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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.

The Coen Brothers' Fargo is a fantastic crime drama that is as slyly funny as it is suspenseful. Pulp Fiction is another film that appears on this list of the top crime drama movies on Netflix. Told in three parts, some of the crimes featured in this film include robberies, murders, and going medieval on at least one deserving scumbag.

Classic crime dramas like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Chinatown are streaming on Netflix Instant. There's also Serpico, a devastating true story that contains one of Al Pacino's best performances.

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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Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover Witness is a 1985 American thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The screenplay by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, and Earl W. Wallace focuses on a ...more

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Serpico Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy Serpico is a 1973 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer ...more

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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more

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Fargo 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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The Girl Who Played with Fire Noomi Rapace, Per Oscarsson, Lena Endre The Girl Who Played with Fire is a 2009 Swedish thriller film directed by Daniel Alfredson, and the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is based on the best-selling novel of the same ...more

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Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a thief who starts shooting footage of ...more

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City of God Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Out of the Furnace Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe Out of the Furnace is a 2013 American thriller film, directed by Scott Cooper, from a screenplay written by Cooper and Brad Ingelsby. Produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film ...more

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Swedish author/journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book in the trilogy known as ...more

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The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. ...more

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In Bruges Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith In Bruges is a 2008 British-American crime-black comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph ...more

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Lawless Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf Lawless is a 2012 American crime drama film directed by John Hillcoat. The screenplay by Nick Cave is based on the historical novel The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant. The film ...more

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Three Kings George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube Three Kings is a 1999 satirical war-comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a gold heist that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against ...more

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The Iceman James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans The Iceman is an American crime thriller film based on the true story of longtime notorious hitman Richard Kuklinski. Released in 2013 at the Venice Film Festival, the film was directed by Ariel ...more

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Heavenly Creatures Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme murder case in ...more

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Rounders Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Famke Janssen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Rounders is a 1998 American crime drama film about the underground world of high-stakes poker, directed by John Dahl, and starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. The film follows two friends who ...more

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True Grit John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn; Wayne won his only ...more

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Bronson Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton, James Lance Bronson is a 2008 British fictionalised biographical psychological drama film co-written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Tom Hardy. The film follows the life of notorious ...more

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Lord of War Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke Lord of War is a 2005 crime war film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol and co-produced by and starring Nicolas Cage. It was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, ...more

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Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine Bernie is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is ...more

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The Score Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Edward Norton The Score is a 2001 crime thriller film directed by Frank Oz, and stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando in his final film role. It was the only time that Brando ...more

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The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was ...more

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Devil's Knot 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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The Gift Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. ...more

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Cop Land Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry Cop Land is a 1997 American crime drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The supporting cast features ...more

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The American George Clooney, Violante Placido, Isabelle Adriani The American is a 2010 suspense thriller film written by Rowan Joffe and directed by Anton Corbijn.

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Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Juice is a 1992 American crime drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast ...more

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The Bling Ring Lindsay Lohan, Emma Watson, Paris Hilton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Bling Ring is a 2013 American satirical crime film based on actual events. Written, directed and produced by Sofia Coppola, it features an ensemble cast including newcomers Israel Broussard, ...more

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Casino Jack Kevin Spacey, Kelly Preston, Rachelle Lefevre Casino Jack is a 2010 action thriller comedy film starring Kevin Spacey and directed by George Hickenlooper. The film focuses on the career of Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack ...more

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London Boulevard Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, Ray Winstone London Boulevard is a 2010 British film noir released in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2010. It is based on Ken Bruen's 2001 novel of the same name, with screenplay and direction by William ...more

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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Filth James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell Filth is a 2013 British crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Jon S. Baird, based on Irvine Welsh's novel Filth. The film was released on 27 September 2013 in Scotland, 4 October 2013 ...more

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Get the Gringo Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris How I Spent My Summer Vacation is a 2011 action-drama film directed by Adrian Grunberg.

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The Advocate Colin Firth, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasence The Hour of the Pig is a 1993 British/French film by writer/director Leslie Megahey, produced by the BBC. The film stars Colin Firth, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasence, Nicol Williamson, Jim Carter and ...more

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Side Effects Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, ...more

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The Virgin Suicides Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh ...more

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Child of God James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack Child of God is a 2013 American crime-drama film co-written and directed by James Franco, and starring Scott Haze, based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. It was selected to be ...more

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Glengarry Glen Ross Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name, and directed by James Foley. The film depicts two days ...more

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Frontera Eva Longoria, Ed Harris, Michael Peña Frontera is a 2014 drama film directed by Michael Berry.

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The Grifters Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E. ...more

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Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained is a 2012 western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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The Yards Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix The Yards is a 2000 American crime film directed by James Gray. It was written by Gray and Matt Reeves, and stars Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron and James Caan. The setting is ...more

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Tsotsi Ian Roberts, Rapulana Seiphemo, Jerry Mofokeng Tsotsi is a 2005 film directed by Gavin Hood and produced by Peter Fudakowski. It is also an adaptation of the novel Tsotsi, by Athol Fugard and a South African/UK co-production . The soundtrack ...more

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City of Men Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen City of Men is a 2007 Brazilian drama film directed by Paulo Morelli. The screenplay was written by Elena Soarez based on a story by Morelli and Soarez. It is a film version of the TV series ...more

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Rogue Trader Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Tim McInnerny Rogue Trader is a 1999 drama film directed by James Dearden about former derivatives broker Nick Leeson and the 1995 collapse of Barings Bank. Based on Leeson's 1996 book Rogue Trader: How I ...more