Movies about criminals

List of the best movies about criminals, crimes and violators of the law, selected by visitors to our site: Palmer, Below Zero, Twist, Body Brokers, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Extraction, Disturbing the Peace, The Paramedic, Come to Daddy, The Babysitter: Killer Queen
In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Palmer (2021)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersChildrens, Criminals
PlotFuneral
PlaceSmall cities

After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.

Below Zero (2021)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersCriminals, Drivers, Police
PlotCold
StyleNetflix, Tense

When a prisoner transfer van is attacked, the cop in charge must fight those inside and outside while dealing with a silent foe: the icy temperatures.

Twist (2021)
Markimdb: 4
CharactersScammers, Criminals, Thieves, Heroes
PlotRobbery, Rivalry
PlaceEngland
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Disturbing

A Dicken’s classic brought thrillingly up to date in the teeming heartland of modern London, where a group of street smart young hustlers plan the heist of the century for the ultimate payday.

Body Brokers (2021)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersCriminals
PlotDrug addict, On real events, Money
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing

Utah and his girlfriend Opal, are drug addicts living on the streets in rural Ohio. After getting recruited by body broker Wood, and offered treatment in Los Angeles, Wood takes Utah under his wing and introduces him to treatment center mogul Vin. Wood and Vin bring Utah in on their lucrative and illegal dealings, where saving lives comes second to the bottom line.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersSuperhero, Criminals, Strong women
PlotMartial Arts
StyleExciting, Womens in main roles

After her breakup with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins forces with singer Black Canary, assassin Huntress, and police detective Renee Montoya to help a young girl named Cassandra, who had a hit placed on her after she stole a rare diamond from crime lord Roman Sionis.

Extraction (2020)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA
CharactersTough guys, Criminals, Teens
PlaceIndia, Prison, Jungle
StyleAction, Exciting, Disturbing, Netflix

Tyler Rake, a fearless mercenary who offers his services on the black market, embarks on a dangerous mission when he is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a Mumbai crime lord.

Disturbing the Peace (2020)
Markimdb: 3.2
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, western
CountryUSA
CharactersHeroes, Sheriffs, Criminals
PlotWeapon, Death, Justice, Money, Bank robbery, Hostage, Skirmishes, Robbery, Chase
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating

A small-town marshal who hasn't carried a gun since he left the Texas Rangers after a tragic shooting must pick up his gun again to do battle with a gang of outlaw bikers that has invaded the town to pull off a brazen and violent heist.

The Paramedic (2020)
Markimdb: 5.6
CharactersDogs, Students, Hackers, Criminals
PlotInvestigation, Death, Depression, Money, Missing people, Computers, Obsession, Love triangle, Abduction, Viruses, Loneliness, Gambling, Fight
PlaceTrains, Hospitals
TimeNew Year
StyleNetflix

Unable to face his new reality in a wheelchair, Ángel develops a deadly obsession with the woman who left him and unleashes a sinister revenge plot.

Come to Daddy (2020)
Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, comedy
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, USA
CharactersLions, Tigers, Criminals
PlaceSea
StyleDisturbing

After receiving a cryptic letter from his estranged father, Norval travels to his dad’s oceanfront home for what he hopes will be a positive experience. If only he’d known the dark truth about his old man beforehand.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)
Markimdb: 6
CharactersTeens, Friends, Demons, Students, Teachers, Criminals
PlotSects, Supernatural, Survival, Loneliness, Fight
PlaceParty, School
StyleNetflix, For a group of friends

Two years after defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter Bee, Cole's trying to forget his past and focus on surviving high school. But when old enemies unexpectedly return, Cole will once again have to outsmart the forces of evil.

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A Serial Killer's Guide to Life (2020)
Markimdb: 5
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDogs, Serial killers, Criminals, Celebrities, Writers
PlotDrug addict, Travel, Fight
PlaceBeach, Forest

Louise Farnt is obsessed with the world of self-help. And when she meets the not necessarily sane guru wannabe Val Stone, a murderous spree begins.

Penance Lane (2020)
Markimdb: 4.7
CharactersCriminals
PlotSupernatural
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

A hardened criminal fresh out of the joint takes a job as a handyman in a dilapidated house; but the twisted horrors he finds inside are enough to send anyone running. So why does he stay? And why are so many people drawn to Penance Lane?

Rising High (2020)
Markimdb: 5.7
CharactersCriminals, Businessmen, Brides, Old man, Scammers
PlotInvestigation, Death, Money, Gambling, Wedding, Fight
PlaceParty, Prison, Berlin, Mountains

Charting the rise and fall of three corrupt real estate agents who accumulate absurd wealth in no time but fall into a vortex of fraud, greed and drugs.

