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on 18 Mar 2010 02:45

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My Top 50 Crime Stories of All Time

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1. The Dark Knight (2008)
"The Dark Knight", quite possible the best movie I have ever seen. I went to the cinema expecting an amazing film... it exceeded my already high expectations, something I don't think it happens very often. It is also the only movie that I watched twice on the big screen, ever! It was that good.
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People who added this item 3729  Average listal rating (2284 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.1 
2. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
What's better than one Godfather? 2 Godfathers.

While many will say that the original Godfather is the better movie (even if they agree this movie is a masterpiece of its own) I say Part II is the superior movie.

Both movies excel in everything, however I think the first movie had better performances while the second one had a greater story and more exciting plot.

But there's a fact: the fact that this movie is only what I think it is, because there was part I.
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People who added this item 3167  Average listal rating (2064 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.7 
3. The Usual Suspects (1995)
My favorite movie ever? No. Best movie ever made? Probably not. The best movie I have ever watched? I might consider it.

One cannot understand this movie with words, it must be seen and rewatched totally focused to understand the masterpiece behind it. The ending is shocking, and don't come saying you already saw it coming from miles away... And we are actually continually being hinted at the "truth", I admit that.
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People who added this item 2246  Average listal rating (1460 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
4. Heat (1995)
When I first started watching this movie I wasn't sure what I was getting into, I just knew it was a high-regarded crime thriller with a great cast. What I saw was one of the most epic duels I've ever seen on screen, 2 men doing what they do best, the bankrobber who always dodges the police and the cop who never stops chasing them. Al Pacino and De Niro in 2 mind-blowing performances.
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People who added this item 5677  Average listal rating (3896 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.7 
5. Seven (1995)
Ok you can't go wrong with this movie... It's one of those movies that can reach every kind of audience and please almost anyone. Because let us be honest, people like suspense and mystery, and when you throw in a great story, powerful performances and the seven sins to the mix you cannot help but enjoy it, even if you are not religious and couldn't care less for the seven sins.
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People who added this item 5298  Average listal rating (3337 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating 9.2 
6. The Godfather (1972)
The start of one of the, if not the, greatest stories ever told in the form of the 7th art, one of the greatest movies ever shown and the build-up of one of the greatest sequels of all time, while being the masterpiece it is on his own.
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People who added this item 3840  Average listal rating (2582 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
7. Léon: The Professional (1994)
An incredible movie with superb gun-action when it starts and in its final act. An incredibly powerful story with great, great performances by Jean Reno, young Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman. A character development trip, emotional through the ride.
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People who added this item 7372  Average listal rating (4729 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
8. Pulp Fiction (1994)
People's tastes can vay greatly, be it in movies, sports or even food. But say whatever you may, Tarantino is a great story teller and knows how to make a movie with style and that is a fact. Pulp fiction is a an icon of the 90s.
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People who added this item 2792  Average listal rating (1732 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.7 
9. City of God (2002)
An incredible life story in a place where living can be a real trial. The characters are fantastically well done, the tragic moments painfully hard to watch and the entertainment value is aided by the surprising humour at times. A lesson of life.
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People who added this item 5101  Average listal rating (3409 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.3 
10. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
I can see why this is one of the most popular movies of all time. If there's an example of how a movie should be made, a plot should be planned and the characters should be like, it's The Shawshank Redemption. One of the most amazingly crafted endings ever.
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People who added this item 5102  Average listal rating (3108 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.9 
11. Schindler's List (1993)
Words cannot describe it, it's one of those powerful movies that stay with you and will be remembered and commented and discussed with friends and family and collegues through the years.
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People who added this item 5320  Average listal rating (3399 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
12. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A disturbing movie indeed, but it's not that characteristic that makes this movie a masterpiece. What makes this movie a masterpiece is the themes in it, the ethic questions it evokes, the defiance of morals, the removing of liberty of choice and the using of aversion therapy to manipulate and create a "good" person in the eyes of society.

A dark and hideous vision of the future focusing the routes that violence, criminality and corruption are taking. Thought-provoking with a thrilling story about the young delinquent that goes through all this, with a performance worthy of praise.

And Oh My God, the soundtrack!
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People who added this item 1225  Average listal rating (635 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.5 
13. M (1931)
With no doubt the greatest Fritz' cinematic masterpiece. A thriller with a very powerful theme and with such a heavy and disturbing atmosphere that will surprise and shock you.
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People who added this item 1450  Average listal rating (925 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
14. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
It's amazing how Al Pacino still manages to glue my eyes to the screen everytime I see another one of his classics. This movie is something else!
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People who added this item 2057  Average listal rating (1406 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
15. Drive (2011)
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People who added this item 1825  Average listal rating (1259 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
16. Lethal Weapon (1987)
The Lethal Weapon series is one of the greatest series of films out there. Crazy action scenes, hilarious moments and the best duo in the history of cinema.
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People who added this item 1156  Average listal rating (732 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
17. RocknRolla (2008)
The dialogue made this movie for me! Very, very entertaining!
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People who added this item 1695  Average listal rating (1022 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
18. Donnie Brasco (1997)
Another Al Pacino masterfully done performance, but this time Michael Madsen and Johnny Depp also have a share of the show. A great cast in a more emotional-driven mob story which has basis on real life events. This one was the first one of its kind to make me shed some tears (at this time I've watched many crime movies). It's really, really sad at some parts. I recommend this movie to anyone.
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People who added this item 6464  Average listal rating (4223 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.2 
19. V for Vendetta (2005)
This movie has so much style and a story so interesting that I can't help but consider it one of best action movies I've seen.
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People who added this item 3176  Average listal rating (2121 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.3 
20. Snatch (2000)
Guy Richie's way of blending comedy with crime while adding very odd characters make for very entertaining movies!
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People who added this item 4544  Average listal rating (2907 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
21. Memento (2000)
Hard to watch, complex story, the end will make you dropp your jaw... or should I say the beggining?
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People who added this item 2472  Average listal rating (1646 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
22. Collateral (2004)
The best performance of Tom Cruise I have seen, a cold movie with a great concept.
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People who added this item 3671  Average listal rating (2493 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
23. Casino Royale (2006)
The best Bond with no freaking doubt.
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People who added this item 2053  Average listal rating (1372 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
24. L.A. Confidential (1997)
It's another one of those great crime thrillers, what else can I say? Young Russel Crowe actually surprised me in a good way.
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People who added this item 1853  Average listal rating (1180 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
25. American Gangster (2007)
I honestly thought this was one of the greatest gangster movies when I watched it. Today I see some of its flaw, but Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe are great here and the whole way the movie shows how the drug business was being contucted back in the day is just fascinating.
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People who added this item 4688  Average listal rating (3099 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
26. The Departed (2006)
Scorsese picks two young talents, a cinema dinosaur and the rest of the great cast and proceeds to make a crime thriller like on one else can, and by the end, your jaw will be on the floor.
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People who added this item 285  Average listal rating (183 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
27. Police Story (1985)
Jackie Chan at his best. It has everything an action movie should have.
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People who added this item 3509  Average listal rating (2277 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.2 
28. No Country for Old Men (2007)
One of the greatest villains in the history of cinema. The ending disppointed me a little, that's why it doesn't get an even higher score from me.
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People who added this item 1785  Average listal rating (1192 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
29. Inside Man (2006)
The coolest heist movie ever! Give me this over Ocean's Eleven anytime.
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People who added this item 2054  Average listal rating (1363 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
30. Taken (2008)
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People who added this item 1228  Average listal rating (766 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
31. Carlito's Way (1993)
It's Al Pacino doing what he knows and a very surprising Sean Penn!
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People who added this item 4558  Average listal rating (2991 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
32. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
A werehouse and a group of men talking. Tarantino doesn't need more.
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People who added this item 497  Average listal rating (271 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
33. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
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People who added this item 828  Average listal rating (538 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
34. Double Indemnity (1944)
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People who added this item 2111  Average listal rating (1392 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
35. Casino (1995)
It's Goodfellas in a Casino! With the exception I slightly prefered the direction this one took!
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People who added this item 3537  Average listal rating (2252 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.7 
36. GoodFellas (1990)
I honestly think that this movie is a little ovarrated. Crime thrillers are among my favorite movies, but this one might be just a little overlong. The performances are great though and the story remains super exciting, just like Scorcese knows best.
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People who added this item 5715  Average listal rating (3816 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.2 
37. Sin City (2005)
Incredibly stylized crime anthology that greatly honors the original Frank Miller's Graphic Novel.

