Top 50 Crime Films Of All Time

This is a comprehensive list of the top 50 crime movies ever made. These movies are the best of the best for thier content not for popularity so please don't ask me why the Godfather isn't on here (I just didn't have room {Great film but a tad overated}).
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1.
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
“ This was one of the first 'don't tell mom' movies I ever watched when I was an ankle biter. I'll admit back then I was more interested in watching something forbidden than to appreciate a well written narrative. However Lock Stock and Two Smokin Barrels showed me that great crime film is more than tits and guns. Don't get me wrong this movie has plenty of action, gambling, swearing, and general crookery but the phenomenal plot is what makes this movie a top contentder. In the film multiple plots are told from the perspective of various gangsters, thugs, and wanna bes. Little do they all know and to our delight everything comes together around a pair of antique shot guns that may be worth thier price in blood. Lock Stock and Two Smokin Barrels has some of the greatest characters including Eddy, Tom, Soap, Bacon, Big Chris, Hatchet Harry, and of course Barry 'The Baptist' plus many more. The film has an excellent soundtrack to boot featuring James Brown, Dusty Springfield, and more. For these and many more reasons I have to proclaim this as a must watch film. If you havn't seen this movie you had best bump it to the first on your list grab. ” - tuffysoft
 
2.
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.)
“ The articulate use of music and story telling makes this a timeless treasure among crime film junkies. While this movie doesn't have wall to wall action or explosions, the dynamic characters and thier brutal tale will have you glued to the tele. This film with its raw and simple perspective is proof that sometimes less is more... much much more. ” - tuffysoft
 
3.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
 
4.
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ Harvey Kietel plays one of the most intriguing characters you have ever seen in this tale of a morally oblivious cop. Drugs, gambling, drinking, and sex are only the beginning as his world crashing down around him. The films grit and classic irony earn this title a spot in the top 50.

This movie is not to be confused with the more recent movie Bad Lieutenant: Port Call New Orleans. PS Werner Herzog for your IP theft we hope you "blow up in a streetcar". http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/06/werner_herzog_on_abel_ferrara.html ” - tuffysoft
 
8.
Sexy Beast (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ Ben Kingsly plays one of the most socialy inept gangsters ever. His psychotic attempts to recruit a fellow gangster creates the foundation for one of the greatest criminal dilemnas and puts Sexy Beast in the number 4 spot. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a mob boss stay over for the weekend? Retired gangster 'Gal' played by Ray Winstone enjoys his life basting in the sun until the demented 'Don Logan' played by Ben Kingsley shows up to recruit him for one more bank job. Things go from gold to *beep* as the retired gangster tries to turn down the opportunity. But as we all know you never turn your back on the mob! ” - tuffysoft
 
9.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
13.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
 
14.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
15.
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
16.
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
 
17.
Pride and Glory (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD. (130 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
18.
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Following the life of a small-time hood who struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
19.
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
 
20.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a alter-ego devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more... (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
21.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
22.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
23.
Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. (132 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
24.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one. (127 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
25.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalties really lie when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy. (106 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
 
26.
A History of Violence (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. (96 mins.)
 
27.
Eastern Promises (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family. (100 mins.)
 
28.
Cop Land (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City policemen slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption. (104 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
29.
Revolver (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences. (111 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
30.
Carlito's Way (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
31.
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago. (90 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
32.
Street Kings (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
 
33.
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
 
34.
The Jackal (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job. (124 mins.)
 
35.
Spun (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
 
36.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
37.
Bad Boys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
38.
We Own the Night (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men. (117 mins.)
Director: James Gray
 
39.
King of New York (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood. (103 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
40.
The Transporter (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Frank is hired to "transport" packages for unknown clients and has made a very good living doing so. But when asked to move a package that begins moving, complications arise. (92 mins.)
 
41.
Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills. (104 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tong
 
42.
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
 
43.
Dark Blue (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics. (118 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
44.
Unleashed (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life. (103 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
 
45.
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
 
46.
Running Scared (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. (122 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
 
47.
Felon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system. (104 mins.)
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
 
48.
Max Payne (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a police detective whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation. (100 mins.)
Director: John Moore
 
49.
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen. (86 mins.)
Director: Michael Davis
 
50.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents. (121 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright