Top 25 Crime Films

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Top 25 Crime Films

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Ian Kay of Moon Is RisingAngie of King Ben’s Grandma
Paula of Light Motifs IIJuju of Roijoyeux
Ruth of Don’t Eat ItGary of Bereaved Single Dad
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Film TitleGenre
The Italian Job
The DriverCrime/Action
The Thomas Crown AffairCrime/Crime
D.O.A Noir/Mystery
In The Heat of the NightCrime/Mystery
Sexy BeastCrime/Romance
The Long Good FridayCrime/Drama
The Bedroom Window Noir/Mystery
Black WidowCrime/Mystery
And Then There Were NoneNoir/Mystery
Dirty HarryCrime/Thriller
The StingCrime/Heist
French ConnectionCrime/Thriller
French Connection IICrime/Thriller
The ProfessionalCrime/Drama
Lonely HeartsCrime/Drama
Gone in 60 SecondsCrime/Thriller
The DepartedCrime/Thriller
The KitchenCrime/Drama
The FugativeCrime/Thriller
[Films not mentioned but voted for will feature in future Find Me a Film episodes]
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The Italian Job1969

Charlie is just out of the prison when he learns about his friends’ failed attempt at carrying out a heist in Italy. Now with the Mafia close on his heels, he intends to carry out the job himself.

The Italian Job2003

John Bridger and Charlie Croker assemble a team to steal gold bars from a vault in Venice, but one of their team members betrays them. After many years, Charlie meticulously plans another heist.

The Driver1978

The Detective is hell-bent on nabbing the Driver, a man well-known in the criminal world for manoeuvring getaway vehicles during crimes. The Detective decides to set a bank robbery to trap him.

The Thomas Crown Affair1999

Billionaire Thomas Crown is bored of his luxurious life and starts stealing precious works of art. However, he meets his match in Catherine Banning, an insurance investigator looking into the thefts.

In the Heat of the Night1967

African-American detective Virgil Tibbs investigates the death of a businessman in Mississippi and comes face-to-face with racism in the southern United States in the process.

Sexy Beast2000

A retired gangster, Gal, leaves behind his life of disrepute until his intimidating ex-boss employs threats and negotiations to compel Gal to accept the responsibility of carrying out one last heist.

The Long Good Friday1980

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins), a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. However, a series of bombings targets his empire on the very weekend the Americans are in town. Shand is convinced there is a traitor in his organization, and sets out to eliminate the rat in typically ruthless fashion.

The Bedroom Window1987

Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg) is sleeping with Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert), the wife of his boss (Paul Shenar). One night, while in Terry’s apartment, Sylvia witnesses a man assault a young woman, Denise (Elizabeth McGovern), on the road below. Not wanting to reveal her affair with Terry, she keeps quiet. Terry instead steps forward, trying to help nab the criminal. However, he never saw the suspect and, when his lies are uncovered, the police begin to suspect his motives.


Remake of the classic 1950 thriller in which a disillusioned college professor awakes from a night of drinking to discover that he has been poisoned with a slow-acting toxin. In a desperate attempt to find his own murderer, he retraces his steps with the help of a besotted female student. However, the couple soon find themselves caught up in a dark labyrinth of deception and murder.

Black Widow1987

Federal agent Alexandra Barnes (Debra Winger) believes that Catherine Petersen (Theresa Russell) is a serial killer who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. But since Catherine is seemingly a master of disguise and has multiple identities, Alexandra can’t prove anything with conventional detective work. With no other option, she goes undercover, pursuing the same man (Sami Frey) as Catherine, and hoping that Catherine will slip up and reveal her true identity.


A serial killer begins murdering people according to the seven deadly sins. Two detectives, one new to the city and the other about to retire, are tasked with apprehending the criminal.

And Then There Were None2015

Based on an Agatha Christie novel, the story revolves around ten strangers who are invited to an isolated mansion to pay for their past crimes.

Dirty Harry1971

In the year 1971, a police detective ignores the orders of his superiors and gambles with innocent lives to capture a sniper terrorizing San Francisco.


Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is an idealistic New York City cop who refuses to take bribes, unlike the rest of the force. His actions get Frank shunned by the other officers, and often placed in dangerous situations by his partners. When his superiors ignore Frank’s accusations of corruption, he decides to go public with the allegations. Although this causes the Knapp Commission to investigate his claims, Frank has also placed a target on himself. The film is based on a true story.

The Sting1973

Swindler Johnny Hooker, whose partner is butchered by the henchmen of Doyle Lonnegan, a ruthless crime boss, seeks to take revenge. Aiding him is Henry Gondorff, a conman evading the FBI.

French Connection1971

New York City cop Doyle and his partner are trying to bust a drug cartel based in France. Albeit short-tempered, Doyle is a dedicated cop whose nemesis, Alain Charnier, is too polished for a criminal.

The French Connection II1975

Popeye Doyle, a narcotics officer, is sent to Marseilles to chase a drug smuggler who earlier escaped from New York. However, he tries to take him into custody with the help of the French police.

The Professional1994

When 12-year-old Mathilda’s family is killed, her neighbour Leon, who is a professional assassin, reluctantly takes her under his wing and teaches her the secrets of his trade.


Shortly after moving to Florida, longtime prostitute Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron) meets young and reserved Selby Wall (Christina Ricci) and a romance blossoms. When a john (Lee Tergesen) attempts to brutalize Aileen, she kills him and resolves to give up prostitution. But supporting herself and her new girlfriend through legitimate means proves extremely difficult, and she soon falls back on old ways. More johns die, and Selby can’t help but think her new friend is responsible.

Lonely Hearts2006

In the late 1940s, a murderous couple known as the ‘The Lonely Hearts Killers’ kills close to a dozen people. Two detectives try to nab the duo who find their targets via the personals in the paper.

Gone in 60 Seconds2000

Memphis Raines, a former prisoner, returns to the crime world to save Kip’s life when he learns that his brother faces threat from gangster Raymond Calitri.

The Departed2006

An undercover agent and a spy constantly try to counter-attack each other in order to save themselves from being exposed in front of the authorities. Meanwhile, both try to infiltrate an Irish gang.

The Kitchen2019

Between 8th Avenue and the Hudson River, the Irish mafia runs 20 blocks of a tough New York City neighbourhood known as Hell’s Kitchen. But for mob wives Kathy, Ruby and Claire, things are about to take a dramatic and radical turn. When the FBI sends their husbands to prison, the three women take business into their own hands by running the rackets and taking out the competition.


Lieutenant Hanna, a detective, decides to catch a highly intelligent seasonal criminal who has vowed to pull off one last robbery before he retires for good.

The Fugative1993

Dr Richard Kimble is falsely charged with killing his wife. When Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard pursues him after he escapes from prison, Richard realises that he cannot trust anybody.

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There we go folks – our Top 25 Crime Films

7 thoughts on “Top 25 Crime Films

  1. We watched The Italian Job a couple of nights ago.
    I quite liked Ocean’s Eleven – only because I was trying to figure out at the end how they did it and it surprised me. But then I am not very clever when it comes to crime plots.

    1. Hey Jenna, which one did you watch? The original or the remake?

      By the way .. you are one of the Guest Stars tomorrow morning on the Hello – Rihanna and Taylor – pretty sure those two are right – my choice is dance music – my favourite also 🙂

      1. I have never seen the original Ocean’s Eleven – was that the rat pack? I mean the one with George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

        Yes – absolutely Rory – Taylor and Rihanna are my girls!

  2. Fantastic list! A few of these I know of but have never seen and there are a couple I’ve never heard of.
    Thank you for putting this together and thanks to everyone who suggested movies!


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