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, tense, twists and turns, clever, interesting and intense. Plot: crimes, violence, gangsters, storytelling, murder, gun, dialogue, corruption, blood and vengeance. Genre: Crime, Drama and Thriller. Country: USA, UK and Hong Kong.
Best American Crime Movies
Best American Crime Movies
TOP Movies: Pulp Fiction (1994), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), No Country for Old Men (2007), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Accountant (2016), Ocean's Eleven (2001), The Green Mile (1999), Uncut Gems (2019), The Hateful Eight (2015), The Sting (1973), Scarface (1983), The Departed (2006), Training Day (2001), Phone Booth (2002), The Nice Guys (2016), Snatch (2000), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Drive (2011).

List of Best Movies

 8.9
 2.0M
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, witty, exciting, clever, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, drugs, dark humor, hitman, overdose, gunfight, violence, organized crime, gangsters, multiple storylines, rape, cocaine ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: vengeance, prison, justice, vigilantism, master criminal, murder, fighting the system, mind game, death, investigation, injustice, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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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, suspense, tense, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: hitman, crimes, psychopath, greed, brutality, human nature, sheriff, death, peril, desert, serial killer, money ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, el paso texas, mexico, austin texas, usa ...
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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, captivating, epic, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, crime family, crimes, greed, pride and honor, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, patriarch ...
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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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: epic, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, revenge, criminal heroes, melancholy, crime boss, ambition, rise to the top, corrupt politician, cosa nostra ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: cuba, new york, italy, las vegas, sicily ...
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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: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, scary, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, cannibalism, psychology, investigation, crimes, kidnapping, mind game, maniac, fbi, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: maryland, usa, baltimore, chicago illinois, memphis ...
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 7.3
 294K
The Accountant (2016)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: autism, lone hero, accountant, assassin, mathematics, gunfight, organized crime, justice, sniper, hitman, money laundering, investigation ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 2010, 2000s, year 2006 ...
Place: washington d.c., germany, new hampshire, illinois, chicago illinois ...
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 7.7
 565K
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, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, crimes, cons and scams, thief, casino, outsmarting, con artists, perfect crime, scheme, group of criminals, deception, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, atlantic city, usa, atlantic city new jersey, los angeles ...
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 8.6
 1.3M
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prison, death row, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, electric chair, death sentence, prison life, confined, justice, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 7.4
 273K
Uncut Gems (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Howard Ratner, a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime.
Style: neo noir, suspense, uplifting, tense, tragic ending ...
Plot: bet, auction, gambling, jeweler, infidelity, money, threat, jewelry, gem, scam, adultery, surprise ...
Time: future, year 2012, year 2010
Place: new york, ethiopia, manhattan new york city
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The Hateful Eight (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.
Style: captivating, stylized, bloody, suspense, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, dark humor, stagecoach, old west, murder, winter, brutality, gang, blizzard, hitman, revenge, prisoner ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: wyoming, usa
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 8.3
 260K
The Sting (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.
Style: humorous, twists and turns, witty, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: con artists, gambling, cons and scams, casino, gangsters, poker, heist, crimes, mafia, caper, chase, sting operation ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york
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 8.3
 823K
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: exciting, serious, rough, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, drug lord, cocaine, gunfight, drug cartel, mob boss, drug dealing, criminal heroes, drug abuse, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, miami beach, florida, bolivia ...
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 8.5
 1.3M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, police, crimes, mole, organized crime, undercover cop, working undercover, corruption, mind game, violence, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, china, taiwan ...
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 7.7
 430K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, neo noir, harsh, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, african american, lone hero, corrupt cop, gang member, gunfight, gang, drug dealer, rookie, mentor, police, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.1
 268K
Phone Booth (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, sniper, psychopath, mind game, crimes, trapped, dishonesty, hopes, sin, murder, redemption, psychological manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 318K
The Nice Guys (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.
Style: neo noir, buddy comedy, entertaining, suspense, humorous ...
Plot: conspiracy, private detective, investigation, father daughter relationship, private investigator, murder, corruption, teenage girl, party, alcoholic, single father, female nudity ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.3
 844K
Snatch (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The second film from British director Guy Ritchie. Snatch tells an obscure story similar to his first fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” There are two overlapping stories here – one is the ...
Style: humorous, witty, entertaining, funny, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crimes, gambling, criminal heroes, cons and scams, sarcasm, master criminal, crime gone awry, disorder, gangsters, boxing, bookies ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: england, london, belgium, antwerp, europe
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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Style: clever, twists and turns, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, court, legal investigation, legal, courtroom drama, murder, hotshot lawyer, crimes, arrest, mind game, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, beverly hills, san francisco
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 7.8
 628K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Action, 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, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, heist, lone wolves, mechanic, tough heroes, revenge, organized crime, loner, crimes, brutality, criminal's revenge, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.1
 464K
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, thought provoking, twists and turns, psychological, tense ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, investigative journalism, lawyer, conspiracy, sexual abuse, catholicism, child abuse, pedophilia, newspaper, catholic church, cover up ...
Time: year 2001, year 2002, september 11 2001, year 1976
Place: boston, massachusetts, new england, florida
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 6.7
 122K
The Call (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jordan Turner is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue. But when teenager Casey Welson is abducted in the back of a man's car and calls 911, ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, twist ending, surprise ending, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, investigation, woman in danger, 911, psycho, child abduction, murder, chase, youth, graphic violence, lifesaver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.0
 764K
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: atmospheric, surreal, neo noir, dark, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, corruption, crimes, dark hero, distopia, justice, multiple storylines, hitman, tough heroes, vigilante, killings, stripper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, 2000s ...
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 7.1
 270K
Don't Breathe (2016)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A group of teens break into a blind man's home thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime. They're wrong.
Style: suspense, brutal, scary, twist ending, disturbing ...
Plot: home invasion, murder, thief, survival, blind man, trapped, kidnapping, violence, held captive, breaking and entering, heist gone wrong, surveillance ...
Place: michigan, california, detroit
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 170K
Wrath of Man (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A cold and mysterious new security guard for a Los Angeles cash truck company surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman's ultimate ...
Style: suspense, humorous, psychological, non-linear, neo noir ...
Plot: revenge, crime boss, lone hero, heist, fighting crime, gangsters, security guard, robbery, fight for justice, working undercover, ex soldier, murder of son ...
Time: 2020s
Place: los angeles, north america, usa
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 8.7
 1.1M
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 145 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, suspense, brutal, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, crimes, rise and fall, criminal heroes, mentor, friends, cosa nostra, prison, fbi, infidelity ...
Time: 50s, 70s, year 1970, year 1955, year 1980 ...
Place: new york, florida, brooklyn new york city, usa, pittsburgh ...
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, 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, captivating, motivational, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teens
Plot: corruption, business, money, rise and fall, wall street, stock market, wealth, success, cons and scams, greed, american dream, stock broker ...
Time: 90s, 80s, year 1987, 20th century, year 1983
Place: new york, geneva switzerland, usa, italy, manhattan new york city ...
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American History X (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, cerebral, tense, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, skinhead, racism, gang, crimes, juvenile delinquency, rape, neo nazi, nazism, racial slur, youth, racial prejudice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 534K
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, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, character study, sociopath, cynicism, journalist, ethics, deception, home invasion, morality, tv news, graphic violence, crime scene ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
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 7.8
 377K
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, inspirational, thought provoking ...
Plot: mafia, italian mafia, labor union, organized crime, hitman, gangsters, killer as protagonist, murder, high society, old man, prison, life ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, year 1971 ...
Place: ireland, pennsylvania, philadelphia, chicago illinois, detroit ...
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