Crime

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2006 30 Nov 2006 R 101 min DramaThrillerCrime
Kate and her brutish boyfriend Big Al sell handguns on the streets of New York. She's smart, stylish, and self-confident, but all that leaves her when Al, in a jealous and self-indulgent rage, beats her. Three friends encourage her recovery: Vic, a woman who would like to be Kate's lover; Reilly, who runs with Al but also is attracted to Kate and repulsed by Al's violence; and, Liz, the counselor assigned to Kate from a battered-women's program. Vic and Reilly talk about killing Al, Liz gives pep talks; Kate remains frightened. Will Al's menace and Kate's dependency hold sway?
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N/A
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Gary Lennon
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10 Rillington Place
1971 29 Jan 1971 GP 106 min DramaCrimeBiography
London, 1949. John Christie is an unassuming, middle-aged man who, along with his wife Ethel, lives in the ground-floor flat at 10 Rillington Place. His demeanor masks the fact of being a serial killer. His modus operandi is to act as a person with a medical background, lure unsuspecting women to his apartment on the pretense of curing them of some ailment, knock them unconscious with carbon monoxide gas, gain his sexual release through contact with the unconscious body, then strangle the victim dead before disposing of the body somewhere in the house or outside area. His next intended target is Beryl Evans, a young woman who has just moved into the top flat in the house. Beryl's husband, Tim Evans, is an illiterate man who likes to put on airs. Already with an infant daughter named Geraldine, the Evanses learn they are going to have another baby, which they cannot afford to have, nor can they afford to abort the pregnancy. This problem, on top of the constant issue of lack of money in all aspects of their lives, places a strain on the marriage, of which all their neighbors are aware through the constant fighting they overhear. Christie will offer to perform the abortion for free. The difference with this intended murder is that Tim will be aware that his wife will have died, but Christie plans either to goad Tim into keeping silent since the abortion would have been illegal, an act to which Tim would have provided his consent, or pin the murder on Tim who would have motive. Will this change in modus operandi affect Christie's ability to kill Beryl, or kill her without detection?
AWARDS
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award.
WRITER
Clive Exton (screenplay), Ludovic Kennedy (book)
13 Tzameti
2005 08 Feb 2006 NOT RATED 93 min DramaThrillerCrime
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Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his destination, Sebastian falls into a degenerate, clandestine world of mental chaos behind closed doors in which men gamble on the lives of others men.
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9 wins & 3 nominations.
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Géla Babluani
2 Guns
2013 02 Aug 2013 R 109 min ActionCrimeComedy
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Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.
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2 wins.
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Blake Masters (screenplay), Steven Grant (based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by)
8MM
1999 26 Feb 1999 R 123 min DramaCrimeMystery
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Private investigator Tom Welles is hired by the recently widowed Mrs. Christian who has found a startling pornographic film in her late husband's possessions. In the film a teenage girl is apparently killed and Welles is pretty sure it's a genuine snuff film. He takes the case, first going through records of runaways finally identifying the girl and learning that she may have run off to California. There he enters the seedy underworld of pornography with the help of Max California, a porn store clerk. His principal clue is the masked man who killed the girl as he has a unique tattoo on his hand. He soon finds the culprits but there is little satisfaction in resolving the mystery.
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2 wins & 1 nomination.
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WRITER
Andrew Kevin Walker
A Good Day to Die Hard
2013 14 Feb 2013 R 98 min ActionThrillerCrime
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John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.
AWARDS
3 wins & 7 nominations.
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Skip Woods, Roderick Thorp (certain original characters by)
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A History of Violence
2005 30 Sep 2005 R 96 min DramaThrillerCrime
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A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.
AWARDS
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 66 nominations.
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John Wagner (graphic novel), Vince Locke (graphic novel), Josh Olson (screenplay)
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A Most Wanted Man
2014 01 Aug 2014 R 122 min DramaThrillerCrime
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When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.
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2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Andrew Bovell (screenplay), John le Carré (novel), Stephen Cornwell (additional writing)
A Prophet
2009 26 Mar 2010 R 155 min DramaCrime
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Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brécourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named César Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate. This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Arab, and the Muslims who now mistrust him. But as time goes on, Malik works to save himself while in prison, while setting up his life post prison on his own terms. Both his demon and his salvation in prison is the specter of one of the first people he really got to know during his incarceration.
AWARDS
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 47 wins & 39 nominations.
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Thomas Bidegain (screenplay), Jacques Audiard (screenplay), Abdel Raouf Dafri (original screenplay), Nicolas Peufaillit (original screenplay)
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A Walk Among The Tombstones
2014 19 September 2014 R 114 min DramaThrillerCrimeMystery
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Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive.
AWARDS
1 nomination.
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WRITER
Lawrence Block (based on the novel by), Scott Frank (written for the screen by)
Alan Partridge
2013 27 Feb 2014 R 90 min CrimeComedy
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Radio DJ Alan Partridge is facing uncertain times with his radio station being taken over by a corporate conglomerate. He makes things worse when he talks down a colleague after a promise to talk him up. The colleague handles things badly and takes the radio station into his own hands, literally, by taking them all hostage. Envisioning all his action heroes in his head, Alan is going to save the day by becoming a go-between for the Scotland Yard. His method though will put himself and others in harm's way because Alan Partridge just can't keep his mouth shut.
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1 win & 7 nominations.
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WRITER
Peter Baynham (based upon characters created by), Peter Baynham (screenplay), Steve Coogan (based upon characters created by), Steve Coogan (screenplay), Neil Gibbons (screenplay), Rob Gibbons (screenplay), Armando Iannucci (based upon characters created by), Armando Iannucci (screenplay), Patrick Marber (based upon characters created by)
American Gangster
2007 02 Nov 2007 R 157 min DramaCrimeBiography
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In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 32 nominations.
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Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson (article)
American Hustle
2013 20 Dec 2013 R 138 min DramaCrime
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A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
AWARDS
Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 66 wins & 202 nominations.
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Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Assault on Precinct 13
2005 19 Jan 2005 R 109 min ActionDramaCrime
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On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.
AWARDS
1 win & 2 nominations.
WRITER
John Carpenter (earlier film), James DeMonaco (screenplay)
Awake
2007 30 Nov 2007 R 84 min ThrillerCrimeMystery
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The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His mother must wrestle with her own demons as a turn of events unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife.
AWARDS
1 win & 3 nominations.
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WRITER
Joby Harold
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
2009 11 Dec 2009 R 122 min DramaCrime
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After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse.
AWARDS
3 wins & 9 nominations.
DIRECTOR
WRITER
William M. Finkelstein (screenplay)
Bangkok Dangerous
2008 05 Sep 2008 R 99 min ActionThrillerCrime
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Joe is a professional hit man who picks someone off the street to do his errands, and after he is finished kills that person. His next assignment takes him to Bangkok, and as usual, he finds a street-wise guy named Kong to help him. After Kong has a close call and learns who Joe is, Kong asks him to train him and he does. Joe also meets a local girl who is deaf and spends time with her. However, Joe has a hard time keeping his other life from her. It also appears that the person who hired Joe, breaks his rule of complete anonymity and tries to find him.
AWARDS
1 nomination.
WRITER
Jason Richman (screenplay), Oxide Chun Pang, Danny Pang
Bangkok Dangerous
2000 24 Nov 2000 R 105 min ActionCrimeRomance
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The story is of a deaf-mute hitman and his partner who are based in Bangkok. He is friends with his partner's girlfriend who is a stripper at a local club. They go about their assassination...
AWARDS
3 wins & 4 nominations.
WRITER
Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
2007 07 Dec 2007 R 117 min DramaThrillerCrime
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Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.
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17 wins & 25 nominations.
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Kelly Masterson
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Black Mass
2015 18 Sep 2015 R 123 min DramaCrimeBiography
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Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals.
AWARDS
5 wins & 20 nominations.
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Mark Mallouk (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), Dick Lehr (based on the book by), Gerard O'Neill (based on the book by)
Blitz
2011 20 May 2011 R 97 min ActionThrillerCrime
Detective Sergeant Tom Brant who is dispatched to take down a serial killer hell bent on killing off the police force one by one. "The Blitz" manages to slip through the grasp of Tom every time, and with the precious lives of his colleagues diminishing one by one, Tom is led to the question: if we can't protect our own, then what good are we?
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N/A
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Nathan Parker (screenplay), Ken Bruen (novel)
Blue Velvet
1986 23 Oct 1986 R 120 min DramaCrimeMystery
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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 16 nominations.
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David Lynch (screenplay)
Bowling for Columbine
2002 15 Nov 2002 R 120 min DramaCrimeDocumentary
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The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.
AWARDS
Won 1 Oscar. Another 35 wins & 10 nominations.
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WRITER
Michael Moore
Brick
2005 14 Apr 2006 R 110 min DramaCrimeMystery
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The lonely teenager Brendan finds his former girlfriend Emily dead in the entrance of a tunnel of sewage and recalls her phone call two days ago, when she said to him that she was in trouble. Brendan, who still loved Emily, met bad elements of his high-school trying to contact her, and when he succeeded, she told him that she was OK. He hides her body in the tunnel and decides to investigate the meaning and connection of four words, including "brick" and "pin", that Emily told him to find who killed her. Using the support of his nerd friend Brain, he successively meets the small time drug dealers Kara, Dode, Brad Bramish, Laura and Tugger, to reach the teenager powerful drug dealer The Pin. Slowly, Brendan unravels the motives why Emily was killed and plots a revenge.
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11 wins & 22 nominations.
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WRITER
Rian Johnson
Brooklyn Rules
2007 28 May 2009 R 99 min DramaCrime
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Michael 'Mike' Turner is handsome, bright, a resourceful law student and perfect gentleman. Mike were perfect hadn't he been born in late 20th century Brooklyn, a New York borough dominated by the mob, in his case Carmine Mancuso, who luckily chooses to protect bright Mike, even against mob ruffian Gino, and his two inseparable buddies. Cocky Carmine Mancuso actually chooses to join the bloody business, sparing only his youth friends. Third mate Bobby Canzoneri, whose equally dumb parents hosted the gang as kids, naively aims no higher then tenure in the US Post. Yet Bobby ends up dead when a mob war erupts.
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N/A
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Terence Winter