Best American Crime Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best American Crime Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspense, neo noir, realistic, interesting, tense and thought provoking. Plot: murder, violence, blood, crimes, profanity, revenge, death, gun, crime and storytelling. Genre: Crime, Drama and Thriller. Country: USA and Canada.
Best American Crime Movies
Best American Crime Movies
TOP Movies: Pulp Fiction (1994), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), No Country for Old Men (2007), Spotlight (2015), Drive (2011), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Sin City (2005), Felon (2008), Joker (2019), Goodfellas (1990), The Irishman (2019), Hesher (2010), Nightcrawler (2014), Traffik (2018), Zootopia (2016), Taxi Driver (1976), Night Hunter (2018), Ocean's Eleven (2001).

List of Best Movies

 8.9
 1.9M
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.
Style: neo noir, exciting, witty, interesting, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, crimes, gunfight, hitman, drugs, cocaine, crime, drugs/alcohol, twists & turns, criminal heroes, heroin, multiple storylines ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
Is relevant ?
 9.2
 1.7M
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: captivating, serious, rough, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, greed, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, lawyer, cosa nostra, mob boss, crime boss ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
Is relevant ?
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, dramatic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, melancholy, criminal heroes, ambition, rise to the top, corruption, immigrants, pride and honor, family relations ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1920s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, las vegas, sicily ...
Is relevant ?
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: neo noir, tense, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: greed, hitman, death, sheriff, brutality, crimes, human nature, track down, peril, stolen money, psychopath, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, el paso texas
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
crimes movies
13978
neo noir movies
2198
murder movies
18125
crime movies
5955
 8.1
 439K
Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, twists and turns, psychological, talky, tense ...
Plot: journalism, conspiracy, investigative journalism, twists & turns, catholicism, investigation, pedophilia, expose, lawyer, pedophile priest, catholic, child abuse ...
Time: year 2002, year 2001, year 1976, september 11 2001
Place: boston, florida
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 591K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: neo noir, tense, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, getaway driver, lone wolves, tough heroes, mechanic, danger, criminal's revenge, organized crime, crimes, heist, chases and races, neighbor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
Is relevant ?
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, mind game, cannibalism, psychology, investigation, crime, maniac, profiler, fbi, brutality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, ohio, west virginia ...
Is relevant ?
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, realistic, motivational, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, corruption, success, dark humor, greed, corporate crimes, deception, stock broker, rags to riches, money laundering, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987 ...
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, big ben london, manhattan new york city ...
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
tense movies
10601
captivating movies
15722
suspense movies
13231
 8.0
 748K
Sin City (2005)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust ...
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, dark, bleak, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark hero, crimes, justice, vengeance, distopia, social decay, anti hero, crime, torture, tough heroes, gory, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2000s, 20th century ...
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 77K
Felon (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.
Style: brutal, realistic, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison life, prison gang, fist fighting, life is a bitch, court, fighting the system, murder, prison riot, life turned upside down, rivalry, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 1.0M
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, suspense, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, psycho, insanity, villain, social decay, psychological trauma, social problems, mental patient, character change, bad attitude, evil clown, social problem ...
Time: 80s, year 1981, 20th century, 2010s
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 1.1M
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, rise and fall, crimes, friends, mentor, court, fbi, criminal heroes, friendship, shooting ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1979 ...
Place: new york, florida, brooklyn new york city, usa, bronx new york city ...
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 345K
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, captivating, thought provoking, neo noir ...
Plot: mafia, italian mafia, labor union, hitman, organized crime, life, murder, high society, father daughter relationship, killer as protagonist, mob hit, arrest ...
Time: 1960s, 1950s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: chicago illinois, philadelphia, pennsylvania, detroit, new york ...
Is relevant ?
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: John Wick is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ...
Style: tense, exciting, brutal, suspense, neo noir ...
Plot: one man army, gunfight, criminal's revenge, vengeance, tough guy, murder, shooting, danger, crimes, martial arts, assassin, chase ...
Time: 2010s
Place: sahara, grand central station manhattan new york city, morocco, north africa, manhattan new york city ...
