Over the many years there have been numerous crime movies. This page seeks to highlight the best movies of this genre. The will be no preference to the time of release of these movies as crime does not change over the years it just gets all the more intense.
Good Fellas Edit
Date of release: September 12,1990
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producer: Irwin Winkler
Written by:Martin Scorsese based of the book Wiseguy
Main Characters:Robert De Niro as Jimmy Conway,Ray Liotta as Henry Hill,Joe Pesci as Tommy DeVito
Nominations:38 wins and 29 nominations
Location: New York and New Jersy, USA.
Summary:A young man grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys his life of money and luxury, but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. A drug addiction and a few mistakes ultimately unravel his climb to the top.
Date of release: December 9, 1983
Director:Brian De Palma
Written By: Oliver Stone. He adapted the movie from the the earlier Scarface movie in 1932.
Main Characters:Al Pacino as Tony Montana,Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock, Steven Bauer Manny Ribera and Paul Shenar as Alejandro Sosa
Nominations: 6 nominations
Locations:South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, and 631 Para Grande Lane, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Summary:Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.
The Godfather Edit
Date of Release: March 15, 1972
Director:Francis Ford Coppola
Producer:Albert S. Ruddy
Written By:Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Gianluigi Puzo
Main Characters:Al Pacino as Michael Corleone,Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone,James Caan as Sonny Corleone, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen and Diane Keaton as Kay-Adams Coleone.
Nominations:25 wins and 27 nominations
Location: Forza d'Agrò, Messina, Sicily, Italy and Ross, California, USA and 110 Longfellow Road, Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA.
Summary: The powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone . When the don's youngest son, Michael , reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay, he is drawn deeper into the family business.
Date of release: December 15, 1995
Producer: Michael Mann and Art Linson
Written By:Michael Mann
Main Characters:Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley,Al Pacino as Lt. Vincent Hanna, Natalie Portman as Lauren Gustafson,Danny Trejo as Trejo and Val Kilmer as Chris Shiherlis.
Location:1219 Dodds Circle, East Los Angeles, California, USA and 444 S. Flower Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Summary: Master criminal Neil McCauley is trying to control the rogue actions of one of his men, while also planning one last big heist before retiring. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Hanna attempts to track down McCauley as he deals with the chaos in his own life, including the infidelity of his wife and the mental health of his stepdaughter . McCauley and Hanna discover a mutual respect, even as they try to thwart each other's plans.
Pulp Fiction Edit
Date of Release:September 10, 1994
Written By:Quentin Tarantino
Main Characters:Quentin Tarantino as Jimmie Dimmick, John Travolta as Vincent Vega and Uma Thurman
as Mia Wallace, Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnifield and Bruce Willis as Butch Coolidge.
Nominations:54 wins and 57 nominations
Location:Hawthorne Grill - Hawthorne , California, USA, 3519 La Clede Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA and Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Summary: Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace ; his actress wife, Mia ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge ; master fixer Winston Wolfe and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" and "Honey Bunny" .
American Gangster Edit
Date of release:November 2, 2007
Director: Ridley Scott
Written By:Steven Zaillian
Main Characters: Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas,Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts,Josh Brolin as Detective Trupo and Lymari Nadal as Eva
Nominations: 11 wins and 34 nominations
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand,New York, USA and Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
Summary:Frank Lucas earns his living as a chauffeur to one of Harlem's leading mobsters. After his boss dies, Frank uses his own ingenuity and strict business code to become one of the inner city's most powerful crime bosses. Meanwhile, veteran cop Richie Roberts senses a change in the mob's power structure and looks for ways to bring his opponent to justice.
The Town Edit
Date of Release: September 17, 2010
Director : Ben Affleck
Producer: Basil Iwanyk and Graham King
Written By: Aaron Stockhard, Ben Affleck and Peter Craig (Adapted from Prince Of Thieves)
Main Characters: Ben Affleck as Doug MacRay, Blake Lively as Krista Coughli and Jeremy Renner as James Coughlin
Nominations:9 wins and 45 nominations
Location:Bunker Hill, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA
Summary: Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) leads a band of ruthless bank robbers and has no real attachments except for James (Jeremy Renner), who -- despite his dangerous temper -- is like a brother. Everything changes for Doug when James briefly takes a hostage, bank employee Claire Keesey. Learning that she lives in the gang's neighborhood, Doug seeks her out to discover what she knows, and he falls in love. As the romance deepens, he wants out of his criminal life, but that could threaten Claire.
