Criminal as protagonist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant criminal as protagonist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, suspense, suspenseful, realistic, tense and humorous films and TV shows about / with criminal as protagonist, criminal, crimes, murder, violence, police officer, crying, police, barefoot male and male objectification plots mostly in Crime, Drama and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
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criminal as protagonist movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as criminal as protagonist: Carmen Sandiego (2019), Extracurricular Activities (2019), The Irishman (2019), Stockholm (2018), Suck Me Shakespeer 2 (2015), Scarface (1983), Dumb Criminals: The Movie (2015), Kill Your Friends (2015), Janosik: A True Story (2009), You're Killing Me (2015).

List of criminal as protagonist movies

Carmen Sandiego (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Carmen Sandiego returns in this series that follows her new international capers as well as past escapades that led to her becoming a super thief.
Style: captivating, exciting, suspense, light, 2d animation
Audience: kids
Plot: female protagonist, secret agents, interpol, master thief, female criminal, thief, criminal as protagonist, orphan, heist, spy, rescue, secret organization ...
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Extracurricular Activities (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The outrageous life of Reagan Collins, a model high school student with a "killer" after-school job that involves arranging “accidents” for his classmates' parents. When seasoned police detective Cliff Dawkins starts putting the ...
Style: captivating, humorous, surprise ending, twist ending
Plot: nudist, teenager, criminal as protagonist, stalking, voyeurism, murder investigation, murder, death, police detective, police, dysfunctional family, husband wife relationship ...
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 7.8
 386K
The Irishman (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 209 min.
Story: A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Style: exciting, tense, inspirational, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: mafia, organized crime, labor union, italian mafia, gangsters, murder, killer as protagonist, high society, prison, arrest, hitman, old man ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 50s, 60s, year 1973 ...
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, chicago illinois, ireland, florida ...
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 6.1
 13K
Stockholm (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Based on the extraordinary true story of the European city’s 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The events grasped the world’s attention when the hostages ...
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, suspense, macabre
Plot: stockholm syndrome, hostage, bank, hostage situation, criminal as protagonist, criminal, bank robbery, negotiation, ransom, chief of police, american abroad, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: sweden, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
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Suck Me Shakespeer 2 (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Mr. Müller is not satisfied with his new work at the Goethe-Gesamtschule. The early getting up and correcting exams annoy him. Director Gerster wants to improve the image of the Goethe-Gesamtschule because she wants to be a symbol of the new ...
Style: funny, humorous, entertaining, not serious
Audience: teens
Plot: school teacher, teenager, school, high school, teacher, criminal as protagonist, survival, camp, vulgar language, teachers and students, family relations, mental breakdown ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand
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 8.3
 838K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana 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 ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspense, harsh ...
Audience: date night, boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, gunfight, organized crime, drug lord, drug cartel, mob boss, cocaine, drug abuse, criminal heroes, drug dealing, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, miami beach, florida, bolivia ...
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Dumb Criminals: The Movie (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rabbit and Rongo, two dumb but kind-hearted criminals, want to help a young girl get the medical treatment she needs. Inspired by true crimes around the world, they attempt to raise money through a series of dumb plans and hopeless schemes.
Style: satirical, entertaining, captivating, semi serious
Plot: criminal as protagonist, lack of money, plan gone wrong, illness, scheme, friendship between men, criminal, bandit, needing money, money, heist gone wrong, burglar ...
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Kill Your Friends (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the late 1990s, a drug-addled nihilist resorts to murder to climb the ladder of the London music industry.
Style: slasher, rough, tense, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, music industry, music business, psychopath, cocaine, secret, criminal, ambition, criminal as protagonist, plan gone wrong, sociopath as protagonist, sociopathy ...
Time: 90s, year 1997, year 1996, year 1981, year 1983 ...
Place: united kingdom, england, edinburgh scotland, mississippi, sweden ...
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Janosik: A True Story (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Adventure
Country: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The story of Janosik, a legendary "Central European Robin Hood", based on real XVIII century documents and a romantic legend. Young Janosik, burnt out by war experiences and disappointment in love, joins a team of brigands. Soon after he ...
Style: captivating, suspense, unusual plot structure, contemplative
Plot: mother son relationship, european history, criminal as protagonist, soldier, friendship between men, crime and punishment, crime spree, gangsters, death of protagonist, friendship, politics, drunkenness ...
