The 21st century presented something that’s endless, it serves fresh air every time on the big screen. The gangster genre showed how criminal networks operated inside their own fiercely moral codes and stood in direct opposition to all others. Movies like The Godfather, Scarface, and L.A. Confidential revel in crime’s capacity for destruction and moral corruption. And the 21st century’s finest crime sagas on cinema owe their antecedents to those who’ve come before and added richness to their already impressive arrangements set in best of the 90s. The films on this list show a wide-ranging assortment of crime-centric stories which includes auteur-driven vehicles, influential movies, astonishing international fare, a few blockbusters, and distinctive art-house gems, too, each of which represent the very best of the cinematic art form as it narrows its focus on stylish approaches to crime drama and thrills. Check out the list of best 10 Crime Movies of the 21st century.
1. Zodiac (2007)
Zodiac is an American mystery-thriller murder film based on the 1986 non-fiction book of the same name by Robert Graysmith. The story turns around ‘A serial killer’ in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages who were known as Zodiac. Reporter Paul Avery (Downey Jr.) covers the case, frustrating cops David Toschi (Ruffalo) and Bill Armstrong (Edwards). Gyllenhaal is mesmerizing as Graysmith and leads a strong ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. as crime reporter Paul Avery and Mark Ruffalo as SFPD Inspector David Toschi.
2. No Country for Old Men (2007)
No Country for Old Men is another cat and mouse crime film based on the Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men. It revisited the theme fate, conscience, and circumstance that the Coen brothers had explored in the films Blood Simple (1984) and Fargo (1996). The film has presented something worth to watch as bad guys get caught and killed, the good guys survive, the innocent are protected or avenged, and the world is a slightly better place by the end of the film. Its shows violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. Javier Bardem received special attention as antagonist Anton Chigurh, one of the eeriest and unpredictable psychopaths in film history.
3. City of God (2002)
Breathtaking and terrifying, urgently involved with its characters, the City of God is an adapted Paulo Lins semi-autobiographical 1997 novel of the same name. The film begins in the 1960s and ends in the early 1980s, follows the lives of Li’l Ze and Rocket, a young photographer who chronicles the decline of Cidade de Deus, against a backdrop of drugs, criminal rivalry, and wanton violence. It shows the horrific and heartbreaking looks of inner-city violence. The film has set its mark over it and always be on the list of providing best visuals splendor.
4. Memories of a Murder (2003)
Memories of Murder based on the true story of Korea’s first serial murders in history, which took place between 1986 and 1991. It follows two detectives as they try and solve a case of grisly series of rapes and murders by an unknown culprit in the South Korean. It’s is one of the freshest and most formal serial killer films around, with enough surprises and shocks to keep viewers riveted and rattled until its final polished frame. Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-Kyung star as Detective Park and Detective Seo, respectively, two of the detectives trying to solve the crimes.
5. Drive (2011)
Drive is an American neo-noir crime thriller film based on the eponymous 2005 novel by James Sallis. The film is based on the mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver who finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. Ryan Gosling is perfectly cast as the tight-lipped driver who finds himself a target for some of LA’s most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene. When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best-Drive! He expressed cold-blooded, brass-balled badassery character. The film proved box -office success as some critics were appalled by its graphic violence and found it potentially detrimental from the lead character.
6. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Catch Me If You Can is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale, a con artist who scams millions of dollars by posing as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer—all before turning 19. The film presents something ease going and on the same side keep your minds open over two leading characters Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks. It’s like a cat-and-mouse game between Frank and FBI agent Carl Hanratty. DiCaprio and Hanks are truly two of the best of our living actors, and to see both of them have so much fun in their roles is a joy to watch. Although it covers a number of crimes, it has become one of the remarkable films of Hollywood for all the time.
7. A Prophet (2009)
A Prophet is obvious something that is not crafted and compelling show such a hardliner plot. It shows the young Arab man, Malik is sent to a French prison which is divided into two main factions: the Corsicans and the Muslims. He was very young when he arrived in the jail and although having a number of “missions” to carry out, he secretly develops his own plans as well as toughening him up and gaining the gang leader’s confidence in the process.
8. The Departed (2006)
A remake of the sleek, superb 2002 Hong Kong police thriller Infernal Affairs, the movie has become fatter, coarser, and more self-indulgent than the original. The film starred one of the best trio pairs of Hollywood, Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. The movie is basically about a conflict between the police and an Irish gang in South Boston. The police assign undercover state trooper William “Billy” Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) to infiltrate Costello’s crew, “Frank” Costello and Colin Sullivan played by Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon respectively.
9. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a blender of murder and mystery comes together. It’s interesting to plot that revolves around Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan, and Val Kilmer. When a thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who’s been training him for his upcoming role. To research the role, he begins to shadow a real private eye. And then they stumble upon a murder, and things really get frantic.
10. Baby Driver (2017)
A remake of the sleek, superb 2002 Hong Kong police thriller Infernal Affairs, the movie has become fatter, coarser, and more self-indulgent than the original. The film starred one of the best trio pair of Hollywood, Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg The movie is basically about a conflict between the police and an Irish gang in South Boston. The police assign undercover state trooper William “Billy” Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) to infiltrate Costello’s crew, “Frank” Costello and Colin Sullivan played by Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon respectively.