There are many things you might think of when it comes to crime movies. For some people, the best crime movies are those in which a detective goes on an adventure to solve a mystery and bring justice for the victims.

Other people might prefer more dark and gritty films with brutal violence that show what can happen when someone commits a heinous act. Regardless of your preference, there is something on this list for everyone!

There are many people who love watching crime movies. They can be suspenseful and make you want to watch more, or they can just give you a good time.

There are some that stand out above the rest, though. Here’s a list of seven of the best crime movies ever made!

Best Crime Movies Of All Time

In this article, we will discuss the best crime movies of all time. We will be taking a look at their plots, actors and actresses in addition to some other features that made them great.

Crime is a reality of life. It’s not something we talk about because it’s uncomfortable, but if you’re going to entertain yourself, you might as well know what your favorite TV show or movie has in common with real life.

Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown is a thriller that was released in 1974. It stars Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway as the main characters, Jake Gittes and Evelyn Mulwray.

The movie starts with the murder of Hollis Mulwray, an engineer who is on the board for a company called Water & Power.

Soon after this incident, Jake Gittes is hired to investigate by his client which causes him to become interested in what he assumes is a case of corporate espionage.

He uncovers evidence that links this murder to corruption within the city’s administration and real estate industry, but he also learns about family secrets that threaten the very foundation of the city of Los Angeles.

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  • Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather is a 1972 American epic crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola.

It stars Marlon Brando as the aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty, along with Al Pacino as his youngest son Michael, James Caan as his eldest son Santino “Sonny”, Richard Castellano as his brother Fredo, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, Diane Keaton (in her film debut) and Talia Shire who plays daughter Connie Corleone.”

There are many connections to the mafia that make Puzo’s original book so compelling. For example, the author himself was born in New York City in 1920 to immigrant parents from Naples and he grew up near Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood where there were strong ties with organized crime.

The story follows the life of Don Vito Corleone (Brando) from his childhood in Sicily to his rise in New York’s criminal underworld where he becomes known for “taking care” of people who had crossed him or were threatening to do so.

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BEST CRIME MOVIES

What Are Crime Movies?

Crime movies are a genre of film in which the primary focus is on crime.

These films may be about gangsters and thieves, cops and robbers, or just regular people struggling with life’s challenges.

The goal of these movies is to entertain an audience by either telling a story that features crimes as its central theme or by depicting the consequences of criminal actions.

 

 

The Godfather Part II (1974)

When Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II was released in 1974, it was immediately met with critical acclaim. It has been heralded as one of the best sequels ever made and is often considered to be better than its predecessor.

The Godfather Part II is the sequel to The Godfather, one of the most iconic movies of all time. Francis Ford Coppola, who directed both films, returned as director and co-writer.

The sequel picks up where the first film left off with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino).

It was released on December 17, 1974 and became the second highest-grossing film in cinema history at that time, with an estimated budget of $24 million. Critics praised the movie for its acting, directing, screenplay and score.

It’s widely considered one of the best films and best crime movies of all time.

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  • Diane Keaton, James Caan, Al Pacino (Actors)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Fargo (1996)

The Coen Brothers movie, Fargo, is a dark comedy set in snowy Minnesota. The story follows Jerry Lundegaard and his scheme to hire two criminals to kidnap his wife for ransom so that he can make some quick cash.

After the kidnapping goes wrong and one of the criminals ends up dead, the other criminal has no choice but to team up with Police Chief Marge Gunderson in order to save themselves from impending danger.

The film stars Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell, John Carroll Lynch, Michael Badalucco, and Raoul Trujillo as the main characters.

Fargo [Blu-ray] [1996]
  • Frances McDormand, Larry Brandenburg, William H. Macy (Actors)
  • Joel Coen (Director) - Ethan Coen (Producer)
  • Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German (Subtitles)
  • Croatian (Publication Language)

Scarface (1983)

Do you remember when the “king of crack” was on top of the world? Well, that is what happened to Scarface. He had it all: money, fame, and a lavish lifestyle.

As he became more successful with his drug empire, he found himself in deeper trouble as well.

Everyone’s favorite gangster, Tony Montana, is a household name. This notorious drug lord was surrounded by the lavish lifestyle of Miami.

His rise to fame from humble beginnings is very inspirational for those who are looking to make their dreams come true.

The first thought that comes to mind when one hears the word “Scarface” is the 1983 film starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who becomes a drug kingpin in 1980s Miami. It’s not surprising but pretty much everyone has seen this movie and knows it by heart.