City Of God Edit
Date of release:: 2002
Director: Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund
Producer: Globo Filmes
Written By:Bráulio Mantovani
Main Characters:Leandro Firmino as Li'l Zé, Alexandre Rodrigues as Rocket, Alice Braga as Angélica, Phellipe Haagensen as Benny and Seu Jorge as Knockout Ned.
Nominations:65 wins and 38 nominations
Location:Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Summary:In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José "Zé" Pequeno is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, "Knockout Ned" . The film was shot on location in Rio's poorest neighborhoods.
Gangs Of New York Edit
Date of release:December 9, 2002
Producer:Harvey Weinstein and Alberto Grimaldi
Written By: Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan.
Main Characters:Leonardo DiCaprio as Amsterdam Vallon, Daniel Day‑Lewis as Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting, Cameron Diaz as Jenny Everdean and Liam Neeson as Priest Vallon.
Nominations:42 wins and 99 nominations
Location:Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy and Silvercup Studios - 4222 22nd Street, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, USA.
Summary:Amsterdam Vallon is a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the Five Points seeking revenge against his father's killer, William Cutting , a powerful anti-immigrant gang leader. He knows that revenge can only be attained by infiltrating Cutting's inner circle. Amsterdam's journey becomes a fight for personal survival and to find a place for the Irish people in 1860's New York.
Date of Release:November 14, 1995
Producer:Barbara De Fina
Written By: Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
Main Characters:Robert De Niro as Sam 'Ace' Rothstein,Joe Pesci as Nicky Santoro,Sharon Stone as Ginger McKenna and James Woods as Lester Diamond.
Nominations:3 wins and 10 nominations
Location: Hanford, California, USA and Glass Pool Inn, Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Summary:In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he's a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), his ex-hustler wife Ginger , her con-artist ex Lester Diamond and a handful of corrupt politicians put Sam in ever-increasing danger. Martin Scorsese directs this adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's book.
Training Day Edit
Date of release:October 5, 2001
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Producer:Robert Newmyer and Jeffery Silver
Written By:David Ayer
Main Characters:Denzel Washington as Alonzo Harris,Ethan Hawke as Jake Hoyt, Eva Mendes as Sara, Dr. Dre as Paul, Snoop Dogg as Blue.
Nominations:15 wins and 20 nominations
Location:1031 Everett St, Los Angeles, California, USA and Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Summary: Police drama about a veteran officer who escorts a rookie on his first day with the LAPD's tough inner-city narcotics unit. "Training Day" is a blistering action drama that asks the audience to decide what is necessary, what is heroic and what crosses the line in the harrowing gray zone of fighting urban crime. Does law-abiding law enforcement come at the expense of justice and public safety? If so, do we demand safe streets at any cost?
Wolf of Wall Street Edit
Date of Release:December 17, 2013
Producer:Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Tillinger and Riza Aziz
Written By: Terence Winter
Main Characters:Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort,Margot Robbie as Naomi Lapaglia and Jonah Hill as Danny Azoff
Nominations:33 wins and 148 nominations
Location:New York City, New York, USA,White Plains, New York, USA and Portofino, Genoa, Liguria, Italy.
Summary:In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
Date Of Release:February 26, 2015
Director: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Producer:RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment
Written By:John Requa and Glenn Ficarra
Main Characters:Will Smith as Nicky,Margot Robbie as Jess Barrett,Rodrigo Santoro as Gárriga and Gerald Mcraney as Owens.
Locations:Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina and New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Summary: Nicky , a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; but, when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Buenos Aires working a very dangerous scheme when Jess -- now an accomplished femme fatale -- unexpectedly shows up. Her appearance throws Nicky for a loop at a time when he cannot afford to be off his game.
No Country For Old Men Edit
Date of Release:November 9, 2007
Director:Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Producer:Scott Rudin, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Written By:Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Main Characters:Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh, Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss,Tommy Lee Jones as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell and Kelly Macdonald as Carla Jean Moss.
Nominations:152 wins and 118 nominations
Location:Marfa, Texas, USA and Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA
Summary:While out hunting, Llewelyn Moss finds the grisly aftermath of a drug deal. Though he knows better, he cannot resist the cash left behind and takes it with him. The hunter becomes the hunted when a merciless killer named Chigurh picks up his trail. Also looking for Moss is Sheriff Bell, an aging lawman who reflects on a changing world and a dark secret of his own, as he tries to find and protect Moss.
