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The Best Criminal Biopics

Updated June 21, 2019 3.3k votes 458 voters 33.2k views32 items

List RulesVote up the best biographical movies about any type of criminal, white collar to violent.

Plenty of big names appear on this list of the best criminal biopics. We have famous actors playing famous criminals, and famous directors lurking behind the scenes, bringing the gritty lives of these crime legends to the silver screen.

Any discussion of criminal biopics has to start with Martin Scorsese and Goodfellas. The story of real-life mobster Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, tells the story of an epic heist for which one of the participants was just put on trial in 2015.


Leonardo Dicaprio appears on this list as real-life con man Frank Abagnale in the film
Catch Me If You Can. The film was a hit with fans and critics, and not least, with Frank Abagnale himself. Other notable actor-criminal pairings on this list of the top criminal biopics include Johnny Depp as John Dillinger in Public Enemies, Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas in American Gangster, and Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Vote up the best criminal biopics below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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