10 Best Crime Scenes In Movie

Friday, February 18 by D. Michaels

Crime movies have always been an obsession of fans and critics alike, but many still find it hard to identify 10 of the best crime scenes in movies. There are just too many to choose from. 

  1. Clive Owen walks out the front door in “Inside Man.” Criminal mastermind Dalton Russell (Owen) tells both the audience and his nemesis Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) exactly how he’s going to get himself out the bank he is robbing; by walking out the front door. And then we spend the next two hours watching him do just that. Brilliant.
  2. Tom Cruise steals valuable data in “Mission Impossible.” Special agent Hunt (Cruise) goes from hero to outlaw trying to clear his name by breaking into the very place hunting him down in one of the greatest and most parodied crimes scenes in movies.
  3. Vito Corleone takes charge in “The Godfather: Part II.” Here audiences finally get to see how a small-time immigrant from Sicily became the great Vito Corleone by making friends and killing everyone who got in his way as he does with Don Fanucci, just moments after striking a bargain with him and become a Don himself.
  4. Sonny Corleone gets shot in “The Godfather.” Sonny was always the hothead of the family, so luring him into a trap while he is attempting to avenge his sister’s honor was simple. As Sonny stops as at a toll station on the road, enemies of the Corleone family riddle him with bullets in what becomes one of the most classic crimes scenes in movie history.
  5. Michael Corleone’s daughter pays the ultimate price in “The Godfather: Part III.” The last surviving Corleone pays the ultimate price in this great crime scene as his daughter is gunned down by a bullet that was meant for him, thereby destroying any chance of him ever repenting for his sins.
  6. Johnny Depp takes the bank in “Public Enemies.” In one of most underrated roles, Depp plays real-life gangster John Dillinger. One of the best crimes scenes occurs early in the film as he and his gang robs a bank with precision timing and quite a bit of style.  
  7. John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson in “Pulp Fiction.” There are so many great crimes scenes in this movie, it’s hard to single out a favorite, but anything that involves Sam Jackson quoting Biblical scripture right before he blows away a guy has got to be high on anyone’s list.
  8. Joker robs a bank in “The Dark Knight.” In a role that would wow even hardened comic book fans, the late Heath Ledger took away any doubts fans might have had about his portrayal of the Joker in the scene where he and his band of thugs rob a mob-run bank. Its stands as a great crime scene for what turned out to be the highest grossing movie of all time.
  9. Leo DiCaprio and crew in “Inception.” Director Christopher Nolan went from doing brilliant crimes scenes in “The Dark Knight” to this crime scene movie where technology and savvy can be used to invade people’s minds to either steal information or implant ideas.
  10. George Clooney and crew in “Ocean’s 12.” Classy is about the best word to describe this crime caper that reunites and recreates the Brat Pack of the 60’s. Clooney (Danny Ocean) and his crew have to outwit a brilliant thief with a fake heist in order to save themselves from a mobster looking for revenge. How they go about this provide moviegoers with one of the best crimes scenes to be put in film in decades.

COMMENTS

  1. February 18, 2011 2:12 am

    Guest

    You forgot Michael Mann’s HEAT. The WHOLE movie. Should at least be numbers one through eight. Did a fifteen year old write this article? Just wondering.


  2. February 18, 2011 2:12 am

    Brett

    Thank you, random Guest – you totally forgot ‘Heat’! No need for all of ‘The Godfather’ scenes, ‘Heat’ could have certainly fit on there. If not the bread truck scene, then at least the fucking magnificent bank robbery scene at the end! Or what about the destruction of the Soviet weapons facility in the beginning of ‘Goldeneye’? It won the Guinness Book of World Records for highest base jump ever seen in a film, only for Bond to fight guard after guard through an entire weapons facility, followed by him jumping a fucking motorcycle, off of a cliff, FREE-FALLING TO AN UNMANNED FUCKING PLANE, just in time for him to escape while the facility detonates behind him. Genius.


  3. February 18, 2011 2:12 am

    Jordankarkoulas

    lol the whole time I’m reading this I’m like “ok Heat must be next”

    It’s Crazy to have a list about crime scenes and not have the bank scene from Heat in the top 3. Not to mention having Ocean’s 12 and Public Enemies on the list. Side note wouldn’t you say the bank scene in Dark Knight was majorly inspired by Heat?

    Any who chalk this one up to having not seen Heat or just not remembering to put it on the list.


  4. February 18, 2011 2:12 am

    None

    The crew in Rififi


  5. February 18, 2011 2:12 am

    derosa

    Godfather part III is on the list but not the bank robbery scene in Heat???