Time: 18th century
Place: poland
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You're Killing Me (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Joe just told his boyfriend, George, that he is a serial killer. George thinks that his boyfriend, Joe, is hilarious... and he just saw Patricia Arquette at Target!!! In the horror/comedy hybrid, 'You're Killing Me', we take a look at ...
Style: lgbt cinema, homoerotic, romantic, humorous, slasher ...
Plot: psychopath as protagonist, serial killer, multiple deaths, lgbt, serial murder, doctor patient relationship, criminal, psychiatrist, gay couple, murder, group of friends, flash forward ...
Place: los angeles
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 6.3
 95
Unknown Hour (2009)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hynek Michánek wants to study medicine but fails his entrance exams five times. He starts a job as an orderly in a district hospital where one of the doctors on the examining board works as well. He feels no-one takes him seriously and he loathes ...
Style: neo noir, suspense, suspenseful, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, husband wife relationship, mentally unstable protagonist, social awkwardness, murder, corruption, criminal as protagonist, friendship between men, death, nurse, revenge, antagonist as protagonist ...
Place: central europe
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Crazy Kingdom (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic
Story: By some quirk of fate, the two small-time thieves and the spoiled princess find themselves in the Black Forest full of magic beings who believe that everyone has a chance to mend his ways. However, sometimes even the best intentions need to take a ...
Style: fairy tale, psychotronic
Plot: royal family, criminal, kingdom, criminal as protagonist, con men, unpunished crime, magical power, friendship, husband wife relationship, injustice, king, father daughter relationship ...
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The Olsen Gang Gets Polished (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime
Country: Denmark
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Olsen-Banden skal udføre en betroet opgave for selveste Statsministeriet: H.C. Andersens originale fjerpen skal stjæles fra det Danske Export Museum, det gælder angiveligt Rigets sikkerhed og gode omdømme. Men Hallandsen har igen taget røven ...
Style: exciting, humorous, sincere, captivating, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: gang, crimes, heroes, rivalry, head of state, dishonesty, criminal heroes, ghost, uninhibited rivalry, plan gone wrong, criminal as protagonist, security ...
Place: denmark, copenhagen
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How I Became a Gangster (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A polish gangster discovers the senselessness of his life.
Style: tense, exciting, visually appealing, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafioso, criminal underworld, changing lives, mafia, lifestyle change, criminal organization, organized crime, personality change, true crime, criminal as protagonist, criminal gang, moral transformation ...
Place: poland, europe
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Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: While working at a Seattle clinic for women in the 1970s, Ann Rule becomes friends with Ted Bundy. Based on a book by Ann Rule.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, dark
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, crimes, murder, legal, who done it, uncover truth, investigation, life is a bitch, police investigation, police detective, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, year 1978, 80s, 70s
Place: utah, seattle, usa, florida
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 9.2
 1.8M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, epic, dramatic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, gangsters, revenge, greed, crime family, betrayal, crimes, pride and honor, murder, gang war, corruption ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, bronx new york city, sicily, manhattan new york city ...
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Leverage: Redemption (2021)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
TV show
Story: The Hitter, the Hacker, the Grifter and the Thief are together again, this time with help from a new tech genius and corporate fixer, to take on a new kind of villain. From the man who created an opioid crisis from the comfort of his boardroom to ...
Style: tense, disturbing, captivating, entertaining, psychological ...
Plot: robbery, heist, genius, secret revealed, con artists, redemption, con men, deception, crime solving, con trick, career criminal, fight for justice ...
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park (2020)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: The story revolves around 20-year-old Makoto, who frequently gets involved in highly dangerous situations, usually against his own judgment. Along for the ride are his best buddies Shun, Masa, and Takashi, the enigmatic leader of a local gang in ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: criminal organization, mob boss, true love, death of loved one, love and romance, love, organized crime, mafia, friendship between men, best friends, gangster boss, criminal gang ...
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 6.3
 13K
Forsaken (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Country: Canada, France, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: John Henry returns to his hometown in hopes of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, but a local gang is terrorizing the town. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, however he has abandoned both his gun and reputation as a ...
Style: suspenseful, entertaining, captivating, exciting, social
Plot: father son relationship, real life father and son playing father and son, corruption, rivalry, society, fight, redemption, crimes, greed, criminal as protagonist, gladiator, civil war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: new mexico, arizona, wyoming
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 6.0
 2K
Teddy (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: France, Pyrénées. Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor. Rebecca, his girlfriend, will soon graduate. A scorching hot summer begins. But Teddy is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that ...
