Heat (1995) – Michael Mann’s stunner puts DeNiro and Pacino in the same shot for the first time. The excellent climactic shootout also does not harm its case. The Usual Suspects (1995) – Bryan Singer’s twisty ensemble made a huge splash as did Kevin Spacey’s Verbal Kint/ Keyser Soze (spoiler).
Miller’s Crossing (1990) – Choosing from the Coen Brothers catalogue is tough as they’ve also given us Fargo and No Country For Old Men, but this prohibition era tale wins on all around charm
Scarface (1983) – It must be included if only for the iconic status of Pacino’s performance and the film itself, if for nothing else.
The French Connection (1971) – William Friedkin’s classic Best Picture sees Gene Hackman’s Popeye Doyle on the trail of heroin smugglers, the beginning of what’s arguably the greatest decade in crime cinema.
L.A. Confidential (1997) – Quite criminally passed over for Best Picture by Titanic, this gorgeous flick has great performances from all involved (Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger) and a killer script to boot.
City Of God (2002) – A chronicle of spreading street and organized crime in Rio de Janeiro — raw and terrifying.
That’s our take on the greatest crime films. You’re welcome to try and top it.