7 Crime Movies You Need to See

Pop some popcorn, snuggle on the sofa with your significant other, and get ready to be entertained — by crime. Crime movies are often full of action, intrigue, and suspense, not to mention murder, riches, and complex relationships. What more could you ask for? If you haven’t seen the following crime movies, it’s time to put them on your watchlist.

The Big Sleep

The 1946 film “The Big Sleep” stars the inimitable Humphrey Bogart alongside the gorgeous Lauren Bacall. Bogart plays a private detective, and Bacall fills the role of the daughter of the detective’s latest client. A complex plot involving murder, blackmail, and gambling fills this brilliant noir film, and you’ll have to watch it multiple times to truly appreciate all the nuances. But multiple viewings are perfect for this film because the acting is great, the dialogue is snappy, and the love story is captivating.

Although the film has some sexual innuendo and the bad guys are pretty intimidating, it’s a mild ride by today’s standards. It might be a good pick if you’re looking for a crime movie that isn’t too graphic.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

If you love an all-star cast, you’re going to love “Ocean’s Eleven.” This film, based on a 1960 flick of the same name, outshines its predecessor in many ways. With folks like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Bernie Mac on the screen, you know before you sit down to watch this movie that it’s going to be amazing.

The story focuses on a group of criminals who plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos at the same time. This thriller has a nice dose of comedy in it to keep things light and intriguing. And even though the plot is a tad on the predictable side, you’re still going to be glued to the screen from the get-go.


Robert De Niro might be one of the best crime movie actors ever, and his talent is truly showcased in the Martin Scorsese film “Casino,” which is a follow-up to “Goodfellas.” Both movies are based on books by the same author and share a similar tone.

The story stems from the life of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, who ran a handful of casinos in Las Vegas in the 1970s and ’80s. Robert De Niro plays a handicapper whom the mob calls in to oversee operations at a casino. The lovely and captivating Sharon Stone plays De Niro’s wife.

Bonnie and Clyde

Do you take a bit of romance with your crime? Settle in for a night with the classic film “Bonnie and Clyde,” which tells the story of a young couple who went on a major crime spree in the 1930s. They stole cars, robbed banks, and even killed people, but the film focuses on more than just the crime; it captures their dedication to one another. If you like the mushy stuff, the end of this 1967 film will have you reaching for your tissue box as the famous crime duo experiences their final moments.

There have been several adaptations of the Bonnie and Clyde story, so if you like the 1967 movie, you might also want to check out other films that were based on the epic tale of these two young lovers.

Catch Me If You Can

If you want to watch a crime movie, but you want something that has a light heart and not too much violence, opt for “Catch Me If You Can.” This 2002 film, which stars the versatile Leonardo DiCaprio, follows the life of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a young man who started his life of crime with check fraud and soon became a con man with a dedicated and smart FBI agent on his tail.

During his crime spree, Frank managed to convince others that he was a doctor, a lawyer, and a pilot — all while avoiding the law and slipping into and out of relationships with various women. It’s a surprisingly heartwarming film and might even be a great pick for date night.

The movie will also remind you that trust is a precious commodity, and it shouldn’t be something that you give out freely. While there might not be any Frank Abagnales in your life, it still might be wise to perform a criminal records check on anyone who seems to warrant suspicion.

A scene from The Godfather.

The Godfather

You’ve probably heard quotes from “The Godfather” oodles of times. Marlon Brando’s “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” has been quoted even by people who have never seen the film. If you’ve ever watched “You’ve Got Mail,” you know that one of the main characters uses a line from “The Godfather” to give advice to his romantic interest.

“The Godfather,” which may be just as worthy as “Goodfellas” for the top spot on this list of crime movies, is based on Mario Puzo’s novel and chronicles the activities of a mob family. Once you watch the first movie, you’re going to have to set aside time to watch the sequels because you just might get hooked.


What’s the greatest crime movie of all time? Opinions on this question vary, but “Goodfellas” is a name that will pop up frequently in discussions. This classic from 1990 stars Robert De Niro and has the magic touch of Martin Scorsese as the director.

The film chronicles the life of Henry Hill, a real-life gangster whose partners in crime hatched a plot to get to the top ranks of the mafia. The movie is at times funny, and at others terrifying, giving viewers a fascinating look at a New York crime syndicate in the 1960s and ’70s.

Criminals are everywhere, including on the silver screen and the TV screen. While you might never want to hang out with criminals in real life, you can safely rub shoulders with them when you plop on the couch and hit the play button. The films on this list are just a few suggestions to help you brainstorm ideas for your next crime movie marathon.