Mickey Rourke, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Clive Owen, Michael Clarke Duncan and others in roles not seen anywhere else!
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People who added this item 1435  Average listal rating (961 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
38. Eastern Promises (2007)
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People who added this item 1906  Average listal rating (1267 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.8 
39. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
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People who added this item 3465  Average listal rating (2138 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.3 
40. Scarface (1983)
The story is not amazing, but Al Pacino is and he makes this movie alone, that's how great of an actor he is.
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People who added this item 665  Average listal rating (436 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
41. You Only Live Twice (1967)
My first memory of James Bond and probably the first one I've watched. Word be said, this is one of the coolest and most entertaining 007 movies, featuring once again SPECTRE and yet another one of its evil plots, this time, revealing the big boss, nº 1 (AND one of the most known 007 villains). This movie also has the coolest spy vehicle of the franchise, the Little Nellie chopper!

Comparing this movie to the previous installments this one is more fast-paced and action-packed, and with a Sci-Fi concept not seen in the others (well, it's not the most credible thing ever and it wouldn't be much of a Sci-Fi today). Definitely my favorite SPECTRE story and one of my favorite Bonds overall.
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People who added this item 3831  Average listal rating (2595 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
42. The Bourne Identity (2002)
Intelligent action movie.
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People who added this item 1279  Average listal rating (826 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
43. Goldfinger (1964)
What a plot! Now this is a spy movie with a meticulously planned villainous plot and a superb finale. And with a villain that without me noticing it, became memorable.

This 007 introduces for the first time long-running and old-timer modified Aston Martini which is arguably the best toy in the whole franchise!
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People who added this item 928  Average listal rating (616 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
44. From Russia with Love (1963)
A step up from the first movie. This one has a more detailed storyline, more impressing action scenes and great direction, as well as one of the most stunning Bond girls in the Franchise, the blonde russian naive spy. This one introduces Q and our favorite spy tools, 007's gadgets. This movie expands on the SPECTRE organization mentioned by Dr. No.
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People who added this item 1334  Average listal rating (858 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
45. The Town (2010)
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People who added this item 1091  Average listal rating (739 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
46. Dr. No (1962)
The first 007 and still one of the best. Introduces James Bond, his charm, his taste for gambling and the famous Martini shaken, not stirred. It also contains some of the most famous features present in practically all of james Bond movies, a Bond girl and a villain with a complex and villainous plot.
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People who added this item 2676  Average listal rating (1671 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
47. Oldboy (2003)
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People who added this item 804  Average listal rating (493 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.4 
48. A Time to Kill (1996)
A movie I watched many years ago and one of the first movis with Samuel L. Jackson that I never forgot. The suspense in this movie was mind-blowind, it left me on the edge of my sit the whole time and I was somewhat surprised by the twists.

I probably enjoyed this movie so much because at the time it was something new for me, probably one of the first of the genre I watched.
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People who added this item 5747  Average listal rating (3909 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.6 
49. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
A landmark in the history of serial killers.
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People who added this item 1828  Average listal rating (1072 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
50. Chinatown (1974)
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Gangster, Mob, Police, Detective, Heist, Prison, etc. A list comprising my 50 favorite crime stories of all time.

This list contains a lot of my movies of choice due to being about one of my most watched genres. Not only that, but also personal director favorites like Scorsese; Lumet; Coppola; Nolan; Tarantino, as well as actors like De Niro; Al Pacino; Duvall; Pesci; L. Jackson, among others, have had constant presence on the genre.

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Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Mar 18 15:20
nice selection dude
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Apr 10 9:23
Very nice selection, added some of these to my to-watch pile :)

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