Our handpicked list of 10 Best Crime Movies of All Time

Great storylines, great villains and brave heroes make the story-line of a crime movie. Crime movies have always been fascinating and attractive and never fail to grasp our attention. Given below are ten best Crime movies of all time.

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1.    The Godfather (1972)

  • IMDB Rating: 9.2/10
  • Movie Length: 175 minutes
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
  • Gross revenue: $134.97 million

This film is one of the greatest Crime movies ever made. Al Pacino is the face of ‘The Godfather’ series. However, in the first part, it’s Marlon Brando who conquers throughout. Even the second part of Godfather is a must watch, for Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

The story revolves around the head of a very dangerous mafia family named Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). He has decided to pass down his business and empire to Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), the youngest son. This move creates an unfavourable situation in the family and problems arise.

2.    Goodfellas (1990)

  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Movie Length: 148 minutes
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
  • Gross revenue: $46.8 million

Goodfellas is a crime movie that is based on the life of a gangster named Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his relationship with his friends Tommy (Joe Pesci) and James (Robert De Niro) who slowly starts to make their way up to reach the top of the mob. Will Henry allow this or destroy them?

3.    Pulp Fiction (1994)

  • IMDB Rating: 9/10
  • Movie Length: 154 minutes
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actors: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis
  • Gross revenue: $107.93 million

The lives of four people though unrelated are woven together due to circumstances. Two hitmen (men paid to kill someone) Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel Jackson) are given the job to get back their boss Marsellus’s (Ving Rhames) stolen suitcase. Marsellus’s wife is Mia (Uma Thurman) and a boxer (Bruce Willis) who is paid to lose his fights by Marsellus.

A must watch thriller cum crime movie.

4.    Sin City (2005)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 124 minutes
  • Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba
  • Gross revenue: $74.1 million

The storyline of this crime movie revolves around the fact that ‘Sin City’ is crowded with criminals. Four different stories are brought to light. One, a man on a hunt to find his wife’s killer, two, a cop who puts his own life at risk to protect a young girl from the hands of a paedophile man. Three, a man who takes matters into his own hands after getting tired of Sin city’s laws and four, a hitman who wants to make some money.

5.    The Departed (2006)

Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a cop in the disguise of a mob while Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is the mole in the Police department who works with the mob. Both the moles are doing well in their different lives, but when both the police and the mob start doubting the someone in their group is giving them away, both cops must try and unveil each other to save themselves.

6.    No Country for Old Men (2007)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 122 minutes
  • Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson
  • Gross revenue: $74.28 million

Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a hunter comes across a site of dead bodies of drug dealers lying around and decides to keep shun about the matter, fleeing the site with the two million dollars that lay there. Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a killer who murders everyone in the path of him and the money. Now, Moss must be ahead and find a way to get out of the mess before Chigurh catches him and tackle the Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) who is in charge of the investigation.

7.    The Dark Knight (2008)

  • IMDB Rating: 9/10
  • Movie Length: 152 minutes
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Actors: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine
  • Gross revenue: $534.86 million

This series of Batman sees the introduction of the legendary villain ‘The Joker’ (Heath Ledger). The Dark Knight AKA Batman (Christian Bale) is faced with the mental challenge of defeating joker who questions many of the things that Batman believes in. The psychotic villain becomes almost impossible to beat.

This movie is probably one of the best Crime movies and also people’s favourite.

8.    American Hustle (2013)

  • IMDB Rating: 3/10
  • Movie Length: 138 minutes
  • Director: David O Russell
  • Actors: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
  • Gross revenue: $150.12 million

A con man named Irving Rosenfield (Christian Bale) and his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) target various people and cheat them for money. Somehow they are caught by Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), an FBI agent who happens to be one of their victims. He agrees to let them go in return for their help in catching top criminals and sends them into the world of Mafias and criminals.

9.    Prisoners (2013)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 153 minutes
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo
  • Gross revenue: $61 million

A six-year-old girl Anna and her friend go missing, and Anna’s father Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) files a report to the police. The head of the investigation is Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) who along with the police force look for clues and leads but are taking so long that Keller decides to do things his way and goes in search of the missing girls.

Watch as a father fights off criminals to save his little daughter and her friend in this Crime movie.


10.  Gone Girl (2014)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 149 minutes
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  • Gross revenue: $167.77 million

A magazine writer named Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports his wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) missing on their fifth anniversary. As all the media attention shifts on him and the police are also after him day and night, Nick starts to behave strangely and lying making the whole world think if he is the reason for his wife to go missing.

Last on my list is a mind-boggling Crime movie that you have to watch.


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