Alive (2020)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryCanada
CharactersCriminals
PlotSurvival, Cheating, Fear, Obsession, Hostage, Abduction
StyleTense

A severely injured man and woman awake in an abandoned sanitarium only to discover that a sadistic caretaker holds the keys to their freedom and the horrific answers as to their true identity.

Voice of Silence (2020)
Markimdb: 6.4
CharactersCriminals

Two men unexpectedly get a peculiar mission to take care of an 11-year-old kidnapped girl.

Ludo (2020)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryIndia
CharactersCriminals
PlotAdventure, Fate
StyleFascinating, Netflix

Ludo is about the butterfly effect and how, despite all the chaos and crowd of the world, all our lives are inextricably connected. From a resurfaced sex tape to a rogue suitcase of money, four wildly different stories overlap at the whims of fate, chance and one eccentric criminal.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, comedy, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration03:37
CharactersSpecial agents, Killers, Criminals, Tough guys, Partners, CIA, Spy, Scientists, Warriors, Thieves, Terrorists
PlotMartial Arts, Motorcycles, Chase, Cars
PlaceUkraine, Islands, Helicopters, Aircraft, Night Clubs
StyleUnexpected ending

A spinoff of The Fate of the Furious, focusing on Johnson's US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs forming an unlikely alliance with Statham's Deckard Shaw.

The Professor and the Madman (2019)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, detective, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Duration02:04
CharactersGeniuses, Criminals, Scientists
PlaceEngland
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Makes me think, For men

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

Cold Pursuit (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, Norway, Canada, USA, France
Duration01:59
CharactersCriminals, Mafia
PlotRevenge, Death, Snow, Skirmishes
TimeWinter
StyleTense, Disturbing

The quiet family life of Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver, is upended after his son's murder. Nels begins a vengeful hunt for Viking, the drug lord he holds responsible for the killing, eliminating Viking's associates one by one. As Nels draws closer to Viking, his actions bring even more unexpected and violent consequences, as he proves that revenge is all in the execution.

Piranhas (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryItaly
Duration01:46
CharactersTeens, Criminals, Mafia
PlotWeapon

Six boys race on their scooters through the narrow streets of their Sanità neighbourhood in Naples. They are fearless daredevils, desperate to make money like their role models, and wear designer clothes and the latest sneakers. These 15-year-olds use the city’s rooftops for assault rifle practice. They deal drugs and do not hesitate to use their weapons to take control of the neighbourhood. Their smart leader, Nicola, knows the rules: in order to get his gang into the game and quickly to the top, he challenges one of the old bosses. But whoever is in charge today may well be dead tomorrow. When his girlfriend causes Nicola to be caught between all fronts, he is forced to make a decision.

The Ruthless (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryItaly, France
Duration02:03
CharactersMafia, Criminals, Tough guys
PlotBank robbery, Skirmishes

Milan, Italy, 1967. Santo Russo, a boy of Calabrian origin, arrives north with his parents and younger brother to find better living conditions. Due to an absurd misunderstanding and his father's contempt, Santo ends up in prison, where he gets a “true education.” In 1978, he and his friends Slim and Mario embark on a 15-year criminal career, a successful and ruthless spiral of robberies, kidnappings, murders and heroin smuggling.

Never Grow Old (2019)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, western
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Duration02:36
CharactersCriminals, Horses, Sheriffs
PlotLove, Survival, Death, Weapon, Funeral, Justice
PlaceSmall cities, Ireland
TimeNight

An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful town, but his own family come under threat as the death toll increases dramatically.

We Die Young (2019)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genredrama
CountryBulgaria, USA
Duration01:59
CharactersVeterans, Criminals, Dogs
PlotMotorcycles, Money
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Depressive, Tense, For men, Disturbing

Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.

Hotel Mumbai (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration01:51
CharactersCriminals, Businessmen, Cooks, Terrorists, Reporters, Special Forces
PlotSurvival, Hostage, On real events
PlaceIndia, Hotels, Australia
StyleTense, Disturbing

Mumbai, India, November 26, 2008. While several terrorists spread hatred and death through the city, others attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Both hotel staff and guests risk their lives, making unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and keep everyone safe while help arrives.

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:22
CharactersDetectives, Maniacs, Criminals, Serial killers, Gangsters, Mafia, Dogs
PlotRevenge, Rivalry, Motorcycles, Funeral, Chase, On real events
PlaceKorea
StyleExciting, Tense, Fascinating

In Cheonan, a serial murder case takes place, but the case becomes more and more of a mystery. Only Tae-suk, a cop, immediately senses that all the cases are by the same killer and starts investigation. One day, Dong-soo, a gang boss, got attacked by a suspicious man, and Tae-suk realizes that this man is the serial killer, K. Now, Dong-soo becomes the only witness and a survived victim from K.

