Top Crime Movies of the 20th Centuryby hiddenagenda1 | created - 12 Mar 2012 | updated - 13 Mar 2012 | Public
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1. Home Alone 3 (1997)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.
Votes: 87,182 | Gross: $30.88M
2. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.
Votes: 238,598 | Gross: $173.59M
3. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 369,033 | Gross: $285.76M
4. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.
5. The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Music
A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer, who has plans for those who oppose him or the young singer.
Votes: 3,141 | Gross: $3.95M
6. Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
Approved | 83 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
After several women are murdered, the police are baffled who the suspect is. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is something that is stronger and more deadlier than man.
Votes: 650 | Gross: $1.45M
7. Clue (1985)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.
Votes: 64,403 | Gross: $14.64M
8. Virus (I) (1996)
PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Thriller
A United States Presidential bodyguard risks everything to save the day when a truck chock full of biological weapons contrives to crash in a National Park.
9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Votes: 157,551 | Gross: $156.45M
10. 3 Ninjas (1992)
PG | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Family
Each year, three brothers, Samuel, Jeffrey and Michael Douglas visit their grandfather, Mori Tanaka, for the summer. Mori is highly skilled in ninjutsu, and for years he has trained the ... See full summary »
Votes: 17,821 | Gross: $29.00M
11. Halloween 5 (1989)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.
Votes: 26,456 | Gross: $11.64M
12. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller
Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?
Votes: 33,866 | Gross: $17.77M
13. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller
Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.
Votes: 54,196 | Gross: $55.04M
14. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 245,089 | Gross: $103.05M
15. Cliffhanger (1993)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Votes: 105,180 | Gross: $84.05M
16. Batman Returns (1992)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.
Votes: 238,346 | Gross: $162.83M
17. Scream 2 (1997)
R | 120 min | Horror, Mystery
Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.
Votes: 136,259 | Gross: $101.36M
18. Rear Window (1998 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Modern remake of Rear Window in which the lead character is paralyzed and lives in a high-tech home filled with assistive technology.
19. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery
The murderous fisherman with a hook is back to once again stalk the two surviving teens, Julie and Ray, who left him for dead, as well as cause even more murder and mayhem, this time at a posh island resort.
Votes: 60,265 | Gross: $40.00M
20. High Anxiety (1977)
PG | 94 min | Comedy
Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films.
Votes: 16,971 | Gross: $31.06M
21. Stranger in Town (1998 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 94 min | Drama
New to a small town, a city teen grows suspicious of a man who befriended him and his single mother.
22. Striking Poses (1999)
R | 93 min | Thriller
When a beautiful paparazzo for a tabloid magazine finds herself pursued by a ruthless stalker, she is determined to emerge from this deadly game alive, and independently wealthy.
23. 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: 520,730 | Gross: $24.61M
24. Eye of the Stalker (1995 TV Movie)
95 min | Drama, Thriller
A college student is stalked by a disturbed older man.
25. Child in the Night (1990 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A psychologist treats an 8 year old boy who witnessed his father's murder but the child blocks out details that could help the police.
26. Barton Fink (1991)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Votes: 98,379 | Gross: $6.15M
27. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
Votes: 179,255 | Gross: $47.00M
28. Batman (1989)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.
Votes: 296,108 | Gross: $251.19M
29. Black Christmas (1974)
R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.
Votes: 24,988 | Gross: $4.05M
30. Fade to Black (1980)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A shy, lonely film buff embarks on a killing spree against those who browbeat and betray him, all the while stalking his idol, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike.
31. Evil Has a Face (1996 TV Movie)
R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller
A talented young female police sketch artist uses her abilities to track down an evil child molester.
32. The Prowler (1981)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
33. Bloodmoon (1990)
R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller
A serial killer is loose at an all girl school, where he strangles girls with a piece of barbed wire.
34. Funny Games (1997)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
35. Miller's Crossing (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Votes: 112,566 | Gross: $5.08M
36. Face of Evil (1996 TV Movie)
87 min | Drama, Thriller
On her wedding night, twenty-year-old Darcy Palmer empties her fiancé's bank account and flees to New York City. Along the way, she tries robbing Brianne Dwyer, who's heading to a New ... See full summary »
37. Chinatown (1974)
R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.
