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1. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 70,368

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,135,421 | Gross: $28.34M

3. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 106,684

4. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

R | 141 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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60 Metascore

Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm

Votes: 101,053 | Gross: $17.84M

5. The Mule (2018)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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58 Metascore

A 90-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: 73,537 | Gross: $103.80M

6. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.2
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75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 1,057,083 | Gross: $116.90M

7. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 29,644

8. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

8.9
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96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 609,087 | Gross: $4.36M

9. The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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43 Metascore

Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Kevin Costner, Amanda Seyfried, Milo Ventimiglia, Gary Cole

Votes: 3,340 | Gross: $25.50M

10. Official Secrets (2019)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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64 Metascore

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Indira Varma, Matthew Goode, Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 841 | Gross: $0.40M

11. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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52 Metascore

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 53,466

12. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 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: 922,793 | Gross: $46.84M

13. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.4
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An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 69,987

14. 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: 1,212,138 | Gross: $206.85M

15. The Good Wife (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

Votes: 63,951

16. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.5
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66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,084,108 | Gross: $53.09M

17. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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87 Metascore

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone

Votes: 34,632 | Gross: $8.80M

18. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 781,435 | Gross: $138.43M

19. Gerald's Game (2017)

TV-MA | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.6
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77 Metascore

While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia, Carel Struycken

Votes: 69,751

20. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

Votes: 4,333

21. Peppermint (2018)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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29 Metascore

Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba

Votes: 40,216 | Gross: $35.42M

22. Picket Fences (1992–1996)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Family

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An aging Sheriff tries to keep the peace in Rome, Wisconsin, a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes.

Stars: Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 3,565

23. Casino (1995)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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73 Metascore

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods

Votes: 420,783 | Gross: $42.44M

24. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

8.1
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88 Metascore

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 644,057 | Gross: $59.10M

25. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

7.2
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86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 134,205 | Gross: $16.38M

26. Capernaum (2018)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.4
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75 Metascore

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

Votes: 26,951 | Gross: $1.66M

27. Bull (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Brilliant, brash, and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition, and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.

Stars: Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodríguez, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirchner

Votes: 12,296

28. A Hidden Life (2019)

PG-13 | 173 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.3
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76 Metascore

The Austrian Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 442

29. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 179,026 | Gross: $8.75M

30. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 303,307 | Gross: $83.04M

31. White Boy Rick (2018)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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59 Metascore

The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 18,515 | Gross: $24.01M

32. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 129 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 373,646 | Gross: $45.06M

33. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 141,980 | Gross: $1.87M

34. 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: 226,335 | Gross: $52.99M

35. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.7
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81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 597,380 | Gross: $304.36M

36. Double Jeopardy (1999)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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40 Metascore

A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Benjamin Weir

Votes: 67,078 | Gross: $116.74M

37. Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.9
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70 Metascore

A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he disappoints his son for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly

Votes: 263,450 | Gross: $181.41M

38. Burning (2018)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery

7.6
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90 Metascore

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun, Soo-Kyung Kim

Votes: 27,561 | Gross: $0.72M

39. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 175,735 | Gross: $169.61M

40. Legally Blonde (2001)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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59 Metascore

Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis

Votes: 168,716 | Gross: $96.52M

41. Cars (2006)

G | 117 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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73 Metascore

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft | Stars: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy

Votes: 336,343 | Gross: $244.08M

42. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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34 Metascore

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney

Votes: 255,998 | Gross: $73.34M

43. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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This third Law and Order series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.

Stars: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 21,234

44. Boston Legal (2004–2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running David E. Kelley series The Practice (1997), following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt.

Stars: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 40,548

45. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Detectives from NYPD's 15th Precinct investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 10,773

46. Malena (2000)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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54 Metascore

Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana

Votes: 81,509 | Gross: $3.43M

47. Welcome to Marwen (2018)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.1
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40 Metascore

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Steve Carell, Falk Hentschel, Matt O'Leary, Nikolai Witschl

Votes: 11,697 | Gross: $10.76M

48. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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79 Metascore

During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 259,245 | Gross: $76.27M

49. On the Basis of Sex (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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59 Metascore

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston

Votes: 14,896 | Gross: $24.62M

50. Matlock (1986–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 5,732



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