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The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated August 4, 2020 952 votes 99 voters 4.7k views 67 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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John Wick: Chapter 3 - P... is listed (or ranked) 1 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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John Wick: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Joker is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Released: 2017

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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Three Billboards Outside... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Knives Out is listed (or ranked) 6 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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American Made is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Sicario: Day of the Sold... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Mule is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Accountant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

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 Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Den of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Uncut Gems is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Murder on the Orient Exp... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2017

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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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Heist is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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Widows is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Infiltrator is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt

Directed by: Brad Furman

The Infiltrator is a 2016 American crime drama film directed by Brad Furman and written by Ellen Brown Furman. The film is based on the autobiography of the same name by Robert Mazur, a U.S. ...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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White Boy Rick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Richie Merritt, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern

Released: 2018

Directed by: Yann Demange

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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Triple Frontier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Adria Arjona

Released: 2019

Directed by: J. C. Chandor

Triple Frontier is a 2019 American adventure crime-drama film directed by J. C. Chandor. Loyalties are tested when five friends reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a ...more
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21 Bridges is listed (or ranked) 22 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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You Were Never Really He... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette

Released: 2017

Directed by: Lynne Ramsay

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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In the Shadow of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Crime Movies of the Last Few Years
Boyd Holbrook, Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jim Mickle

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Motherless Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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