187 FILMS Crime...Action...Mystery...Suspense...Thriller...Film Noirby earthly_tone | created - 01 Jan 2012 | updated - 14 Jan 2012 | Public
IF you are in search of really stellar performances, creative imaginative storylines, wit and most importantly, entertainment....Check out my list of KILLER FILMS! Its quite difficult almost impossible to rank these as they all bring their individual uniqueness to the forefront. Order is totally subjective, with the first 100 being ones I felt were truly phenomenal, and my personal favourites, while the last 87 are just as entertaining, deserving a top contending spot in completing my theme of “killer films”. I’ve rated all films 8 and higher, taking into consideration; originality of the plot, character development and performance, cinematography, score and really just having that special edge. Recommendations welcome, but please make it count.
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1. Cop Land (1997)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption.
Votes: 75,015 | Gross: $44.89M
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,488,956 | Gross: $107.93M
3. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 456,680 | Gross: $64.62M
5. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Votes: 591,981 | Gross: $7.56M
6. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 411,214 | Gross: $0.71M
7. Death Proof (2007)
Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Thriller
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.
9. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 249,368 | Gross: $5.32M
11. The Two Jakes (1990)
R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.
Votes: 9,239 | Gross: $10.01M
12. Eastern Promises (2007)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
Votes: 204,009 | Gross: $17.11M
14. Vanishing Point (1971)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.
15. The Chaser (2008)
Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes.
16. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 576,068 | Gross: $28.26M
17. Insomnia (2002)
R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Votes: 239,358 | Gross: $67.36M
18. Hard Eight (1996)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.
Votes: 32,071 | Gross: $0.22M
19. The Third Man (1949)
Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Votes: 128,314 | Gross: $0.45M
20. The Dead Girl (2006)
R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Votes: 13,146 | Gross: $0.02M
21. North by Northwest (1959)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
Votes: 245,498 | Gross: $13.28M
22. Heat (1995)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and professional lives.
Votes: 479,843 | Gross: $67.44M
24. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 979,906 | Gross: $96.07M
25. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.
Votes: 825,250 | Gross: $70.10M
Kill Bill Vol. 2
26. American Gangster (2007)
R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.
Votes: 347,092 | Gross: $130.16M
28. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 375,688 | Gross: $42.44M
29. Murder in the First (1995)
R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.
Votes: 23,452 | Gross: $17.38M
31. Capote (2005)
R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
Votes: 110,021 | Gross: $28.75M
34. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 820,193 | Gross: $46.84M
36. House of Games (1987)
R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller
A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.
Votes: 17,710 | Gross: $2.59M
37. American Me (1992)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.
Votes: 6,545 | Gross: $13.09M
38. Paid in Full (2002)
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.
Votes: 8,354 | Gross: $3.04M
39. Training Day (2001)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Votes: 334,142 | Gross: $76.63M
40. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 483,734 | Gross: $35.06M
41. Breach (2007)
PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
FBI upstart Eric O'Neill enters into a power game with his boss, Robert Hanssen, an agent who was put on trial for selling secrets to the Soviet Union.
Votes: 54,080 | Gross: $33.23M
43. The Last of Sheila (1973)
PG | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.
44. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Votes: 458,526 | Gross: $3.90M
46. The Grifters (1990)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 22,251 | Gross: $13.45M
48. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 827,857 | Gross: $19.50M
50. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 751,680 | Gross: $2.83M
53. La Femme Nikita (1990)
R | 117 min | Action, Thriller
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.
Votes: 59,412 | Gross: $5.02M
54. Dead Presidents (1995)
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed.
Votes: 16,666 | Gross: $24.20M
55. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
Votes: 262,450 | Gross: $39.67M
56. The Tournament (2009)
R | 95 min | Action, Thriller
Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash ... See full summary »
57. Memories of Murder (2003)
Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.
Votes: 83,569 | Gross: $0.01M
59. RocknRolla (2008)
R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into... See full summary »
Votes: 209,910 | Gross: $5.69M
61. Nine Queens (2000)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").
Votes: 42,532 | Gross: $1.22M
62. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 667,045 | Gross: $30.33M
64. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 91,857 | Gross: $7.49M
65. Casino Royale (2006)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
Votes: 510,748 | Gross: $167.45M
66. Kokuhaku (2010)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
67. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 694,753 | Gross: $74.10M
69. Edge of Darkness (2010)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.
Votes: 80,836 | Gross: $43.31M
70. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 292,404 | Gross: $11.29M
71. Blood Simple. (1984)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
Votes: 73,857 | Gross: $2.15M
72. Owning Mahowny (2003)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.
Votes: 11,263 | Gross: $1.01M
74. Falling Down (1993)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
Votes: 146,027 | Gross: $40.90M
75. Notorious (1946)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?
Votes: 79,974 | Gross: $10.46M
78. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
80. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama
Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.
Votes: 38,023 | Gross: $0.18M
82. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,014,906 | Gross: $130.74M
The sequel are worth a watch a well See: "Hannibal" and Red Dragon
83. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
Votes: 151,183 | Gross: $81.30M
85. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks.
86. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
Votes: 241,417 | Gross: $25.75M
88. A Murder of Crows (1998)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A disbarred lawyer takes credit for a late friend's book, which becomes a smash hit but the tables turn on him sooner than he suspected.
89. Infernal Affairs (2002)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.
Votes: 102,377 | Gross: $0.17M
90. King of New York (1990)
R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller
A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.
Votes: 25,942 | Gross: $2.55M
91. The Limey (1999)
R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death.
Votes: 26,225 | Gross: $3.19M
92. Gosford Park (2001)
R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.
Votes: 69,499 | Gross: $41.31M
93. In Bruges (2008)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Votes: 335,576 | Gross: $7.76M
94. Animal Kingdom (2010)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
Votes: 49,121 | Gross: $1.04M
95. A History of Violence (2005)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.
Votes: 201,235 | Gross: $31.49M
97. The Mechanic (2011)
R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.
Votes: 133,579 | Gross: $29.12M
99. The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
PG | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.
Votes: 19,626 | Gross: $10.20M