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1. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 938,243 | Gross: $46.84M

2. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 267,119

3. The Mule (2018)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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58 Metascore

A ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick L. Reyes, Cesar De León, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 82,697 | Gross: $103.80M

4. Baywatch (2017)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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37 Metascore

Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit, as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra

Votes: 146,298 | Gross: $58.06M

5. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

8.2
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,228,177 | Gross: $206.85M

6. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 684,587 | Gross: $45.60M

7. The Punisher (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.5
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After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as "The Punisher," with only one goal in mind: to avenge them.

Stars: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ben Barnes, Jason R. Moore

Votes: 160,048

8. Sicario (2015)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 340,339 | Gross: $46.89M

9. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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52 Metascore

The story of how George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 228,458 | Gross: $52.99M

10. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Thriller

6.1
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47 Metascore

Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name while on the run as a fugitive from the law.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Robert Knepper

Votes: 126,755 | Gross: $58.70M

11. American Made (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

7.1
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65 Metascore

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 141,204 | Gross: $51.34M

12. Non-Stop (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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56 Metascore

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery

Votes: 239,215 | Gross: $92.17M

13. Lucy (I) (2014)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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61 Metascore

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked

Votes: 413,028 | Gross: $126.66M

14. Braven (2018)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama

6.1
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61 Metascore

A logger defends his family from a group of dangerous drug runners.

Director: Lin Oeding | Stars: Jason Momoa, Garret Dillahunt, Jill Wagner, Stephen Lang

Votes: 24,774

15. We're the Millers (2013)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

7.0
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44 Metascore

A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms

Votes: 380,217 | Gross: $150.39M

16. Inherent Vice (2014)

R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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81 Metascore

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 86,979 | Gross: $8.11M

17. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Chief Inspector Morse (John Thaw) has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Detective Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately) to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 9,036

18. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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64 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 152,313 | Gross: $234.76M

19. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.7
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 83,495

20. Bad Boys II (2003)

R | 147 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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38 Metascore

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida from a Cuban drug cartel.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 211,214 | Gross: $138.61M

21. Wild Rose (2018)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.2
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80 Metascore

A troubled young Glaswegian woman dreams of becoming a Nashville country star.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson, Lesley Hart

Votes: 5,000 | Gross: $1.64M

22. Snowfall (2017– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama

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A look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 1980s.

Stars: Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Isaiah John, Sergio Peris-Mencheta

Votes: 8,055

23. Before We Die (2017– )

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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A police inspector in the organised crime unit disappears after meeting with a mysterious informer.

Stars: Marie Richardson, Adam Pålsson, Magnus Krepper, Malgorzata Pieczynska

Votes: 2,219

24. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 373,680 | Gross: $130.16M

25. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 223,889 | Gross: $65.21M

26. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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55 Metascore

007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Votes: 89,844 | Gross: $35.38M

27. Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

Against the orders of MI6, James Bond goes rogue and seeks vengeance against a drug lord who left his best friend for dead after murdering his wife, while uncovering a drug plot posing as a hitman.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto

Votes: 88,124 | Gross: $34.67M

28. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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59 Metascore

Billy Hayes (Brad Davis), an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 67,728 | Gross: $35.00M

29. Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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86 Metascore

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 188,484 | Gross: $124.12M

30. The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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44 Metascore

A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Freddie Crowder

Votes: 84,750 | Gross: $6.86M

31. Fast & Furious (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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46 Metascore

Brian O'Conner, back working for the FBI in Los Angeles, teams up with Dominic Toretto to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 248,320 | Gross: $155.06M

32. The Bank Job (2008)

R | 111 min | Crime, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays

Votes: 167,839 | Gross: $30.03M

33. The Counsellor (2013)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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48 Metascore

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem

Votes: 93,258 | Gross: $16.97M

34. Desperado (1995)

R | 104 min | Action, Thriller

7.2
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55 Metascore

A gunslinger's embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin

Votes: 163,418 | Gross: $25.63M

35. Savages (2012)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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59 Metascore

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 117,079 | Gross: $47.38M

36. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 102,040

37. Miami Vice (2006)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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65 Metascore

Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong, Naomie Harris

Votes: 105,226 | Gross: $63.45M

38. Above the Law (1988)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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45 Metascore

A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva, Ron Dean

Votes: 27,008 | Gross: $18.87M

39. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

Votes: 130,100 | Gross: $75.33M

40. Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei (1996– )

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Two police inspectors and their team from a Bonn-Koeln precinct fight all sorts of criminals they encounter daily on major highways in Germany.

Stars: Erdogan Atalay, Gottfried Vollmer, Niels Kurvin, Dietmar Huhn

Votes: 4,663

41. In Order of Disappearance (2014)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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74 Metascore

When his son is mistakenly murdered, a snowplow driver starts seeking revenge, which ignites a war between two gangsters.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro

Votes: 22,481 | Gross: $0.05M

42. Chungking Express (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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77 Metascore

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong

Votes: 55,228 | Gross: $0.60M

43. Samurai Cop (1991)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

4.6
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Joe Marshall and Frank Washington are two tenacious police detectives who seek at all costs to stop the Katana, a renegade Yakuza gang composed of violent and sadistic killers who want to lead the drug trade in Los Angeles.

Director: Amir Shervan | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Mathew Karedas, Janis Farley, Mark Frazer

Votes: 6,040

44. Harsh Times (2005)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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56 Metascore

A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman

Votes: 60,889 | Gross: $3.34M

45. Kill the Messenger (2014)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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60 Metascore

Journalist Gary Webb, California 1996, started investigating CIA's role in the 1980s in getting crack cocaine to the black part of LA to get money and weapons to the Contras/freedom fighters in Nicaragua.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo

Votes: 42,267 | Gross: $2.45M

46. Get Him to the Greek (2010)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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65 Metascore

A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater.

Director: Nicholas Stoller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne

Votes: 163,388 | Gross: $60.97M

47. Snitch (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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51 Metascore

A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Rafi Gavron

Votes: 79,529 | Gross: $42.93M

48. Act of Valor (2012)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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40 Metascore

An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh | Stars: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Rorke Denver

Votes: 64,394 | Gross: $70.01M

49. Black Dynamite (2009)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy

7.4
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65 Metascore

Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man, it's up to him to find justice.

Director: Scott Sanders | Stars: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Phyllis Applegate

Votes: 43,841 | Gross: $0.23M

50. We Own the Night (2007)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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59 Metascore

A New York City nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian Mafia hitmen.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Danny Hoch

Votes: 81,499 | Gross: $28.56M



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