the subsequent fall of its hero. Its main advantage is Pacino's monumental performance, aided by a weirdly suitable score by Moroder and witty lines. The violence (chainsaw "treatments", murder in close proximity) and other strange scenes (drug abuse) do not shock (that's good) but shake (that's even better). It drags a bit during the first part (its basic problem), but the last 30 minutes are genuinely epic. Actually, the whole movie is epic! ” - PetrosTser
 
67.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ A masterclass in super-tense entertainment. The many fistfights are just exemplary and, very importantly, inventive, whereas the whole premise is simple and effective enough to let the action unfold. Gareth Evans's direction is excellent, and he seems to know exactly where to go with his film in terms of pacing and overall orchestration of the action. "The Raid" is 100 minutes long but never becomes boring or repetitive. Instead it keeps you glued to your seat right until the mindblowing climax. ” - PetrosTser
 
68.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Although I was planning to watch this on two separate nights, the great storytelling on display made me watch it in one and with barely a break. It's not easy to create a two-hour-plus film that is that engaging. Still, the plenty melodramatic outbursts and the overall cheesy atmosphere hamper it from becoming the masterpiece it is embraced as. A compelling watch nevertheless. ” - PetrosTser
 
69.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ "Sherlock Holmes" doesn't have many things in common with Arthur Conan Doyle's novels, but it still is a riveting adventure with witty dialogues, strong action sequences and fantastic photography. ” - PetrosTser
 
70.
Side Effects (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. (106 mins.)
“ A tense film that will keep you guessing until the end. The strong cast and the waterproof plot grab you seriously. ” - PetrosTser
 
71.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Its first hour, which is extremely interesting and features a GREAT Anthony Hopkins performance, feels like a bomb ready to explode. In the (fascinating) second part, it explodes indeed. The action is breath-taking, the mystery well-designed and that scene with Foster in the kidnapper's house is totally mind-blowing. If you ignore the rather cheesy and conventional childhood memories of the heroine, we're talking about a great, or even classic, thriller. ” - PetrosTser
 
72.
The Stranger (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Tense and intriguing thanks to a pitch-perfect cast, ominous imagery and striking, memorable scenes. ” - PetrosTser
 
73.
Switching Channels (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story. (105 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ "Switching Channels" is a surprisingly enjoyable '80s comedy, boasting an uproariously funny performance from Burt Reynolds (you gotta love that guy), great lines and sequences and a steady pace that never lets down until the end. The laughs are there, the gags are there, the action is there too. It's obviously strong original material paired with a suitable directorial approach. ” - PetrosTser
 
74.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Robert Mulligan and Horton Foote might have left out big chunks of the book in order to offer a concise script but remain true to the source material's spirit. Gregory Peck is very likable as the father and is particularly strong in the courtroom scenes, in which Brock Peters also shines in a realistic, moving performance. Kudos should also be extended to the kids, especially Mary Badham as Scout. It's not without its flaws but serves as an overall powerful, resonant rendition of a great novel. ” - PetrosTser
 
75.
The Untouchables (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma