Why do we enjoy crime films so much? Perhaps it’s the rush of fear we experience when a character commits a horrific crime. Maybe it’s the satisfaction we feel when a cold-blooded killer is ultimately discovered. The unlawful behaviors that can be seen in crime films vary: everything from petty stealing to brutal murder can be found within the genre.
Suppose you’re looking for a list of the greatest crime films ever made. Perhaps you’re looking for action crime films, crime thrillers, or possibly a crime comedy or a crime drama. Here are some of the best crime films you should binge-watch this weekend:
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
In 1959, a guy came to the El Royale, a hotel on the California-Nevada border, and hid a bag of money beneath the floorboards of one of the rooms—only to be murdered shortly afterward. Ten years later, a group of strangers arrives at the hotel, each with their secrets and unexplained purposes. It’s a modern spin on a Clue-type mystery that’s delightfully star-studded and twisted.
The Love Birds (2020)
Once in love but now on the verge of divorce, a couple is dragged into a disaster after a man runs over a bike with their car. They set out to investigate the mystery for themselves while on the run, knowing the cops will not believe them. The plot takes some unexpected turns, and some twists are quite shocking.
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Alcoholic Rachel rides the train to the city from the suburbs every day, unaware she has lost her career and her husband. Rachel gets off the train after an argument and finds a woman missing. Can she rely on her unreliable memory?
The Invitation (2015)
A man returns to his former house to attend a regular dinner party, where his ex-wife now resides with her new spouse. However, things take a deadly turn as he begins to question the event’s real goals. The moral of the story is to refuse invitations from your ex.
Now You See Me (2013)
The Four Horsemen are a group of illusionists who can carry off near-impossible bank heists and often give some money to lucky concert attendees. They must avoid an FBI agent, an Interpol agent, and a former magician hired to expose the Four Horsemen’s tricks.
Keller Dover believes the RV owner on his block is to blame for his missing daughters. When Detective Loki discovers no evidence linking the driver to the crime, Keller decides to take on the investigation himself.
Searching is an unusual approach for a mystery film: it is entirely through smartphones and computer screens. John Cho plays a father eager to find his lost 16-year-old daughter. As he digs through her computer history and text conversations, he realizes he may not have known her as well as he thought.
The One I Love (2014)
In this romantic thriller, Elisabeth Moss plays a lady whose marriage is on the rocks. So she and her husband (Mark Duplass) decide to go on a weekend break to work on their relationship, only to discover that their quiet getaway isn’t as peaceful as they’d planned.
Side Effects (2013)
Some medications may cause dizziness, headaches, or nausea as adverse effects. But sleepwalking episodes with fatal consequences? Emily (Rooney Mara) is a lady who believes she murdered her husband due to being prescribed experimental medicines by a doctor. Jude Law plays the psychiatrist who refuses to believe her. Who is telling the truth here?
Set up a movie night with your family this weekend. Make sure to have some popcorn or pizza to go with it!