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

Good fellas

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.

Scarface Edit

Date of release: December 9, 1983


Director:Brian De Palma

Producer:Martin Bregman

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.

Heat Edit

Date of release:  December 15, 1995

Heat 1995

Director:Michael Mann

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.

Nominations:9 nominations

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 


Director:Quentin Tarantino

Producer:Lawrence Bender

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

Producer:Universal Studios

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

City of God

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

Gangs of New York Poster

Date of release:December 9, 2002

Director:Martin Scorsese

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.

Casino Edit


Date of Release:November 14, 1995

Director:Martin Scorsese

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

Training day

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

Wolf of wall street

Date of Release:December 17, 2013

Director:Martin Scorsese

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.

Focus Edit


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

No country for old men

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

Public Enemies

Date of Release:June 18, 2009

Director:Michael Mann

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

Donnie Brasco

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

Black mass

Date of Release:September 18, 2015 

Director:Scott Cooper

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

Nominations: Pending

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

Director:Aleksander Bach

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.


Location:Singapore, Germany.

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

Producer:Universal Studios

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

Director:Robert Rodriguez

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.