Scarface is a classic American gangster film that was released in 1983. Directed by Brian De Palma, the movie stars Al Pacino as Tony Montana and Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock.

The story follows Tony’s rise from Cuban refugee to Miami drug kingpin during the 1980s.

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Scarface (1983) [Blu-ray]
  • Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer (Actors)
  • Brian De Palma (Director) - Oliver Stone (Writer) - Martin Bregman (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film is based on the 1965 novel of the same name by Charles Bukowski, who also served as an uncredited co-writer to Tarantino’s screenplay.

The story follows two main characters: Jules Winnfield (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (played by John Travolta). They are hitmen for their boss, Marsellus Wallace, but they have been given time off from work after Vincent accidentally kills somebody at Marsellus’ strip club due to his heroin addiction.

Their days off are soon interrupted when they receive a call informing them that Marsellus has been killed because he owed too much

Pulp Fiction is an iconic film that has been watched and enjoyed by many over the years. Originally released in 1994, it was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

   

The film tells a story of two hitmen, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, who are out to retrieve a mysterious briefcase for their boss, Marsellus Wallace.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield?

Pulp Fiction [Blu-ray]
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) ( Black Mask )
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Black Mask
  • Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz (Actors)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Director) - Pulp Fiction (1994) ( Black Mask ) (Producer)

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American crime movie that was co-written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The story follows the lives of eight criminals who are intent on committing a diamond heist in Los Angeles, California.

One of the most iconic films to come out of the 1990s, it helped launch its director into international fame as one of Hollywood’s leading filmmakers.

The movie Reservoir Dogs is a Quentin Tarantino film that was released in 1992. The film depicts the events of a botched diamond heist, told from the perspectives of one criminal named Mr. Brown and two cops who are investigating the case.

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Heat (1995)

Heat 1995 film Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film directed by Michael Mann, produced by Art Linson, and written by Mann and Eric Roth.

The film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer, with Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Jon Voight, Natalie Portman, Dennis Haysbert, Tom Sizemore, and Hank Azaria in supporting roles.

The plot centers on an underground group of criminals in Los Angeles led by Waingro (Voight) and Neil McCauley (De Niro), who are tracking down a former colleague seeking to kill them.

A feature adaptation of the 1963 novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake under the pseudonym Richard Stark, Heat was the first of several collaborations between Pacino and De Niro. Heat was released on December 15, 1995.

Upon its release, the film received critical acclaim and is seen as one of the best crime films ever made.[4] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 89% based on 60 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.

The site’s critical consensus reads: “This high-powered crime drama proves once again that director Michael Mann knows how to make stylishly gritty thrillers.”

Heat (Remastered) [Blu-ray] [1995]
  • The disk has English audio.
  • Al Pacino, Robert De Niro (Actors)
  • Michael Mann (Director)
  • German, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie.

It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, and Kevin Spacey.

The film follows the interrogation of Roger “Verbal” Kint (Baldwin), a small-time con man who is one of only two survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles.

The film was shot on a $6 million budget and began as a title taken from a column in Spy magazine called “The Usual Suspects”, after one of Claude Rains’s most memorable lines in the classic film Casablanca.

Singer thought it would make a good title for a film, before realizing there was an existing film called The Usual Suspects with which he felt no connection.

The success of the film boosted Singer’s career and rejuvenated the career of McQuarrie, who had been blacklisted in Hollywood for his work on the screenplay for The Braveheart.

It was also nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay for McQuarrie and Best Supporting Actor for Spacey

Usual Suspects, The [Blu-ray]
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Departed (2006)

The Departed is a 2006 crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. It is the third in Scorsese’s The Gangs of New York trilogy.

Particularly interesting are the following quotes from Leonardo DiCaprio about the making of the film: “This was one of the most challenging films I’ve ever done. The Departed…was more like a psychological thriller than anything else.”

Jack Nicholson plays a mob boss of an Irish-American crime family. He is assassinated by a hitman while he’s watching TV in his living room. In the scene, there are plenty of clues to point out that it was a setup and not just some random shooting when you realize that:

It follows two Irish cops and their efforts to bring down an international drug-dealing gang after they were tipped off by one of its members.

The Departed - Il Bene E Il Male [Italian Edition]
  • leonardo di caprio, matt damon (Actors)
  • martin scorsese (Director)
  • Italian (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: G (General Audience)

Touch of Evil (1958)

The movie Touch of Evil, directed by Orson Welles and released in 1958 is set against the backdrop of an American town near the Mexican border. It stars Charlton Heston as a tough, corrupt police officer who tries to stop drug smuggling across the US-Mexican border.

