Best Crime Movies of 2003

1.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

6.6
8.1/10

An assassin is shot by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle – but she lives to plot her vengeance.

Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2003-10-10
2.

Dogville

6.5
8.0/10

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Release date: 2003-05-19
3.

Mystic River

6.4
8.0/10

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2003-10-07
4.

21 Grams

6.1
7.7/10

This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girl; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will learn harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably—forever.

Starring: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro, Danny Huston, Carly Nahon
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Release date: 2003-09-06
5.

The Italian Job

5.7
7.0/10

Charlie Croker pulled off the crime of a lifetime. The one thing that he didn't plan on was being double-crossed. Along with a drop-dead gorgeous safecracker, Croker and his team take off to re-steal the loot and end up in a pulse-pounding, pedal-to-the-metal chase that careens up, down, above and below the streets of Los Angeles.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Release date: 2003-05-30
6.

Bad Santa

5.6
7.1/10

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Bernie Mac, John Ritter
Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
Release date: 2003-11-26
7.

The Life of David Gale

5.6
7.6/10

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Rhona Mitra
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 2003-02-21
8.

Matchstick Men

5.3
7.3/10

A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2003-09-01
9.

Monster

5.3
7.3/10

An emotionally scarred highway drifter shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her, and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Release date: 2003-12-24
10.

Elephant

5.2
7.2/10

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.

Starring: Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson, Elias McConnell, Jordan Taylor
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 2003-09-06
11.

2 Fast 2 Furious

5.2
5.9/10

It's a major double-cross when former police officer Brian O'Conner teams up with his ex-con buddy Roman Pearce to transport a shipment of "dirty" money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone. But the guys are actually working with undercover agent Monica Fuentes to bring Verone down.

Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Ludacris
Directed by: John Singleton
Release date: 2003-06-05
12.

The United States of Leland

5.1
7.1/10

A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the prison, decides to write about Leland's case. Meanwhile, others affected by the murder, including Becky and her sister, Julie, must contend with their own problems.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Ryan Gosling, Chris Klein, Kevin Spacey, Jena Malone
Directed by: Matthew Ryan Hoge
Release date: 2003-01-18
13.

11:14

5.0
7.2/10

Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The story follows the chain of events of five different characters and five different storylines that all converge to tell the story of murder and deceit.

Starring: Henry Thomas, Blake Heron, Barbara Hershey, Hilary Swank, Clark Gregg
Directed by: Greg Marcks
Release date: 2003-09-05
14.

Veronica Guerin

5.0
6.9/10

In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then gets in touch with John Traynor, a paranoid informant. Not without some prodding, Traynor leads her to John Gilligan, the ruthless head of the operation, who does not take kindly to Guerin's nosing.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciarán Hinds, Brenda Fricker, Don Wycherley
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 2003-07-11
15.

Basic

4.9
6.5/10

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Starring: John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Daly
Directed by: John McTiernan
Release date: 2003-04-18
16.

Confidence

4.8
6.7/10

What Jake Vig doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew. It becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark, he was an accountant for eccentric crime boss Winston King. Jake and his crew will have to stay one step ahead of both the criminals and the cops to finally settle their debt.

Starring: Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Morris Chestnut, Dustin Hoffman, Andy García
Directed by: James Foley
Release date: 2003-04-25
17.

Wonderland

4.7
6.6/10

On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal murders - both involving legendary porn actor John Holmes. You're about to experience both versions.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Dylan McDermott, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Lisa Kudrow
Directed by: James Cox
Release date: 2003-10-23
18.

Intolerable Cruelty

4.6
6.3/10

A revenge-seeking gold digger marries a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of making a killing in the divorce.

Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Edward Herrmann, Geoffrey Rush, Richard Jenkins
Directed by: Joel Coen
Release date: 2003-09-02
19.

The Hunted

4.5
6.1/10

In the wilderness of British Columbia, two hunters are tracked and viciously murdered by Aaron Hallum. A former Special Operations instructor is approached and asked to apprehend Hallum—his former student—who has 'gone rogue' after suffering severe battle stress from his time in Kosovo.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro, Connie Nielsen, Leslie Stefanson, John Finn
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 2003-03-11
20.

Owning Mahowny

4.4
7.1/10

Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Dan Mahowny--the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession.

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt, Maury Chaykin, Ian Tracey
Directed by: Richard Kwietniowski
Release date: 2003-05-02

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