The crime genre has some of the classics in the history of cinema to its name. This genre has always been a general approach for filmmakers. Violence and crime innately are theatrical subjects and are prevalent in many classics. Crime movies are popular among the masses because of their narrative methods and their place in cinema.
Here are the five best crime movies of all time:
The Godfather 1 & 2 (1972 & 1974)
These intricately crafted iconic movies are an inspiration for generations of filmmakers, writers, and actors. It is a well-constructed mafia epic and a wonderful family portrait. Acting, directing, story and excellent cinematic experience make them one of the best movies of all time. These movies come on the top of every list of best crime movies ever.
12 Angry Men (1957)
12 Angry Men is a gem. This movie gives you a purely cinematic experience without any special effects, extensive location, or costume. All this movie has is top-notch acting and wonderful skill. This crime movie shows what it truly means to be a classic. Set in a one jury room, entirely based on dialogues and actors, it may not be for everyone, but a true cinema fan would not miss it.
Taxi Driver (1976)
This is an engaging and powerful film by Martin Scorsese. A perfect mix of De Niro’s acting and Schrader’s writing. It is not one of those slash, shoot, cut and chase crime movies; it develops slowly and keeps the audience engaged throughout the whole movie.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
This movie is Quentin Tarantino at his best. Pulp Fiction is one of the best of the crime genre with well-written characters and dialogues, great performances, and direction. What makes this movie much more than it already is the brilliant performance by Samuel L Jackson, John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
It is an excellent story portrayed with such brilliance by Hirokazu Koreeda. The smart direction, stunning cinematography and impactful performances of this movie will keep the viewer fully immersed in the lives of people in a lower-class family in Japan. Koreeda beautifully shows the multilayered and complex characters in a beautifully woven plot. It is a must-watch for lovers of crime movies.