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1. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 931,389 | Gross: $136.80M

2. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 118,320 | Gross: $34.47M

3. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

8.0
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61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 88,536 | Gross: $4.18M

4. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime

7.5
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68 Metascore

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

Votes: 91,580 | Gross: $52.93M

5. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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34 Metascore

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney

Votes: 239,593 | Gross: $73.34M

6. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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58 Metascore

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 105,658 | Gross: $53.27M

7. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
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80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 161,057 | Gross: $20.17M

8. Dogma (1999)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort

Votes: 192,955 | Gross: $30.65M

9. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 111,829 | Gross: $3.80M

10. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 118,513 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Monster's Ball (2001)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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69 Metascore

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher

Votes: 76,277 | Gross: $31.25M

12. The Life of David Gale (2003)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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31 Metascore

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Cleo King

Votes: 97,561 | Gross: $19.59M

13. Capote (2005)

R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Votes: 111,893 | Gross: $28.75M

14. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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80 Metascore

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 79,426 | Gross: $39.39M

15. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.2
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Votes: 130,850 | Gross: $0.01M

16. In Cold Blood (1967)

R | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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.

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

Votes: 21,128

17. Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Horror

4.1
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A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.

Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, Thomas Noguchi

Votes: 5,384 | Gross: $35.00M

18. Night of the Creeps (1986)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

Votes: 16,830 | Gross: $0.59M

19. His Girl Friday (1940)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 45,885

20. 88 Minutes (2007)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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17 Metascore

On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Ben McKenzie, Leelee Sobieski

Votes: 69,844 | Gross: $16.93M

21. True Crime (1999)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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65 Metascore

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, LisaGay Hamilton, James Woods

Votes: 28,103 | Gross: $16.64M

22. Stone Cold (1991)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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A tough Alabama cop is blackmailed by the FBI into going undercover in a violent Mississippi biker gang.

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe, Arabella Holzbog

Votes: 5,879 | Gross: $9.29M

23. Anna and the King (1999)

PG-13 | 148 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.7
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56 Metascore

The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Jodie Foster, Yun-Fat Chow, Bai Ling, Tom Felton

Votes: 33,185 | Gross: $39.26M

24. The Chamber (1996)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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45 Metascore

A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Robert Prosky

Votes: 11,326 | Gross: $14.55M

25. The Lazarus Project (2008)

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

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.

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

Votes: 15,573

26. The Weight of Water (2000)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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45 Metascore

A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of ... See full summary »

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Elizabeth Hurley

Votes: 8,213 | Gross: $0.10M

27. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 18,585 | Gross: $1.21M

28. The Seventh Sign (1988)

R | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.9
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Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.

Director: Carl Schultz | Stars: Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Jürgen Prochnow, Peter Friedman

Votes: 11,350 | Gross: $18.88M

29. Where to Invade Next (2015)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.6
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64 Metascore

To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Johnny Fancelli, Christina Fancelli, Lorena Lardini

Votes: 19,360 | Gross: $3.82M

30. Infamous (2006)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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68 Metascore

While researching his novel "In Cold Blood", Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

Director: Douglas McGrath | Stars: Toby Jones, Daniel Craig, Sandra Bullock, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 15,178 | Gross: $1.15M

31. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 5,862

32. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 14,242 | Gross: $0.22M

33. Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)

Not Rated | 115 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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Mankind is dying. Only one man can do anything about it, Space Captain Harlock, but the Gaia Coalition will stop at nothing to end him.

Director: Shinji Aramaki | Stars: Yû Aoi, Jessica Boone, Ayano Fukuda, Arata Furuta

Votes: 10,163

34. Return to Paradise (1998)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.9
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54 Metascore

Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad

Votes: 12,371 | Gross: $8.29M

35. Compulsion (1959)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 4,921

36. Helter Skelter (1976 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 194 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: George DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe, Marilyn Burns

Votes: 2,875

38. Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Drama, Crime

5.9
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

Votes: 3,319

39. Witchfinder General (1968)

Unrated | 86 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

6.9
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A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter.

Director: Michael Reeves | Stars: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Hilary Heath

Votes: 7,419

40. 10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood

Votes: 6,188

41. Scarlet Street (1945)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.9
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When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 11,560

42. Krótki film o zabijaniu (1988)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Votes: 13,347

43. Super Fuzz (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

6.4
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Red powder from a nuclear explosion gives a police officer super powers as long as he doesn't see anything red. He is eventually framed for murder and is unsuccessfully executed by many different methods.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Terence Hill, Ernest Borgnine, Joanne Dru, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 5,633

44. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 4,896

45. Rampage (1987)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime, then drank their blood. He escapes, though, and starts killing again.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Nicholas Campbell, Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Votes: 1,682 | Gross: $0.80M

46. Prison (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.9
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47 Metascore

The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Lincoln Kilpatrick

Votes: 3,180 | Gross: $0.35M

47. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown

Votes: 10,858 | Gross: $7.14M

48. Seed (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

3.0
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After a seemingly undead man is bound and buried alive, he digs himself back to the surface and seeks bloody vengeance on those who caused him his suffering.

Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Michael Paré, Will Sanderson, Ralf Moeller, Jodelle Ferland

Votes: 6,274

49. The Ruling Class (1972)

R | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.5
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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Hugh Owens

Votes: 5,125

50. The Onion Field (1979)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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An LA police officer is murdered in the onion fields outside of Bakersfield. However, legal loopholes could keep his kidnappers from receiving justice, and his partner is haunted by overwhelming survivor's guilt.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales, Ted Danson

Votes: 3,919 | Gross: $9.89M