The 9 Best Crime Thriller Movies of All Time, Ranked

The French Connection (1971)

Directed by William Friedkin, this gritty neo-noir follows NYPD detectives on the trail of a heroin smuggling ring. With its intense action sequences and stellar performances

Blue Velvet (1986)

David Lynch's surreal exploration of crime in suburban America, centered around a severed ear discovery, is as haunting as it is visually stunning.

Fargo (1996)

Joel Coen's darkly comedic tale intertwines crime and greed in snowy Minnesota, featuring Frances McDormand's memorable turn as a pregnant police chief. 

Prisoners (2013)

Denis Villeneuve's tense thriller delves into the moral complexities of a father's desperation to find his missing daughter, anchored by powerhouse performances.

Le Samouraï (1967)

Jean-Pierre Melville's stylish French noir follows a hitman's quest for identity amid a cat-and-mouse game with the police, defining coolness in cinema.

M (1931)

Fritz Lang's groundbreaking film about a city-wide manhunt for a child murderer remains a chilling exploration of justice and mob mentality.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Coen Brothers deliver a stark portrayal of morality and fate in the Texas desert, featuring Javier Bardem's iconic performance as a relentless hitman. 

Se7en (1995)

David Fincher's psychological thriller, focusing on a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his motif, is a masterclass in suspense and dread.

Double Indemnity (1944)

Billy Wilder's classic noir about an insurance fraud scheme gone wrong is a testament to the allure of femme fatales and the shadowy underbelly of Los Angeles

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