100 Greatest Hollywood Crime Movies

Top 100 Hollywood Crime Movies

100 Greatest Hollywood Crime Movies
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The crime genre covers varied aspects related to crime in films. This article showcases a diverse list of the best Hollywood Crime movies.

In a broad perspective the crime genre brings to life a plethora of elements related to crime and detection of crime. The genre often includes aspects of other genres such as mystery, suspense, noir or drama. A number of crime movies showcase the mafia and gangsters or individuals in the world of crime associated with gangs, drug cartels and the mafia. Crime movies may also include elements of comedy in films. While majority of crime movies are fictional accounts, a significant number of crime films are also based on adaptations or plays or novels. Over the years filmmakers have made impactful movies in this genre inspired by true life incidents related to crime and violence.

The characters portrayed in crime movies are often raw and evoke varied reactions from audiences.

An important aspect in this genre is the use of flashbacks associated with the crime-related happenings or how the crime unfolds. Over the years crime movies have showcased some of most powerful dialogues and lines in movie history. Filmmakers bring to life elements of courtroom drama and investigation procedures encompassed with flashbacks in a stylistic manner. Audiences are able to relate to crime movies because of the strong emotional connect portrayed through characters.

Different elements showcased in crime movies are

  • Crime Scenes
  • Courtroom Drama
  • Investigators
  • Cops
  • Suspense
  • Detectives
  • Gangsters
  • Heist
  • Jury
  • Murder
  • Mafia
  • Special Agents
  • Flashbacks
  • Testimonies
  • Accused
  • Mystery
  • Lawyers
  • Witnesses
  • Noir
  • Convicts

While crime movie genre may not have a large fan base globally, a number of crime films have attained a cult status among movie aficionados. The element of intrigue and nail-biting moments in different types crime movies have left audiences speechless. While it is difficult to categorize different types of films related to crime, the genre is often associated with different subgenres

Different subgenres of Crime Movies are

  • Crime Drama
  • Crime Thriller
  • Gangster Film
  • Crime Comedy
  • Mystery Film
  • Hood Film
  • Biographical Crime
  • Yakuza Film
  • Legal Drama
  • Mafia Film
  • Police Procedural
  • Heist Film
  • Film Noir

Many filmmakers make crime movies mixing elements from the aforementioned genres. While some movies in this genre are slow-paced and build up towards a riveting climax, majority of movies in the crime genre movie at a rapid pace going back and forth through flashback sequences. A number of crime movies have nail biting moments often associated with thrillers. Movies that have investigators, police and detectives solving cases and detecting crimes are popular with global audiences. In recent years, thriller movies and crime movies on Netflix have become exceedingly popular with movie buffs globally.  Not many crime movies have attained box office success, however, a number of crime movies have a cult following globally.

 The lines below showcase a diverse list of crime films and crime related movies from its associated sub genres.  

100 Greatest Crime Movies of Hollywood

  1. Scarface (1983)
  2. The Godfather (1972)
  3. On the Waterfront (1954)
  4. Donnie Brasco (1997)
  5. The Godfather Part 2 (1974)
  6. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  7. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  8. Good Fellas (1990)
  9. The Untouchables (1987)
  10. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  11. Sin City (2005)
  12. American Gangster (2007)
  13. True Romance (1993)
  14. The French Connection (1971)
  15. Road to Perdition (2002)
  16. Carlito’s Way (1993)
  17. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  18. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  19. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  20. The Departed (2006)
  21. Touch of Evil (1958)
  22. Mystic River (2003)
  23. Collateral (2004)
  24. Memento (2000)
  25. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  26. Taxi Driver (1976)
  27. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  28. The Godfather: Part 3 (1990)
  29. Gangs of New York (2002)
  30. Heat (1995)
  31. Blow (2001)
  32. Chinatown (1974)
  33. Inside Man (2006)
  34. The Town (2010)
  35. A History of Violence (2005)
  36. Casino (1995)
  37. The Sting (1973)
  38. Snatch (2000)
  39. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  40. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  41. Drive (2011)
  42. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  43. Eastern Promises (2007)
  44. End of Watch (2012)
  45. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  46. Blood In Blood Out (1993)
  47. King of New York (1990)
  48. Menace II Society (1993)
  49. Fargo (1996)
  50. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  51. A Bronx Tale (1993)
  52. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  53. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  54. Zodiac (2007)
  55. Miller's Crossing (1990)
  56. American Me (1992)
  57. The Green Mile (1999)
  58. Dial M For Murder (1954)
  59. Sleepers (1996)
  60. Training Day (2001)
  61. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  62. Jackie Brown (1997)
  63. The Big Sleep (1946)
  64. Seven (1995)
  65. Traffic (2000)
  66. Prisoners (2013)
  67. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  68. Nightcrawler (2014)
  69. The Grifters (1990)
  70. In Bruges (2008)
  71. The Boondock Saints (1999)
  72. RocknRolla (2008)
  73. In Cold Blood (1967)
  74. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  75. Gone Girl (2014)
  76. Lord of War (2005)
  77. Serpico (1973)
  78. American Hustle (2013)
  79. Cape Fear (1991)
  80. Revanche (2008)
  81. Little Caesar (1931)
  82. Badlands (1973)
  83. Monster (2003)
  84. Blue Ruin (2013)
  85. Mean Streets (1973)
  86. White Heat (1949)
  87. Hell or High Water (2016)
  88. Brick (2005)
  89. 25th Hour (2002)
  90. We Own the Night (2007)
  91. The Getaway (1972)
  92. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
  93. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
  94. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
  95. The Public Enemy (1931)
  96. The Fugitive (1993)
  97. Angels With Dirty Faces (1931)
  98. Inherent Vice (2014)
  99. Mississippi Burning (1988)
  100. Dead Presidents (1995)

Other Notable Crime Films

  • A Prophet (2009)
  • Elite Squad (2007)
  • City of God (2002)
  • Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
  • Chopper (2000)
  • Gomorrah (2008)
  • Bullhead (2011)
  • The Score (2001)
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  • Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
  • Sin Nombre (2009)
  • Get Carter (1971)
  • Blood Simple (1984)
  • Animal Kingdom (2010)
  • Cell 211 (2009)
  • Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  • Layer Cake (2004)
  • The Killing (1956)
  • A Bittersweet Life (2005)
  • 22 Bullets (2010)
  • Memories of Murder (2003)
  • A Hard Day (2014)
  • The Gang of Oss (2011)
  • Internal Affairs (2002)
  • Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
  • King of Devil's Island (2010)
  • Sexy Beast (2000)
  • Rope (1948)
  • Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
  • Léon: The Professional (1994)
  • The Preacher (2004)
  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
  • Romanzo Criminale (2005)
  • State of Grace (1990)

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