Modern Film Noir

by RAMPARTisGREAT | created - 30 Oct 2011 | updated - 30 Dec 2012 | Public

Der Begriff Film noir [filmˈnwaʀ] (frz. für „schwarzer Film“) bezeichnet ein Filmgenre oder – je nach Sichtweise – eine Stilrichtung des Films. Seine klassische Ära hatte der Film noir in den Vereinigten Staaten der 1940er und 1950er Jahre. Wurzelnd in der Zeit des ausgehenden Zweiten Weltkrieges und beeinflusst vom deutschen Expressionismus sowie von der Tradition US-amerikanischer Kriminalliteratur, stellt der Film noir einen Gegensatz zum konventionellen Hollywood-Kino dar. Er ist gekennzeichnet durch eine pessimistische Weltsicht, düstere Bildgestaltung und entfremdete, verbitterte Charaktere. Sein Stil hat sich teilweise in späteren Filmen („Neo-Noir“, Cyberpunk) wie auch in anderen Medien fortgesetzt.

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1. Palmetto (1998)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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43 Metascore

A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 6,961 | Gross: $5.84M

2. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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A womanizing, crooked cop on the payroll of the mafia is confronted with the reality of his double life after he is asked to kill a beautiful and ruthless Russian gangster.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Wallace Wood, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 11,561 | Gross: $3.28M

3. Above Suspicion (1995)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A paralyzed cop takes advantage of the sympathy he attracts in order to get rid of his cheating wife and her lover.

Director: Steven Schachter | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Joe Mantegna, Kim Cattrall, Edward Kerr

Votes: 1,531

4. After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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78 Metascore

An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both... See full summary »

Director: James Foley | Stars: Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, Bruce Dern, Rocky Giordani

Votes: 2,742 | Gross: $2.68M

5. Fallen Angels (1993–1995)

30 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

6.4
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Fallen Angels is an American neo-noir anthology television series that ran in 1993 and 1995 on Showtime, and was produced by Propaganda Films. No first-run episodes were shown in 1994.

Stars: Miguel Ferrer, Lynette Walden, Dan Hedaya, Bernard Hocke

Votes: 336

6. Dead Again (1991)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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66 Metascore

An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 23,089 | Gross: $38.02M

7. One False Move (1992)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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87 Metascore

A small town police chief awaits the arrival of a gang of killers.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, Michael Beach

Votes: 8,226 | Gross: $1.54M

8. Miller's Crossing (1990)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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66 Metascore

Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 111,726 | Gross: $5.08M

9. The Public Eye (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Story of a 1940s photographer who specializes in crime and in not getting involved... until this time.

Director: Howard Franklin | Stars: Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, Richard Riehle, Bryan Travis Smith

Votes: 2,806 | Gross: $3.07M

10. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 456,580 | Gross: $64.62M

11. The Grifters (1990)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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86 Metascore

A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Jan Munroe

Votes: 22,244 | Gross: $13.45M

12. Red Rock West (1993)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, Craig Reay

Votes: 17,102 | Gross: $2.50M

13. The Last Seduction (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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85 Metascore

A devious sexpot steals her husband's drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman, Michael Raysses

Votes: 17,567 | Gross: $6.14M

14. China Moon (1991)

R | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

6.2
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Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

Director: John Bailey | Stars: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Charles Dance, Patricia Healy

Votes: 4,670 | Gross: $3.04M

15. The Underneath (1995)

R | 99 min | Crime, Thriller

6.2
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69 Metascore

A recovering gambling addict attempts to reconcile with his family and friends but finds trouble and temptation when caught between feelings for his ex-wife and her dangerous hoodlum boyfriend.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Elisabeth Shue, Alison Elliott, William Fichtner

Votes: 2,759 | Gross: $0.54M

16. Bound (1996)

R | 108 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

7.4
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61 Metascore

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 44,221 | Gross: $3.80M

17. Twilight (1998)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A retired detective accepts a simple task, unaware that it will tear open old, forgotten, but deadly wounds.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 8,874 | Gross: $15.03M

18. Reindeer Games (2000)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.7
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37 Metascore

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, James Frain

Votes: 33,579 | Gross: $23.36M

19. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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73 Metascore

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini

Votes: 91,842 | Gross: $7.49M

20. Out of Time (I) (2003)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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63 Metascore

A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes, Dean Cain

Votes: 49,842 | Gross: $40.91M

21. Brick (2005)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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72 Metascore

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good

Votes: 90,819 | Gross: $2.06M

22. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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78 Metascore

An African-American man is hired to find a woman, and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle

Votes: 14,659 | Gross: $16.03M

23. Hollywoodland (2006)

R | 126 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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62 Metascore

A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, the star of the television series Adventures of Superman (1952).

