johnmason's Top 250 Favorite Crime Thrillers of All Time

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Collateral 2004, 120 min.

Michael Mann     Starring: Tom CruiseJamie FoxxJada Pinkett Smith

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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Heat 1995, 188 min.

Michael Mann     Starring: Al PacinoRobert De NiroVal Kilmer

Action Thriller    Action    Caper

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Speed 1994, 116 min.

Jan de Bont     Starring: Keanu ReevesDennis HopperSandra Bullock

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Ransom 1996, 139 min.

Ron Howard     Starring: Mel GibsonRene RussoGary Sinise

Crime    Crime Thriller    Thriller

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Memento 2000, 113 min.

Christopher Nolan     Starring: Guy PearceCarrie-Anne MossJoe Pantoliano

Crime Thriller    Crime    Mindbender

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A Simple Plan 1998, 121 min.

Sam Raimi     Starring: Brent BriscoeBridget FondaBill Paxton

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Lethal Weapon 1987, 117 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverGary Busey

Action Thriller    Action    Buddy Film

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John Wick 2014, 96 min.

Chad Stahelski     Starring: Keanu ReevesMichael NyqvistAlfie Allen

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Looper 2012, 118 min.

Rian Johnson     Starring: Joseph Gordon-LevittBruce WillisEmily Blunt

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Wild Things 1998, 108 min.

John McNaughton     Starring: Kevin BaconMatt DillonNeve Campbell

Crime    Crime Thriller    Erotic Thriller

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Prisoners 2013, 146 min.

Denis Villeneuve     Starring: Hugh JackmanJake GyllenhaalViola Davis

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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RoboCop 1987, 103 min.

Paul Verhoeven     Starring: Peter WellerNancy AllenDan O'Herlihy

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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16 Blocks 2006, 105 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Bruce WillisMos DefDavid Morse

Crime    Crime Thriller    Thriller

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Lethal Weapon 2 1989, 114 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverJoe Pesci

Action Comedy    Action Thriller    Action

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Taken 2008, 93 min.

Pierre Morel     Starring: Liam NeesonMaggie GraceHolly Valance

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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The Score 2001, 124 min.

Frank Oz     Starring: Robert De NiroEdward NortonMarlon Brando

Caper    Crime    Crime Drama

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The Town 2010, 124 min.

Ben Affleck     Starring: Ben AffleckRebecca HallJon Hamm

Caper    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Nightcrawler 2014, 117 min.

Dan Gilroy     Starring: Jake GyllenhaalBill PaxtonRene Russo

Crime Thriller    Crime    Media Satire

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Cellular 2004, 94 min.

David R. Ellis     Starring: Kim BasingerChris EvansJason Statham

Crime Thriller    Crime    Thriller

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The Lookout 2007, 99 min.

Scott Frank     Starring: Joseph Gordon-LevittJeff DanielsMatthew Goode

Caper    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Batman 1989, 126 min.

Tim Burton     Starring: Michael KeatonJack NicholsonKim Basinger

Action    Based-on-Comics    Crime Thriller

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Reindeer Games 2000, 104 min.

John Frankenheimer     Starring: Ben AffleckGary SiniseCharlize Theron

Caper    Crime    Crime Thriller

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Witness 1985, 112 min.

Peter Weir     Starring: Harrison FordKelly McGillisAlexander Godunov

Crime Thriller    Crime    Drama

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Inside Man 2006, 129 min.

Spike Lee     Starring: Denzel WashingtonClive OwenJodie Foster

Caper    Crime    Crime Thriller

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Angels & Demons 2009, 138 min.

Ron Howard     Starring: Tom HanksEwan McGregorAyelet Zurer

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Lethal Weapon 3 1992, 118 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverJoe Pesci

Action Comedy    Action Thriller    Action

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Wind River 2017, 110 min.

Taylor Sheridan     Starring: Jeremy RennerElizabeth OlsenGraham Greene

Crime Thriller    Crime    Mystery

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Lord of War 2005, 122 min.

Andrew Niccol     Starring: Nicolas CageJared LetoBridget Moynahan

Crime    Crime Thriller    Drama

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Armored 2009, 88 min.

Nimród Antal     Starring: Matt DillonJean RenoLaurence Fishburne

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Unknown 2006, 98 min.

Simon Brand     Starring: Jim CaviezelGreg KinnearJoe Pantoliano

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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The Gift 2000, 112 min.

Sam Raimi     Starring: Cate BlanchettGiovanni RibisiKeanu Reeves

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Foolproof 2003, 94 min.

William Phillips     Starring: Ryan ReynoldsJames AllodiTara Slone

Crime    Crime Thriller    Caper

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Hitman 2007, 100 min.

Xavier Gens     Starring: Timothy OlyphantDougray ScottRobert Knepper

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Blue Ruin 2013, 92 min.

Jeremy Saulnier     Starring: Macon BlairDevin RatrayAmy Hargreaves

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Man on a Ledge 2012, 102 min.

Asger Leth     Starring: Elizabeth BanksSam WorthingtonJamie Bell

Caper    Crime    Crime Thriller

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Entrapment 1999, 113 min.

Jon Amiel     Starring: Sean ConneryCatherine Zeta-JonesVing Rhames

Action    Action Thriller    Caper

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Faster 2010, 98 min.

George Tillman Jr.     Starring: Dwayne JohnsonBilly Bob ThorntonCarla Gugino

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Deadfall 2012, 94 min.

Stefan Ruzowitzky     Starring: Eric BanaOlivia WildeCharlie Hunnam

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Green Room 2015, 94 min.

Jeremy Saulnier     Starring: Anton YelchinImogen PootsAlia Shawkat

Crime Thriller    Crime    Horror

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Baby Driver 2017, 115 min.

Edgar Wright     Starring: Ansel ElgortLily JamesJamie Foxx

Action Thriller    Action    Caper

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The Professional 1994, 110 min.

Luc Besson     Starring: Jean RenoNatalie PortmanGary Oldman

Action Thriller    Action    Buddy Film

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Trance 2013, 101 min.

Danny Boyle     Starring: James McAvoyRosario DawsonVincent Cassel

Caper    Crime    Crime Thriller

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Frailty 2001, 100 min.

Bill Paxton     Starring: Bill PaxtonMatthew McConaugheyPowers Boothe

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Training Day 2001, 120 min.

Antoine Fuqua     Starring: Denzel WashingtonEthan HawkeScott Glenn

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Smokin' Aces 2007, 108 min.

Joe Carnahan     Starring: Jeremy PivenRay LiottaRyan Reynolds

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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Triple 9 2016, 115 min.

John Hillcoat     Starring: Chiwetel EjioforCasey AffleckAnthony Mackie

Action Thriller    Action    Caper

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Magnum Force 1973, 124 min.

Ted Post     Starring: Clint EastwoodHal HolbrookMitchell Ryan

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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Braven 2018, 94 min.

Lin Oeding     Starring: Jason MomoaJill WagnerStephen Lang

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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Law Abiding Citizen 2009, 109 min.

F. Gary Gray     Starring: Gerard ButlerJamie FoxxColm Meaney

Crime    Crime Thriller    Drama

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In Time 2011, 109 min.

Andrew Niccol     Starring: Justin TimberlakeAmanda SeyfriedCillian Murphy

Action    Crime    Crime Thriller

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True Romance 1993, 121 min.

Tony Scott     Starring: Christian SlaterDennis HopperGary Oldman

Crime Thriller    Crime    Road Movie

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Transit 2012, 84 min.

Antonio Negret     Starring: Jim CaviezelDiora BairdJames Frain

Crime    Crime Thriller    Thriller

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Black Rain 1989, 125 min.

Ridley Scott     Starring: Michael DouglasAndy GarciaKen Takakura

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Drama

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Drive 2011, 95 min.

Nicolas Winding Refn     Starring: Ryan GoslingCarey MulliganBryan Cranston

Chase Movie    Crime Thriller    Crime

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White Heat 1949, 114 min.

Raoul Walsh     Starring: James CagneyVirginia MayoEdmond O'Brien

Crime Thriller    Crime    Film Noir

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End of Watch 2012, 109 min.

David Ayer     Starring: Jake GyllenhaalMichael PeñaAnna Kendrick

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Swordfish 2001, 99 min.

Dominic Sena     Starring: John TravoltaHugh JackmanHalle Berry

Caper    Crime    Crime Thriller

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Contraband 2012, 110 min.

Baltasar Kormákur     Starring: Mark WahlbergKate BeckinsaleBen Foster

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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48 Hrs. 1982, 96 min.

Walter Hill     Starring: Nick NolteEddie MurphyAnnette O'Toole

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy Drama

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The Getaway 1994, 115 min.

Roger Donaldson     Starring: Alec BaldwinMichael MadsenDavid Morse

Crime    Action    Action Thriller

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Con Air 1997, 115 min.

Simon West     Starring: Nicolas CageVing RhamesJohn Cusack

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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Sabotage 2014, 109 min.

David Ayer     Starring: Arnold SchwarzeneggerSam WorthingtonOlivia Williams

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Now You See Me 2013, 116 min.

Louis Leterrier     Starring: Jesse EisenbergMark RuffaloWoody Harrelson

Caper    Crime    Crime Thriller

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Sicario 2015, 121 min.

Denis Villeneuve     Starring: Emily BluntJosh BrolinBenicio Del Toro

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Shattered 2007, 95 min.

