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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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I Don't Feel at Home in This W... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized i don't feel at home in this world anymore.) is a 2017 comedy crime thriller film written and directed by Macon Blair. A nurse, Ruth ...more
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The Mule is listed (or ranked) 2 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 Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss
The Kitchen is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Andrea Berloff, based on the comic book miniseries by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. After the FBI arrests their Irish mobster ...more
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Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany
Destroyer is a 2018 crime thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama. A police detective (Nicole Kidman) reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make
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White Boy Rick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Richie Merritt, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern
White Boy Rick is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Yann Demange. The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the ...more
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Sicario is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Joker is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Death of Dick Long is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland
The Death of Dick Long is a 2019 black comedy-drama film directed and produced by Daniel Scheinert. Zeke & Earl (Michael Abbott, Jr. & Andre Hyland) attempt to cover up the death of ...more
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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Aaron Paul, Charles Baker
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a 2019 drama film directed by Vince Gilligan, based on the television series Breaking Bad. Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) pursues freedom after escaping from his ...more
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Den of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Motherless Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
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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In the Shadow of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gay Harden
Point Blank is a 2019 action thriller directed by Joe Lynch and a remake of the 2010 film of the same name.
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Trial by Fire is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
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) 17 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila
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) 18 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles
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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Earthquake Bird is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi
Earthquake Bird is a 2019 American mystery film directed by Wash Westmoreland, based on the novel of the same name by Susanna Jones. In 1989 Toyko, Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander) is a young female ...more
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbin... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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American Made is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Elle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Elle is a 2016 French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian. A businesswoman, Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert), is raped in ...more
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Widows is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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