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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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You Were Never Really Here is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Imperium is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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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Live by Night is listed (or ranked) 4 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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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Mule is listed (or ranked) 6 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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American Animals is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Triple 9 is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 10 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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White Boy Rick is listed (or ranked) 11 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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I Don't Feel at Home in This W... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 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 Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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
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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Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 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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Den of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Trial by Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Dragged Across Concrete is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Free Fire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson
Free Fire is a 2016 British action-comedy film directed by Ben Wheatley. Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James
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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Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 25 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