Mike Barker     Starring: Pierce BrosnanGerard ButlerMaria Bello

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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The International 2009, 118 min.

Tom Tykwer     Starring: Clive OwenNaomi WattsArmin Mueller-Stahl

Crime    Crime Thriller    Mystery

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The Da Vinci Code 2006, 149 min.

Ron Howard     Starring: Tom HanksAudrey TautouIan McKellen

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Switchback 1997, 118 min.

Jeb Stuart     Starring: Dennis QuaidDanny GloverJared Leto

Thriller    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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Chaos 2005, 106 min.

Tony Giglio     Starring: Ryan PhillippeJason StathamWesley Snipes

Crime    Crime Thriller    Police Detective Film

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Fast and Furious 2009, 107 min.

Justin Lin     Starring: Vin DieselPaul WalkerMichelle Rodriguez

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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The Specialist 1994, 110 min.

Luis Llosa     Starring: Sylvester StalloneJames WoodsEric Roberts

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Shaft 2000, 99 min.

John Singleton     Starring: Vanessa L. WilliamsChristian BaleToni Collette

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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The Counselor 2013, 111 min.

Ridley Scott     Starring: Michael FassbenderPenélope CruzCameron Diaz

Crime    Crime Thriller    Thriller

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Bright 2017, 117 min.

David Ayer     Starring: Will SmithJoel EdgertonNoomi Rapace

Action    Crime Thriller    Crime

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McCanick 2013, 96 min.

Josh C. Waller     Starring: David MorseCory MonteithMike Vogel

Crime    Crime Thriller    Police Detective Film

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152

The Last Boy Scout 1991, 105 min.

Tony Scott     Starring: Bruce WillisDamon WayansChelsea Field

Action    Buddy Film    Crime

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153

Formula 51 2001, 93 min.

Ronny Yu     Starring: Samuel L. JacksonRobert CarlyleEmily Mortimer

Action    Action Comedy    Buddy Film

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157

Free Fire 2016, 90 min.

Ben Wheatley     Starring: Cillian MurphyBrie LarsonArmie Hammer

Action Comedy    Action Thriller    Action

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Palmetto 1998, 114 min.

Volker Schlöndorff     Starring: Elisabeth ShueGina GershonMichael Rapaport

Crime    Crime Thriller    Mystery

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Man on Fire 2004, 146 min.

Tony Scott     Starring: Denzel WashingtonDakota FanningMarc Anthony

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Ronin 1998, 121 min.

John Frankenheimer     Starring: Robert De NiroJean RenoNatascha McElhone

Action Thriller    Action    Chase Movie

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The Boondock Saints 1999, 108 min.

Troy Duffy     Starring: Willem DafoeSean Patrick FlaneryNorman Reedus

Action    Crime    Crime Drama

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Blink 1994, 106 min.

Michael Apted     Starring: Aidan QuinnJames RemarPeter Friedman

Crime    Crime Thriller    Psychological Thriller

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15 Minutes 2001, 120 min.

John Herzfeld     Starring: Robert De NiroEdward BurnsKelsey Grammer

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Kalifornia 1993, 117 min.

Dominic Sena     Starring: Brad PittJuliette LewisDavid Duchovny

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Snake Eyes 1998, 98 min.

Brian De Palma     Starring: Nicolas CageGary SiniseJohn Heard

Crime    Crime Thriller    Thriller

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The Green Hornet 2011, 110 min.

Michel Gondry     Starring: Seth RogenJay ChouCameron Diaz

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Cop Land 1997, 116 min.

James Mangold     Starring: Sylvester StalloneHarvey KeitelRobert De Niro

Crime    Crime Thriller    Drama

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8MM 1999, 123 min.

Joel Schumacher     Starring: Nicolas CagePeter StormareCatherine Keener

Crime    Crime Thriller    Thriller

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Cradle 2 the Grave 2003, 101 min.

Andrzej Bartkowiak     Starring: Jet LiDMXAnthony Anderson

Action    Action Thriller    Buddy Film

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Frantic 1988, 115 min.

Roman Polanski     Starring: Harrison FordBetty BuckleyJohn Mahoney

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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183

Narc 2002, 105 min.

Joe Carnahan     Starring: Jason PatricRay LiottaBusta Rhymes

Crime    Crime Thriller    Police Detective Film

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185

Domino 2005, 127 min.

Tony Scott     Starring: Keira KnightleyMickey RourkeEdgar Ramirez

Action    Action Thriller    Crime Thriller

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Heist 2001, 109 min.

David Mamet     Starring: Danny DeVitoDelroy LindoRicky Jay

Crime    Crime Thriller    Post-Noir

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U Turn 1997, 125 min.

Oliver Stone     Starring: Sean PennBilly Bob ThorntonJon Voight

Black Comedy    Crime Thriller    Crime

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