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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,266,592

2. Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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26 Metascore

Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission.

Director: Adrian Grunberg | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adriana Barraza

Votes: 21,344 | Gross: $18.87M

3. Power (I) (2014– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering to the city's elite and dreaming big, lives a double life as a drug kingpin.

Stars: Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, Lela Loren

Votes: 32,694

4. Better Call Saul (2015– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 260,036

5. Cold Pursuit (2019)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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57 Metascore

A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Micheál Richardson, Michael Eklund

Votes: 39,371 | Gross: $32.14M

6. Ozark (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz

Votes: 114,846

7. El Dragón: Return of a Warrior (2019– )

45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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After the murder of his parents when he was a little kid, Mexican Miguel Garza is sent away to Japan. 20 years later, he has to go back to his home country as the new heir of his family's cartel.

Stars: Sebastián Rulli, Cassandra Sanchez Navarro, Manuel Balbi, Javier Gómez

Votes: 132

8. Deadpool 2 (2018)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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66 Metascore

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Votes: 419,019 | Gross: $324.59M

9. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.8
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A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 307,607

10. Inherent Vice (2014)

R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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81 Metascore

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 85,730 | Gross: $8.11M

11. The Mule (2018)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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58 Metascore

A ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick L. Reyes, Cesar De León, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 75,822 | Gross: $103.80M

12. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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44 Metascore

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum

Votes: 240,483 | Gross: $100.23M

13. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 678,749 | Gross: $45.60M

14. Seis Manos (2019– )

27 min | Animation, Short, Action

7.5
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Orphans raised by a martial arts master are plunged into a mystery involving demonic powers, drug cartels, ancient rituals and blood sacrifice.

Stars: Vic Chao, Mike Colter, Jonny Cruz, Aislinn Derbez

Votes: 307

15. Sicario (2015)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 336,780 | Gross: $46.89M

16. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.9
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48 Metascore

The Angels investigate a series of murders which occur after the theft of a witness protection profile database.

Director: McG | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, Bernie Mac

Votes: 114,438 | Gross: $100.83M

17. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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52 Metascore

The story of how George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 226,912 | Gross: $52.99M

18. Narcos: Mexico (2018– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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The rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in Mexico.

Stars: Diego Luna, Scoot McNairy, Teresa Ruiz, Michael Peña

Votes: 38,452

19. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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61 Metascore

The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

Director: Stefano Sollima | Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan

Votes: 103,431 | Gross: $50.07M

20. American Made (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

7.1
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65 Metascore

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 138,450 | Gross: $51.34M

21. Mr. Right (I) (2015)

R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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52 Metascore

A girl falls for the "perfect" guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he's a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

Director: Paco Cabezas | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth, James Ransone

Votes: 43,253 | Gross: $0.03M

22. Peppermint (2018)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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29 Metascore

Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba

Votes: 41,166 | Gross: $35.42M

23. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 21,175

24. Desperado (1995)

R | 104 min | Action, Thriller

7.2
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55 Metascore

A gunslinger's embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin

Votes: 162,442 | Gross: $25.63M

25. Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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86 Metascore

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 187,821 | Gross: $124.12M

26. Savages (2012)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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59 Metascore

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 116,749 | Gross: $47.38M

27. xXx (2002)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

5.9
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48 Metascore

An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 167,646 | Gross: $142.11M

28. Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto

Votes: 87,545 | Gross: $34.67M

29. Colombiana (2011)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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45 Metascore

A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.

Director: Olivier Megaton | Stars: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 88,817 | Gross: $36.67M

30. Gringo (2018)

R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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46 Metascore

GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

Director: Nash Edgerton | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton

Votes: 22,612 | Gross: $4.97M

31. 2 Guns (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Thriller

6.7
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55 Metascore

Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton

Votes: 184,485 | Gross: $75.61M

32. Tango & Cash (1989)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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41 Metascore

Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.

Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance

Votes: 90,239 | Gross: $63.41M

33. The Counsellor (2013)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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48 Metascore

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem

Votes: 92,939 | Gross: $16.97M

34. Machete Kills (2013)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.6
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41 Metascore

The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa PenaVega, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 70,974 | Gross: $8.01M

35. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.4
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56 Metascore

Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 147,084 | Gross: $56.36M

36. The Infiltrator (2016)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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66 Metascore

A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Amy Ryan

Votes: 62,866 | Gross: $15.43M

37. Get Shorty (1995)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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82 Metascore

A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt, and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, John Travolta

Votes: 71,941 | Gross: $72.08M

38. Clear and Present Danger (1994)

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

6.9
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74 Metascore

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida

Votes: 83,118 | Gross: $122.19M

39. Black Lagoon (2006)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company. Tired of the corporate life, he opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped him, becoming part of their gang.

Stars: Megumi Toyoguchi, Daisuke Namikawa, Maryke Hendrikse, Brad Swaile

Votes: 10,116

40. SuperFly (2018)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.1
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52 Metascore

With retirement on his mind, a successful young drug dealer sets up one last big job, while dealing with trigger-happy colleagues and the police.

Director: Director X. | Stars: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis, Michael Kenneth Williams

Votes: 5,169 | Gross: $20.55M

41. Sabotage (2014)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.7
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41 Metascore

Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams

Votes: 56,278 | Gross: $10.51M

42. Snitch (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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51 Metascore

A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Rafi Gavron

Votes: 79,137 | Gross: $42.93M

43. Loving Pablo (2017)

R | 123 min | Action, Biography, Crime

6.3
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42 Metascore

A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo

Votes: 15,082 | Gross: $0.02M

44. Act of Valor (2012)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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40 Metascore

An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh | Stars: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Rorke Denver

Votes: 64,181 | Gross: $70.01M

45. Red Heat (1988)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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61 Metascore

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross

Votes: 60,049 | Gross: $34.99M

46. Hot Pursuit (2015)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.1
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31 Metascore

An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley

Votes: 45,432 | Gross: $34.51M

47. The Hollow Point (2016)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.4
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41 Metascore

A new sheriff of a small town along the U.S. & Mexico border investigates a drug cartel deal that went horribly wrong.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins

Votes: 4,917

48. Toy Soldiers (1991)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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46 Metascore

When terrorists seize control of a boarding school, a group of troublemaking boys decide to resist them.

Director: Daniel Petrie Jr. | Stars: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 18,564 | Gross: $15.07M

49. In the Valley of Elah (2007)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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65 Metascore

A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jonathan Tucker, Jason Patric

Votes: 66,473 | Gross: $6.78M

50. A Man Apart (2003)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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36 Metascore

A man known as Diablo emerges to head a drug cartel after the previous leader is imprisoned.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Vin Diesel, Timothy Olyphant, Larenz Tate, Geno Silva

Votes: 42,783 | Gross: $26.18M



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