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 52K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: antisocial behavior, dysfunctional character, loner, youth, arson, depression, stranger, bully, grief, rebelliousness, death in the family, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 491K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: neo noir, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: journalism, sociopath, twists & turns, journalist, character study, morality, cynicism, graphic violence, obsession, ambition, neo-noir, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
Is relevant ?
 6.0
 19K
Traffik (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.
Style: sad, rough, suspense
Plot: sex trafficking, slave trade, fight, escape, death of loved one, young couple, murder, death, kidnapping, human trafficking, blood, policewoman ...
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 455K
Zootopia (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia's police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case - even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.
Style: witty, feel good, funny, allegory, clever ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: disney, happy ending, anthropomorphism, animals, talking animals, anthropomorphic animal, adventure, stereotypes, prejudice, rabbit, friendship, lion ...
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
suspenseful movies
18063
rough movies
8202
realistic movies
28213
gangsters movies
5835
 8.2
 757K
Taxi Driver (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: social decay, loner, lone wolves, character study, depression, paranoia, obsession, antisocial behavior, vigilante, loneliness, alienation, taxi driver ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: new york, usa, harlem, united states, manhattan new york city ...
Is relevant ?
 5.9
 18K
Night Hunter (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A police task force traps an online predator, only to discover that the depth of his crimes goes far beyond anything they had anticipated.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: profiler, serial killer, tragic past, vigilante, ex husband ex wife relationship, father daughter relationship, fbi agent, schizophrenic, kidnap, psychopath, investigation, pedophile ...
Time: 2010s
Place: minnesota
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 536K
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to ...
Style: clever, witty, exciting, twists and turns, humorous ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, teens
Plot: heist, cons and scams, perfect crime, outsmarting, thief, scheme, crimes, casino, group of criminals, con artists, crime, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, atlantic city, san diego california, atlantic city new jersey ...
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 20K
No Good Deed (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Terri is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin, a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed ...
Style: psycho film, sadistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: home invasion, hostage, killer, family in danger, sociopath, deadly, serial killer, confined, blood, crime, crimes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia, tennessee
Is relevant ?
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspenseful, interesting ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, gunfight, murder, organized crime, police corruption, corpse, police investigation, prostitute, police brutality, crimes, murder mystery ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona, united states
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
violence movies
13345
usa movies
usa
12915
bleak movies
6141
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The Bride unwaveringly continues on her roaring rampage of revenge against the band of assassins who had tried to kill her and her unborn child. She visits each of her former associates one-by-one, checking off the victims on her Death List Five ...
Style: non-linear, atmospheric, captivating, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, vengeance, female assassin, female warrior, mentor, revenge, master warrior, death, sword fight, pride and honor, warrior, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: el paso texas, tokyo, japan, mexico
Is relevant ?
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: earnest, touching, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, poverty, court, lawyer, courtroom, small town, rape, prejudice, legal, trial, interracial relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932
Place: alabama, usa
Is relevant ?
The Hate U Give (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Raised in a poverty-stricken slum, a 16-year-old girl named Starr now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing
Plot: ghetto, private school, racism, protest, preparatory school, witness, murder, friendship, police, african american, father son relationship, party ...
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 515K
Knives Out (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his ...
Style: captivating, witty, exciting, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: murder mystery, investigation, mansion, eccentric family, whodunit, private detective, murder, mystery killer, murder investigation, suspect, inheritance, crime ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: massachusetts, usa, new england
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 184K
The Judge (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Style: touching, serious, suspenseful, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, small town, judge, hotshot lawyer, jury, murder trial, homecoming, family relations, legal, courtroom drama, court ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, new york, chicago illinois
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 239K
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and become the head of the local chapter.
Style: semi serious, factual, thought provoking, captivating, rough ...
Plot: ku klux klan, racism, undercover cop, black cop, racist, white supremacy, bomb, violence, activist, jewish, african american, male protagonist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 2017, year 1972
Place: usa, colorado
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 1.5M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, investigation, mind game, police investigation, crime, master criminal, police detective, psychology, insanity, police, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
death movies
14142
profanity movies
4916
greed movies
5483
brutality movies
9950
mafia movies
1275
revenge movies
9079
corruption movies
5045
gunfight movies
5831
psychopath movies
3595
clever movies
6584