Top 40 Crime Movies

They don't make enough crime films. One of the best genres out there, I have probably given more crime films a 10 star rating than any other genre. The list isn't really in order, I love these films so much that I could never make up my mind on which ones are better than others. #1, House of Games, is the only movie ranked appropriately. One of the best movies ever made.
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1.
House of Games (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. I watched it a month ago and it is still mindblowing to think about it. Some may dislike the writing or acting style, but that was what made the movie so great: the "wooden" mannerisms of the people involved. Amazing plot, well written, and informative; the cinematography, too, is better than anything else I can remember having ever seen. Director Mamet created an atmosphere for this film unlike anything I've ever seen, or probably ever shall see. ” - Ludwig_von_Mises
 
2.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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 modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
The Petrified Forest (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert. (82 mins.)
Director: Archie L. Mayo
 
10.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
11.
Magnum Force (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
12.
The Killer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
American Gangster (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East. (157 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
16.
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends. a mafia underboss and a casino owner for a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
17.
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
 
18.
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building. (128 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
19.
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
 
20.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
21.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
22.
Cape Fear (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him. (128 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
23.
8MM (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not. (123 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
24.
The Warriors (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1979, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
25.
Mercury Rising (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code. (111 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
26.
Ransom (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals. (121 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
27.
The Accused (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
28.
The Net (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A computer programmer stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger. (114 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
 
29.
Death Wish (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark. (93 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
30.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. (102 mins.)
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
Edge of Darkness (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
33.
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
 
34.
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
 
35.
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
 
36.
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
 
37.
Blue Velvet (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
38.
The Fugitive (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt. (130 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
39.
Death Sentence (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family. (105 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
40.
Dirty Harry (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel