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The best crime movies are listed below. These movies are similar to cop films but concentrate on the criminal's storyline rather than the cop's. All crime movies can be rated and imported into your own list of crime films. The greatest crime films list can be sorted by title, director, year, or actor. Some of of the movies on this crime films list are old classics, and some of the crime films deal with new themes and technology. Each entry in the list of crime movies can be voted on, so chose which is the best crime movie out there or add a new film to the crime films list.

If you're looking for the top crime thrillers or crime dramas, you have to start with popular  mafia classics, like The Godfather and Goodfellas. Featuring some of the best films of all time, other good crime movies include The Departed, The Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, and Scarface. Looking for action movies about crime? Check out Heat and Léon: The Professional, both contenders for top ten crime films.

What are some other best movies featuring criminals? This list of crime movies will answer that question.

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
but chickens double d added Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
but chickens double d added Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...more

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff, Paul Muni Scarface is a 1932 American gangster film starring Paul Muni, produced by Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks, directed by Hawks and Richard Rosson, and based on Armitage Trail's 1929 novel of the ...more

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods Casino is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
srjthnk added Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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American History X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo American History X is a 1998 American crime drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, ...more

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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film ...more

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
but chickens double d added Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District ...more

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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington Training Day is a 2001 American crime thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics ...more

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir crime film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables is a 1987 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent ...more

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter ...more

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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast ...more

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West ...more

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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen Carlito's Way is a 1993 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David ...more

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...more

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
but chickens double d added Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more

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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman Road to Perdition is a 2002 American crime thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
but chickens double d added Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
slaft added Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as maverick cop Harry Callahan after the 1971 film Dirty Harry. Ted Post, who also directed Eastwood in the ...more

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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorcé and unemployed ...more

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir crime thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. ...more

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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham Collateral is a 2004 American neo-noir crime film directed by Michael Mann from a screenplay written by Stuart Beattie, and starring Tom Cruise as a contract killer and Jamie Foxx as a taxi ...more

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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson True Romance is a 1993 American romantic crime film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with a supporting cast ...more

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas Traffic is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a ...more

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
but chickens double d added George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
but chickens double d added Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons Sergeant Warren Reed is a fictional character from the film series RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop 3.

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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to ...more

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Payback is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello Payback is a 1999 American action crime film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello and David Paymer. It was based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E. ...more

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North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who ...more

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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment of Warner Bros.' ...more

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American crime film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released ...more

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Monster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne Monster is a 2003 crime drama film about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for killing six men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was ...more

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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a crime-ridden United ...more

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City of God is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made
Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton Menace II Society is a 1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Set in South Central Los Angeles, the film follows the life of a hoodlum named ...more