Entertainment The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years  

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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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Black Mass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons
Black Mass is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Cooper, based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by ...more
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Sicario is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin
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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Three Billboards Outside Ebbin... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 film directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her Missouri town ...more
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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal
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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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
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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Widows is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland
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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Sicario: Day of the Soldado is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener
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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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat
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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Triple 9 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie
Triple 9 is a 2016 American crime thriller film directed by John Hillcoat. A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet ...more
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American Animals is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner
American Animals is a 2018 British-American crime drama film directed by Bart Layton. Rebelling against their suburban upbringing, childhood friends Spencer (Barry Keoghan) and Warren (Evan ...more
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You Were Never Really Here is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette
You Were Never Really Here is a 2017 thriller film directed by Lynne Ramsay, based on the novella by Jonathan Ames. A traumatized veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks down missing girls for a ...more
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The Mule is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña
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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Live by Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson
Live by Night is a 2016 American crime film written, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the story ...more
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Imperium is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts
Imperium is a 2016 American thriller film, written and directed by Daniel Ragussis. Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe) is an FBI agent working to uncover terrorist plots. He infiltrates a white ...more
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Elle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Elle is a 2016 international psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by David Birke, based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian. Djian's novel was released in 2012 and ...more
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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons
The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O'Connor. The film follows a highly-functioning autistic small-town certified public accountant (Ben Affleck) who makes ...more
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Heist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth
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
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Blackhat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Archie Kao
Blackhat is a 2015 American action thriller mystery film co-written, co-produced and directed by Michael Mann. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, and Wang ...more
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True Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones
True Story is a 2015 American drama film, directed by Rupert Goold and written by David Kajganich. Based on the memoir by Michael Finkel, the film stars Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, ...more
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Point Break is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, Édgar Ramírez
Point Break is a 2015 action film directed by Ericson Core.
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Money Monster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell
Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster. Financial TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) are put in an extreme situation when ...more
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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe
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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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabel... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ruby Rose
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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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh. When a murder happens onboard a train, Detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) must race ...more
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American Made is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson
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