Public Enemy Edit
Date of Release:June 18, 2009
Producer:Michael Mann and Kevin Misher
Written By: Ronan Bennett,Michael Mann and Ann Biderman
Main Characters:Johnny Depp as John Dillinger,Christian Bale as Melvin Purvis,Marion Cotillard as Billie Frechette and Channing Tatum as Pretty Boy Floyd.
Nominations:1 win and 13 nominations
Location:Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA and Crown Point, Indiana, USA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and Chicago, Illinois, USA
Summary:Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.
Donnie Brasco Edit
Date Of Release:February 28, 1997
Director: Mike Newell
Producer:Gail Mutrux,Mark Johnson,Barry Levinson and Louis DiGiaimo
Written By:Paul Attanasio
Main Characters:Al Pacino as Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero, Johnny Depp as Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone,Michael Madsen as Sonny Black and James Russo as Paulie.
Nominations:2 wins and 15 nominations
Location:Captiva Island, Florida, USA,Clifton, New Jersey, USA and Mulberry Street, Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Summary:Joseph Pistone is an FBI agent who has infiltrated one of the major New York Mafia families and is living under the name Donnie Brasco. He develops a relationship with mob hit man Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero in order to get deeper under cover, but ends up developing a real friendship with the Mafioso. As their relationship develops, Pistone must decide whether or not to complete his job, knowing that it will lead to the murder of his new friend.
Black Mass Edit
Date of Release:September 18, 2015
Producer:Scott Cooper, John Lesher,Brian Oliver, Patrick McCormick and Tyler Thompson
Written By:Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk
Main Characters:Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger,Benedict Cumberbatch as William Bulger,Dakota Johnson as Lindsey Cyr and Joel Edgerton as John Connolly
Location: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Summary:While his brother Bill remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James "Whitey" Bulger continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly, the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.
Hitman: Agent 47 Edit
Date of release:August 21, 2015
Producer:Alex Young, Adrian Askarieh and Charles Gordon
Written By: Skip Woods and Kyle Ward and Michael Finch
Main Characters:Rupert Friend as Agent 47,Zachary Quinto as John Smith,Hannah Ware as Katia van Dees and Angelababy as Dianna Burnwood.
Summary:Genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, he's the culmination of decades of research, endowed with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. Known only as Agent 47 (Rupert Friend), his latest target is a corporation that plans to unlock the secret of his past to create an army of killers even more powerful than him. With help from a young woman, the elite assassin confronts revelations about his own origins in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.
Carlito's Way Edit
Date of release:November 10, 1993
Director:Brian De Palma
Written By:David Koepp
Main Characters:Al Pacino as Carlito Brigante,Sean Penn as David Kleinfeld,Penelope Ann Miller as Gail, John Alberto Leguizamo as Benny Blanco, Luiz Guzman as Pachanga,
Nominations:1 win and 4 nominations
Location:Dock Lane, Kings Point, Long Island, New York, USA,Bronx, New York City, New York, USA and New York City, New York, USA
Summary:A free man after years in prison, Carlito Brigante intends to give up his criminal ways, but it's not long before the ex-con is sucked back into the New York City underworld. Reconnecting with his dancer girlfriend, Gail. Carlito gets entangled in the shady dealings of his friend Dave Kleinfeld, who also serves as his lawyer. When Carlito and Kleinfeld run afoul of shifty gangster Benny Blanco , it sets them on a dangerous path.
Once Upon A Time In Mexico Edit
Date of release:August 27, 2003
Producer:Carlos Gallardo,Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan
Written By:Robert Rodriguez
Main Characters:Johnny Depp as Sheldon Sands, Antonio Banderas as El Mariachi, Salma Hayek as Carolina, Enrique Iglesias as Lorenzo and Willem Dafoe as Barrillo .
Nominations:3 wins and 4 nominations
Locations:Guanajuato, Mexico and Querétaro, Mexico.
Summary: Return of the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi, in the final installment of the Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. The saga continues as El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the blood trail of Barrillo , a cartel kingpin with one last score to settle who is planning a coup d'etat against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by Sands, a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi demands retribution.