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 30,527 | Gross: $14.42M

24. Suture (1993)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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After his brother tries to kill him, a man survives only to find himself in another man's body.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono, Dina Merrill

Votes: 1,462 | Gross: $0.10M

25. U Turn (1997)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

A man heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debt before the Russian mafia kills him, is forced to stop in an Arizona town where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 44,511 | Gross: $6.63M

26. The Deep End (2001)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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78 Metascore

A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Donat

Votes: 10,190 | Gross: $8.82M

27. The Limey (1999)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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73 Metascore

An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 26,217 | Gross: $3.19M

28. Out of Sight (1998)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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85 Metascore

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn

Votes: 75,965 | Gross: $37.56M

29. A Simple Plan (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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82 Metascore

When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe

Votes: 54,772 | Gross: $16.31M

30. City of Industry (1997)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton, Famke Janssen

Votes: 5,112 | Gross: $1.50M

31. Homicide (1991)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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84 Metascore

A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, Vincent Guastaferro, J.J. Johnston

Votes: 5,109 | Gross: $2.97M

32. The Hot Spot (1990)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.4
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56 Metascore

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter quickly gets into trouble with the local authorities- and the local women- after he robs a bank.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 8,785 | Gross: $1.29M

33. The Salton Sea (2002)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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41 Metascore

After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 27,726 | Gross: $0.76M

34. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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72 Metascore

Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 216,708 | Gross: $104.45M

35. Payback (I) (1999)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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46 Metascore

After a successful heist, Porter is shot by his wife and his best friend. They leave him there to die but when he recovers, he seeks revenge and wants his share of the money.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer

Votes: 119,261 | Gross: $81.53M

36. White Sands (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 5,952 | Gross: $9.01M

37. B. Monkey (1998)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.0
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49 Metascore

A young woman attempts to end her criminal career. But she needs love to make it.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Asia Argento, Jared Harris, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Votes: 3,073 | Gross: $0.03M

38. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 169,139 | Gross: $14.38M

39. Mulholland Falls (1996)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 13,901 | Gross: $11.50M

40. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 269,078 | Gross: $7.22M

41. No Good Deed (2002)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Stellan Skarsgård, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 6,339 | Gross: $0.18M

42. Blood and Wine (1996)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez

Votes: 8,259 | Gross: $1.08M

43. Mini's First Time (2006)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.9
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45 Metascore

A rebellious girl hooks up with an escort agency where her stepfather is a client.

Director: Nick Guthe | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Nikki Reed, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jeff Goldblum

Votes: 7,541 | Gross: $0.05M

44. True Blue (2001)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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Rembrandt Macy (Tom Berenger) is a maverick cop assigned to a case where the primary evidence is a woman's hand found in a pond. Investigators identify the dead, and Macy is lead into a ... See full summary »

Director: J.S. Cardone | Stars: Tom Berenger, Lori Heuring, Pamela Gidley, Barry Newman

Votes: 624

45. Phoenix (1998)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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A cop (Liotta) with a gambling addiction plots a theft from the bookies who are putting pressure on him to pay off or else.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Ray Liotta, Anthony LaPaglia, Daniel Baldwin, Jeremy Piven

Votes: 3,217 | Gross: $0.04M

46. Amateur (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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53 Metascore

Isabelle is an ex-nun waiting for her special mission from God. In the meantime, she is making a living writing pornography. She meets Thomas, a sweet, confused amnesiac who cannot remember... See full summary »

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan, Elina Löwensohn, Damian Young

Votes: 4,870 | Gross: $0.86M

47. Presumed Innocent (1990)

R | 127 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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72 Metascore

As a lawyer investigates the murder of a colleague, he finds himself more connected to the crime than anyone else.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Harrison Ford, Raul Julia, Greta Scacchi, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 32,054 | Gross: $86.30M

48. Blindsided (1993 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

4.9
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An ex-cop is temporarily blinded when he steals cash from a money laundering operations. While recuperating in Mexico, the thief falls in love with a beautiful woman who has underworld ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Michael Donnelly | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Mia Sara, Rudy Ramos, Jack Kehler

Votes: 120

49. Best Laid Plans (1999)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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40 Metascore

A seemingly simple plan to steal money goes increasingly awry.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Alessandro Nivola, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Gene Wolande

Votes: 6,616 | Gross: $0.03M

50. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.2
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86 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 242,215 | Gross: $29.20M

51. Slam Dance (1987)

R | 92 min | Mystery, Thriller

5.3
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An artist, framed for the murder of a woman, is drawn into a web of corruption, blackmail and deceit.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Tom Hulce, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Virginia Madsen, Don Keith Opper

