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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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Sicario is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Joker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
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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Three Billboards Outside... 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 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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John Wick: Chapter 3 - P... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 5 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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American Made is listed (or ranked) 6 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
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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne
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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The Mule is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery
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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Den of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Curtis Jackson, Pablo Schreiber
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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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Widows is listed (or ranked) 12 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 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
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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You Were Never Really He... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B
Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
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Money Monster is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 18 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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21 Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James
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) 20 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade
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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Knives Out is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield
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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Good Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Good Time is a 2017 American crime-drama film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh and Ronald Bronstein. Constantine "Connie" Nikas goes through a dangerous and ...more
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In the Shadow of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Boyd Holbrook, Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman
In the Shadow of the Moon is a 2019 American political thriller directed by Jim Mickle.
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Murder on the Orient Exp... 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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Black Mass is listed (or ranked) 25 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