Avengement (2019)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:35
CharactersCriminals, Killers
PlotRevenge, The escape, Prison Break, Rivalry, Death, Martial Arts
PlacePrison
StyleAction, Tense, For men, Fascinating

While on a prison furlough, a lowly criminal evades his guards and returns to his old stomping ground to take revenge on the people who turned him into a cold blooded killer.

Joker (2019)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:25
CharactersClowns, Comedians, Losers, Criminals, Killers, Psychopath
PlotMental disorders, Loneliness, Depression
StyleDC, Gloomy, Atmospheric, Depressive, Worth watching, Tense, Makes me think

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

The Immortal (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersTough guys, Poor, Criminals
PlotMoney, Robbery, Conspiracies, Fight
PlaceItaly, Ghetto
StyleHeavy, For men

Ciro's body is sinking in the dark waters of the Gulf of Naples. And as it sinks deeper and deeper, memories emerge. The sounds muffled by the water merge with the screams of fleeing people. It is 1980, the earth shakes, the palace collapses, but under the rubble you can hear the cry of a newborn baby still alive. Ten years later, we find that new-born baby as it survives as it can on the streets of Naples, nobody's son. Vivid memories of a criminal education that made him what he is: Ciro Di Marzio, the Immortal. Prequel of the "Gomorra" tv show.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:17
CharactersCriminals
PlotFight, Loneliness, Weapon, Chase
PlaceUSA, Alaska

In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse Pinkman must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.

21 Bridges (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryChina, USA
CharactersHackers, Tough guys, FBI, Criminals, Police
PlotMoney, Investigation, Death, Skirmishes, Chase, Cheating, Fear
PlaceHotels
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense

A disgraced NYPD detective after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption.

Bad Education (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersCriminals
PlotMoney, Cheating
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTense, Fascinating, Makes me think

A superintendent of a school district works for the betterment of the student’s education when an embezzlement scheme is discovered, threatening to destroy everything.

3 from Hell (2019)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersPolice, Clowns, Dogs, Cats, Lesbians, Serial killers, Snake, Monsters, Criminals
PlotDeath, Revenge, Depression, Dancing, Hostage
PlaceUSA, Prison, Deserts
TimeHalloween

After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained. Teaming up with Otis’ half-brother Winslow, the demented Firefly clan escape to unleash a whole new wave of murder, madness and mayhem.

Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019)
Markimdb: 6.7
CharactersCriminals
PlotInvestigation, Blackmail
PlaceChina, Prison
StyleDepressive, Disturbing

Li Weijie, his wife Ayu, and their two daughters Pingping and An-an are a Chinese family living in northern Thailand for the last 17 years. Weijie runs an internet service providing shop and is a film enthusiast who likes to watch detective films and has a deep knowledge of the subject. Theirs is a middle-class family.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersFriends, Disabled people, Criminals
PlotTravel, Adventure, Love
StyleSoulful, Touching, Inspirational

A down-on-his-luck crab fisherman embarks on a journey to get a young man with Down syndrome to a professional wrestling school in rural North Carolina and away from the retirement home where he’s lived for the past two and a half years.

Once Upon a Time in London (2019)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecrime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:27
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Criminals
PlaceEngland, London
StyleDisturbing

Billy Hill and Jack 'Spot' Comer were among the most notorious criminals in London up until the 1950s. Dramatising the violent reign of two of London's most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack 'Spot' Comer (Terry Stone), ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDON charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for the notorious Kray Twins and The Richardsons. This is the story of their rise and fall.

Welcome to Acapulco (2019)
Markimdb: 4.2
Genreaction, thriller, comedy
CountryBulgaria, Mexico, USA
Duration01:28
CharactersProgrammers, Smugglers, Criminals, CIA
PlotAdventure
PlaceMexico

When Matt Booth sets off to meet his fiance for a foreign wedding he couldn't have imagined the dangerous world he was about to step into. Betrayed and set up, Matt finds himself on the run from the CIA and hired mercenaries, all looking for a package that he has supposedly smuggled through customs. Hunted on all sides, Matt is aided by Agent Adriana Vasquez, a femme fatale with orders of her own to follow.

Dragged Across Concrete (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, crime
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:39
CharactersPolice, Partners, Thieves, Drivers, Brothers, Criminals
PlotRevenge, Skirmishes, Bank robbery, Robbery
StyleFascinating, For men, Exciting

Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media's cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.

