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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Writers: Stephen King, Frank Darabont | Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

2. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.7
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63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.

Writers: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, Victor Hugo | Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

3. Need for Speed (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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39 Metascore

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins..

Writers: George Gatins, John Gatins | Director: Scott Waugh | Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi

4. Elysium (I) (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.7
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61 Metascore

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Writer: Neill Blomkamp | Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga

5. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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76 Metascore

A true story about 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.

Writers: Jeff Nathanson, Frank Abagnale Jr., Stan Redding | Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

6. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.9
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

7. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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52 Metascore

The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s.

Writers: Bruce Porter, David McKenna, Nick Cassavetes | Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

8. The Boondock Saints (1999)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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44 Metascore

Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent.

Writer: Troy Duffy | Director: Troy Duffy | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco

9. Bronson (2008)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.1
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71 Metascore

A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

Writers: Brock Norman Brock, Nicolas Winding Refn | Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Luing Andrews, Katy Barker

10. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis | Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

11. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

7.3
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73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Writers: John D. MacDonald, James R. Webb, Wesley Strick | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

12. Stand Up Guys (2012)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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41 Metascore

A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.

Writer: Noah Haidle | Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies

13. Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

R | 180 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members... See full summary »

Writers: Ross Thomas, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux | Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo

14. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Writers: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

15. Wild Bill (2011)

98 min | Drama

7.2
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Out on parole after 8 years inside Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15 year old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play Dad, an uncaring... See full summary »

Writers: Danny King, Dexter Fletcher | Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter, Sammy Williams, Iwan Rheon

16. Wild at Heart (1990)

NC-17 | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Writers: Barry Gifford, David Lynch | Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

17. Stone (2010)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

5.4
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58 Metascore

A convicted arsonist looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman's path.

Writer: Angus MacLachlan | Director: John Curran | Stars: Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy

18. Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13 | 134 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.5
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Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the ... See full summary »

Writers: Victor Hugo, Rafael Yglesias | Director: Bille August | Stars: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Christopher Adamson

19. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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55 Metascore

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.

Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

20. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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The true story of Billy Hayes, an American college student who is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Writers: Billy Hayes, William Hoffer, Oliver Stone | Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

21. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Writers: Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit | Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

22. The Getaway (1972)

122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.5
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A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

Writers: Walter Hill, Jim Thompson | Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers

23. The Invisible (2007)

PG-13 | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

6.3
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36 Metascore

A teenager is left invisible to the living after an attack.

Writers: Mick Davis, Christine Roum, Mats Wahl | Director: David S. Goyer | Stars: Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Marquette

24. Karla (2006)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.

Writers: Michael D. Sellers, Manette Rosen, Joel Bender | Director: Joel Bender | Stars: Laura Prepon, Misha Collins, Patrick Bauchau, Emilie Jacobs

25. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Writers: Tracy Keenan Wynn, Albert S. Ruddy | Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

26. The Lazarus Project (2008)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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A former criminal is drawn into a criminal endeavor and subsequently finds himself living an inexplicable new life working at a psychiatric facility.

Writers: John Glenn, Evan Astrowsky | Director: John Glenn | Stars: Paul Walker, Piper Perabo, Brooklynn Proulx, Bob Gunton

27. The Mighty (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty,... See full summary »

Writers: Rodman Philbrick, Charles Leavitt | Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Sharon Stone, Harry Dean Stanton

28. Find Me Guilty (2006)

R | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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65 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jack DiNorscio, a mobster who defended himself in court for what would be the longest mafia trial in U.S. history.

Writers: Sidney Lumet, T.J. Mancini, Robert J. McCrea | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Ron Silver, Alex Rocco

29. The Samaritan (I) (2012)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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37 Metascore

After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

Writers: Elan Mastai, David Weaver | Director: David Weaver | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga, Alan C. Peterson

30. In Cold Blood (1967)

R | 134 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.0
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89 Metascore

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Writers: Truman Capote, Richard Brooks | Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart

31. Adam's Apples (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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51 Metascore

A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen | Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen

32. Freeway (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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61 Metascore

A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.

Writer: Matthew Bright | Director: Matthew Bright | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Bokeem Woodbine, Paul Perri

33. The Opposite of Sex (1998)

R | 105 min | Comedy

6.5
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70 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl visits her gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives.