Votes: 246,542 | Gross: $29.20M
38. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 613,918 | Gross: $17.50M
39. Tall, Dark and Deadly (1995 TV Movie)
R | Romance, Thriller
After breaking up with her boyfriend Sam, engineering designer Maggie falls in love with a very romantic and mysterious Roy Calvin. But soon he turns to be a violent man and makes Maggie's ... See full summary »
40. I Can Make You Love Me (1993 TV Movie)
92 min | Crime, Drama, History
A beautiful young computer technician starting off her career in Silicon Valley during the Eighties, is stalked and harassed by a nerdy, dangerous and mentally-unstable colleague with a twisted obsession.
41. Perfect Alibi (1995)
98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Melanie is married to Keith Bauers, she has two beautiful children and she is rich. She decides to engage a girl au pair, Janine, who arrives from France. Everything seems to run perfectly.... See full summary »
Miami Vice (1984–1990)
TV-14 | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Miami detective Sonny Crockett reluctantly teams with New York cop Rico Tubbs when both of them end up pursuing a drug dealer who killed their partners.
43. When a Stranger Calls Back (1993 TV Movie)
R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead...
44. Hell High (1989)
R | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
A teacher still haunted by the death of two teens that she accidentally caused as a young girl goes beserk when four teens start harassing her and then attack her in her home.
Votes: 499 | Gross: $0.19M
45. Degree of Guilt (1995 TV Movie)
180 min | Drama, Mystery
Two part movie that follows attorney Christopher Paget and his assistant Teri Peralta. The first part has Paget being asked by his former lover and mother of his son to defend her when she ... See full summary »
46. Seduced and Betrayed (1995 TV Movie)
87 min | Drama, Thriller
A beautiful but equally dangerous widow won't take "no" for an answer as she draws a dedicated family man into a world of passion, deceit and betrayal, threatening to destroy him in the ... See full summary »
47. A Friend to Die For (1994 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama
When popular and beautiful cheerleader Stacey is stabbed to death, who could have done it? It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected.
48. Play Misty for Me (1971)
R | 102 min | Thriller
A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.
Votes: 21,438 | Gross: $10.60M
49. Return to Horror High (1987)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror
A few years ago, a mysterious serial-killer caused panic on Crippen High School. The killer was never caught. A movie company, Cosmic Pictures, has decided to make a feature movie about ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,393 | Gross: $1.19M
50. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,929,196 | Gross: $28.34M
51. Psycho III (1986)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "mother" is still watching.
Votes: 10,355 | Gross: $14.48M
52. Deadly Pursuits (1996 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
A former stripper befriends a young man looking for his father, all the while trying to avoid a hitman for the mob, to whom she is deeply in debt.
53. The Stepsister (1997 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Thriller
A young psych major uses her wits to expose the deadly intentions of her father's new bride and the woman's conniving daughter.
54. Deadly Medicine (1991 TV Movie)
120 min | Drama, Thriller
A pediatrician becomes trapped in a web of betrayal and guilt when her best friend, a nurse, seems to be a baby-killer.
55. Echo (1997 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama, Thriller
Identical twins, seperated at birth, meet each other.
56. Terror Train (1980)
R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller
A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.
57. Killers in the House (1998 TV Movie)
R | Drama, Thriller
Bank robbers on the run from the police invade a mansion and take the owners hostage.
58. No One Would Tell (1996 TV Movie)
96 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A shy high school student's seemingly perfect relationship with a popular jock quickly turns abusive and dangerous.
59. Blind Side (1993 TV Movie)
R | 98 min | Thriller
A couple visits Mexico to scout a new location for their furniture manufacturing business and hit a cop with their car on the way back stateside. Realizing that if they report it they could... See full summary »
60. Maniac (1980)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree?
61. When a Stranger Calls (1979)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.
Votes: 7,635 | Gross: $21.41M
62. Offerings (1989)
R | 95 min | Horror
Ten years after he was pushed down a well, a young man kills off the neighborhood bullies who tormented him and leaves their body parts as presents for the one girl who was kind to him.
63. The Stranger Beside Me (1995 TV Movie)
92 min | Drama
There's a rapist plaguing a neighborhood. Now a young newlywed suspects that her new husband may be the one doing this.
64. School's Out (1999 TV Movie)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After escaping from a nearby mental institution, a violent lunatic and sexual deviant terrorizes a group of seniors at their end-of-the-year high school dance.
65. Man in the Attic (1953)
Unrated | 82 min | Mystery, Thriller
After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper.
66. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
67. The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
R | 88 min | Horror
Four college students are stalked by an unknown assailant while staying on campus over the Christmas holidays to help clear out a dormitory which is to be demolished.
68. Alone in the Woods (1996)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Two dopey kidnappers get more than they bargain for when a super-smart ten year old which gets separate from his parents, which also uncovers their plot....and swings into action, Home Alone-style.
69. Terror Night (1987)
84 min | Horror
Lance Hayward, a silent movie star, appears as various characters, killing quite a handful of unfortunates, using various weapons.
70. The Stepfather (1987)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.
Votes: 10,307 | Gross: $2.49M
71. House of Wax (1953)
GP | 88 min | Horror
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.
Votes: 13,270 | Gross: $23.75M
72. Stepfather II (1989)
R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller
After escaping the insane asylum in which he was incarcerated, the Stepfather impersonates a marriage counselor and manages to win over a patient and her young son.
Votes: 2,586 | Gross: $1.52M
73. Cheerleader Camp (1988)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.
74. Deadly Web (1996 TV Movie)
87 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A divorced mother (Gigi Rice) is targeted by an on-line stalker known as Cybergod, and she teams with an ex-cop (Ed Marinaro) to track down the maniac.
75. Moment of Truth: Stalking Back (1993 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama, Crime
A teen girl is stalked and harassed by a perverted man ten years older than she is, but despite help from her family, there's little the police can do to get rid of him.
76. Strangeland (1998)
R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller
A detective pursues a sadist specializing in body modification rituals who lures teenagers through the internet.
Votes: 6,001 | Gross: $0.63M
77. Run Lola Run (1998)
R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.
Votes: 172,281 | Gross: $7.27M
78. Witness (1985)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.
Votes: 73,363 | Gross: $68.71M
79. Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery
Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition.
80. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.
Votes: 31,774 | Gross: $34.37M
81. The Wicker Man (1973)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
Votes: 54,311 | Gross: $0.06M
82. The Hitcher (1986)
R | 97 min | Thriller
A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.
Votes: 37,098 | Gross: $5.84M
8 or 9/10
83. Dangerous Intentions (1995)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama
A man stalks his wife and child when they leave for an abused women's shelter.
8 or 9/10
84. Office Space (1999)
R | 89 min | Comedy
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Votes: 216,715 | Gross: $10.82M
8 or 9/10
85. Prom Night (1980)
R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.
Votes: 11,845 | Gross: $14.80M
8 or 9/10
86. Shocker (1989)
R | 109 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.
Votes: 12,562 | Gross: $16.55M
8 or 9/10
87. Calendar Girl Murders (1984 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Millionaire Richard Trainor is celebrating the fact that his new calendar featuring twelve nude woman is a huge success. However the party is ruined when Miss January is pushed off a ... See full summary »
88. Popcorn (1991)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror
A murderer begins killing off teenagers at a horror movie marathon they have organized in an abandoned theater.
Votes: 2,992 | Gross: $4.21M
89. Crawlspace (1986)
R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller
A man who runs an apartment house for women is the demented son of a Nazi surgeon who has the house equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and torture and murder devices.
90. Someone to Love Me (1998 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
A promiscuous girl is raped by a fellow student.
91. The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Chipmunks compete with the Chipettes in a round the world race.
Votes: 4,500 | Gross: $6.80M
92. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.
Votes: 115,875 | Gross: $72.59M
93. Urban Legend (1998)
R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery
A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.
Votes: 51,890 | Gross: $38.07M
94. Escape from New York (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
Votes: 103,611 | Gross: $25.24M
95. Single White Female (1992)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.
Votes: 26,575 | Gross: $47.92M
96. Tell Me No Secrets (1997 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Thriller
Jess Koster is a young attorney in LA who is being stalked by the serial killer she is prosecuting.
97. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller
After her humiliated husband kills himself, an embittered pregnant widow loses her child, and embarks on a mission of vengeance against a woman and her family.
Votes: 32,676 | Gross: $88.04M
98. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime
The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.
Votes: 31,283 | Gross: $27.93M
99. The Client (1994)
PG-13 | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the District Attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family.
Votes: 51,067 | Gross: $92.12M
100. Eraser (1996)
R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.
Votes: 91,913 | Gross: $101.30M