Netflix has always been home to some of the best crime movies and shows in the world, but with its growing library, the list of movies is continually getting longer. From original series to classic movies, Netflix has something for everyone in the crime genre; here are ten great crime movies on Netflix right now.
1. The Guilty (2021)
Starring Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, and J.K. Simmons, this crime thriller is based on the Danish film “Den skyldige” and is directed by Gustav Möller. The plot follows a man who wakes up in a car trunk with no memory of what happened to him or where he was driving to before being kidnapped by someone who wants answers about his past crimes. It’s a claustrophobic story filled with twists—and it will keep you on your toes until the very end.
2. Windfall (2022)
Windfall is a crime thriller that follows a group of friends who win the lottery and then have to figure out how to spend their money. They’re also trying to keep their winnings secret from everyone, including people who might want to steal them from them. Windfall stars Michael Angarano and John Gallagher Jr., two actors you’ll recognize from other Netflix shows like Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and The Newsroom.
The story takes place over the course of one weekend, as the friends deal with their newfound wealth in unexpected ways—and are targeted by an evil criminal mastermind who wants their share too! If you like crime movies about people getting tangled up with bad guys, then Windfall will be right up your alley.
3. The Unforgivable (2021)
The Unforgivable is a crime drama film directed by Scott Derrickson, who also directed the critically acclaimed horror films The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Deliver Us From Evil. It stars Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton as criminal investigators trying to track down a serial killer while dealing with their own personal issues. The Unforgivable is based on William Landay’s novel of the same name, which was published in 2018.
4. Red Notice (2021)
This Netflix original film is based on the real life of financier and fraudster Bill Browder. The movie follows his story as he’s arrested in Spain and sent to a Russian prison after being accused of tax evasion. The film stars Dwayne Johnson as Browder and also stars Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Pedro Pascal. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball), this action-packed flick was released in theaters on June 12, 2020, but is now available for streaming on Netflix.
5. The Lovebirds (2021)
Directed by Joachim Trier, this crime drama stars Anders Danielsen Lie and Ellen Dorrit Petersen as a young couple who fall in love while planning to rob a bank. Based on the novel by Amélie Nothomb (which won the French Crime Fiction Grand Prix), The Lovebirds centers on its two main characters and offers insight into their motivations for committing such an act. If you enjoyed the film’s subtle focus on these characters and want more of them, you can check out The Dance of Reality (2014), which Trier also directs.
6. 21 Bridges (2019)
Written and directed by Brian Kirk, 21 Bridges stars Chadwick Boseman as J. J. McQuade, a former Marine who has been tasked with tracking down a terrorist cell operating in New York City. The film was based on the novel of the same name by Richard Zusak: his first screenplay to be produced into a film. In addition to Chadwick Boseman and J. K. Simmons (who plays Mayor Myles Connor), other cast members include Sienna Miller, Jeffrey Wright, and Beau Knapp as members of McQuade’s team on this mission to save New Yorkers from harm at any cost. 21 Bridges is currently streaming on Netflix in its original language (English) and dubbed into Spanish for those who prefer to watch content in another language than their native one.
7. Berlin Syndrome (2017)
This 2017 psychological thriller is based on the novel by Melanie Joosten, who also served as a producer. Directed by Cate Shortland, Berlin Syndrome stars Teresa Palmer as Clare and Max Riemelt as Andi. Clare arrives in Berlin for what she thinks will be an exciting new experience. While taking photos with her camera, she meets Andi at his gallery showing, and they hit it off immediately.
Things become less dreamy when Clare is held against her will in his apartment while he tries to convince her that they’re meant to be together and that running away isn’t an option because he’ll find her if she does.
8. The Irishman (2019)
The Irishman is an American biographical crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. This movie stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. It follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a labor union leader who became involved with the Bufalino crime family through Jimmy Hoffa and carried out hits for them as a hitman under the name “Bobby Thompson.” The Irishman also stars Anna Paquin and Bobby Cannavale.
9. Molly’s Game (2017)
Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) was an Olympic-class skier who decided that she wanted to run a high-stakes poker game instead of competing in the Olympics. She eventually moved from Colorado to Los Angeles and started hosting games for the entertainment industry elite before developing the game into something more organized and legitimate.
The movie follows her career as Molly becomes one of LA’s most celebrated players before she faces off against federal prosecutors for running illegal poker games. The film also stars Idris Elba as Charlie Jaffey, who acts as Molly’s lawyer during her trial process.
10. The Devil All the Time (2020)
The Devil All the Time is a film adaptation of the book of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock. The movie was directed by Jim Mickle, who has also worked on We Are What We Are and Cold in July. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 and will be released on Netflix in February 2020.
The story follows Lee Childs (Brad Pitt), an ex-convict who finds himself entangled with a group of religious zealots led by his former cellmate Buford Muncy (Bill Camp). It seems that Buford has become obsessed with an obscure prophecy known as “the devil all the time,” which says that God will soon visit him to begin his reign as king over Earth’s people—but not before killing all those who stand against him.
Here’s a quick list of the crime movies to watch on Netflix right now:
- The Guilty (2021)
- Windfall (2022)
- The Unforgivable (2021)
- Red Notice (2021)
- The Lovebirds (2021)
- 21 Bridges (2019)
- Berlin Syndrome (2017)
- The Irishman (2019)
- Molly’s Game (2017)
- The Devil All the Time (2020)
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