Outlaws with Humor: The 20 Best Crime Comedies

Firefights with a shower of bullets, ticking bombs, ridiculous robberies and chases – everything can be found in the arsenal of a deadly funny movie about criminals. Directors of gangster comedies have to skillfully balance on the verge between explosions of dynamite and laughter and be real aces of black humor. We have compiled just such a list of the best reckless crime comedies from new movies and films of past years.

Giving Oak in Yuba County (2021)

A fresh crime comedy filled with cynicism and bloody showdowns. Nobody cares about humble housewife Sue Buttons, whose cherished dream is to become famous and bask in the glory, speaking on television shows. The situation changes dramatically when Sue’s husband Carl goes missing and the woman becomes the focus of local media attention. Not only the police , but also a local gang of thugs are looking for the missing spouse, and Sue herself is under suspicion.

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

Original title:
Breaking News in Yuba County

Actors:
Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Godmother (2020)

Portefeux Solitaire knows everything about crime – she is a translator from Arabic into French at the police station. A woman is saddled with debts for renting an apartment and rather big contributions for a nursing home for her mother, and her salary leaves much to be desired. Once, when listening to one of the criminals, Solitaire finds out where a large consignment of drugs is hidden, and decides to take a bold step – to hide this information. After all, the enterprising Frenchwoman has already decided how to dispose of hashish. Now she is building her own drug empire under the noses of her colleagues.

Original title:
La Daronne

Actors:
Isabelle Huppert, Hippolyte Girardot, Farida Ushani…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Gentlemen (2019)

Another movie hit from director Guy Ritchie, the British-style crime comedy has made it to the world’s highest-rated film list. Raymond Smith is the right-hand man of the cunning drug dealer Mickey Pearson. One day, journalist Fletcher comes to his house with compromising information on the whole gang of Pearson. Compromising evidence is presented in the form of a film script, the plot of which was the adventures of bandits. The cost of Fletcher’s silence is $20 million. To understand how critical the situation is, Raymond begins to read the script.

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 – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Inveterate scammers (2019)

The film tells about two swindlers whose paths suddenly crossed. In order not to get under each other’s feet, the heroines decide to arrange a competition – to choose one victim for two and see who will quickly circle the next rich man around the finger. The loser will make way for the winner. The choice fell on a young technical genius with a huge fortune. The young man is naive, gullible, knows nothing about crime and therefore falls for the bait of both girls.

Original title:
The Hustle

Actors:
Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


8 Ocean’s girlfriends (2018)

The list of comedies of recent years continues with a film about crime committed by the fair sex. Several cunning women team up for profit. After spending more than one year in prison , Debbie gets down to business again. It took her 5 years 8 months and 12 days to plan the heist of the century. Her goal is a $150 million diamond necklace. To carry out the scam, Debbie needs to assemble a first-class team of talented scammers.

Original title:
Ocean’s Eight

Actors:
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Blockbuster (2017)

The film is based on the real story of a provincial woman who single-handedly committed a robbery, armed with an air pistol. Lisa is tired of everything – nervous work, hated colleagues and a loving guy. One day the girl breaks down and goes away from Moscow. Passing through the city of Elektrougli, Liza becomes a witness of how a certain person “takes out” a point of issue of microcredits. Not wanting to have witnesses, the robber takes Lisa hostage and turns the car back to Moscow.

Actors:
Svetlana Ustinova, Anya Chipovskaya, Evgeny Tsyganov, Mikhail Efremov, Svetlana Khodchenkova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Goodfellas (2016)

A simple story about the forced collaboration of hired security guard Jackson Healy and cowardly private detective Holland March entered the top crime comedies of the last decade. A straightforward bone-breaker and an unfortunate burdock begin to unravel the case of a missing girl. Two men with completely different methods and principles of work will have to forget about all the differences for the sake of a common cause.

Original title:
The Nice Guys

Actors:
Ryan Gosling, Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Gun Guys (2016)

The plot of the cynical crime comedy is based on a real article by journalist Guy Lawson about two guys who accidentally become gun lords. Since childhood, Ephraim and David knew what poverty is, so they were ready to do anything for big money. One day, weed lovers still manage to find a way to get rich. Adventurers receive a contract from the government to supply weapons to Afghanistan in the amount of $300 million.

Original title:
War Dogs

Actors:
Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper…

Country:
USA, Cambodia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Shootout (2016)

Crime comedy with black humor, chaos and whistling bullets. In a British action movie, two groups of people meet in a warehouse to pull off an underground arms deal. The exchange of barrels for money had to go quickly according to a well-established scenario. But it turns out that two guys from these gangs fought the night before in a nightclub. Word for word, and now the bullets are flying in all directions.

Original title:
Free Fire

Actors:
Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


War Against All (2015)

The worst police officers in the world, Bob and Terry, have long been united in tandem. Men do not respect the law, do not know how to solve crimes and terrorize everyone who gets in their way. The only thing the cops are interested in is profit. Fate throws partners a chance to appropriate a million dollars. But by coincidence, most of the money ends up with the British aristocrat, businessman and just a bastard James. Bob and Terry decide to take back the stolen million and get justice in a very peculiar way.

Original title:
War on Everyone

Actors:
Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, Tessa Thompson, Theo James…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Ryuzo and the Seven Fighters (2015)

The foreign crime comedy about retired yakuza fighters is an unexpectedly calm elegiac thriller from director Takeshi Kitano. Old man Ryuzo with spectacular tattoos is a mafia at rest. Only these tattoos and the absence of several fingers on the hand remind the elderly man of his gangster past. One day, Ryuzo becomes a victim of telephone scammers who do not respect the criminal Japanese traditions. An angry old man gathers seven former yakuza members to punish the offenders.

Original title:
Ryuzo to 7 nin no kobun tachi

Actors:
Tatsuya Fuji, Masaomi Kondo, Akira Nakao…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+


Like a cop (2014)

Dressed up in police uniforms for a costume party , two loser friends Ryan and Justin had a great time and did not want to part with the unexpectedly popular image. Now they drive through the streets in a patrol car and have fun as they can. The fun will end when the fake cops are embroiled in a serious crime story involving corrupt lawmen and tough mafia bosses.

Original title:
Let’s Be Cops

Actors:
Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
18+


I want and jump off (2014)

The absolute hit of the European box office is an Italian comedy about nerds who decide to become bandits and plunge headlong into the world of crime. The plot is built around former researchers who were laid off and found themselves on the sidelines of life. Unsuccessful professors, led by neuroscientist Pietro Zinni, organize a business for the production and sale of a new synthetic drug that is not yet on the banned list.

Original title:
Smetto quando voglio: Ad honorem

Actors:
Edoardo Leo, Valerio Epri, Paolo Calabresi …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Malavita (2013)

Luc Besson’s crime thriller captures attention from the first minutes of viewing with its intellectual humor, abundance of sarcasm and excellent acting. One night, head of the family Fred Blake, his wife Maggie, son Warren and daughter Belle arrive in the French province. But Fred is not a writer, as he introduced himself to the new neighbors, but a former mobster who is in the witness protection program. In a quiet town, strange events begin to occur – supermarkets explode, plumbers disappear, and someone sells drugs at school.

Original title:
The Family

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron …

Country:
France, UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


All at once (2013)

Russian comedy film with a dashing plot about provincial crime. A few young guys from the Russian hinterland get a chance to quickly “cut the dough.” Having joined the gang of local authority, the gopniks undertake to complete the first task. A large amount of money is at stake, it is necessary to stage a robbery of a fake drug courier. But chance intervenes and a simple assignment turns into a deadly business with fights, gunfights and chases.

Actors:
Nikita Ost, Anton Shurtsov, Alexander Pal …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Seven Psychopaths (2012)

An excellent comedy film with an inventive plot and extraordinary crime. The heroes of this movie will not make viewers bored – among them is a writer with alcohol addiction, several dog thieves, a participant in the Vietnam War and a rabbit. What can connect these characters? Marty writes the script for a movie, while his strange friend and his equally strange partner cash in on stealing dogs from wealthy citizens. The scheme works until crooks mistakenly take the nutty gangster’s pet dog off the walk.

Original title:
Seven Psychopaths

Actors:
Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Get it done in 30 minutes (2011)

The main character of the film in the comedy genre has nothing to do with crime. Nick is a regular pizza delivery man and a beer drinker in the evenings. However, the situation will soon change. On one of the deliveries, instead of money, the guy receives a jumpsuit with a bomb and an ultimatum – get $ 10,000 in just 10 hours or the bandits will set off the explosives. To complete the mission, Nick will need an assistant – his best friend Chet. On the way to salvation, the couple gets into a lot of funny and ridiculous situations.

Original title:
30 Minutes or Less

Actors:
Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Michael Peña…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
16+


Money (2011)

Crime comedy with a dynamic plot revolving around the amount of 1 million euros. Having successfully evaded the persecution of the tax authorities, the satisfied entrepreneur returns home, not knowing that the bag with money was stolen. Now bundles of currency roam the hands of random motley characters – among them are petty thieves from the Caucasus, corrupt police officers, a Ukrainian prostitute and lawless brothers. Who will eventually become the ultimate owner of a fat jackpot, it will become clear only in the finale of the film.

Actors:
Roman Madyanov, Yakov Kucherevsky, Maria Berseneva …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Pimp (2009)

Once upon a time there were two brothers, identical on the outside, but very different on the inside. One is a modest bank clerk, a lover of songs from the 80s, and in general an extremely correct character, far from crime. The second is a pimp who moves in gangster circles and part-time police informant. A major drug deal is being prepared, and then the informant suddenly dies. What to do? Take his twin brother – a modest office worker and quickly introduce him into the underworld. And then all the fun begins in the style of a sparkling action comedy.

Original title:
Le mac

Actors:
José Garcia, Gilbert Melki, Carmen Maura…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Trump Aces (2006)

The list is closed by a high-quality crime comedy with an abundance of black humor. The plot tells about the gangster Buddy, who decided to testify against his boss. A large bounty has been placed on the traitor’s head by the mafia, and many serious hitmen are on the hunt . FBI agents Messner and Carruthers must protect an important witness, but he is not used to being locked up and strives to run into trouble and frame the guards.

Original title:
Smokin’ Aces

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Jeremy Piven …

Country:
UK, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


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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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