★★★☆☆ USA. 1h47m. Crime / Thriller. Directed by Lee Tamahori. Written by Pete Dexter (screenplay) and Pete Dexter, Floyd Mutrux (story). Cinematography by Haskell Wexler. Edited by Sally Menke. Music by Dave Grusin. Starring Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich, Daniel Baldwin, Kyle Chandler, William L. Petersen, Aaron Neville, Rob Lowe, Bruce Dern, Louise Fletcher.
Nolte plays the head of an elite group of four Los Angeles Police Department detectives (based on the real life ‘Hat Squad’) who are known for stopping at nothing to maintain control of their jurisdiction. Their work has the tacit approval of LA’s police chief (Bruce Dern).
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h41m. Crime / Mystery. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Walter Mycroft, Alma Reville (screenplay) and Clemence Dane, Helen Simpson (“Enter Sir John”). Cinematography by J.J. Cox. Edited by Rene Marrison, Emile de Ruelle. Music by John Reynders. Starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman, Miles Mander, Esme Percy.
A young actress in a traveling theatre troupe, is found in a daze with blood on her clothes, standing by the murdered body of another young actress. The poker used to commit the murder was at Diana’s feet, but she has no memory of what happened during the minutes the crime was committed.
★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h43m. Comedy / Crime. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Written by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Cinematography by David Watkin. Music by Tom Bähler. Starring John Malkovich, Andie MacDowell, Lolita Davidovich, Rudi Davies, Joss Ackland, Bill Paterson, Ricci Harnett, Peter Riegert, Jack Shepherd, Rosemary Martin, Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Jake and Tina have taken up residence in a London hotel, living way beyond their means. He is a commodities broker whose shipment of cocoa beans is tied up by a Third World country’s revolution. She is a woman with extravagant tastes who is still technically married to Larry, her first husband.
★★★★★ USA. 1h48m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Elia Kazan. Written by Budd Schulberg. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman. Edited by Gene Milford. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Eva Marie Saint.
Focuses on union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen, while detailing widespread corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the waterfronts of Hoboken, New Jersey. On the Waterfront was a critical and commercial success. It received twelve Academy Award nominations and won eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. In 1997, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the eighth-greatest American movie of all time; in AFI’s 2007 list, it was ranked 19th.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h6m. Crime / Comedy. Directed by Lowell Sherman. Written by Harvey F. Thew, John Bright (screenplay) and Mae West (“Diamond Lil”). Cinematography by Charles Lang. Edited by Alexander Hall. Music by John Leipold. Starring Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery Sr., David Landau, Rafaela Ottiano, Dewey Robinson.
A tale of a barroom singer entangled in criminal connections. Famous for West’s many double entendres and quips, including her best-known, “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” In her next film, later that year, she had altered it to, “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?”
★★★★★ USA. 2h9m. Crime / Comedy. Directed by George Roy Hill. Written by David S. Ward. Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Edited by William Reynolds. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Robert Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, John Hefferman, Dana Elcar.
Involves a complicated plot by two professional grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw). The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed Newman and Redford in the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Released on Christmas Day of 1973, The Sting was a massive critical and commercial success and was hugely successful at the 46th Academy Awards, being nominated for ten Oscars and winning seven, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing (Original Screenplay). Regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h5m. Crime / Thriller. Directed by Oliver Stone. Written by John Ridley, Oliver Stone (screenplay) and John Ridley (“Stray Dogs”). Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Edited by Hank Corwin, Thomas J. Nordberg. Music by Ennio Morricone. Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight.
A neo-noir thriller about a drifter who ends up stranded in a small town, where he gets involved in a murder plot.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h39m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Jon Rosten. Written by Jon Rosten. Cinematography by Armando Salas. Edited by Jon Rosten. Music by Mark Petrie. Starring George Katt, Danny Trejo, Caroline Macey, Renee George, Heather Trzyna, Miguel Angel Munguia, Jessica Martine.
Valley Of Angels concerns a young West LA drug dealer who searches for a path out of his dangerous existence.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h4m. Crime / Romance. Directed by David Lynch. Written by David Lynch (screenplay) and Barry Gifford (“Wild At Heart”). Cinematography by Frederick Elmes. Edited by Duwayne Dunham. Music by Angelo Badalamenti. Starring Nicholas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton.
Sailor Ripley (Cage) and Lula Pace Fortune (Dern), a young couple from Cape Fear, North Carolina, go on the run from Lula’s domineering mother and the gangsters she hires to kill Sailor.
★★★★☆ USA / Japan. 1h52m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Written by Paul Schrader, Robert Towne (screenplay) and Leonard Schrader (story). Cinematography by Kozo Okazaki, Duke Callaghan. Edited by Don Guidice, Thomas Stanford, Frederic Steinkamp. Music by Dave Grusin. Starring Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman, Richard Jordan, Keiko Kishi, Eiji Okada, James Shigeta, Kyosuke Machida, Christina Kokubo.
The Yakuza is about a retired American detective who returns to Japan after being decades away in order to rescue his friend’s daughter, kidnapped by the eponymous crime syndicate. Following a lackluster initial release, the film has since gained a cult following.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h37m. Mystery / Crime. Directed by David Fincher. Written by James Vanderbilt (screenplay) and Robert Graysmith (“Zodiac”, “Zodiac Unmasked”). Cinematography by Harris Savides. Edited by Angus Wall. Music by David Shire. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthonoy Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney.
Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s, taunting police with letters, bloodstained clothing, and ciphers mailed to newspapers.