Writer: Don Roos | Director: Don Roos | Stars: Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett

34. The Woodsman (2004)

R | 87 min | Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

Writers: Steven Fechter, Nicole Kassell | Director: Nicole Kassell | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, David Alan Grier

35. Boy A (2007)

R | 106 min | Drama

7.7
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75 Metascore

The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.

Writers: Jonathan Trigell, Mark O'Rowe | Director: John Crowley | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Shaun Evans, Siobhan Finneran

36. The Castle (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy

7.8
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A Melbourne family is very happy living where they do, near the Melbourne airport (according to Jane Kennedy, it's "practically their back yard"). However, they are forced to leave their ... See full summary »

Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy, Rob Sitch | Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe

37. Possession (2008)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.6
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A woman's life is thrown into chaos after a freak car accident sends her husband and brother-in-law into comas. Thrills arrive after the brother-in-law wakes up, thinking he's his brother.

Writers: Michael Petroni, Won-mi Byun, Min-ho Song, Jae-yong Gwak | Directors: Joel Bergvall, Simon Sandquist | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes, Tuva Novotny

38. Any Day Now (2012)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.4
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60 Metascore

In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.

Writers: Travis Fine, George Arthur Bloom | Director: Travis Fine | Stars: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher

39. Two Men in Town (2014)

R | 120 min | Drama

5.7
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A Muslim ex-con forms a friendship with his parole officer.

Writers: Rachid Bouchareb, Daniel Boulanger, José Giovanni, Yasmina Khadra, Olivier Lorelle | Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzmán

40. South Central (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.

Writers: Stephen Milburn Anderson, Donald Bakeer | Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson | Stars: Byron Minns, Glenn Plummer, Lexie Bigham, Vincent Craig Dupree

41. Class Act (1992)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy

5.9
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Duncan is a genius straight A student, Blade is juvenile delinquent. But because of a mix up with their school records, everyone thinks each is the other one. Now, Duncan kind of likes the ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Swerdlick, Wayne Allan Rice, Richard Brenne, John Semper, Cynthia Friedlob | Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Andre Rosey Brown, Meshach Taylor

42. Camille (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.1
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A twisted honeymoon adventure about a young couple on their way to Niagara Falls.

Writer: Nick Pustay | Director: Gregory Mackenzie | Stars: Sienna Miller, James Franco, David Carradine, Scott Glenn

43. Healing (I) (2014)

R | Drama

7.2
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At the tail end of a 16-year sentence, an inmate is sent to a low-security, pre-release prison with a special program that pairs men with injured game birds.

Writers: Craig Monahan, Alison Nisselle | Director: Craig Monahan | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel, Mark Leonard Winter

44. City of Men (2007)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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63 Metascore

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Writers: Elena Soarez, Paulo Morelli | Director: Paulo Morelli | Stars: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos

45. Sherrybaby (2006)

R | 96 min | Drama

6.7
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66 Metascore

Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.

Writer: Laurie Collyer | Director: Laurie Collyer | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Michelle Hurst

46. Lone Star State of Mind (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime

6.1
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Earl is engaged to his step-sister Baby. Baby has entrusted him to take care of her misfit cousin Junior. Baby is also intent on leaving Texas for LA on Tuesday. When Junior and his ... See full summary »

Writer: Trevor Munson | Director: David Semel | Stars: Joshua Jackson, Jaime King, Matthew Davis, Ryan Hurst

47. Telling Secrets (1993 TV Movie)

240 min | Mystery

6.1
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Through a series of elaborate schemes, a wealthy woman arranges for the murder of her husband's mistress and then takes steps so that the crime won't be traced back to her. The detective ... See full summary »

Writer: Jennifer Miller | Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Ken Olin, Christopher McDonald, G.D. Spradlin

48. Who's That Girl (1987)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

4.5
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An uptight New York tax lawyer gets his life turned upside down, all in a single day, when he's asked to escort a feisty and free-spirited female ex-convict whom asks him to help prove her innocence of her crime.

Writers: Andrew Smith, Ken Finkleman | Director: James Foley | Stars: Madonna, Griffin Dunne, Haviland Morris, John McMartin

49. Levity (2003)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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45 Metascore

The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to ... See full summary »

Writer: Ed Solomon | Director: Ed Solomon | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Holly Hunter

50. Take the Money and Run (1969)

M | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.

Writers: Woody Allen, Mickey Rose | Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde