Best Crime Movies of 1983

1.

Scarface

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

Starring: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin, Ángel Salazar ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1983-12-09
2.

The Outsiders

5.2
7.1/10 IMDB

When two poor Greasers, Johnny and Ponyboy, are assaulted by a vicious gang, the Socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Glenn Withrow, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1983-03-25
3.

Bad Boys

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and respect is measured in vengeance.

Starring: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Jim Moody, Eric Gurry, Esai Morales, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown, Robert Lee Rush, John Zenda, Tony Mockus Jr. ..
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Release date: 1983-03-25
4.

Rumble Fish

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug, struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Diana Scarwid, Vincent Spano, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Laurence Fishburne, William Smith ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1983-10-20
5.

Sudden Impact

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

When a young rape victim takes justice into her own hands and becomes a serial killer, it's up to Dirty Harry Callahan, on suspension from the SFPD, to bring her to justice.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Paul Drake, Audrie Neenan, Jack Thibeau, Michael Currie, Albert Popwell, Mark Keyloun ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1983-12-07
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Gorky Park
6.

Gorky Park

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a conspiracy involving the highest levels of the government.

Starring: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Joanna Pacula, Michael Elphick, Ian McDiarmid, Rikki Fulton, Richard Griffiths, Alexei Sayle, Ian Bannen ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1983-12-15
7.

Lone Wolf McQuade

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates in a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, and involving the woman they both love.

Starring: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Dana Kimmell, Robert Beltran, L. Q. Jones, R. G. Armstrong, Jorge Cervera Jr., Sharon Farrell ..
Directed by: Steve Carver
Release date: 1983-04-15
8.

Blue Thunder

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Los Angeles, California. Officer Murphy, a veteran Metropolitan Police helicopter pilot suffering from severe trauma due to his harsh experiences during the Vietnam War, and Lymangood, his resourceful new partner, are tasked with testing an advanced and heavily armed experimental chopper known as Blue Thunder.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern, Paul Roebling, David Sheiner, Malcolm McDowell, Joe Santos, Ed Bernard, James Murtaugh ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1983-02-05
9.

The Draughtsman's Contract

4.6
7.2/10 IMDB

A young artist is commissioned by the wife of a wealthy landowner to make a series of drawings of the estate while her husband is away.

Starring: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Dave Hill, Anne-Louise Lambert, Hugh Fraser, Neil Cunningham, David Meyer, Tony Meyer, Nicholas Amer, Suzan Crowley ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1983-06-22
10.

10 to Midnight

4.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Warren Stacy, an office equipment repairman, begins murdering women after they reject his advances. To minimize the evidence, Stacy always kills while naked, wearing nothing but gloves, and further evades the law with his strong alibis. Veteran detective Leo Kessler is convinced of Stacy's guilt and begins using questionable methods to catch him.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Geoffrey Lewis, Gene Davis, Wilford Brimley, Robert F. Lyons, Sydna Scott, Bert Williams, Iva Lane ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1983-03-11
11.

The Star Chamber

4.0
6.3/10 IMDB

As violence escalates in Los Angeles and heinous murders are committed, Steven Hardin, a young judge of the California Supreme Court, must struggle with his tortured conscience and growing despair as he watches helplessly as the ruthless criminals brought before his court go free because clever lawyers find obscure loopholes in the law.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless, Michael Ensign, James B. Sikking, Joe Regalbuto, Don Calfa, John DiSanti, DeWayne Jessie ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1983-08-05
12.

Vigilante

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

New York City factory worker Eddie Marino is a solid citizen and regular guy, until the day a sadistic street gang brutally assaults his wife and murders his child. When a corrupt judge sets the thugs free, Eddie goes berserk and vows revenge.

Starring: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda, Don Blakely, Joseph Carberry, Willie Colón, Joe Spinell, Carol Lynley, Nick Barbaro ..
Directed by: William Lustig
Release date: 1983-01-04
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : The Hound of the Baskervilles
13.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes comes to the aid of his friend Henry Baskerville, who is under a family curse and menaced by a demonic dog that prowls the bogs near his estate and murders people.

Starring: Ian Richardson, Donald Churchill, Denholm Elliott, Glynis Barber, Brian Blessed, Eleanor Bron, Edward Judd, Ronald Lacey, Martin Shaw, Connie Booth ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1983-11-03
14.

Revenge of the Ninja

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds out that his friend has betrayed him, Cho must prepare for the greatest battle he has ever been involved in.

Starring: Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts, Mario Gallo, Grace Oshita, Ashley Ferrare, Kane Kosugi, John LaMotta, Mel Hampton ..
Directed by: Sam Firstenberg
Release date: 1983-09-07
15.

Eddie Macon's Run

3.2
5.6/10 IMDB

Eddie Macon is running from a nightmare... running to a dream... running for his life and his time is running out. He's escaped a Texas prison for the second time (risking life imprisonment if caught) to make it back to his wife and son. Relentlessly pursued by ruthless truant officer, Carl Marzack, who feels he must prove he can still 'get his man' by returning Macon to jail at any cost.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, John Schneider, Leah Ayres, Lee Purcell, Tom Noonan, Jay O. Sanders, Matthew Meece, Nesbitt Blaisdell, John Goodman, Lou Hancock ..
Directed by: Jeff Kanew
Release date: 1983-03-23
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Murder Me, Murder You
16.

Murder Me, Murder You

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

Private eye Mike Hammer probes his long-lost love's death while seeking their daughter.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Tanya Roberts, Don Stroud, Delta Burke, Tom Atkins, Jonathan Banks, Lisa Blount, Michelle Phillips, Bert Rosario, Randi Brooks ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1983-04-09
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : A Killer in the Family
17.

A Killer in the Family

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Three teenage boys break their father out of prison only to discover that he is a murderous sociopath. Based on a true story.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, James Spader, Lance Kerwin, Eric Stoltz, Salome Jens, Lynn Carlin, Stuart Margolin, Arliss Howard, Amanda Wyss, Susan Swift ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1983-10-30
18.

Curse of the Pink Panther

2.9
4.3/10 IMDB

Inspector Clouseau disappears, and the Surete wants the world's second best detective to look for him. However, Clouseau's enemy, Dreyfus, rigs the Surete's computer to select, instead, the world's WORST detective, NYPD Sgt. Clifton Sleigh. Sleigh obtusely bungles his way past assassins and corrupt officials as though he were Clouseau's American cousin.

Starring: David Niven, Robert Wagner, Herbert Lom, Joanna Lumley, Capucine, Roger Moore, Burt Kwouk, Robert Loggia, Harvey Korman, Ted Wass ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1983-08-12
19.

Curtains

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Starring: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson, Anne Ditchburn, Lynne Griffin, Sandee Currie, Lesleh Donaldson, Deborah Burgess, Michael Wincott, Maury Chaykin ..
Directed by: Richard Ciupka
Release date: 1983-03-04
20.

BMX Bandits

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Teens P.J. and Goose get their thrills on BMX bikes, performing hair-raising tricks all across Sydney, Australia. Along with their new friend Judy, they discover a box of walkie-talkies -- and find out that a gang of criminals intends to use them to monitor police signals during a bank robbery. When the young trio snatches the devices, it propels them on a hair-raising adventure in which their pedaling skills might just save their necks.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, James Lugton, Angelo D'Angelo, David Argue, John Ley, Bryan Marshall, Brian Sloman, Peter Browne, Bill Brady, Linda Newton ..
Directed by: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Release date: 1983-12-29
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Corruption
21.

Corruption

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

This is a story about a businessman that "sells his soul" for power. However, he is betrayed by courier/associate and finds himself answering to his formal employee. The businessman must then call upon his sleazy half-brother to help him set things right... or so he thinks...

Starring: Jamie Gillis, Michael Gaunt, Tiffany Clark, Michael Morrison, George Payne, Samantha Fox, Tanya Lawson, Marilyn Gee, Tish Ambrose, Kelly Nichols ..
Directed by: Roger Watkins
Release date: 1983-06-06
22.

D.C. Cab

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees to want to make something out of themselves. It is only when Albert is kidnapped that the cabbies must decide whether or not they are loyal to Albert and his cause.

Starring: Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Mr. T, Gary Busey, Bill Maher, Peter Paul, David Paul, Irene Cara, Paul Rodríguez, Jill Schoelen ..
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1983-12-16
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : The Sign of Four
23.

The Sign of Four

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to track down the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world.

Starring: Ian Richardson, David Healy, Thorley Walters, Michael O'Hagan, Cherie Lunghi, Joe Melia, Terence Rigby, Clive Merrison, Richard Heffer, John Benfield ..
Directed by: Desmond Davis
Release date: 1983-12-06
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : The Big Score
24.

The Big Score

2.8
4.9/10 IMDB

A narcotics detective, played by Fred Williamson, lets nothing stand in the way of his bringing down a major drug dealer. After a bust gone awry, he's accused of stealing a lost briefcase filled with money and both the mob and the police are looking for him. A ruthless hit man, played by Bruce Glover, will stop at nothing to get what his boss wants; the money!

Starring: Fred Williamson, John Saxon, Richard Roundtree, Michael Dante, Bruce Glover, Joe Spinell, Ed Lauter, D'Urville Martin, Tony King, Nancy Wilson ..
Directed by: Fred Williamson
Release date: 1983-03-17
25.

The Sting II

2.7
4.9/10 IMDB

Hooker and Gondorf pull a con on Macalinski, an especially nasty mob boss with the help of Veronica, a new grifter. They convince this new victim that Hooker is a somewhat dull boxer who is tired of taking dives for Gondorf. There is a ringer. Lonigan, their victim from the first movie, is setting them up to take the fall.

Starring: Jackie Gleason, Mac Davis, Teri Garr, Karl Malden, Oliver Reed, Bert Remsen, Kathalina Veniero, José Pérez, Larry Bishop, Francis X. McCarthy ..
Directed by: Jeremy Kagan
Release date: 1983-02-18
26.

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3

2.7
3.4/10 IMDB

The Enos duo convince Cletus, aka The Bandit, to come out of hiding and help them promote their new restaurant. With a little coaxing, he agrees, producing an almost-creaky Trigger as his mode of transport. But his nemesis, Sheriff Buford T. Justice, is on the hunt, forcing Cletus and Trigger to hit the road. Can they steer clear of the vengeful sheriff?

Starring: Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick, Colleen Camp, Burt Reynolds, Ray Bouchard, Mike Henry, Faith Minton, Ava Cadell ..
Directed by: Dick Lowry
Release date: 1983-08-12
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Night Partners
27.

Night Partners

2.7
5.5/10 IMDB

Elizabeth and Lauren are two Bakersfield housewives who volunteer to help the local police by working with crime victims to help catch criminals.

Starring: Yvette Mimieux, Diana Canova, Arlen Dean Snyder, M. Emmet Walsh, Patty McCormack, Patti Davis, Michael Cavanaugh, Peter Brocco, Larry Linville, Dick Anthony Williams ..
Directed by: Noel Nosseck
Release date: 1983-10-11
28.

Chained Heat

2.7
5.0/10 IMDB

Linda Blair plays Carol, a young woman who must serve 18 months in prison after driving drunk and killing a man. The prison turns out to be brimming with decadence, corruption and sleaze, where the other female inmates are sadistic crack-selling lesbian rapists and the guards and warden are no better.

Starring: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Sybil Danning, Tamara Dobson, Stella Stevens, Henry Silva, Sharon Hughes, Kendal Kaldwell, Robert Miano, Dee Biederbeck ..
Directed by: Paul Nicholas
Release date: 1983-05-27
29.

Siege

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

During a police strike in Nova Scotia's capital city, a gang of hoodlums end up unintentionally causing the owner of a gay bar to be killed. This escalates into a string of murders with a lone survivor trying to not be next.

Starring: Tom Nardini, Brenda Bazinet, Daryl Haney, Terry-David Després, Jack Blum, Keith Knight, Doug Lennox, Jeff Pustil, Dennis O'Connor, Fred Wadden ..
Directed by: Paul Donovan, Maura O'Connell
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : A Caribbean Mystery
30.

A Caribbean Mystery

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Aging Major Palgrave, an idiosyncratic but charming mystery writer, reveals to Miss Marple that one of the guests at a luxurious Caribbean resort they're staying at is a Bluebeard-type wife murderer. Unfortunately, the Major succumbs to an apparently accidental overdose of alcohol and blood pressure medication before revealing the killer's identity. When it's discovered that the medicine belonged to another guest and the revealing photograph the Major was carrying is missing, Miss Marple realizes that the serial killer has struck again and more murders will follow.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Jameson Parker, Season Hubley, Cassie Yates, Zakes Mokae, Stephen Macht, Beth Howland, Lynne Moody, George Innes, Brock Peters ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1983-10-22
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair
31.

The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

When THRUSH steals a nuclear weapon and demands a ransom delivered by Napoleon Solo, UNCLE recalls him and his partner to duty.

Starring: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Patrick Macnee, George Lazenby, Tom Mason, Gayle Hunnicutt, Geoffrey Lewis, Anthony Zerbe, Keenan Wynn, Simon Williams ..
Directed by: Ray Austin
Release date: 1983-04-05
32.

Copkiller

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A New York policeman imprisons and tortures an admitted cop-killer, but finds the tables turned when his victim refuses to break and in fact urges more punishment.

Starring: Harvey Keitel, John Lydon, Nicole Garcia, Sylvia Sidney, Leonard Mann, Mike Tremont, Carla Romanelli, Robert Bob Kelly, A.L. Sheppard ..
Directed by: Roberto Faenza
Release date: 1983-03-15
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Sparkling Cyanide
33.

Sparkling Cyanide

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

One year ago on November 2, seven people sat down to dinner at the Luxembourg. One of them, Rosemary Barton, never got up. She was thought to have committed suicide due to post-flu depression.

Starring: Anthony Andrews, Deborah Raffin, Pamela Bellwood, Nancy Marchand, Josef Sommer, David Huffman, Christine Belford, June Chadwick, Barrie Ingham, Harry Morgan ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1983-11-05
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Joe Dancer III: The Big Trade
34.

Joe Dancer III: The Big Trade

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

The last of Robert Blake's three "Joe Dancer movies" finds the private investigator framed for manslaughter as he tries to uncover a Hollywood scandal that could ruin a studio and destroy a top star's career.

Starring: Robert Blake, Kenneth McMillan, Joel Bailey, William Prince, Jane Daly, Royal Dano, Sydney Lassick, Sondra Blake, Robin Dearden, Sam Anderson ..
Directed by: Reza Badiyi
Release date: 1983-06-05
35.

Midnite Spares

2.4
5.1/10 IMDB

After discovering that a group of car thieves may have something to do with his father's untimely death, Steve pursues the criminals and attempts to capture them as well as prove his prowess as a racecar driver.

Starring: James Laurie, Gia Carides, Max Cullen, Bruce Spence, David Argue, Terry Camilleri, Tony Barry, Graeme Blundell, John Clayton, John Godden ..
Directed by: Quentin Masters
Release date: 1983-02-17
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Stark Raving Mad
36.

Stark Raving Mad

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

Nebraska 1958. Richie Stark was no ordinary killer. What made him different was that he wasn’t running from murder - he was looking for it! Laura Ferguson, his adolescent girlfriend, just wanted to escape, but after the senseless murder of her father, she soon found herself on a road to hell. This is the true story of two young delinquents who in just a few days in 1958 raised hell along the highway, fell in love, and slaughtered seven innocents.

Starring: Russ Fast, Marcie Severson ..
Directed by: George Hood
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Trenchcoat
37.

Trenchcoat

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

An aspiring mystery writer becomes accidently embroiled in an international plot during a two-week stay in Malta.

Starring: Margot Kidder, Robert Hays, David Suchet, Ronald Lacey, Gila von Weitershausen, P.G. Stephens, Pauline Delaney, Daniel Faraldo, Kevork Malikyan, Philip Alexander ..
Directed by: Michael Tuchner
Release date: 1983-03-11
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Cross Country
38.

Cross Country

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

After a woman is found butchered in her New York apartment, suspicion falls on her estranged husband, an ad executive who has suddenly left town on a cross-country road trip. He takes along a beautiful girl he met in a bar and a drifter he picked up along the way. A cop sets out after the husband, but he's more interested in shaking him down than bringing him back.

Starring: Richard Beymer, Nina Axelrod, Michael Ironside, Brent Carver, David Connor, George Sperdakos, Michael Kane, August Schellenberg, Bradley Paul, Roberta Weiss ..
Directed by: Paul Lynch
Release date: 1983-11-18
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Olivia
39.

Olivia

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

Nightmares of the past haunt the beautiful, mysterious Olivia, a London resident who begins a passionate affair with American businessman Mike. Trapped in a loveless marriage and traumatized by memories of her mother's brutal murder, Olivia hopes her lover will offer a chance at a new life. However, ghostly voices and brutal murders ignite a fiendish, twist-filled story of double identities, deception, and erotic terror.

Starring: Suzanna Love, Robert Walker Jr., Jeff Winchester, Amy Robinson, Bibbe Hansen, Nicholas Love, Ulli Lommel, Amy Robinson, Kenneth Robert Shippy, Michael Evans ..
Directed by: Ulli Lommel
Release date: 1983-03-01
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Cocaine and Blue Eyes
40.

Cocaine and Blue Eyes

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

O.J. Simpson plays Michael Brennen, a San Francisco private eye who gets dragged into a drug-smuggling operation while searching for the girlfriend of a deal client, leading Brennen to a politically prominent family.

Starring: O.J. Simpson, Cliff Gorman, Candy Clark, Eugene Roche, Maureen Anderman, Cindy Pickett, Tracy Reed, Leonardo Cimino, Keye Luke, John Spencer ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1983-01-02
41.

Deadly Force

2.2
4.8/10 IMDB

Stoney Cooper, a former Los Angeles police officer, is at a low point in his life. Kicked off the force because of his anti-authority attitude, he now ekes out a living as a freelancer in New York. All this changes when the daughter of an old friend is killed by serial killer terrorizing L.A. Although almost nobody in his old home town is happy to see him back, Cooper pledges to bring the killer to justice before any more innocent people die.

Starring: Wings Hauser, Joyce Ingalls, Paul Shenar, Al Ruscio, Arlen Dean Snyder, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Bud Ekins, J. Víctor López, Hector Elias, Ramón Franco ..
Directed by: Paul Aaron
Release date: 1983-07-08
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : American Nightmare
42.

American Nightmare

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder.

Starring: Lawrence Day, Lora Staley, Neil Dainard, Lenore Zann, Claudia Udy, Page Fletcher, Michael Ironside, Larry Aubrey, Michael Copeman, Bunty Webb ..
Directed by: Don McBrearty
Release date: 1983-03-17
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Slayground
43.

Slayground

2.1
4.9/10 IMDB

Stone (Peter Coyote) hits an armored truck without his usual driver. The ensuing getaway leads to the death of an innocent. The payback is swift and brutal. The wronged father hires a twisted, sociopathic assassin to avenge his loss. One by one the offenders are punished through grisly executions. Stone uses his wits to find a reclusive friend Terry (Mel Smith) just in time for a psychedelic funhouse showdown with his stalker.

Starring: Peter Coyote, Mel Smith, Billie Whitelaw, Philip Sayer, Bill Luhrs, Marie Masters, Clarence Felder, Ned Eisenberg, David Hayward, Kelli Maroney ..
Directed by: Terry Bedford
Release date: 1983-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : The Last Ninja
44.

The Last Ninja

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

A successful art dealer is sought out by law enforcement after terrorists take some scientists hostage. Finding no possible solution, a law enforcement agent approaches the dealer (Beck). Mr. Cosmo, the agent believes the dealer to be linked to the ninja responsible for tracking down criminals and serving them justice. Mr. Cosmo hopes that the ninja's seemingly supernatural skills will remedy this impossible hostage situation.

Starring: Michael Beck, Nancy Kwan, Mako, John McMartin, Richard Lynch, John Larroquette, Irene Tedrow, Carmen Argenziano, Mike Stone ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1983-07-07
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : The Hot Touch
45.

The Hot Touch

1.9
5.0/10 IMDB

A master art forger and his partner in crime, an art expert who can vouch for the authenticity of the forgeries, are making a bundle. An art dealer figures out their scheme but agrees to keep quiet if they forge some art lost in WWII.

Starring: Wayne Rogers, Marie-France Pisier, Lloyd Bochner, Samantha Eggar, Andrew Semple ..
Directed by: Roger Vadim
Release date: 1983-06-29
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : The Gunrunner
46.

The Gunrunner

1.8
3.9/10 IMDB

1926. The Chinese Civil War. Drifter Ted Beaubien is captured and forced to witness his girlfriend's execution. He finally escapes and vows to avenge her death by taking on a deadly mission to buy guns abroad and smuggle them back. Arriving in his hometown, Ted is shocked to find his elderly mother and younger brother George are penniless. But time is running out, and before he can help them, he's got to get the guns. In setting up the deal, Ted meets and falls for the seductive nightclub owner Maud Ryan who introduces him to the treacherous gangsters who will sell him the artillery. For a gun-runner, falling in love is like pointing a pistol at your heart - and pulling the trigger!

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sara Botsford, Paul Soles, Karen Racicot ..
Directed by: Nardo Castillo
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : The Case of the Frightened Lady
47.

The Case of the Frightened Lady

1.7
6.8/10 IMDB

A woman tries to protect her family's name when one relative becomes a murderer.

Starring: Virginia McKenna, Warren Clarke, Tim Woodward, William Maxwell, Elizabeth Garvie ..
Directed by: Christopher Menaul
Release date: 1983-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Momentos de Prazer e Agonia
48.

Momentos de Prazer e Agonia

1.7
5.4/10 IMDB

A small-town school teacher leads an apparently normal life, including a longtime boyfriend. But she secretly has several lesbian affairs until the women in her life start being brutally murdered.

Starring: Rossana Ghessa, Anthony Steffen, Fernando Amaral, Helena Andrea, Leila Correia, Marlene Figueiró, Rinaldo Gines, Ismênia Kreis, Fátima Leite, Marcos Wainberg ..
Directed by: Adnor Pitanga
Release date: 1983-09-11
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Bodies in Heat
49.

Bodies in Heat

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The action gets hot for Detective Harry Reed when he meets a beautiful woman in need of a giant favor. Afraid that her husband is trying to kill her, she tries to enlist Harry as her own private dick. At first, he's reluctant, but he finally gives in when she offers him more than just money.

Starring: Annette Haven, Herschel Savage, Eric Edwards, Lisa De Leeuw, Billy Dee, Raysheena Mercado, Janey Robbins, Desiree Lane, Starr Johnson, Crystal Fire ..
Directed by: Paul Vatelli
Release date: 1983-05-04
Best Crime Movies of 1983 : Savage Sadists
50.

Savage Sadists

1.6
4.4/10 IMDB

A duo of hoodlums hold a pornographer and his wife hostage, forcing them into acts of debauchery.

Starring: Nicole Bernard, Bibi, David Christopher, Martin Patton, Ginger Roberts, Dan Stephens ..
Directed by: Phil Prince
Release date: 1983-09-27

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