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The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated February 21, 2020 555 votes 62 voters 3.7k views 69 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite crime movies that were released on or after January, 1 2015.

Current crime movies come in multiple forms. Many are dramas, but a few have a more comedic twist. Some offer a lot of hard-hitting action, while the new neo-noir movies generate psychological suspense. They cover robberies, cyber crimes, drug dealing, kidnapping, and just about every other illegal activity under the sun. Individually and collectively, these motion pictures take us to dark places that we couldn't - and probably wouldn't - want to go otherwise. Getting a peek at the criminal lifestyle from a safe perspective offers a cinematic rush like no other. Oftentimes, such films remind us that good can triumph over evil, too. 

As a testament to how strong modern crime movies are, just look at the caliber of talent they attract. Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Gosling, and Brie Larson are just a few of the A-list actors who have appeared in recent examples.  Major stars have signed on because they know these can be powerful stories worth telling.

Vote for your favorites from this list of new crime movies. If you don't see your favorite included here, go ahead and add it. Don't forget to check back to see how other users rank your choice. 

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Knives Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Knives Out is a 2019 mystery film directed by Rian Johnson. When wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead during his birthday party, Detective Benoit Blanc ...more
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Uncut Gems is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel

Released: 2019

Directed by: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

Uncut Gems is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a jewelry store owner and gambler, must find a way to pay off his debts before ...more
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Den of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Curtis Jackson, Pablo Schreiber

Released: 2018

Directed by: Christian Gudegast

Den of Thieves is a 2018 American heist action thriller film directed by Christian Gudegast. A corrupt LAPD cop (Gerard Butler) is hellbent on taking down en elite crew of robbers as they plan a ...more
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The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery

Released: 2020

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

The Gentlemen (a.k.a. Toff Guys and Bush) is a 2020 American crime comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie. A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of ...more
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The Night Clerk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas, Helen Hunt

Released: 2020

Directed by: Michael Cristofer

The Night Clerk is a 2020 American crime drama film directed by Michael Cristofer. A Voyeuristic front desk clerk (Tye Sheridan) at a hotel becomes a person of interest in a murder that takes ...more
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Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Released: 2019

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics character. In 1981, a failed stand-up comedian (Joaquin Phoenix) is driven insane, turning to a life ...more
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21 Bridges is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James

Released: 2019

Directed by: Brian Kirk

21 Bridges is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Brian Kirk. An expertly trained NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) locks down the city of New York in order for him and the other ...more
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Trial by Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade

Released: 2019

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Trial by Fire is a 2019 American biographical drama directed by Edward Zwick, based on the article "Trial by Fire" by David Grann. Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O'Connell) is executed ...more
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John Wick: Chapter 3 - P... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski, and the third film in the John Wick series. Still on the run following his ...more
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Sicario is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin

Released: 2015

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Sicario is a 2015 American crime-thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve. An idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against ...more
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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It is a sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. Legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) ...more
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Three Billboards Outside... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2017

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 American drama film directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her ...more
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Sicario: Day of the Sold... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener

Directed by: Stefano Sollima

Soldado is a 2018 American action crime-thriller film directed by Stefano Sollima, and the sequel to 2015's Sicario. After discovering drug cartels smuggling terrorists across the US border, the ...more
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Motherless Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Released: 2019

Directed by: Edward Norton

Motherless Brooklyn is a 2019 crime drama film directed by Edward Norton, based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem. A private investigator (Edward Norton) with Tourette ...more
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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 2019

Directed by: Casey Affleck

Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey Affleck) and his young daughter (Anna Pniowsky) find themselves trapped in the woods.
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The Bouncer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila

Released: 2019

Directed by: Julien Leclercq

The Bouncer is a 2018 French action thriller film directed by Julien Leclercq. Struggling through life to raise his young daughter, an aging nightclub bouncer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is asked by ...more
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Dragged Across Concrete ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles

Released: 2019

Directed by: S. Craig Zahler

Dragged Across Concrete is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by S. Craig Zahler. After getting suspended for their strong-arm tactics, a veteran policeman (Mel Gibson) and his ...more
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American Made is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson

Directed by: Doug Liman

American Made (previously known as Mena) is a biographical criminal drama-thriller film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli, and starring Tom Cruise. The film is based on the life ...more
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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat

Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier

Green Room is a 2015 American horror-thriller film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. It focuses on a punk band who find themselves attacked by neo-Nazi skinheads after witnessing a murder ...more
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The Mule is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña

Released: 2018

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

The Mule is a 2018 American crime film directed by Clint Eastwood. Leo Sharp (Clint Eastwood), a 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran, is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine ...more
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Widows is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Widows is a 2018 heist thriller film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1983 TV series. Four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish ...more
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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble ...more
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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

Released: 2016

Directed by: Shane Black

The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film focuses on a private eye and a tough enforcer who team up to investigate ...more
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Heist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth

Directed by: Scott Mann

Heist, originally titled Bus 657, is a 2015 American crime thriller film directed by Scott Mann. The plot of the film revolves around a casino heist by a sick daughter's father, who has to pay ...more