Good thriller/drama movies you might not have seen

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1. A Murder of Crows (1998)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A disbarred lawyer takes credit for a late friend's book, which becomes a smash hit but the tables turn on him sooner than he suspected.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Berenger, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 6,730

2. The Guilty (2000)

R | 108 min | Crime, Thriller

A young person gets hired to kill someone completely unknown, by someone equally unknown. Or is that true? Nothing is what it seems.

Director: Anthony Waller | Stars: Bill Pullman, Devon Sawa, Gabrielle Anwar, Angela Featherstone

Votes: 2,849

3. The Assignment (1997)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal.

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley, Claudia Ferri

Votes: 8,050 | Gross: $0.54M

4. Shoot to Kill (1988)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An FBI agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley, Clancy Brown

Votes: 10,219 | Gross: $29.30M

5. White Sands (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 6,072 | Gross: $9.01M

6. The Bedroom Window (1987)

R | 112 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert, Paul Shenar

Votes: 3,793 | Gross: $12.64M

7. Malice (1993)

R | 107 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches art, Andy's a college dean. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman, Bebe Neuwirth

Votes: 20,052 | Gross: $46.04M

8. Shattered (1991)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After a horrific car wreck leaves him an amnesiac, a man slowly begins to unravel his shocking past.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins, Greta Scacchi, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 7,055 | Gross: $11.51M

9. An Innocent Man (1989)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

39 Metascore

A man is framed by two corrupt cops for drugs. After he gets out of prison, he comes after them.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins, David Rasche

Votes: 5,311 | Gross: $20.05M

10. Night Crossing (1982)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, History

Two men want to escape from East Germany, but they will only go if they can take their families with them.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: John Hurt, Jane Alexander, Doug McKeon, Keith McKeon

Votes: 1,019 | Gross: $8.00M

11. The Morning After (1986)

R | 103 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

A washed up, alcoholic actress who is prone to blackouts wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she kill him and, if not, is she in danger?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Raul Julia, Diane Salinger

Votes: 5,131 | Gross: $25.15M

12. Extreme Measures (1996)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse

Votes: 15,365 | Gross: $17.31M

13. One Eight Seven (1997)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los-Angeles to the unruly, predominantly Latino school. He has to tame wolf-like ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 19,804 | Gross: $5.72M

14. Kill Me Again (1989)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Pat Mulligan, Nick Dimitri

Votes: 3,798 | Gross: $0.28M

15. Escape: Human Cargo (1998 TV Movie)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

An American entrepreneur is closing a deal in Saudi Arabia in 1977. After a fallout with his influential Saudi partners, they have him arrested. Due to the US policy of noninterference in SA, the embassy won't help him. He must escape.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Treat Williams, Stephen Lang, Sasson Gabai, Ze'ev Revach

Votes: 411

16. Red Rock West (1993)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, Craig Reay

Votes: 17,492 | Gross: $2.50M

17. Jack's Back (1988)

R | 97 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders and only one has a chance of stopping him.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: James Spader, Cynthia Gibb, Jim Haynie, Robert Picardo

Votes: 2,081 | Gross: $0.49M

18. The Fourth Protocol (1987)

R | 119 min | Thriller

John Preston is a British Agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the "special relationship" between the two countries.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Ned Beatty, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 7,803 | Gross: $12.42M

19. Body Double (1984)

R | 114 min | Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton

Votes: 23,677 | Gross: $8.80M

20. Sea of Love (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker

Votes: 33,174 | Gross: $58.57M

21. Jagged Edge (1985)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia

Votes: 11,562 | Gross: $40.50M

22. Ripley Under Ground (2005)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After his friend, a hot young artist, is killed, a resourceful American man living in London covers up the crime and tries to keep the friend's name alive in order to exploit his legacy and... See full summary »

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Barry Pepper, Jacinda Barrett, Ian Hart, Claire Forlani

Votes: 2,118

23. 3 A.M. (2001)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

The feature film directing debut of Spike Lee protege Lee Davis takes the viewer into the world of taxi drivers. Developed in the Sundance Laboratory, this film offers dove-tailing stories ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Davis | Stars: Danny Glover, Sergej Trifunovic, Michelle Rodriguez, Pam Grier

Votes: 1,139

24. City by the Sea (2002)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

50 Metascore

Vincent Lamarca, whose father was executed for a 1950s kidnapping of a child, grew up to become a police officer, only to see his own son become a murder suspect.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Franco, Frances McDormand, Eliza Dushku

Votes: 22,689 | Gross: $22.43M

25. Knight Moves (1992)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Schenkel | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Tom Skerritt, Diane Lane, Daniel Baldwin

Votes: 6,656 | Gross: $0.92M

26. Emmett's Mark (2002)

R | 104 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

In order to avoid the debilitating effects of a terminal illness, a young detective orders a hit on himself.

Director: Keith Snyder | Stars: Scott Wolf, Tim Roth, Gabriel Byrne, Greg Wood

Votes: 1,690

27. Suddenly (1954)

Unrated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates

Votes: 5,064 | Gross: $1.40M