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1. Thieves Like Us (1974)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

When two men break out of prison, they join up with another and restart their criminal ways, robbing banks across the South.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Bert Remsen

Votes: 4,025

2. Twilight (1998)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A retired detective accepts a simple task, unaware that it will tear open old, forgotten, but deadly wounds.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 9,842 | Gross: $15.03M

3. Point Blank (1967)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the money that was stolen from him.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 17,390

4. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 61,761

5. Gone with the Pope (2010)

Unrated | 83 min | Crime

Famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell is Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and 'charge a dollar from every Catholic in the world' as the ransom. Shot in ... See full summary »

Director: Duke Mitchell | Stars: Duke Mitchell, Lorenzo Dardado, Jim LoBianco, Peter Milo

Votes: 347

6. Aloha Bobby and Rose (1975)

PG | 88 min | Drama

A young garage mechanic (Bobby) and fast food hostess (Rose) meet and quickly fall in love. While out on a date one night, Bobby "fakes" holding up a convenience store. The prank goes ... See full summary »

Director: Floyd Mutrux | Stars: Paul Le Mat, Dianne Hull, Tim McIntire, Leigh French

Votes: 458 | Gross: $35.00M

7. Cisco Pike (1971)

R | 95 min | Drama

A down on his luck former drug dealer is forced by a corrupt LAPD policeman to sell 100 kilos of confiscated marijuana in one weekend.

Director: Bill Norton | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Karen Black, Gene Hackman, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 1,118

8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An American bar room pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young

Votes: 17,284

9. Prime Cut (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, Angel Tompkins

Votes: 4,285

10. The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

48 Metascore

A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 4,522

11. Harper (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

51 Metascore

Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill

Votes: 7,774

12. Caprice (1967)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

An industrial designer causes chaos when she sells a secret cosmetics formula to a rival company.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Doris Day, Richard Harris, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 1,167 | Gross: $9.98M

13. Marlowe (1969)

PG | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor, Rita Moreno

Votes: 2,948

14. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam then gets implicated in his wife's murder.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell

Votes: 23,852 | Gross: $0.96M

15. Gumshoe (1971)

GP | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Inspired by his love for Dashiell Hammett novels, nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley puts an ad in the paper as a private eye. The case he gets turns out to be a strange setup and as he digs to the bottom of it his life starts falling apart.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Janice Rule

Votes: 1,344

16. The Dain Curse (1978– )

360 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Private eye investigates diamond theft, and becomes involved with an ancient family curse.

Stars: Tom Bower, David Canary, Malachy McCourt, Hattie Winston

Votes: 220

17. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Private detective Philip Marlowe solves many crimes in Los Angeles during the 1930s.

Stars: Powers Boothe, Billy Kearns, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Ken Pogue

Votes: 338

18. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 8,233 | Gross: $20.00M

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19. The Bride Wore Black (1968)

Unrated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Bouquet, Charles Denner

Votes: 7,920 | Gross: $0.55M

20. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 17,492

21. Bloody Mama (1970)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

A psychologically-disturbed matriarch presides over her damaged family of bank-robbing misfits.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Pat Hingle, Diane Varsi

Votes: 2,814

22. Hickey & Boggs (1972)

PG | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.

Director: Robert Culp | Stars: Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, Ta-Ronce Allen, Rosalind Cash

Votes: 954

23. The Driver (1978)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley

Votes: 13,219 | Gross: $4.91M

24. Over the Edge (1979)

PG | 95 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig, Vincent Spano

Votes: 5,749



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