Best Crime Movies of 2011

1.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

6.3
7.8/10

This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2011-12-14
2.

Drive

6.3
7.8/10

A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Release date: 2011-08-06
3.

Fast Five

6.2
7.3/10

Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris
Directed by: Justin Lin
Release date: 2011-04-20
4.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

6.1
7.5/10

There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, Kelly Reilly
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Release date: 2011-11-22
5.

The Lincoln Lawyer

5.9
7.3/10

A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas
Directed by: Brad Furman
Release date: 2011-03-17
6.

Horrible Bosses

5.6
6.9/10

For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers... permanently.

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Release date: 2011-07-08
7.

The Mechanic

5.3
6.6/10

Arthur Bishop is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when he is ordered to take out his mentor and close friend Harry, Bishop is anything but detached.

Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Mini Anden, Tony Goldwyn
Directed by: Simon West
Release date: 2011-01-13
8.

Colombiana

5.3
6.4/10

Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the mobster responsible for her parents' death.

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Cliff Curtis, Callum Blue, Michael Vartan, Lennie James
Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Release date: 2011-07-27
9.

J. Edgar

5.3
6.6/10

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Hamilton, Geoff Pierson, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2011-11-09
10.

Batman: Year One

5.2
7.4/10

Two men come to Gotham City: Bruce Wayne after years abroad feeding his lifelong obsession for justice and Jim Gordon after being too honest a cop with the wrong people elsewhere. After learning painful lessons about the city's corruption on its streets and police department respectively, this pair learn how to fight back their own way. With that, Gotham's evildoers from top to bottom are terrorized by the mysterious Batman and the equally heroic Gordon is assigned to catch him by comrades who both hate and fear him themselves. In the ensuing manhunt, both find much in common as the seeds of an unexpected friendship are laid with additional friends and rivals helping to start the legend.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito, Alex Rocco
Directed by: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery
Release date: 2011-09-27
11.

The Guard

5.2
7.3/10

Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn't much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle's small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett assigned to the case.

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong, Katarina ?as
Directed by: John Michael McDonagh
Release date: 2011-07-07
12.

Into the Abyss

5.2
7.3/10

In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

Starring: Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog, Michael Perry, Jeremy Richardson, Kristen Willis
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 2011-11-11
13.

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

5.1
8.8/10
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is a complete edit of the two-part martial arts action films Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2. The film was originally scheduled to be released as one part. However, due to the film's over 4 hour running time, it was split into two parts.
Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2011-03-28
14.

Kill the Irishman

5.1
7.1/10

Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob.

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini
Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh
Release date: 2011-03-10
15.

The Devil's Double

5.1
7.1/10

A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.

Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mehmet Ferda, Philip Quast
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 2011-02-11
16.

Machine Gun Preacher

4.9
6.8/10

The true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who finds God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers.

Starring: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Richard Goteri, Peter Carey
Directed by: Marc Forster
Release date: 2011-09-23
17.

Killer Joe

4.8
6.7/10

A cop who moonlights as a hit man agrees to kill the hated mother of a desperate drug dealer in exchange for a tumble with the young man's virginal sister.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 2011-09-10
18.

The Green Hornet

4.8
5.8/10

Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), the heir to the largest newspaper fortune in Los Angeles, is a spoiled playboy who has been, thus far, happy to lead an aimless life. After his father (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets Kato (Jay Chou), a resourceful company employee. Realizing that they have the talent and resources to make something of their lives, Britt and Kato join forces as costumed crime-fighters to bring down the city's most-powerful criminal, Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, David Harbour
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Release date: 2011-01-12
19.

Snowtown

4.7
6.6/10

Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

Starring: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Frank Cwertniak, Matthew Howard
Directed by: Justin Kurzel
Release date: 2011-05-16
20.

Flypaper

4.7
6.4/10

A man caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies at a bank desperately tries to protect the teller with whom he's secretly in love.

Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, Tim Blake Nelson, Mekhi Phifer, Matt Ryan
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Release date: 2011-08-19

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