Movies these days can be pretty predictable. Some genres, such as romantic comedies, are basically written with a formula.
Guy meets girl, some weird event happens, insert plot fluff, then happily ever after. Boring. They're entertaining to watch for sure, but few of them rarely have you on the edge of your seat.
That is not the case though, when it comes to a good crime drama. They have everything: romance, some dark comedic one liners, action, thrilling scenes, and some batshit plot twists that make your mind implode.
Below is a continuation of a list I have compiled of some of my favorite films in this genre; some of which are regarded worldwide as the best films of all time, and all of which are films that you must see at least once in your lifetime.
1. A Bronx Tale (1993)
The directorial debut of Robert De Niro, this film follows the life of an Italian-American teenager who lives in the Bronx during the 1960's. It depicts his struggle to overcome the racist mentality towards African Americans, to ignore the peer pressure of his friends to enter a life of crime, and to decide which of the two father figures in his life, his father (De Niro) or local Mafia boss, played by Chazz Palminteri, has his best interests at heart.
2. Dirty Harry (1971)
Are you feelin' lucky punk? This film was pivotal in this genre as it set the tone for many police films to come. Directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood, this movie tells the tale of a loose cannon SFPD Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Eastwood) and his quest to find a psychopath terrorizing San Francisco whose crimes are based upon the real life Zodiac Killer. This movie can be pretty disturbing at times, but nonetheless still a film you should watch if you like these movies.
3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
I first watched this movie when I was 14 and I was blown away by it. Directed by Frank Darabont starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, this film tells the story of an intelligent but quiet banker, Andy (Robbins), who is accused of the murder of his wife and her lover and is subsequently sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary though he claims to be innocent. This film was pivotal in launching Morgan Freeman's career, and is truly a masterpiece.
4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
This movie is absolutely iconic and is regarded as one of the best-written films of all time. Directed by the infamous Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman, this movie tells the story of the intersecting lives of L.A. mobsters and other criminals. The plot is not in chronological order, is highly original, and is a film that you absolutely have to watch at least once.
5. Witness (1985)
Another great film starring Harrison Ford. Directed by Peter Weir, this movie tells the story of a detective (Ford) who has to protect a young Amish boy that becomes a target after being the sole witness of a murder in Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. Featuring a great music score and shots of the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside, as well as some unexpected plot twists, this film is one of the best in the genre.
6. In The Line of Fire (1993)
This movie, directed by Wolfgang Peterson and starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, and Rene Russo, is a classic film. The story is about United States Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan's (Eastwood) attempt to track a disillusioned and psychotic former CIA agent (Malkovich) who threatens to assassinate the President of the United States. This film includes a bit of history as well, as Eastwood's character is the only remaining active agent from the detail assigned to President John F. Kennedy the day of his assassination in 1963, and implements his struggle to overcome his guilt from failing to protect the president as well as to regain credibility within the agency.