Looking for suspenseful action that keeps you glued to the screen? Why not check out this list of 10 best crime movies of all time to keep yourself alert?
Lovers of thrilling top crime movies of all time are always looking for cinematic works with plenty of unexpected and unique twists. In this compilation of what we consider the 10 best crime movies of all time, each movie has a certain characteristic that makes them truly stand out.
In this list, we will feature a Tarantino classic like ‘Reservoir Dogs’ to suspenseful thrillers like ‘Gone Girl’. Also included in this list of best crime thriller movies of all time is a non-English movie that has become the icon of Asian crime thriller movie making.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into the top 10 crime movies of all time that give you a chilly sensation all the way through
Most Thrilling Top 10 Best Crime Movies of All Time
Table of Contents
- 1. Reservoir Dogs
- 2. Seven
- 3. Chinatown
- 4. Catch Me If You Can
- 5. Oldboy
- 6. Inside Man
- 7. Memento
- 8. Ocean’s Eleven
- 9. Gone Girl
- 10. Dog Day Afternoon
1. Reservoir Dogs
The movie debut of Quentin Tarantino as a director, which to this day still gives us much to talk about. In Reservoir Dogs, six professional criminals are hired for a job who for security reasons, do not know each other.
To maintain anonymity they hide their identities under colored names: Mr. Orange, Mr. White, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. Brown and Mr. Blue.
During the assignment something goes wrong, and everything seems to indicate that there is a traitor among them, so they meet in an abandoned warehouse to try to find out, each on their own, who is the culprit.
Probably one of the most iconic thrillers. Directed by David Fincher, it takes place in an undetermined American city where two detectives, the experienced William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and the young and impulsive David Mills (Brad Pitt) work together to solve a wave of violent murders related to the seven deadly sins.
Both will become too personally involved with the crimes. Will they manage to make it out in once piece?
A dramatic film noir classic. Directed by the famous Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson, the plot takes place in the 1930s, when private detective Jack Gittes receives a visit from a woman who suspects that her husband is unfaithful to her.
When she is murdered, Gittes is hired twice, by two different clients, to investigate the case. As expected, nothing is what it seems.
4. Catch Me If You Can
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this American crime drama based on a true story tells the story of Frank Abagnale Jr, a young man who managed to make a fortune through scams and deception before he was 19 years old, posing as a pilot, doctor, and a lawyer.
His specialty, check counterfeiting, puts him in the crosshairs of the FBI, triggering a nationwide chase to hunt him down.
First premiered in 2003 and directed by Pak Chan-uk, Oldboy is a Korean movie that tells the story of Min-Sik Choi, a businessman who is one day kidnapped and confined for years in a cell with the only company of a television.
He has no idea why he is there, and will maintain a strong internal struggle not to lose his reason and try to escape during the 15 years that he will remain in captivity. He will escape and discover a terrible secret that forever cemented Oldboy as the great Asian crime thriller movie of all time.
6. Inside Man
This movie narrates the events that happen surrounding the robbery of a bank in Manhattan, New York. The movie opens with Dalton Russel, the mastermind behind the plan, explaining that he has come up with the “perfect robbery.”\
The movie will show us how the robbery unfolds, and we will discover little by little if the plan was as perfect as it seemed and if it is successful.
Christopher Nolan is an incredible director and Memento is perhaps his best movie. Drawing on a story written by his brother, Jonathan Nolan, he tells the story of Leonard, an insurance agency investigator whose memory begins to deteriorate after a blow to the head that occurred while trying to find out what happened to his wife.
While reality, what happened and what can happen are mixed in the narration, we are talking about a cult classic in terms of script and editing, a thriller that leaves its mark and that intelligently captures the viewer’s attention thanks to the superb Guy Pearce.
8. Ocean’s Eleven
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Ocean’s Eleven revolves around Danny Ocean, a charismatic thief who just out of jail is already planning his next hit: the biggest casino heist in history, for which he will assemble a very special group of 11 men, each the best in their field.
But a small setback will emerge: the owner of the premises is dating Danny’s ex-wife, which will disrupt the plans.
9. Gone Girl
Gone Girl is an American drama movie, based on the novel of the same name published in 2012 by Gillian Flynn. From the brain of famous director David Fincher, it recounts the events surrounding Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) when his wife mysteriously disappears on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.
Dunne’s strange behavior and discoveries about married life will put him in the crosshairs of the police investigation. Did Nick kill his wife?
10. Dog Day Afternoon
‘Dog Day Afternoon’, is a 1975 American movie directed by famous filmmaker Sidney Lumet. Based on true events that occurred three years earlier, in 1972, it tells the story of the robbery of a bank in New York by two inexperienced criminals to get the money one of them needs to pay for his partner’s sex change operation.
The failure of the plan and the arrival of the police, the media and onlookers will turn the situation into quite a spectacle.