This film is directed by Orson Welles and stars Marlene Dietrich, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Joseph Calleia.

It was released in 1958. The plot starts with Mexican narcotics officers investigating the death of a man who has been shot while carrying a suitcase full of drugs for his boss Vargas (Joseph Calleia).

When they investigate further they find that he was killed by Quinlan (Charlton Heston), an American police officer working undercover to get close to Vargas.

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  • Touch of Evil - 2-Disc Set
  • Touch of Evil - 2-Disc Set
  • Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff (Actors)
  • Orson Welles (Director) - Touch of Evil - 2-Disc Set (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)

The French Connection (1971)

The French Connection is a 1971 American crime thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D’Antoni.

It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The screenplay was adapted and fictionalized by Ernest Tidyman from the 1969 non-fiction book by Robin Moore.

It was the first R-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since the introduction of the MPAA film rating system.

It also won Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

In Marseille, drug smuggler Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) plans to smuggle $32 million worth of heroin into the United States by hiding it in the car of his unsuspecting friend, French driver Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi).

The narcotics officers of New York City Police Department’s Narcotics Bureau are introduced to this scheme upon surveillance of Nicoli’s visit to New York under the guise of cultural exchange.

Sensing he is being watched, Nicoli drives to an abandoned building where he is met by Charnier and his henchman Jean Jehan (Frédéric de Pasquale).

French Connection
  • The French Connection
  • Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider (Actors)
  • William Friedkin (Director) - Ernest Tidyman (Writer)
  • English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a British crime film that was released in 1998. It stars Jason Flemyng as a small-time crook who gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and ends up owing money to gangsters.

The film follows his journey through London’s underworld of organized crime, armed robbery, drug dealing, double crossing and murder.

In the early 1990s, a group of friends from South London get caught up in an underworld turf war between two rival gangs. The film is set and was filmed around the Elephant & Castle district of South London (the area where director Guy Ritchie grew up).

The movie starts out with the main character played by Nick Moran trying to earn enough money to pay off debts from his father’s death.

He takes on jobs for two different gangs in order to make the money he needs. When both gangs want him to do something that could hurt each other, he has some tough decisions ahead of him.

Snatch (2000)

Snatch is a 2000 British crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast.

Set in the London criminal underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond, the other with a small-time boxing promoter (Jason Statham) who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster (Alan Ford) who is ready and willing to have his subordinates carry out severe and sadistic acts of violence.

The film features an assortment of characters, including criminals, bookmakers, and gypsies, and they are all in some way connected to each other.

Snatch was primarily inspired by another of Ritchie’s favorite films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

The film shares many motifs with Lock, Stock, such as the shared motifs of nearly all of the characters being related in some way or another and having connections with one another as well as having unconventional names (e.g.: Boris “the Blade”, “Bullet Tooth” Tony).

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  • Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Jason Flemyng (Actors)
  • Guy Ritchie (Director) - Matthew Vaughn (Producer)
  • English, Portuguese, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

No Country For Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western crime thriller film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel of the same name.

A cat-and-mouse drama starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin, it follows a Texas welder and Vietnam veteran in the desert landscape of 1980 West Texas.

The film revisits the themes of fate, conscience, and circumstance that figure prominently in the Coen brothers’ films Blood Simple (1984) and Fargo (1996).

No Country for Old Men premiered in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival on May 19.

In addition to three wins at Cannes, the film won four Academy Awards at the 80th Academy Awards:

  • Best Picture (produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen),
  • Best Director (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen),
  • Best Supporting Actor (Bardem) and
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen).
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Spider-Man: Far from Home
  • Spider-Man: Far Form Home
  • Tom Holland, Samuel Jackson, Zendaya (Actors)
  • Jon Watts (Director) - Kevin Feige (Producer)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Casino (1995)

Casino is a 1995 American epic crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci. It is based on the nonfiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Scorsese.

The two previously collaborated on the 1990 hit Goodfellas. The film marks the eighth collaboration between director Scorsese and De Niro.

Supporting characters include L. Q. Jones, Dick Smothers, Frank Vincent, John Bloom, Pasquale Cajano, Melissa Prophet, Bill Allison, and Kevin Pollak.

Casino was released on November 22, 1995, to a mostly positive critical response, and was a commercial success.

Stone’s performance was widely praised, earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Contemporary reviews have not aged well; many praise Scorsese’s technical proficiency while criticizing shallow characters and improbable events.

