Ok, time for top ten crime films. Yep it is a genre… well that’s what Netflix tells me anyway…
1. Memories of Murder (2003) Directed byBong Joon Ho
One of the greatest films ever made by a director that has his own distinct style. Based on a true story.
2. Goodfellas (1990) Directed by Martin Scorsese
This film has influenced almost every crime film that’s come since.
3. The Godfather (1972) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Arguably the greatest film ever made.
4. The Conversation (1974) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Not sure if it belongs in crime but I’m putting it here anyway. Understated masterpiece.
5. No Country for Old Men (2007) Directed by the Coens
6. Menace II Society (1993) Directed by the Hughes brothers
Wasn’t sure whether to go with this or Boyz here. Went with this due to Laurenz Tates portrayal of O-Dog.
7. The French Connection (1971) Directed by William Friedkin
Wanted to go Dog Day here but couldn’t go past Hackman at the top of his game.
8. Blow Out (1981) Directed by Brian De Palma
With a back catalog of Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way and dressed to Kill it was difficult settling on De Palmas best film. Blow Out is it for me.
9. Chaser (2008) Directed by Hong-jin Na
Intense, gritty… Just an incredible film on so many levels.
10. Heat (1995) Directed by Michael Mann
Without this there is no Dark Knight.
Special mention : 8MM (1999) Directed by Joel Schumacher
I despise Joel Schumacher but he does have an eye for excellent screenplays. This one was written by the same guy as Seven and is equally dark and disturbing. Joel took it on and then proceeded to take a hatchet to what could have been a classic. The screenwriter went in dispute with Joel over the filming of it and couldn’t come to a resolution on how to film it so disowned it. There is still a very good film buried in there.