Style: suspense, psychological, unusual plot structure, scary, bleak ...
Plot: werewolf, monster, supernatural, female boss, strange behavior, chase, death, massacre, violence, vengeance, evil, youth ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france
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 7.0
 44K
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.
Style: neo noir, disturbing, sexy, surreal, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, rape, drugs, gambling, addiction, drug addiction, gangsters, redemption, crimes, corruption, masturbation, character study ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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The Golden Glove (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.
Style: macabre, bleak, disturbing, slasher, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, mentally unstable, murder of a prostitute, murder, sex crime, misfit, loser, alcoholic, murderer, brutality, loner, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, year 1970
Place: hamburg germany, west germany, northern germany, central europe
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Enemies of the State (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Crime thriller inspired by the story of Jiri Kajinek, which is considered the first bounty hunter in the Czech Republic. Thanks to his escape from the prison fortress Mirov it became a legend and the most wanted man in Europe. Five weeks while ...
Style: suspense, captivating
Plot: prison, jail, prison escape, lawyer, court, prison life, legal, jailed, escape, crime boss, prison fight, law and order ...
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Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: West Germany
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Story of a gay serial killer who murders young boys so he can serve them as dinner to his circle of fellow cannibals.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, gothic, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, gay, secret, psychopath, boy, serial child killer, black market, true crime, cannibal, crimes, lgbt ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s
Place: europe, germany, central europe
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 7.2
 2K
6ixtynin9 (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A woman, fired from a financial coorporation during the Asia crisis, returns home with no money. However, she finds a box with a fortune in front of her door, and decides to keep it. However, the people that left it there soon want it back.
Style: tense, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, humorous ...
Plot: gangsters, crime gone awry, escape, self defense, mistaken identity, disorder, woman in danger, chase, money, serial killer, stolen money, caper ...
Time: 90s
Place: thailand, tokyo, asia, bangkok thailand, new jersey
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Cops and Robbers (1973)
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Two disillusioned New York policemen plan a $10 million robbery to fuel their low pensions, only to run into one debacle after another in the process.
Style: realistic, semi serious, suspenseful, witty, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police officer, mafia, gangsters, chase, crime gone awry, heist, police detective, disorder, criminal heroes, law enforcement, dishonesty, partners ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city
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Get Charlie Tully (1972)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Charlie Tully and womanising Reggie Peek con two rich Italians out of £500,000 but during their flight out Charlie is arrested for coning an American and a dog. Reggie stores the money in a Swiss Bank and after Charlie is released is about to tell ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: heist, on the run, camp, love affair, bank, cons and scams, crimes, gangsters, criminal heroes, dishonesty, chase, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
Place: rome italy, london, europe, switzerland, italy ...
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Carry on Dick (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dick Turpin is terrorising the countryside around Upper Dencher. Captain Fancey and Sergeant Jock Strapp plan to put an end to his escapades, and enlist the help of the Reverend Flasher. Little do they know that the priest leads a double life. Then ...
Style: sex comedy, parody, not serious, witty, humorous
Plot: satire, highwayman, ambiguity, criminal, countryside, horse, innuendo, investigation, gang, crimes, criminal's revenge, nothing goes right ...
Time: 18th century, 20th century, 70s
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The Thief of Paris (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In Paris around 1900, Georges Randal is brought up by his wealthy uncle, who steals his inheritance. Georges hopes to marry his cousin Charlotte, but his uncle arranges for her to marry a rich neighbour. As an act of revenge, Georges steals the ...
Style: witty, clever, stylized, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: heist, orphan, thief, society, dishonesty, clergy, rivalry, crimes, rise to the top, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, family relations ...
Time: 1890s
Place: paris france, france, europe, england, brussels ...
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Farewell, Friend (1968)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After serving together in the French Foreign Legion, a mercenary and a doctor leave the service and go their separate ways. Later, they are reunited and become involved with a caper involving millions in a high-security safe. The two men become ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, female nudity, robbery, trapped, friendship between men, safecracker, friendship, chase, rivalry, soldier, femme fatale, manipulation ...
Time: 60s
Place: france, europe, paris france, congo, marseille
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