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 75% based on 63 reviews. The site’s consensus reads: “Impressive ambition and bravura

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  • Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent (Actors)
  • Swedish, Norwegian, Mandarin Chinese, Finnish, Danish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo is a 1958 American film noir psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock.

The story was based on the 1954 novel D’entre les morts (From Among the Dead) by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor.

The film stars James Stewart as former police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson. Scottie is forced into early retirement because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement).

Scottie is hired by an acquaintance, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to follow Gavin’s wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), who is behaving strangely.

The film was shot on location in San Francisco, California, and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

It is the first film to use the dolly zoom, an in-camera effect that distorts perspective to create disorientation, to convey Scottie’s acrophobia.

As a result of its use in this film, the effect is often referred to as “the Vertigo effect”.

Vertigo received mixed reviews upon initial release, but is now often cited as a classic Hitchcock film and one of the all time great films in cinema history.

Vertigo [Blu-ray] [1958] [Region Free] (1955) (Import)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Badlands (1973)

For Badlands, Malick turned to his friend and fellow AFI student Martin Sheen, who was cast in the role of Kit.

However, a chance meeting in the AFI cafeteria resulted in Sissy Spacek being chosen for the role of Holly. Spacek reportedly had only one line in the script; however, Malick was impressed by her “remarkably fresh” face and voice, and cast her on the spot.

The film was shot on location in South Dakota over an eight-week period in 1973. The filming process was described by producer Dean Tavoularis as “a nightmare” because of Malick’s meticulousness and refusal to compromise.

He often shot dozens of takes for a single scene and demanded numerous rewrites from his actors.

In addition, he had constant conflicts with his producers at Universal Studios. They wanted the film to be more conventional and marketable, but Malick refused to compromise his artistic vision.

According to lead actress Sissy Spacek: “He didn’t have any money so we couldn’t go anywhere. We just stayed there [in South Dakota] and did it.”

Because of its limited budget and a shooting schedule that lasted over half a year, many crew members quit or were fired without credit being given.

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  • Badlands (Criterion Collection) - Blu-ray Used Like New
  • Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates (Actors)
  • Terrence Malick (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

Rashomon (1950)

Rashomon is a film by Akira Kurosawa that tells the story of a rape and murder through four different perspectives. The film was released in 1950, and it has been used as an example of both post-modernism and Japanese culture.

Rashomon is a Japanese word meaning “interpreting one thing in many ways.” It refers to the ancient story of a bandit who was caught and interrogated by a court.

The event was told from four different points of view, with each participant telling their own version of what happened.

The use of this effect has been said to be an early example of Kurosawa’s cinematic style, which he called “the art of dynamic composition”“. It became popularized by his 1950 film Rashōmon.

Rashomon (Blu-ray) [1950]
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Double Indemnity is a 1944 film that stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. It has become one of the most critically acclaimed films in cinematic history, gaining recognition as one of the first movies to combine pulp fiction with Hollywood drama.

It’s a story of love, lust, and murder. It’s one of the most famous films ever made. You can’t go wrong with Double Indemnity!

Double Indemnity is a classic film noir and one of the first films to explore the genre. The story is about an insurance salesman, Walter Neff, who meets with Phyllis Dietrichson at her home in Los Angeles.

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Double Indemnity [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) [1944]
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  • Double Indemnity
  • Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson (Actors)
  • Billy Wilder (Director) - Double Indemnity (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)

Get Carter (1971)

The movie Get Carter is a 1970s British crime thriller. It’s about Michael and his brother Jack, played by Michael Caine.

The two brothers are hired to do some work for the owner of a casino in London, but when they’re not paid what’s owed them, they set out on their own to track down who cheated them.

In the movie Get Carter, Michael Caine plays Jack Carter. He is a man who has been wronged by his family and decides to go back to Newcastle for revenge.

The film follows him as he comes up with a plan and executes it in order to get what he wants out of the town.

What makes this film so great is that it was made in 1971, and yet its tone feels more like something from Tarantino or Elmore Leonard than something from an era where cops were always good guys and nobody got shot for no reason.

Get Carter [Blu-ray] [1971]
  • Michael Caine, Ian Hendry (Actors)
  • Mike Hodges (Director)

Goodfellas

The film, “Goodfellas” was released in 1990 and has since been ranked as one of the best films of all time. The movie is based on the true story of Henry Hill and his life in organized crime.

The film follows Henry’s life from a young age until he turns state’s evidence after being arrested by FBI agents for drug trafficking.