Votes: 1,147 | Gross: $0.41M

52. Second Skin (2000)

R | 95 min | Thriller

5.2
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A man opens a small-town bookstore in order to escape his connections to a mobster, but is reluctantly drawn back to his dark past by a mysterious woman.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Angus Macfadyen, Liam Waite, Norman Anstey

Votes: 780

53. Brown's Requiem (1998)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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Recovering alcoholic, ex-LAPD, private detective Fritz Brown, is hired by caddie "Fat Dog" to follow his kid sister, who is holed up with an old sugar daddy. The trail leads to his old police boss Cathcart, and the bodies start to pile up.

Director: Jason Freeland | Stars: Michael Rooker, Big Daddy Wayne, Jack Wallace, Will Sasso

Votes: 826 | Gross: $0.00M

54. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 17,503

55. The Right Temptation (2000)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.4
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A detective falls for the man she's supposed to be investigating; dire complications follow.

Director: Lyndon Chubbuck | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Rebecca De Mornay, Dana Delany, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 987

56. Heaven's Burning (1997)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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After a botched bank job, a gang takes hostage a Japanese girl on the run from an arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheel man saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with cops, the gang and her psycho husband on their tail.

Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Russell Crowe, Yûki Kudô, Kenji Isomura, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,667

57. Married Life (2007)

PG-13 | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.3
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65 Metascore

A 1940s-set drama where an adulterous man plots his wife's death instead of putting her through the humiliation of a divorce.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams, Annabel Kershaw

Votes: 8,410 | Gross: $1.51M

58. The Wrong Man (1993)

R | 104 min | Romance, Thriller

6.1
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US merchant sailor Alex Walker (Kevin Anderson) is stranded in Mexico, penniless and wanted by the police. He meets and joins up with an unlikely couple - aging but likable shit Phillip ... See full summary »

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Kevin Anderson, John Lithgow, Jorge Cervera Jr.

Votes: 618

59. Dirty Work (2006)

R | 97 min | Thriller

5.2
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A tangled story of three men's lives on the gritty streets of Chicago: Manning, a dirty, disillusioned cop; Julian, king of drugs, thugs and prostitution; and Frank, a ruthless politician who destroys everything in the way of his ambition.

Director: Bruce Terris | Stars: Lance Reddick, Michael McGlone, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 253

60. Love, Cheat & Steal (1993)

R | 96 min | Thriller

5.1
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Paul Harrington thinks he has the perfect wife, stunning, kind, and ambitious. Yet behind Lauren's pretty face (played by Madchen Amick) lies a wicked person who sent her former boyfriend ... See full summary »

Director: William Curran | Stars: John Lithgow, Eric Roberts, Mädchen Amick, Richard Edson

Votes: 722

61. Gold Coast (1997 TV Movie)

R | 109 min | Drama

5.8
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Karen's married to Frank, a millionaire who has no morals and a hypocrite. it's alright for him to fool around but not for her. So when she has an affair and brags to him about it, he vows ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Weller | Stars: David Caruso, Barry Primus, Marg Helgenberger, Jeff Kober

Votes: 310

62. Une affaire privée (2002)

107 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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It's been six months since Rachel Siprien disappeared. At the request of Rachel's mother, private detective François takes over the investigation. The young woman, with a complex and ... See full summary »

Director: Guillaume Nicloux | Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Marion Cotillard, Samuel Le Bihan, Aurore Clément

Votes: 791

63. Heaven's Prisoners (1996)

R | 132 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.7
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A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson, Eric Roberts

Votes: 4,510 | Gross: $5.01M

64. No Mercy (1986)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.7
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A Chicago detective, seeking to avenge his partner's death, travels to New Orleans, where he unexpectedly becomes involved in a cat and mouse game of survival.

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Jeroen Krabbé, George Dzundza

Votes: 5,669 | Gross: $12.30M

65. Goodbye Lover (1998)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

5.7
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Ben and Sandra are hot and provocative lovers, but Sandra is unfortunately married to Ben's younger brother Jake, and soon Jake will find out about Ben.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker, Ellen DeGeneres

Votes: 3,063 | Gross: $1.92M

66. Déjà mort (1998)

108 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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An ambitious young woman meets a group of affluent and feckless guys and together they plan to break into the pornographic industry with her as their star.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Romain Duris, Benoît Magimel, Zoé Félix, Clément Sibony

Votes: 621

67. Frygtelig lykkelig (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery

6.9
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74 Metascore

A thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town after having a nervous breakdown.