Stockholm (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersSnipers, Criminals
PlotHostage, Weapon, Bank robbery, On real events
PlaceIslands, Prison
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating

Based on the extraordinary true story of the European city’s 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The events grasped the world’s attention when the hostages bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, giving rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”

Volition (2019)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantastic, thriller
CountryCanada
CharactersCriminals
PlotTime travel
StyleTense, Disturbing, Romantic

A man afflicted with clairvoyance tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder.

The Gentlemen (2019)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersGangsters, Tough guys, Criminals
PlotMoney

American expat Mickey Pearson has built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Denmark (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDogs, Criminals, Bartenders
PlotDepression, Loneliness
PlaceHotels, Beach

Herb’s life is a mess. He’s lost his welfare, can’t hold a job, can’t talk to his son, has a neighbour who won’t shut up and a diet that consists mainly of cheap beer and mushy peas. It’s no way to live and he knows it. Then he learns from a TV news report that Danish prisoners have it way better than he does: a job, accessible healthcare, the quiet of the countryside, even an HDTV. They’re practically living in hotels. He says goodbye (and good riddance) to his dingy flat and smuggles himself to Denmark aboard a cargo ship, landing in a quaint town with everything he needs -- including a bank to rob. But when he meets a friendly local barmaid and a lovable stray dog that won’t leave his side, he begins to wonder if prison really is his only chance of a fulfilling life.

The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersCriminals, Killers
PlotRevenge, Weapon, Death, Multi-part
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting

Robert McCall, who serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, embarks on a relentless, globe-trotting quest for vengeance when a long-time girl friend is murdered.

Braven (2018)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, drama
CountryCanada
Duration02:04
CharactersCriminals, Gay, Tough guys, Warriors, Hired assassins, Snipers
PlotRevenge, Cold, Survival, Death, Martial Arts, Pursuit
PlaceMountains
TimeNew Year
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, Tense, Unexpected ending

A logger defends his family from a group of dangerous drug runners.

Den of Thieves (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersPolice, Criminals, Tough guys, Thieves, FBI
PlotBank robbery, Robbery, Investigation, Divorce, Death, Money, Chase, Cheating
PlaceHotels, Prison
StyleExciting, Tense, For men, Unexpected ending

A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

Terminal (2018)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Hungary, USA
Duration02:48
CharactersCriminals, Strong women, Hired assassins, Orphans, Teachers, Snipers
PlotSeduction, Revenge, Death, Money, Chess
PlaceEngland
StyleFancy, Exciting, Tense, Unexpected ending

In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, two assassins carry out a sinister mission, a teacher battles a fatal illness, and an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress lead dangerous double lives. Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night, as their lives intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind who is hell-bent on revenge.

Gotti (2018)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:12
CharactersMafia, Criminals, Parents, Family, Tough guys, Gangsters, Lawyers, FBI
PlotRivalry, Cancer, On real events
PlaceNew York, Prison
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, For men

John Gotti rises to the top of the New York underworld to become the boss of the Gambino crime family. His life takes a tumultuous turn as he faces tragedy, multiple trials and a prison sentence.

Traffik (2018)
Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersCriminals, Sheriffs, Bikers, Girlfriends, Newlyweds
PlotSurvival, Love, Death, Chase, Travel
PlaceSmall cities
StyleHeavy, Tense

A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

Looking Glass (2018)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genrethriller
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:14
CharactersCriminals, Serial killers, Snipers
PlotMystery, Dancing
PlaceCasino
StyleAction, Tense

A psycho- sexual thriller following a couple that buys an old motel in the desert looking for a new beginning, but what seemed at first as an escape is soon a thrilling ride through a mysterious world when Ray discovers a two way mirror and witnesses a horrifying murder. In a twisted game of cat and mouse, Ray must race to save his wife and himself from a gruesome secret connected to the motel and the strange people who visit there.

Siberia (2018)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:18
CharactersCriminals
PlotGems, Love at first sight, Missing people
PlaceRussia, Siberia, St. Petersburg
StyleAction, Tense, Fascinating

A diamond trader travels to Russia to arrange a sale. When his partner goes missing (along with the gems), the diamond trader winds up disappearing to Siberia. There, he begins a relationship with a local cafe owner, only to have his past soon catch up with him.

VFW (2020)
CharactersVeterans, Criminals

A typical night for veterans at a VFW turns into an all-out battle for survival when a desperate teen runs into the bar with a bag of stolen drugs. When a gang of violent punks come looking for her, the vets use every weapon at their disposal to protect the girl and themselves from an unrelenting attack.

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