Poliziotteschi

by thegrimmreaper | created - 12 Mar 2012 | updated - 12 Mar 2012 | Public

(aka Italian Crime Exploitation)

This list is for my personal reference, but I thought I'd go ahead and make it public for anyone who might be interested.

I'm planning to list and watch as many movies in this genre as possible, and then rank them accordingly.

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1. Almost Human (1974)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A small-time homicidal maniac kidnaps the daughter of a rich man, prompting a hardened detective to work outside the law to pursue him.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli, Gino Santercole

Votes: 2,054

2. Caliber 9 (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A former gangster is forced to resume his old lifestyle when his violent, jealous ex-colleagues and the police believe that he knows the location of a stolen cache of $300,000.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf, Frank Wolff

Votes: 3,190

3. The Italian Connection (1972)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A Milanese pimp is pursued by - and then pursues - a pair of New York hitmen and the gangsters who framed him for stealing a shipment of heroin.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 1,877

4. The Boss (1973)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A hitman finds himself embroiled in the middle of a Mafia war between the Sicilians and the Calabrians.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Henry Silva, Richard Conte, Gianni Garko, Antonia Santilli

Votes: 1,559

5. Rabid Dogs (1974)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy

Votes: 4,091

6. The Tough Ones (1976)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy, Giampiero Albertini, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 1,114

7. Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy, who are licenced-to-kill, undercover cops who thrive on living dangerously.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Adolfo Celi, Franco Citti

Votes: 1,162

8. Street Law (1974)

105 min | Action, Thriller

Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, Giancarlo Prete, Barbara Bach, Renzo Palmer

Votes: 1,198

9. The Big Racket (1976)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Nico Palmieri is a police inspector who battles against hoodlums terrorising a sleepy Italian village, extorting cash from the locals.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia, Renzo Palmer, Orso Maria Guerrini

Votes: 1,043

10. The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1977)

100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A hardened cop is left for dead by the henchmen of a escapee gangster he had previously arrested, and upon recovery relentlessly pursues them.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Saxon, Renzo Palmer, Gabriella Lepori

Votes: 885

11. High Crime (1973)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An Italian police inspector matches wits with a powerful European drug ring. As he comes closer to the top of the underworld organization, his odds of survival decrease.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, James Whitmore, Delia Boccardo, Fernando Rey

Votes: 674

12. Revolver (1973)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An Italian official decides to take it upon himself to free his wife after she's taken hostage by ruthless criminals.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora, Agostina Belli

Votes: 1,594

13. Contraband (1980)

Unrated | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Someone is muscling in on the two brothers' cigarette smuggling into Italy at Naples. The police is tipped off, then Mickey's stable burns down, then the killing etc. starts. Luca responds.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Fabio Testi, Ivana Monti, Marcel Bozzuffi, Saverio Marconi

Votes: 1,628

14. Rulers of the City (1976)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Two small-time hoodlums plot to get even with a treacherous boss who is intent on monopolizing all criminal activity within Rome.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Jack Palance, Al Cliver, Harry Baer, Gisela Hahn

Votes: 763

15. The Heroin Busters (1977)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An Italian policeman goes undercover to break up an international heroin smuggling ring and butts heads with a hot-tempered Interpol agent assigned by his agency to do the same task.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Fabio Testi, David Hemmings, Sherry Buchanan, Wolfango Soldati

Votes: 560

16. No Way Out (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A mob hitman wants to retire, but his bosses don't think that's a good idea. Complications--and many bloody shootouts-ensue.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Conte, Carla Gravina, Marc Porel

Votes: 1,130

17. Milano trema: la polizia vuole giustizia (1973)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

When Milano police lieutenant Giorga's chief is murdered by an organized crime ring, he vows to avenge his boss's death. Going undercover to continue the chief's investigation, he plans to ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Silvano Tranquilli, Carlo Alighiero

Votes: 668

18. Kidnap Syndicate (1975)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

Based on an actual event "The Kidnap Syndicate" is the story of two boys, one from a rich family and the other from a poor family, who are kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Luc Merenda, James Mason, Irina Maleeva, Marino Masé

Votes: 554

19. Violent City (1970)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jill Ireland, Umberto Orsini

Votes: 2,167

20. Shoot First, Die Later (1974)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A police lieutenant suddenly faces the consequences of his choice to part for the local mobs.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Delia Boccardo, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 586

21. Violent Naples (1976)

95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An uncompromising cop gets transferred to Naples on account of this city's atrocious crime levels. His no-hold-barred police methods are considered to be the perfect anti-dote.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, John Saxon, Barry Sullivan, Elio Zamuto

Votes: 855

22. The Children of Violent Rome (1976)

86 min | Crime

A story of a modern day neo-Nazi youth gang that meets in a place decorated with swastikas and a poster of the "Führer". The members of this gang are all bored teenagers from rich families.

Director: Renato Savino | Stars: Gino Milli, Cristina Businari, Emilio Locurcio, Sarah Crespi

Votes: 81

23. Execution Squad (1972)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

This is a story of a secret organization of former police officers, who go beyond the law, to kill notorious criminals without trial. One police inspector, (Enrico Maria Salerno) tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Enrico Maria Salerno, Mariangela Melato, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 559

24. Colt 38 Special Squad (1976)

110 min | Drama, Action, Crime

In this Poliziotteschi, a commissioner (Marcel Bozzuffi) forms a secret motorized brigade in order to fight a dangerous terrorist (Ivan Rassimov) depositing bombs in the city of Turin.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Marcel Bozzuffi, Carole André, Ivan Rassimov, Riccardo Salvino

Votes: 317

25. Violent City (1975)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A detective sick and tired of the rampant crime and violence in his city, and constantly at odds with his superiors, is finally kicked out of the department for a "questionable" shooting of... See full summary »

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Richard Conte, Silvano Tranquilli, Ray Lovelock

Votes: 526

26. A Special Cop in Action (1976)

101 min | Thriller, Action, Crime

A crime syndicate starts a crime wave in Turin, they rob a bank, taking a hostage to get away from Police Inspector Betti and Ferrari, his partner. However, the hostage turned out to be their accomplice in disguise.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Raymond Pellegrin, John Saxon, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 408

27. What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Giovanna Ralli, Claudio Cassinelli, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 1,624



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