20 best crime thrillers of recent years

Crime thrillers are one of the most popular movie genres. In recent years, a lot of films have been made about shootouts, chases and bandits. And some of them have been very successful. Below you will find a list of the best crime thrillers that have hit the screen over the past 10 years.

Arkansas (2020)

The novelty of 2020 tells about two small fry, performing the tasks of a crazy crime boss. Kyle and Swain have never seen the boss in their lives, taking orders over the phone. Guys earn good money, their life is carefree and full of pleasure. But one day the guys disrupt another deal, which leads to dire consequences. Now the heroes of the film have a single task: to survive at any cost.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Arkansas

Actors:
Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Gentlemen (2019)

Michael Pearson made his fortune with an ingenious marijuana farming scheme. The drug lord wants to retire and finds a buyer for his particular business. But it turned out that many people want to get such a tasty piece of the pie… Guy Ritchie’s new crime thriller became the most interesting premiere of 2019, having deservedly received a high rating and rave reviews from the audience.

Original title:
The Gentlemen

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Joker (2019)

Arthur Fleck is convinced that he should bring joy to people, so he works as a clown, periodically visits a psychiatrist and takes care of his sick mother. The guy endures ridicule and unfair treatment of himself for a long time, but soon Arthur’s nervous, uncontrollable chuckles will turn into a sincere, creepy laughter of the villain-Joker. And then everyone will not be joking!

Original title:
Joker

Actors:
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Bitz…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Uncut Gems (2019)

The owner of a jewelry store is heavily in debt due to his gambling addiction, but he persists in betting. One day, Howard is left as a pledge of the champion ring of a famous NBA player. Without thinking twice, the hero of the film takes the ring to a pawnshop, and puts the money received on the victory of the Celtics. The American crime thriller is worth watching, if only for the role unusual for Adam Sandler.

Original title:
Uncut Gems

Actors:
Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Idina Menzel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Gangster, Cop and Devil (2019)

In the center of the plot of the exciting Korean thriller is the crime boss Dong-soo, who miraculously survived the assassination attempt by a serial killer. To regain lost authority, the mafia boss needs to find a maniac . Investigator Jung Tae-suk is also interested in catching a dangerous criminal. The policeman, to put it mildly, does not like the mafia, but he will have to team up with Dong-soo to catch the insidious villain. A detective film with elements of an action movie based on real events.

Original title:
Akinjeon

Actors:
Ma Don-seok, Kim Mu-yeol, Kim Sung-gyu…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
16+


Watchman (2019)

The hero of the Russian crime thriller is a sanatorium caretaker who leads a quiet life away from people. In the dead of night, Vlad’s seclusion is violated by a woman who has come from nowhere, followed by a no less strange man. The watchman understands that strangers are hiding from someone, and invites the couple to stay in the sanatorium. It will soon become clear that each of the trio has their own skeletons in the closet…

Actors:
Yuri Bykov, Vladislav Abashin, Alla Yuganova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Three seconds (2019)

The FBI pulled Peter Kozlov out of jail to help put Klimek, the ringleader of a drug-dealing gang, behind bars. For four years, Peter went undercover gathering information on Klimek. And everything went smoothly until the bandits kill a policeman in front of Peter. The deal is broken, Klimek intends to send Kozlov to prison, the cops want his head on a silver platter, and the FBI washes its hands. What will the hero of a crime thriller do if he finds himself between three fires?

Original title:
The Informer

Actors:
Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Poison Rose (2019)

In his youth, Carson Philips was a football star, and now works as a private detective. Phillips rarely deals with crime, dealing with adultery, troubled families and other nonsense. The new investigation also seems very simple at first. However, the situation changes dramatically when the detective finds out that his missing daughter is somehow connected to a series of terrible murders.

Original title:
The Poison Rose

Actors:
John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Ella Blue Travolta …

Country:
Italy, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Point blank (2019)

The list of the best crime thrillers continues with an interesting film about an ambulance doctor whose pregnant wife was kidnapped by unknown people. The hostage will be released if Paul helps a criminal who was wounded while being detained by the police escape from the hospital. For the sake of his wife, the doctor is ready to cross the line of the law, but Paul does not suspect that he has many other, no less difficult and dangerous trials ahead of him.

Original title:
Point Blank

Actors:
Frank Grillo, Stuart F. Wilson, Buster Reeves…

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Corrupt (2019)

Clifford Cullen has built a huge corrupt empire and is rubbing his hands in anticipation of a huge jackpot ahead of the Olympics. Meanwhile, Liam McDonagh, who ended up in prison through the fault of Cullen, is released. The guy wants to say goodbye to crime and start a new life, but fate brings him back to Clifford. European crime thriller based on real events.

