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Are you wearing a wire? These are the best crime dramas on Netflix, ranked by movie lovers. From mob movies to heist films, crime movies are some of the most popular films of all time, and the crime dramas streaming on Netflix include all time classics and modern masterworks. This list of Netflix crime dramas shows how the criminal underworld can be the perfect backdrop for edgy morality plays that pack plenty of entertainment value.

Classic crime dramas like The Godfather trilogy are streaming on Netflix Instant. Looking for just the right film about crime, criminals, and cops? You'll find plenty of great movies on this list of Netflix crime dramas. Your votes determine the best crime dramas on Netflix, though, so vote up or vote down all the films you've seen and use this list as a guide to the ones you haven't. And if we missed any great movies, go ahead and add them.

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The Interview is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Hugo Weaving, Michael Caton, Aaron Jeffery
The Interview is a 1998 Australian thriller film from writer-director Craig Monahan, and is the first of two films directed by Monahan. Almost the entire film takes place in a police ...more
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Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris
Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of ...more
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Devil's Knot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Stephen Moyer
Devil's Knot is a 2012 crime, drama, thriller and biography film written by Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson and Mark Sevi and directed by Atom Egoyan.
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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
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. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) ...more
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The Intent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Dylan Duffus, Scorcher, Shone Romulus
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The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates
The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) attempt to track down and ...more
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Hold the Dark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, James Bloor
Hold the Dark is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier, based on the novel by William Giraldi. After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell ...more
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Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo
Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a person ...more
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Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle
Brooklyn's Finest is a 2009 American film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C. Martin. The film stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes. The film was ...more
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Triple Frontier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Adria Arjona
Triple Frontier is a 2019 American adventure crime-drama film directed by J. C. Chandor. Loyalties are tested when five friends reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a ...more
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Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling
The Place Beyond the Pines is a 2012 drama film directed by Derek Cianfrance. In 1997, Luke Glanton (Gosling) is a motorcycle stuntman. In Schenectady, New York, Luke reunites with his ex-lover ...more
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Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham
Collateral is a 2004 American neo-noir 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 driver who ...more
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Small Crimes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gary Cole, Molly Parker
Small Crimes is a 2017 crime-drama film directed by Evan Katz, adapted from the novel of the same name by Dave Zeltserman. The film stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Joe Denton, a former cop ...more
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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster
Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-western heist-crime film directed by David Mackenzie. The film follows two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who carry out a series of bank robberies ...more
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Bordertown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen, Antonio Banderas
Bordertown is a 2006 American drama motion picture, written and directed by Gregory Nava and executive produced by David Bergstein, Cary Epstein, Barbara Martinez-Jitner, and Tracee ...more
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Deuces is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Deuces La La Anthony, Lance Gross, Larenz Tate

Assigned to go undercover to take down an impenetrable crime ring, a detective finds himself falling under the sway of its enigmatic leader.

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Ricardo Darín, Mariano Argento, Soledad Villamil
The Secret in Their Eyes is a 2009 Argentine crime thriller film directed, produced and edited by Juan José Campanella and written by Eduardo Sacheri and Campanella, based on Sacheri's ...more
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American Heist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster
American Heist is a 2014 American independent action film by Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan, based on the 1959 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery directed by Charles Guggenheim and John ...more
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Anon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore
Anon is a 2018 science fiction thriller film directed by Andrew Niccol. In a world without anonymity or crime, a detective (Clive Owen) meets a woman (Amanda Seyfried) who threatens their
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Close is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nélisse, Eoin Macken
Close is a 2019 British-American action thriller film directed by Vicky Jewson. To protect an heiress (Sophie Nélisse) from highly trained kidnappers, a lone security expert (Noomi ...more
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Charlie Countryman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant

A young American falls hard for a Romanian cellist whose father has recently died -- and whose violent past could bring about his own demise.

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The Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard
The Forgotten is a 2004 American science fiction psychological thriller drama film, directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julianne Moore and Dominic West. The film's plot revolves around a woman ...more
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Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant

When a young boxer he's been mentoring turns up dead, Vietnam veteran Frank Vega hits the streets with his new partner, Bernie, to get revenge.

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Amok is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Dramas on Netflix Instant
"A man is bombarding his environment by throwing everything he owns out of his balcony. The peace is only short-lasting, until a fly starts to trouble him again." Quoting the synopsis ...more