Top 10 Best Crime Movies Of All Time

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3. Breathless (1960)

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“Breathless” is all style with Jean Luc Godard’s production modes, plot construction, storytelling methods and aesthetics that are key in the film. The plot follows a young car thief who tries to persuade an American free-spirited girl to live with him in Italy after he kills a policeman.

The whole film was shot on a hand-held camera, just like most of the French New Wave pictures of that time, but the cinematography was unlike other. Only shot by two people, Godard and his cinematographer, Rouald, the overall film was made on a budget less than $50,000.

Breathless along with Contempt (Le Mepris) are considered among the treasures of the French New Wave , and Godard was called the 4th most influential director of all time. With Breathless, Godard has till today received a worldwide critical acclaim; the film now ranks No. 13 in “Sight & Sound Critics’ Top 250 Films (2012)”. It remains one of the best crime movies of all time as Roger Ebert once mentioned that if weren’t for films like Breathless, there would be no Quentin Tarantino today.

2. The Godfather (1972)

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The Godfather, by Francis Ford Coppola is pretty much flawless, and one of the greatest films of all time. It follows the story of a big organized crime dynasty in America where an aging patriarch transfers the control of his secret crime-filled empire to his reluctant son. Besides the excellent script and over the top directing, the cinematography is tasteful and dark with a fair share of violence, though rarely gratuitous. Critics consider it to be by far the best movie ever to portrait organized crime.

Marlon Brando (Don Vito Corleone) and Al Pacino (Michael Corleone) gave the performance of a lifetime in this high-crime gangster movie. The Godfather is currently ranked No. 2 in IMDb’s “Top 250” and No. 22 in “Sight & Sound Critics’ Top 250 Films (2012)”.

1. Rashomon (1950)

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Rashomon is considered the chef d’oeuvre of Akira Kurosawa. In this 1950 film set in ancient Japan, a woman is raped by a bandit and her husband is killed. The film gives us four points of views – one for each of the four participants that include a priest, the bandit, the woman possessed by some mystic devil and a woodcutter. Their stories reveal a little more detail about the crime from one another, and the audience is left to decide which account is true.

In Rashomon the editing tells more than half of the story. The bandit role is played by ToshirĂ´ Mifune, the all time great Japanese actor. The cinematographic technique used in the film is dynamic and changes scene by scene to focus on exactly what is going on. This film is regarded as one of the most influential for western filmmakers with its use of non-original music and plot editing.

Rashomon has received wide critical acclaims over the years with many standing ovations in various film festivals. It is ranked at No. 24 in “Sight & Sound Critics’ Top 250 Films (2012)”, and is “The Best Crime Movie Of All Time” in our list.

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Tailing these Top 10 films in no particular order are Le Trou, Mulholland Dr, Pickpocket, Goodfellas, Touch of Evil, Blue Velvet, L’argent, and more. No doubt there are other masterpieces we failed to nab. But, the aforementioned in the list are widely acclaimed and lauded movies that have dirtied their angelic faces in the realm of crime, illegal activities, and all that jazz.

So, what do you think of our “Top 10 Best Crime Movies Of All Time”? Feel free to make comments and suggestions or start a debate on what other films deserved to be included on the list. Thank you for reading.

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