Director: Henrik Ruben Genz | Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Lene Maria Christensen, Kim Bodnia, Lars Brygmann

Votes: 4,717 | Gross: $0.07M

68. Beltenebros (1991)

109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.0
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Madrid, 1962. More than twenty years after the civil war has finished, a communist comes back to Spain to kill a traitor.

Director: Pilar Miró | Stars: Terence Stamp, Patsy Kensit, José Luis Gómez, Geraldine James

Votes: 190

69. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 511,971 | Gross: $24.61M

70. Sexy Beast (2000)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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79 Metascore

Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman

Votes: 46,941 | Gross: $6.95M

71. Pickup on South Street (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.8
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 10,202

not so modern

72. The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee

Votes: 1,460

73. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 247,393 | Gross: $97.10M

74. Lonely Hearts (2006)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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60 Metascore

Based on the true story, two homicide detectives track Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through the personals.

Director: Todd Robinson | Stars: John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, James Gandolfini

Votes: 18,642 | Gross: $0.19M

75. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 44,639 | Gross: $62.55M

76. The Miracle (1991)

R | 97 min | Drama

6.7
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The two teenagers Jimmy and Rose spend their vacation at the small Irish sea-resort Bray. Out of boredom they observe other people and imagine wild stories about them. One day they observe ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Beverly D'Angelo, Donal McCann, Niall Byrne, Lorraine Pilkington

Votes: 556 | Gross: $0.84M

77. Liebestraum (1991)

R | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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The successful writer and professor of architecture Nick Kaminsky returns from New York to Elderstown to visit his biological mother Lillian Anderson Munnsen that is terminal. Nick does not... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Kevin Anderson, Bill Pullman, Kim Novak, Pamela Gidley

Votes: 1,335 | Gross: $0.13M

78. Gangster Squad (2013)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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40 Metascore

It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 186,712 | Gross: $46.00M

79. Le deuxième souffle (2007)

155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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Gu, a famous gangster, has just escaped from jail. All french police is after him. Before leaving the country with Manouche, the woman he loves, Gu needs a final job to get some money. The job works, but a police's scheming makes Gu appear as a traitor to his own accomplices. Gu will do whatever it takes to clean his honor...

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Monica Bellucci, Michel Blanc, Jacques Dutronc

Votes: 996

80. Dead in the Water (1991 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.4
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Prominent lawyer Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important, prosperous law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to... See full summary »

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Bryan Brown, Teri Hatcher, Anne De Salvo, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 205

81. Killer Joe (2011)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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62 Metascore

When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 64,148 | Gross: $1.99M

82. The Samaritan (I) (2012)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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37 Metascore

After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

Director: David Weaver | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga, A.C. Peterson

Votes: 8,521 | Gross: $0.00M

83. 13 French Street (2007)

89 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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A neo-noir tale of a man who seeks out an old friend, only to succumb to the will of a beautiful, mysterious woman.

Director: Jean-Pierre Mocky | Stars: Thierry Frémont, Tom Novembre, Nancy Tate, Bruno Solo

Votes: 47

84. Shanghai (2010)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.4
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36 Metascore

A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Li Gong, Yun-Fat Chow, David Morse

Votes: 8,263 | Gross: $0.04M

85. Killing Them Softly (2012)

R | 97 min | Crime, Thriller

6.2
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64 Metascore

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy

Votes: 119,188 | Gross: $15.03M

86. Hammett (1982)

PG | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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61 Metascore

Fictional account of real-life mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, and his involvement in the investigation of a beautiful Chinese cabaret actress' mysterious disappearance in San Francisco.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 2,496 | Gross: $0.04M

87. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 25,558 | Gross: $24.06M

88. Slow Burn (1986 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

5.4
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Jacob Asch is hired by Gerald McMurty to find his ex-wife Laine and their son in Palm Springs. Jacob finds Laine and a teenager named Donnie who may or may not be Gerald's son. He also ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Chapman | Stars: Eric Roberts, Beverly D'Angelo, Dennis Lipscomb, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 480

89. Hotel Noir (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.6
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37 Metascore

Los Angeles, 1958: a detective holes up in a downtown hotel awaiting killers to come get him. During the course of one night he will meet various occupants of the hotel and the truth of how... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez | Stars: Malin Akerman, Patrick Arthur, Aaron Behr, Michael Raif Brizzolara

Votes: 1,087

90. Just Another Love Story (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

Life in the suburbs as a father of two has worn down Jonas. When a victim of a car crash mistakes him for her boyfriend Sebastian, things take a very dramatic turn as the line between truth and deception is erased.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Rebecka Hemse, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Charlotte Fich

Votes: 4,211 | Gross: $0.05M