Best Middle Eastern and South Asian Crime Dramas

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1. Shootout at Wadala (2013)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Biography, Crime

The first-ever registered encounter by the Mumbai Police, which took place on November 1, 1982. Based on a true story.

Director: Sanjay Gupta | Stars: Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee, Tusshar Kapoor

Votes: 6,006 | Gross: $0.37M

2. Fearless (2010)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Comedy

A corrupt police officer faces challenges from his family, gangsters and politicians.

Director: Abhinav Kashyap | Stars: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood, Arbaaz Khan

Votes: 26,942 | Gross: $4.63M

3. Don 2 (2011)

Not Rated | 148 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

49 Metascore

Don turns himself in and escapes with Vardhaan from prison, following which he recruits a team to steal currency printing plates from a bank in Berlin.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Florian Lukas, Om Puri, Priyanka Chopra

Votes: 48,282 | Gross: $3.68M

4. Fearless 2 (2012)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Comedy

Chulbul Pandey invites a fresh trouble when he kills the brother of a notorious politician and the former swears to wreak havoc in his life.

Director: Arbaaz Khan | Stars: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna

Votes: 14,925 | Gross: $2.52M

5. Tezaab (1988)

Not Rated | 173 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A college student, who wants to join the army and serve his country, becomes a criminal due to unforeseen circumstances.

Director: N. Chandra | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher, Chunky Pandey

Votes: 1,847

6. Race (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 149 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Destiny makes two brothers- Ranvir and Rajiv - enemies of each other. Everything is fair in love and war.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla | Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif

Votes: 12,541 | Gross: $1.37M

7. Race 2 (2013)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Ranvir treads through the world of the Indian mafia in Turkey as he looks to avenge the death of his lover and partner in crime.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla | Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone

Votes: 14,800 | Gross: $1.58M

8. Wanted (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 147 min | Action, Thriller

Radhe is a ruthless gangster who will kill anyone for money. He is attracted towards Jhanvi, a middle class girl, who does not approve of his work and wants him to change.

Director: Prabhu Deva | Stars: Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Vinod Khanna, Govind Namdeo

Votes: 18,131

9. Tashan (2008)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, Romance

What happens when you throw 2 guys who hate each other together? Add for good measure a beauty and a gangster and the trouble is no one can be trusted.

Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 4,753 | Gross: $0.43M

10. Singham (2011)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Drama

A truly honest police officer is transferred to a town controlled by a gangster he has humiliated. The gangster believes he can use good power to bring down this officer who made him look foolish and weak.

Director: Rohit Shetty | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj, Sonali Kulkarni

Votes: 13,777 | Gross: $0.35M

11. Singam 2 (2013)

Not Rated | 166 min | Action, Thriller

Tough cop Durai Singam performs an undercover operation and identifies some nefarious activities in the seas around the coastal town.

Director: Hari | Stars: Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, Vivek

Votes: 5,375

12. Players (2012)

163 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Two thieves, a magician, a computer hacker, a wannabe actor and a explosives expert plan a robbery to fulfill the dream of Victor Braganza. Will they be successful or will destiny have something different for them?

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla | Stars: Vinod Khanna, Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor

Votes: 3,823

13. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)

Not Rated | 156 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Gracy Singh, Sunil Dutt

Votes: 70,907

14. Scoundrel (2009)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The desperate lives of two estranged twin brothers converge over missing drugs, politics, racial prejudice, corrupt cops and an unplanned pregnancy.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deb Mukherjee, Shivkumar Subramaniam

Votes: 16,194 | Gross: $1.29M

15. Satya (1998)

Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An innocent man is embroiled in underworld after being falsely charged and sets out to punish the perpetrators who subjected his life to misery.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: J.D. Chakravarthi, Manoj Bajpayee, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal

Votes: 12,726

16. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

R | 321 min | Action, Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Votes: 76,632

17. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A smuggler rises to power in in 1970s Mumbai, a younger gangster seeks to overthrow him and a police officer is caught in the middle.

Director: Milan Luthria | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai

Votes: 15,941

18. Government (2005)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The authority of a man, who runs a parallel government in Mumbai, is challenged. His son rises to face his enemies.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak

Votes: 15,267

19. Company (2002)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-time gangster named Chandu teams up with Malik, a low-level enforcer for a criminal syndicate. Together they eliminate all their enemies, becoming the most feared gangsters in Mumbai.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala, Seema Biswas

Votes: 14,115

20. Parinda (1989)

Not Rated | 154 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man's friend, a police officer, is assassinated by gangsters in broad daylight. He discovers that his elder brother works in the same gang and decides to avenge his friend's death by infiltrating the gang.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit

Votes: 2,948

21. Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

122 min | Action, Crime

An account of the gangster Mahindra Dolas and his gang, which terrorized Mumbai City, and a massive war between Mumbai Police and gangs during 16 November 1991.

Director: Apoorva Lakhia | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Arbaaz Khan

Votes: 9,116 | Gross: $0.29M

22. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobara (2013)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After killing his mentor, a gangster comes into power to rule over Mumbai. In the process he falls for an aspiring actress, nevertheless he finds that his protege has fallen for her too which leads to enmity between them.

Director: Milan Luthria | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonali Bendre

Votes: 6,427

23. Vaastav: The Reality (1999)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Consequences force an innocent man to get involved in crime after making an error.

Director: Mahesh Manjrekar | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Shirodkar, Reema Lagoo, Shivaaji Satam

Votes: 12,149

24. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

24 Metascore

A hitman who's in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs violates his personal code when he falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Yeung, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Panward Hemmanee

Votes: 54,366 | Gross: $15.28M

25. Bullets, Blood & a Fistful of Ca$h (2006)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime

A hard boiled tale of bloody revenge that interweaves the stories of nine criminals. Hector Gonzales, a ruthless kingpin who has risen through the ranks over the last ten years and now ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Akina | Stars: Jerry Lloyd, Tom Doty, Roy Stanton, Josh Cameron

Votes: 683

26. The Raid: Redemption (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

73 Metascore

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah

Votes: 185,936 | Gross: $4.11M

27. The Raid 2 (2014)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

71 Metascore

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Votes: 111,202 | Gross: $2.63M

28. The Protector (2005)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones, Xing Jin, Petchtai Wongkamlao

Votes: 34,606 | Gross: $11.91M

29. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, Thao Lor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 702,825 | Gross: $148.10M

30. Traffic (2004)

260 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A three-part miniseries that offers a look into the world of trafficking, where drugs, weapons and even people are traded all over the world. Here, the lives of three Seattle-based men ... See full summary »

Stars: Ritchie Coster, Nelson Lee, Tony Musante, Justin Chatwin

Votes: 847

32. Merantau (2009)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama

A young man from the countryside uses his skills in silat martial arts to survive the slave trade.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim, Mads Koudal

Votes: 9,919

33. Aurangzeb (2013)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Kingship knows no Kinship and there can be only one Emperor in Aurangzeb's world. In Gurgaon, to bring down a criminal the law has to think like one.

Director: Atul Sabharwal | Stars: Arjun Kapoor, Sasha Aagha, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rishi Kapoor

Votes: 3,823

34. Keemat: They Are Back (1998)

162 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

After a man is killed when a mugging goes wrong, the two small-time crooks responsible try to make amends by pretending to be his best friends and helping his village.

Director: Sameer Malkan | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tandon, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre

Votes: 1,083

35. The Wall (1975)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Vijay struggles as a dockworker and eventually becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother Ravi is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi

Votes: 9,741

36. Don (1978)

Not Rated | 166 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Don, a wanted criminal, dies in a police chase. DSP D'Silva is the only one who knows about his death, and to get hold of the gang he trains Don-lookalike Vijay. But Vijay faces danger from the police and from within the gang.

Director: Chandra Barot | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Iftekhar

Votes: 10,852

37. Reign of Government (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

When Anita Rajan, CEO of Sheppard power plant, an international Company, brings a power plant proposal to set up in rural Maharashtra before the Nagres, insightful Shankar is quick to ... See full summary »

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ravi Kale

Votes: 7,014 | Gross: $1.01M

38. Traffik (1989)

Unrated | 315 min | Crime, Drama

The Hamburg police arrest an international businessman, charging him with smuggling heroin from Pakistan. While he's on trial, his trophy wife, a former Olympic swimmer, discovers steely ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Paterson, Lindsay Duncan, Fritz Müller-Scherz, Jamal Shah

Votes: 1,404

39. The Fifth Commandment (2008)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

In Bangkok, an assassin who turns down a job that hits too close to home finds himself targeted by the elite members of his profession.

Director: Jesse V. Johnson | Stars: Rick Yune, Roger Yuan, Dania Ramirez, Keith David

Votes: 1,175

40. Fah (1998)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Eight thieves went in a jewelry store to steal diamonds and they killed innocent people in the store because they didn't want them to give the evidence to the police. One cop named Rik was ... See full summary »

Director: Wych Kaosayananda | Stars: Johnny Anfone, Sunisa Jet, Chatchai Plengpanich, Don Thai Theerathada

Votes: 71

41. Dhoom (2004)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Thriller

A mysterious gang of bikers is on a robbing spree. ACP Jai gets Ali, a mechanic, to assist him in the case. With the clock ticking, it's up to them to nab the thieves red-handed.

Director: Sanjay Gadhvi | Stars: Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Uday Chopra, Esha Deol

Votes: 17,547 | Gross: $0.25M

42. Dhoom 2 (2006)

Not Rated | 152 min | Action, Thriller

Mr A, a fearless thief, steals valuable artefacts and teams up with the girl he is attracted to but who cannot be trusted. Close on their heels are three police officers trying to apprehend them.

Director: Sanjay Gadhvi | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Uday Chopra

Votes: 22,977 | Gross: $2.64M

43. Dhoom 3 (2013)

Not Rated | 172 min | Action, Thriller

61 Metascore

When Sahir, a circus entertainer trained in magic and acrobatics, turns into a thief to take down a corrupt bank in Chicago that ruined his father, Indian officers Jai and Ali are called to catch him.

Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya | Stars: Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra

Votes: 42,108 | Gross: $8.03M

44. Chocolate (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Taphon Phopwandee

Votes: 17,009 | Gross: $0.01M

45. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 91,548 | Gross: $2.08M

46. Mr. Nice (2010)

121 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime