The No Good, Dirty Rotten Crime Movies You Need To See

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Most people can agree that they wouldn’t like to live through the events of a crime movie. But to watch a crime movie? To zoom along on a high-speed car chase, enact the logistics of a heist, and see a killer on the prowl? Well, that’s a whole ‘nother story. With their exaggerated plots and thrilling twists and turns, crime movies make for exhilarating viewing experiences.
From light-hearted capers to grim dramas, these movies peel back the motivations and consequences of a life people are pushed toward through circumstances. Or, in some cases, through pure outlaw spirit. Each of these films provides a different perspective on the lawless streak that festers within society, and within us. They show what happens when people choose to go off-script.
Take a walk on the wild, and illegal, side — if only for a few hours.
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Nine Queens (2000)

Juan (Gastón Pauls) is in the middle of his usual bill-switching con-scheme, when Marcos (Ricardo Darín), a pesky bystander, threatens to bring him to the police. But Marcos is no innocent bystander. A con-man himself, he enlists Juan into the mother of all schemes: forging a set of extremely rare stamps, the Nine Queens.

As layers and layers of deception are gradually pulled back, you’ll realize no one can be trusted, and nothing can be predicted.
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City Of God (2002)

Two boys are born in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. One becomes a photographer who documents drug-related crime; the other, a kingpin of the drug trade. City of God is an unflinching look at Rio's rough, poverty-stricken neighborhoods, where gangs are rampant and kids can handle guns before they can read.
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Goodfellas (1990)

Martin Scorsese's iconic mafia film begins with the line, “Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.” How could a movie like that be anything but one of the most iconic crime movies ever? Watch the rise and fall of Henry Hill, real-life mafioso who becomes part of the gangster set he so admired growing up.
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The Usual Suspects (1995)

Customs agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) thinks he has a handle on the crime when he sits down to talk to Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey) about a recent heist Verbal's group was involved in. But, as this slippery drama unfurls, no one can predict the twists and turns of Verbal's crime.
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The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)

After years as a criminal court employee, Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) knows how he’ll spend his retirement: Writing a novel based on the case that has haunted him his entire life. 25 years prior, Benjamin investigated newlywed’s rape and murder, still unsolved to this day.

While writing the novel, Esposito unearths new information and begins an informal investigation that changes everything. Winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010, this suspenseful, harrowing film will haunt you. Be sure to watch the original Argentine film, not the U.S. reboot.
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Tell No One (2006)

It’s taken eight years, but Alex Beck (Francois Cluzet) is somewhat recovered from the murder of his wife, Margot. But Alex's fragile equilibrium is shattered on one very eventful day.

First, two bodies are uncovered in his backyard, with all evidence pointing to Alex as the killer. Then, Alex is sent a video of his wife, very much alive, with the message, “Tell no one.” Alex bolts in the direction of his wife, and away from the police. This tightly crafted, satisfying thriller will keep you holding out hope until the very end.
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

What happens when crime meets romance meets comedy? Kiss Kiss Bang Bang happens, that’s what.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang opens when a crook (Robert Downey Jr.) accidentally auditions for a mystery film while running from the cops. Harry Lockhart gets the part, landing him into high Hollywood society, where he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation with his childhood crush (Michelle Monaghan) and a private eye (Val Kilmer). It’s like an old-school film noir movie, only funny. After watching, you'll wonder why everyone hasn't already seen it.
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Hot Fuzz (2007)

After Sgt. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is transferred from an intense London police team to a quaint English town, he thinks his job will be terribly dull. But after a string of mysterious murders, Nick begins to piece together a dangerous conspiracy that governs the entire town. Will Nick and his goofy, semi-incompetent partner Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) be able to solve the crime? You’ll laugh on your way to finding out.
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Pulp Fiction (1994)

Hitmen Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are as prone to intellectual meanderings as they are to murder. In this layered Tarantino film, Vincent and Jules' paths brush with many other L.A. characters, ranging from gangsters and boxers to armed robbers and wives who like disco dancing. You might have to watch twice to see how it all fits together.