Best Crime Movies of 1987

1.

The Untouchables

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy García, Robert De Niro, Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe, Brad Sullivan, Billy Drago, Patricia Clarkson ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1987-06-03
2.

Lethal Weapon

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who -- distraught after his wife's death -- has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe, Jackie Swanson, Damon Hines, Ebonie Smith ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1987-03-06
3.

Wall Street

6.0
7.4/10 IMDB

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, John C. McGinley, Hal Holbrook, Sean Young, Terence Stamp, James Spader, Chuck Pfeiffer ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1987-12-10
4.

Raising Arizona

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

The Coen Brothers tell the story of an absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to date.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, T.J. Kuhn, Lynne Kitei ..
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Release date: 1987-03-01
5.

Beverly Hills Cop II

5.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Axel heads for the land of sunshine and palm trees to find out who shot police Captain Andrew Bogomil. Thanks to a couple of old friends, Axel's investigation uncovers a series of robberies masterminded by a heartless weapons kingpin—and the chase is on.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Paul Reiser, Gilbert R. Hill, Brigitte Nielsen, Dean Stockwell, Jürgen Prochnow, Allen Garfield ..
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1987-05-18
6.

House of Games

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

Starring: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, J.T. Walsh, Ricky Jay, William H. Macy ..
Directed by: David Mamet
Release date: 1987-10-11
7.

Less than Zero

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Brad Pitt, Tony Bill, Nicholas Pryor, Michael Bowen, Sarah Buxton, Donna Mitchell ..
Directed by: Marek Kanievska
Release date: 1987-11-06
8.

Throw Momma from the Train

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Larry Donner, an author with a cruel ex-wife, teaches a writing workshop in which one of his students, Owen, is fed up with his domineering mother. When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into action and offers to kill Larry's ex-wife, if Larry promises to murder his mom. Before Larry gets a chance to react to the plan, it seems that Owen has already set things in motion.

Starring: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Anne Ramsey, Kate Mulgrew, Branford Marsalis, Rob Reiner, Bruce Kirby, Joey DePinto, Annabelle Logan ..
Directed by: Danny DeVito
Release date: 1987-12-11
9.

Dragnet

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday -- the equally straight-laced nephew of the famous police sergeant of the same name -- is paired up with a young, freewheeling detective named Pep Streebeck. After investigating some strange robberies at the local zoo and the theft of a stockpile of pornographic magazines, they uncover cult activity in the heart of the city and are hot on the case to figure out who's behind it all.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan, Alexandra Paul, Jack O'Halloran, Elizabeth Ashley, Dabney Coleman, Kathleen Freeman, Shannon Tweed ..
Directed by: Tom Mankiewicz
Release date: 1987-06-25
Best Crime Movies of 1987 : Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four
10.

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

4.1
8.1/10 IMDB

Mary Morstan has received a pearl in the post every year since her father's disappearance; this leads Holmes and Watson to the truth about a secret pact between four convicts during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Starring: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Jenny Seagrove, Ronald Lacey, John Thaw, Emrys James, Alf Joint, Kiran Shah, Terence Skelton, Rosalie Williams ..
Directed by: Peter Hammond
Release date: 1987-03-07

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