Best Crime Movies of 2005

1.

Batman Begins

6.8

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2005-06-10
2.

Sin City

6.3

Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust after redemption, and then there are those hoping for a little of both. A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still trying to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Devon Aoki
Directed by: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2005-04-01
3.

Match Point

6.1

Match Point is Woody Allen’s satire of the British High Society and the ambition of a young tennis instructor to enter into it. Yet when he must decide between two women - one assuring him his place in high society, and the other that would bring him far from it - palms start to sweat and a dark psychological match in his head begins.

Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 2005-10-26
4.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

6.1

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok
Directed by: Shane Black
Release date: 2005-09-05
5.

Green Street Hooligans

6.0

After being wrongfully expelled from Harvard University, American Matt Buckner flees to his sister's home in England. Once there, he is befriended by her charming and dangerous brother-in-law, Pete Dunham, and introduced to the underworld of British football hooliganism. Matt learns to stand his ground through a friendship that develops against the backdrop of this secret and often violent world. 'Green Street Hooligans' is a story of loyalty, trust and the sometimes brutal consequences of living close to the edge.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Claire Forlani, Charlie Hunnam, Ross McCall, Leo Gregory
Directed by: Lexi Alexander
Release date: 2005-09-09
6.

A History of Violence

6.0

An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Heidi Hayes, Ashton Holmes, William Hurt
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 2005-09-23
7.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

5.4

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true.

Starring: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Kenneth Welsh
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Release date: 2005-09-09
8.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

5.3

When brash Texas border officer Mike Norton wrongfully kills and buries the friend and ranch hand of Pete Perkins, the latter is reminded of a promise he made to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada, in his Mexican home town. He kidnaps Norton and exhumes Estrada's corpse, and the odd caravan sets out on horseback for Mexico.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, Melissa Leo
Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones
Release date: 2005-11-17
9.

Paradise Now

5.3

From the perspective of two Palestinian men who are preparing to perform a suicide attack in Israel, this is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide bombers.

Starring: Ali Suliman, Amer Hlehel, Hiam Abbass, Ashraf Barhom, Mohammad Bustami
Directed by: Hany Abu-Assad
Release date: 2005-02-14
10.

Capote

5.3

A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allie Mickelson, Craig Archibald, Bronwen Coleman, Kate Shindle
Directed by: Bennett Miller
Release date: 2005-09-30
11.

Transporter 2

5.2

Professional driver Frank Martin is living in Miami, where he is temporarily filling in for a friend as the chauffeur for a government narcotics control policymaker and his family. The young boy in the family is targeted for kidnapping, and Frank immediately becomes involved in protecting the child and exposing the kidnappers.

Starring: Jason Statham, Amber Valletta, Kate Nauta, Alessandro Gassman, François Berléand
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Release date: 2005-08-02
12.

Oliver Twist

5.1

Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. The classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Starring: Barney Clark, Ben Kingsley, Jamie Foreman, Harry Eden, Edward Hardwicke
Directed by: Roman Polański
Release date: 2005-09-23
13.

Unleashed

5.0

Raised as a slave, Danny is used to fighting for his survival. In fact, his "master," Bart, thinks of him as a pet and goes as far as leashing him with a collar so they can make money in fight clubs, where Danny is the main contender. When Bart's crew is in a car accident, Danny escapes and meets a blind, kindhearted piano tuner who takes him in and uses music to free the fighter's long-buried heart.

Starring: Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Vincent Regan, Dylan Brown
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Release date: 2005-02-02
14.

The Devil's Rejects

5.0

The sequel to House of 1000 Corpses – the Firefly family are ambushed at their isolated home by Sheriff Wydell and a squad of armed men guns blazing – yet only Otis and his sister, Baby, manage to escape the barrage of bullets unharmed. Hiding out in a backwater motel, the wanted siblings wait to rendezvous with their errant father, Captain Spaulding, killing whoever happens to stand in their way.

Starring: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe, Ken Foree
Directed by: Rob Zombie
Release date: 2005-07-22
15.

Harsh Times

4.9

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend.

Starring: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman, Tammy Trull
Directed by: David Ayer
Release date: 2005-09-11
16.

Millions

4.9

Two boys, still grieving the death of their mother, find themselves the unwitting benefactors of a bag of bank robbery loot in the week before the United Kingdom switches its official currency to the Euro. What's a kid to do?

Starring: Alexander Nathan Etel, Lewis McGibbon, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan, Christopher Fulford
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Release date: 2005-04-08
17.

Hostage

4.8
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When a mafia accountant is taken hostage on his beat, a police officer – wracked by guilt from a prior stint as a negotiator – must negotiate the standoff, even as his own family is held captive by the mob.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Jimmy Bennett, Michelle Horn, Ben Foster
Directed by: Florent-Emilio Siri
Release date: 2005-03-10
18.

The Interpreter

4.8

After Silvia Broome, an interpreter at United Nations headquarters, overhears plans of an assassination, an American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen, Yvan Attal
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 2005-04-08
19.

Chaos

4.7

In Seattle, detective Quentin Conners is unfairly suspended and his partner Jason York leaves the police force after a tragic shooting on Pearl Street Bridge, when the hostage and the criminal die. During a bank heist with a hostage situation, Conners is assigned in charge of the operation with the rookie Shane Dekker as his partner. The thieves, lead by Lorenz, apparently do not steal a penny from the bank. While chasing the gangsters, the police team disclose that they planted a virus in the system, stealing one billion dollars from the different accounts, using the principle of the Chaos Theory. Further, they find that Lorenz is killing his accomplices.

Starring: Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe, Wesley Snipes, Henry Czerny, Justine Waddell
Directed by: Tony Giglio
Release date: 2005-01-17
20.

Revolver

4.6

Hotshot gambler Jake Green (Jason Statham) is long on bravado and seriously short of common sense. Rarely is he allowed in any casino because he's a bona fide winner and, in fact, has taken so much money over the years that he's the sole client of his accountant elder brother, Billy. Invited to a private game, Jake is in fear of losing his life.

Starring: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, André Benjamin, Mark Strong
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Release date: 2005-09-11

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