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The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked 

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Updated September 27, 2019 837 votes 214 voters 18.7k views 38 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite crime movies that feature a love (or steamy) story.

This list contains information on the best crime romance movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best crime romance films come in many forms. Some crime romance movies involve life and death situations while other good crime romance films are about robbing banks. A few of the best crime romance films even took home Academy Awards.

What films will you find on this top crime romance movies list? Natural Born Killers has to be at the top. This 1994 movie – written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Oliver Stone – follows the criminal couple Mickey and Mallory Knox as they wreak havoc on everyone they come in contact with. True Romance – which is another Tarantino-penned screenplay – is also a romantic tale full of felonies and misdemeanors.

Perhaps the film adaptation Bonnie and Clyde is the most iconic portrayal of a criminal couple to ever hit the silver screen. Other good romantic crime movies include Rear Window, Basic Instinct, and Out of Sight.

How will we ever determine which crime romance film is the best? Take a look at this list and give your favorites a thumbs up to make sure they end up in the No. 1 spot.

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Focus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Focus Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro

Released: 2015

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

Focus is a 2015 American romantic dark comedy film written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Rodrigo Santoro, the film was released on ...more
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder

Released: 1967

Directed by: Arthur Penn

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film ...more

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1958

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was ...more

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North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

Released: 1959

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the ...more

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Knight and Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Maggie Grace

Released: 2010

Directed by: James Mangold

Knight and Day, is a 2010 action comedy film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The film, directed by James Mangold, is Cruise and Diaz's second on-screen collaboration following the 2001 ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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True Romance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Tony Scott

True Romance is a 1993 American film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with a supporting cast featuring Dennis ...more

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1954

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Grosse Pointe Blank is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack, Hank Azaria

Released: 1997

Directed by: George Armitage

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The Postman Always Rings... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

Released: 1946

Directed by: Tay Garnett

The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1946 drama-film noir based on the 1934 novel of the same name by James M. Cain. This adaptation of the novel features Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil ...more
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Out of Sight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Out of Sight is a 1998 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The first of several collaborations between Soderbergh and ...more

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Bandits is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, January Jones

Released: 2001

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Bandits is a 2001 American crime-comedy romantic drama film directed by Barry Levinson. It stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett. Filming began in October 2000 and ended in ...more

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The Big Easy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
John Goodman, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1986

Directed by: Jim McBride

The Big Easy is a 1987 American crime drama directed by Jim McBride and written by Daniel Petrie Jr. The film stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, and Ned Beatty. The film was both ...more

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The Mexican is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Gene Hackman

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

The Mexican is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, with a plot that is a mixture of romantic comedy, thriller and road movie. The ...more
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The Score is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Edward Norton

Released: 2001

Directed by: Frank Oz

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American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

Released: 2013

Directed by: David O. Russell

American Hustle is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and ...more

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First Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani

Released: 2019

Directed by: Takashi Miike

First Love (a.k.a. Hatsukoi) is a 2019 British-Japanese drama film directed by Takashi Miike. A young boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota) and a call girl, Monica (Sakurako Konishi) meet one night in ...more
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Mickey Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Hugh Grant, James Caan, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kelly Makin

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The Whole Nine Yards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

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Breathless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Jean Seberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Paul Belmondo

Released: 1960

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard

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Intolerable Cruelty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Villains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Romance Movies, Ranked
Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen

Villains is a 2019 American comedy-comedy horror film directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. Two homeowners (Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick) have a secret lurking in their basement that ...more