“The Godfather” is a classic crime movie that takes us into the world of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family from 1945 to 1955. After surviving an assassination attempt, the family’s youngest son, Michael, steps up to seek revenge on the would-be killers, leading to a brutal and captivating tale. Starring iconic actors like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Diane Keaton, this masterpiece was released on March 14, 1972, and is considered one of the best crime movies of all time.
The Shawshank Redemption
“The Shawshank Redemption” is a gripping crime movie released in 1994. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is wrongly convicted of a double murder in the 1940s. Sentenced to Shawshank prison, Andy uses his accounting skills to gain favor with the corrupt warden. Throughout his time behind bars, he earns the respect of fellow inmates, including an older prisoner named Red, thanks to his unwavering integrity and undying hope. Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and a talented ensemble cast, this film is hailed as one of the best crime movies of all time.
The Godfather Part II
“The Godfather Part II” is a highly acclaimed crime movie that takes us deeper into the Corleone crime family’s story. Set in Sicily and 1910s New York, we witness the rise of a young Vito Corleone. Decades later, his son Michael attempts to expand their empire into Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Cuba. With an incredible cast including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Diane Keaton, this 1974 release is a must-watch for any crime movie enthusiast.
The Dark Knight
“The Dark Knight” is a gripping crime movie that follows Batman as he teams up with Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to eradicate the criminal organizations plaguing Gotham City. With an all-star cast including Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and Michael Caine, this 2008 release takes a thrilling turn when the city falls into chaos due to the Joker’s reign of terror. Get ready for an intense battle between good and evil in this highly acclaimed film.
The Green Mile
“The Green Mile” is a captivating crime movie released on December 10, 1999. Starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, and a talented ensemble cast, the film takes place on death row in a Southern prison. It tells the extraordinary story of John Coffey, a gentle giant with the supernatural ability to heal people’s ailments. As the head guard, Paul Edgecomb, becomes aware of Coffey’s miraculous gift, he desperately tries to prevent the execution of this remarkable man.
“Pulp Fiction” is a critically acclaimed crime movie released in 1994. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stoltz, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, and Maria de Medeiros, this comedic crime caper follows the intertwining stories of a burger-loving hitman, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster’s moll, and a washed-up boxer. With its cleverly crafted narrative that jumps back and forth in time, this film has rightfully earned its place among the 20 best voted crime movies of all time.
“GoodFellas” is a gripping crime movie released in 1990 that tells the true story of Henry Hill, a young Brooklyn boy who becomes involved with a Mafia family. With an incredible cast including Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci, the film takes us on a thrilling journey as Henry rises through the ranks under the guidance of Jimmy Conway. It’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 best voted crime movies of all time!
Once Upon a Time in America
“Once Upon a Time in America” is a captivating crime movie set in Prohibition-era Manhattan. Starring Robert De Niro, James Woods, and Elizabeth McGovern, it follows the story of a former Jewish gangster who returns to his old neighborhood after thirty years. As he confronts the ghosts and regrets of his past life, the film takes us on a thrilling journey through the Lower East Side, filled with suspense, drama, and powerful performances. Released in 1984, this movie is a must-watch for crime movie enthusiasts.
City of God
“City of God” is a gripping crime movie set in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. It follows the diverging paths of two kids, one aspiring to be a photographer and the other becoming a kingpin. Released in 2002, this film features a talented cast including Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, and Alice Braga, and is considered one of the best crime movies of all time.
“Se7en” is a gripping crime movie that follows two detectives, played by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, as they embark on a relentless pursuit of a serial killer who bases his murders on the “seven deadly sins.” Released in 1995, this dark and haunting film takes viewers on a chilling journey from one victim’s tortured remains to the next, while Detective Sommerset meticulously researches each sin to understand the killer’s twisted mind. With a stellar cast including Gwyneth Paltrow and R. Lee Ermey, “Se7en” is a must-watch for fans of thrilling crime dramas.
The Silence of the Lambs
“The Silence of the Lambs” is a gripping crime movie released on February 14, 1991. It follows Clarice Starling, a talented FBI trainee, as she interviews Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant yet deranged psychiatrist imprisoned for his gruesome crimes. With an all-star cast including Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, this film delves into the twisted mind of a psychopath and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Léon: The Professional
“Léon: The Professional” is a gripping crime movie released in 1994. It follows the story of Léon, a highly skilled hitman in New York, who unexpectedly becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old girl named Mathilda after her family is brutally murdered. As Mathilda seeks revenge for her loved ones, she contemplates following in Léon’s footsteps. With an incredible cast including Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, and Gary Oldman, this film is a thrilling and emotional journey into the world of crime and vengeance.
Witness for the Prosecution
“Witness for the Prosecution” is a gripping crime movie released on December 17, 1957. Starring Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, and Elsa Lanchester, the film follows the story of Leonard Vole, who is accused of a sensational murder. With Sir Wilfrid Robarts, played by Charles Laughton, stepping in to defend him despite his fragile health, the courtroom drama becomes even more intense. This classic film is a must-watch for crime movie enthusiasts, offering a difficult case and a stellar cast.
The Usual Suspects
“The Usual Suspects” is a gripping crime movie released in 1995. Set in an L.A. interrogation room, the film follows Verbal Kint as he weaves an incredible tale about a legendary crime lord named Keyser Soze. With an all-star cast including Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, and Benicio del Toro, this thrilling heist story will keep you on the edge of your seat until the explosive finale at San Pedro harbor.
“Joker” is a gripping crime movie that takes us back to the 1980s in Gotham City. It follows the story of a failed stand-up comedian who descends into madness, embracing a life of crime and chaos. With an incredible cast including Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz, this psychopathic crime figure’s journey is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss its release on October 1, 2019!
“The Departed” is a gripping crime movie released on October 4, 2006. Starring an incredible cast including Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, it tells the story of an undercover cop who infiltrates the Irish Mafia in South Boston, only to discover that there’s a mole within both the police force and the syndicate. With intense performances and a thrilling plot, this film keeps you on the edge of your seat as the lines between loyalty and betrayal blur.
The Hate U Give
“The Hate U Give” is a powerful and thought-provoking crime movie that tells the story of Starr, a 16-year-old girl who witnesses her unarmed best friend being shot by a police officer. Caught between her impoverished neighborhood and her suburban prep school, Starr struggles to find her voice and speak her truth. With a talented cast including Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, and Anthony Mackie, this movie sheds light on important social issues and will leave you reflecting long after the credits roll. Don’t miss its release on October 19, 2018.
“Scarface” is a gripping crime movie released on December 9, 1983. Starring Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, and Ángel Salazar, it tells the story of Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who rises to power in Miami’s drug trade. Fueled by his ambition and ruthless nature, Tony becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, but faces increasing pressure from the police, battles with Colombian drug cartels, and his own drug-induced paranoia, leading to his eventual downfall.
“Taxi Driver” is a gripping crime movie released on February 9, 1976. Starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and a talented ensemble cast, it follows the story of a mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran who becomes a taxi driver in New York City. As he navigates the city’s dark underbelly, his obsession with the perceived decadence and sleaze around him fuels his desire for violent action.
“Double Indemnity” is a classic crime movie released in 1944, starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson. Set in California, it tells the gripping story of a wealthy woman and a cunning insurance agent who conspire to murder her husband for a hefty insurance payout. With a backdrop of stunning Californian settings, the duo meticulously plans the perfect murder, aiming to make it look like an accident to claim double the insurance money.
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