When you imagine the ultimate mob movie, what do you think of? A story about how a group of friends becomes involved in organized crime together.

The best example is Martin Scorsese’s classic Goodfellas, which follows Henry Hill and his rise through the ranks from small-time thief to a top-level mobster.

Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese, based on the non-fiction book Wiseguy by Pileggi.

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  • Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci (Actors)
  • Martin Scorsese (Director)

Bonnie and Clyde

The story of Bonnie and Clyde has captured the attention of many, with some people viewing them as heroes while others see them as criminals. The duo met in Texas after both being released from prison for different crimes.

They soon began robbing banks together and were able to evade law enforcement for two years until they were finally ambushed by police officers on a country road outside Gibsland, Louisiana.

The infamous story of Bonnie and Clyde is one that has been told time and time again, but many people still have not learned the full story.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two notorious criminals who traveled across America in the 1930s robbing banks, killing law enforcement agents, and even kidnapping a judge.

The couple met in Texas when they were teenagers; as their criminal activity escalated so did their relationship. They married on 25 May 1932 after being arrested for grand larceny, though it was later annulled due to lack of parental consent.

Bonnie und Clyde
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  • German, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Conversation (1971)

Gene Hackman plays Harry Caul, a surveillance expert who works for a large corporation. He is hired to listen in on conversations of people who are under suspicion of committing a crime.

He does not know who these people are or why they are being investigated but he is told to find out everything he can about the people involved.

Caul has been hired and paid by a large corporation to spy on a couple who live across the street from him.

Caul studies photographs, tapes, and other information on the couple without ever actually seeing them face to face. Hackman’s character uses electronic devices hidden in his apartment to record everything that goes on in the couple’s apartment.

The movie starts with Caul listening to fragments of conversation between the man and woman of the house.

One thing that stands out right away, is that Caul hears the woman scream “don’t go” when her partner leaves their home.

The conversations are very hard for Caul to hear because there is music playing in their house and the wind keeps blowing outside his window.

The Conversation [1974] [Blu-ray]
  • English, German (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Killing (1956)

The Killing is a 1956 film noir about a racetrack robbery in Oregon. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, it was his first feature film and the first to be produced through his own production company.

The film follows a group of racetrack robbers who need to quickly find $90,000 in order to purchase the getaway vehicles and escape from the police.

The film stars Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, and Ted de Corsia.

The Killing was photographed by Lucien Ballard and has a notable jazz score by composer Gerald Fried, with contributions from David Amram.

In its review of the film, The New York Times wrote “Stanley Kubrick’s taut little crime drama looks like a miniature masterpiece compared with this season’s crop of overblown melodramas.”

In 2005 Time magazine placed The Killing on its list of “All-TIME 100 Movies”.

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  • Sterling Hayden, Vince Edwards, Elisha Cook Jr. (Actors)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Town (2010)

The Town is a modern classic heist film. Ben Affleck, who also directed and co-wrote the script with Aaron Stockard, plays Doug MacRay, a bank robber and home-grown criminal from Charlestown in Boston.

He falls in love with a bank manager (played by Rebecca Hall) during a robbery, making the decision to leave his life of crime to be with her. But while in jail, Doug’s friend James Coughlin (played by Jon Hamm) robs the bank that Doug was supposed to rob and also robs him of his girl.

He is then determined to get revenge on James for robbing him and getting away with it. This 2010 film is based on Chuck Hogan’s book titled “Prince of Thieves”, which was also turned into a TV show called The Town in September 2011.

The Town [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
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  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Training Day

I’m sure that many of us have seen the movie starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. In case you haven’t seen it before, I’ll give a quick summary of the plot.

The film starts by introducing Jake Hoyt, an undercover narcotics officer who has infiltrated a gang in Los Angeles led by Alonzo Harris (played by Denzel Washington).

After his first meeting with Alonzo and the other members of his crew, he takes part in their drug deal which turns out to be successful.

He then meets up with fellow narcs Mike Wills and Jerry Lambert for lunch at a local diner where they discuss future plans about how to

The first day of training is always the toughest. You’re not sure what to expect, there are a lot of new faces and you’re searching for your team.

But that feeling soon fades away when you get the chance to get down to business- and we mean really getting down to business.

Training Day [Blu-ray]
  • Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn (Actors)
  • Antoine Fuqua (Director) - David Ayer (Writer) - Jeffrey Silver (Producer)
  • Danish, Finnish, English, Italian, Norwegian (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: G (General Audience)

 

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