Original title:
The Corrupted

Actors:
Sam Claflin, Timothy Spall, Hugh Bonneville …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

70s. In the El Royale hotel, located on the border of the states of California and Nevada, colorful characters meet: a vacuum cleaner dealer, a talented singer, a clergyman and a mysterious person who arrived from the South. Each of the guests has their own dirty secrets and all four are not who they say they are. Over the coming night, the strange visitors to the hotel will fully open up and show their true nature. In one night, all the secret will become clear.

Original title:
Bad Times at the El Royale

Actors:
Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Roll into asphalt (2018)

Two cops suspended after controversial video of them extorting evidence from a suspect. Having lost their jobs, Ridgeman and Anthony decide on a desperate step – to rob a wealthy crime boss. But how far are the partners willing to go for the big money? The foreign film perfectly combines the thriller genre with crime and is watched in one breath.

Original title:
Dragged Across Concrete

Actors:
Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Dogman (2018)

Marcello is a dog hairdresser, a kind and helpful person with a big heart. Simone, a former boxer who connected his life with crime, uses this with might and main. Simone coerces Marcello into accompanying him on numerous criminal outings, gradually turning the life of a dog groomer into a living hell. The last straw is the betrayal of the “friend”. Finally disappointed in life and people, Marcello decides to go on the warpath.

Original title:
Dogman

Actors:
Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano …

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Prisoner no name (2018)

The top crime thrillers continue with the story of Dylan Burke, who got out of prison and is trying to forget about the unpleasant past. Starting a new life is hampered by the appearance of prison guard Daniel Calvin. Many years ago, his wife died through the fault of Dylan, and now the widower is obsessed with the idea of ​​revenge. He is ready to do anything to get Burke back behind bars.

Original title:
Imprisoned

Actors:
John Heard, Laurence Fishburne, Esai Morales…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Vidocq: Ghost Hunter (2018)

The legendary French detective was once a clever criminal. Eugene François Vidocq escaped many times from the most protected prisons, moved from city to city and constantly changed his occupation. Realizing that Vidocq was almost impossible to handle, the French government offered him a job as a detective. Being firsthand familiar with the underworld, Vidocq joined the list of the most successful detectives of the 19th century.

Original title:
L’Empereur de Paris

Actors:
Vincent Cassel, Patrick Chenet, August Diehl, Olga Kurylenko …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Rusty Creek (2018)

On her way to her job interview, a young student loses her way and ends up on an abandoned forest road. The only living people around are two thugs with obviously unfriendly intentions. Having miraculously escaped from them, the girl finds a hermit’s hut in the forest, engaged in the manufacture of drugs. The strange guy is also not particularly happy about the unexpected witness. A little-known foreign thriller is an excellent example of a fresh crime movie.

Original title:
Rust Creek

Actors:
Hermione Corfield, Jay Paulson, Sean O’Brien …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
18+


Shot into the void (2015)

A successful stockbroker ends up in jail for manslaughter. Cruel laws reign here, but Jacob manages to go through seven circles of prison hell. Having joined the gang, the former “white collar” becomes a crime boss. Will Jacob be able to return to his former life after his release, or is crime a one-way trip?

Original title:
Shot Caller

Actors:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Hateful Eight (2015)

The bounty hunter managed to capture the insidious criminal, for the capture of which a substantial reward was appointed. While escorting Daisy to the police station, John Ruth encounters an ex-soldier and a sheriff. A sudden blizzard causes the four wanderers to go astray and decide to wait out the storm at Minnie’s shop. There, travelers meet four strangers, but Minnie herself is not there. It looks like the evening will be interesting … Quentin Tarantino’s crime western with a twisted plot and an unexpected denouement is one of the best films in our selection.

Original title:
The Hateful Eight

Actors:
Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Legend (2015)

The film tells the story of the formation of one of the most dangerous and influential gangs in Great Britain in the 60s. The main characters of the thriller are the twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie, who trade in armed robberies, racketeering, arson and murder. Even the most “frostbitten” bandits are afraid of them. But one day Ronnie falls ill with schizophrenia. Now Reggie will have to single-handedly lead the gang and make sure that his brother doesn’t completely go crazy.

Original title:
Legend

Actors:
Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis…

Country:
Great Britain, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Headhunters (2011)

Roger Brown is looking for personnel for the positions of top managers of large companies. To maintain a high standard of living and pamper his beloved, Brown steals rare paintings from clients. One day, fate brings Roger to the happy owner of a painting by Rubens. A man starts a robbery, but suddenly he becomes someone’s prey. The action-packed Scandinavian thriller is a worthy end to the list of the best crime films of recent years.

Original title:
Hodejegerne

Actors:
Axel Henni, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Syunnöve Makodi Lund …

Country:
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Other crime thrillers

  • Police Sedan (2019)
  • A good woman is hard to find (2019)
  • Chasing Bonnie and Clyde (2019)
  • Beyond Suspicion (2019)
  • Ultimate (2018)
  • Galveston (2018)
  • Drug Courier (2018)
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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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