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My Top 5 Crime Films

Crime films can cover a lot of ground, there are a few films that have elements of the crime as part of there story, thus well over half of all films will have some crime but, some are more focused and vital part of what the films about. They can be violent, clever, heartwarming, funny with some of the greatest actors in history, the story can be so intriguing and excellent and for me, they are often excellent.

With all that being said, making a list might be a little tough, as there are many films that have crime in them, so I had to focused on the ones listed as crime and crime/thrillers, this still brought up a few. Doing some investigations and chats with my friends saw a few of us have very similar tastes as a few of these were commonly chosen.

Departed

For me this is arguably one of the better crime films there has ever been, it’s well written, well-acted and a stunning cast, This was Martin Scorsese on form directing, this is a film well worth watching above almost all others in the list. There are many actors I like that are in these films, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Leonardo Dicaprio, Martin Sheen among others.

Goodfellas

I’m perhaps a bit too young to really appreciate the Godfather, but Goodfellas I really enjoyed, this was my favourite Mob style old school crime, from 1990 starring Robert De Niro, Joe Peschi, and Ray Liotta. In reality, is a masterclass in this style of film making and perhaps this style will never be done again, but it’s a great film anyway?

Seven

To be honest its more of a thriller but the whole premise is solving the crime so I let it pass, but this is one of the favourite films, Morgan freeman is excellent while Kevin Spacey is pretty weird…Brad Pitt in arguably his breakout performance at the time,  but the ending of the film is arguably still one of the most memorable in film history.

Reservoir dogs

Pulp fiction was equally good, however, Reservoir dogs was a change in cinema history with Quentin Tarantino making his directorial debut, but even with that the style of the film was different and made a huge impact, with a host of known actors that retuned in later roles for him, it was so clever and well written and cant be undersold in its quality, people may now have other Tarantino favourites, but this film made the impact for him.

Oceans

I have no doubt Oceans 11 with frank Sinatra was big in its time, but in 2001 this film was hugely successful, starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and several other well-known stars this was a clever but a different style of film again, and an excellent masterpiece in a robbery style film, it spawned sequels, Oceans 12 wasn’t great, there were parts of ok but most people agree it was weak, the third in was back to the best but the second did stall its rhythm, but it’s still good. 10 years on from there Last an all-girls version was released and actually did pretty well, there still rumours of a second one based on its popularity, I think it was fine.

Overall

There are some excellent films on this and some of the ones I like to rewatch, but I think unlike other films I have to be in the mood for it, however, these are fantastic and well worth watching at least once.

Some alternative films that could have made the list

Scarface  | A great classic, iconic in films

Usual suspects | Excellent film, for many would be on theres

Godfather | Its great but i was too young to be in that era of it being spectacular and many peoples favourite.

Pulp fiction | I could have made a Tarantino list, and this film should possibly be on this one, it was excellent.

Heat | Its more of an action film, which is why it’s not on my main list, it’s a great film, one of my favourites.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Samantha Donnelly

    Resevoir Dogs and the Oceans films I have seen quite a few times as I have Scarface my husband loves these films

    August 25, 2020 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Eddie

    Scarface is one of my all time favourites. I will have to add departed to the top of my list as I have never seen it.

    Totally with you on goodfellas great film.

    Probably not the greatest but tango and cash is a good one, conair and the Italian job (preferably the original but the remake isn’t bad).

    Great line up with a few I’ve added to my own to watch list.

    August 25, 2020 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply SARAH L FLANAGAN

    I remember Oceans from when I was a teenager and the plot was always great to me but they could have done without all the language

    August 25, 2020 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Smith

    I’ve only seen Oceans and Pulp Fiction from the list – that’s shocking! I’ve been meaning to watch Seven for quite some time now so as it’s in your top 5, I think I should give it a go

    August 25, 2020 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Do you know I don’t think I’ve watched anything on this list (or at least not that I can remember, which is strange as I love a good crime movie). So I know what I’m going to be doing this week!

    August 25, 2020 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I have seen the Oceans films but I am not familiar with the others. I know my husband has seen these films because this genre is his favorite. I will let him know about this list and we will look for a copy. These would be perfect for a date night at home.

    August 26, 2020 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Kara

    I love the Ocean’s films and Seven, but not seen the others. Will have to look them up

    August 26, 2020 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Beth Sachs

    I love reservoir dogs and have watched it so many times! Great choices!

    August 26, 2020 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Kacie Morgan

    Reservoir Dogs is one of my fave films too. I also love Kill Bill; I think that would definitely make my list of top crime movies.

    August 26, 2020 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Rhian westbury

    I think I’ve seen Ocean but I’m not generally a crime movie film so I’ve not seen most of the rest of these, although reservoir dogs is on my to watch list x

    August 26, 2020 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Emma

    My husband loves all those but I am not a huge fan! Great choices though! We’ve watched a lot of films recently

    August 26, 2020 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Kira

    I’ve seen a few of these films and we really enjoyed departed . Will have to start a movie marathon and go through the rest of them

    August 30, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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