Film The Very Best Crime Shows and Movies, Ranked  

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In need of a crime show or movie to check out? Whenever you're in the mood to watch some bad people pull off some really bad crimes, you might stroll over to your TV and find a movie or a show to watch on the subject. The problem is, there are hundreds of outstanding examples of crime movies and television series to watch, not to mention some you'll want to skip. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide on watching one or the other: a movie or a TV show. This list aims to help you make that decision by ranking the very best in crime shows and movies.

If some of the crime shows and movies about crime on this list aren't familiar to you, there are a few sprinkled in that are a bit older you may recognize. The list compiles crime series and and top crime films that are similar to help identify others you may like. For instance, if you're a fan of The Godfather, odds are you'll also enjoy watching HBO's The Sopranos. Are you a fan of The Silence of the Lambs because you can't get enough Hannibal Lecter? If that's the case, then you might want to check out NBC's take on the character in their hit series Hannibal.

How will we ever determine which newer movies and shows about crime deserves the top spot on this list? You can help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good movies or shows missing from the list.

The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Crime Shows and Movies, Ranked
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The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn, the film is based on Thomas Harris' 1988 novel of the same name, his second to feature Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. In the film, Clarice Starling, a young U.S. FBI trainee, seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Lecter to apprehend another serial killer, known only as "Buffalo Bill". The Silence of the Lambs was released on February 14, 1991, and grossed $272.7 million worldwide against its $19 million budget. It was only the third film, the other two ...more on Wikipedia

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Crime Shows and Movies, Ranked
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The Godfather


The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family, the story spans the years 1945-55, concentrating on the transformation of Michael Corleone from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss while chronicling the Corleones under the patriarch Vito. Based on Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name, The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema—and as one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre. Ranked second to Citizen Kane by the American Film ...more on Wikipedia

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Crime Shows and Movies, Ranked
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The Departed


The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, with Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles. A critical and commercial success, the film won several awards, including four Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Wahlberg was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The film takes place in Boston. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello plants Colin Sullivan as a mole ...more on Wikipedia

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Crime Shows and Movies, Ranked
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Seven


Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin Spacey in supporting roles. It was directed by David Fincher based on a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker. The newly transferred David Mills and the soon-to-retire William Somerset are homicide detectives who become deeply involved in the case of a sadistic serial killer whose meticulously planned murders correspond to the seven deadly sins: gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and envy. The film was released in the United States on September 22, 1995. Grossing $327 million at the box office ...more on Wikipedia

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