Last Updated: October 18th
Netflix has no shortage of great options for movie fans who enjoy a good crime story. It’s a genre that covers cops trying to solve a mystery, criminals looking to make a buck, and George Clooney looking pensively at legal documents. They can be thrilling, hilarious, and/or action-packed. So enjoy a legally appropriate brush with danger and catch the best crime movies on Netflix right now.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Run Time: 138 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
This neo-noir crime thriller put Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe on the map as two detectives with murky pasts and questionable methods. Pearce plays the straight-shooter, a cop determined to advance within the department and carry on his father’s legacy, while Crowe pays a rugged plain-clothes officer who likes roughing up men who beat up women. The two end up uncovering corruption in the LAPD but not before things get bloody.
The Departed (2006)
Run Time: 151 min | IMDb: 8.5/10
A cop working for the mob (Matt Damon) and a gangster working for the cops (Leonardo DiCaprio) work opposing sides of a brutal battle between crime and law in Boston. With over three decades of filmmaking under his belt, director Martin Scorsese is at the top of his game with The Departed, packing the film with an all-star cast, score, and four Oscars including Best Picture (his only film to score that honor). Surprisingly, Scorsese was actually shocked at the movie’s Academy Awards, saying that the nasty, violent nature of the picture didn’t strike him as being for the awards while he was making it. Nevertheless, The Departed stands up as one of his best, thanks in part to stellar performances from Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg.