10 Best Crime Movies 2007

Saturday, March 12 by Tom Gordon

Compiling a list like the 10 best crime movies of 2007 can be a tricky endeavor as some years don't produce great films of any genre. But 2007 happened to be an exceptional year for capers, killings and other criminal behavior on-screen. After all, the Best Picture of the Year was a crime thriller. If you missed any of these crime movies of 2007, go seek them out.

  1. "No Country for Old Men" Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, this 2007 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem) is violent, tense and occasionally funny, as most Coen Brothers movies are.
  2. "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke are loser brothers who stage a heist at their parents' jewelry store only to have it go horribly wrong. It's as much a family drama as a crime thriller, but in the hands of legendary director Sidney Lumet, all the elements work perfectly together.
  3. "The Lookout" An interesting story about a young man whose promising athletic career is ruined after a car accident leaves him somewhat brain damaged. He becomes recruited by thieves after he takes a job as a night janitor in a bank and his world begins to spiral out of control. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels are both excellent, as is Isla Fisher in a supporting role.
  4. "Eastern Promises" Violent and grim, "Eastern Promises" is also one of the best crime movies of 2007 and includes one of the best performances of Viggo Mortensen's career. The story looks at the Russian mob and the lengths they will go to in order to get what and who they want. The beautiful Naomi Watts is also terrific in this movie.
  5. "American Gangster" A rare turn as a bad guy by Denzel Washington, this Ridley Scott-directed picture follows the lives of a 1970s drug kingpin (Washington) and the cop (Russell Crowe) trying to bring him down.
  6. "Ocean's 13" While maybe not quite up to the fun and plot twists of the its two predecessors, "Ocean's 13" is nevertheless an enjoyable ride with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and the gang. Adding Al Pacino as bad guy Willy Bank was a nice touch.
  7. "Gone, Baby, Gone" The directorial debut of actor Ben Affleck tells the story of two Boston-area detectives investigating a young girl's kidnapping. Based on the heartbreaking Dennis Lehane novel, the movie features outstanding performances by Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman and Michelle Monaghan.
  8. "Zodiac" David Fincher directed this creepy and occasionally disturbing film based on the real life Zodiac killer in the San Francisco area in the 1970s. Jake Gyllenhaal is a cartoonist obsessed with the crimes to the point where he starts to investigate on his own. Other good performances come from Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards and Robert Downey, Jr.
  9. "Hot Fuzz" There had to be one more lighthearted entry on this list of the best crime movies of 2007 and "Hot Fuzz" fills the bill. This truly hilarious British film is about a hotshot London cop who's transferred to a quiet little village, but still gets involved in some wild mayhem.
  10. "Breach" Based on the true story of an FBI agent convicted of selling secrets to Russia, this 2007 thriller tells much of the story through the eyes of the young agent who's trying to bring him in.
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