Best Crime Movies of 2012

1.

The Dark Knight Rises

7.2
8.4/10

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2012-07-16
2.

Lawless

5.9
7.3/10

Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Release date: 2012-08-29
3.

21 Jump Street

5.8
7.2/10

In high school, Schmidt was a dork and Jenko was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs.

Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Release date: 2012-03-12
4.

Jack Reacher

5.6
7.0/10

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Release date: 2012-12-20
5.

Project X

5.4
6.7/10

Three high school seniors throw a party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.

Starring: Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Thomas Mann, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton
Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh
Release date: 2012-03-01
6.

Man on a Ledge

5.3
6.6/10

An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The NYPD dispatch a female police psychologist to talk him down. However, unbeknownst to the police on the scene, the suicide attempt is a cover for the biggest diamond heist ever pulled.

Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Edward Burns
Directed by: Asger Leth
Release date: 2012-01-13
7.

Savages

5.3
6.5/10

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Starring: Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2012-07-06
8.

Premium Rush

5.3
6.5/10

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung, Wolé Parks
Directed by: David Koepp
Release date: 2012-08-24
9.

Contraband

5.2
6.5/10

When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned long ago—smuggling—to repay the debt. But the job goes wrong, and Farraday finds himself wanted by cops, crooks and killers alike.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Release date: 2012-01-12
10.

Robot & Frank

5.1
7.1/10

A delightful dramatic comedy, a buddy picture, and, for good measure, a heist film. Curmudgeonly old Frank lives by himself. His routine involves daily visits to his local library, where he has a twinkle in his eye for the librarian. His grown children are concerned about their father’s well-being and buy him a caretaker robot. Initially resistant to the idea, Frank soon appreciates the benefits of robotic support – like nutritious meals and a clean house – and eventually begins to treat his robot like a true companion. With his robot’s assistance, Frank’s passion for his old, unlawful profession is reignited, for better or worse.

Starring: Frank Langella, Liv Tyler, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed by: Jake Schreier
Release date: 2012-08-16
11.

The Iceman

4.9
6.9/10

The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.

Starring: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer
Directed by: Ariel Vromen
Release date: 2012-09-01
12.

Bernie

4.9
6.8/10

In small-town Texas, affable and popular mortician Bernie Tiede strikes up a friendship with Marjorie Nugent, a wealthy widow well known for her sour attitude. When she becomes controlling and abusive, Bernie goes to great lengths to remove himself from her grasp.

Starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman, Tommy G. Kendrick
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 2012-04-27
13.

Get the Gringo

4.9
7.0/10

A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris, Bob Gunton, Kevin Hernandez
Directed by: Adrian Grunberg
Release date: 2012-03-15
14.

The Punisher: Dirty Laundry

4.8
8.2/10

Frank Castle is staying in a bad neighborhood, where he encounters a gang that terrorizes its residents.

Starring: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Sammi Rotibi, Karlin Walker, Jack Goldenberg
Directed by: Phil Joanou
Release date: 2012-07-16
15.

Sightseers

4.7
6.5/10

Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

Starring: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies, Roger Michael, Tony Way
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Release date: 2012-11-30
16.

The Raven

4.7
6.4/10

A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories.

Starring: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally
Directed by: James McTeigue
Release date: 2012-03-09
17.

Deadfall

4.5
6.3/10

A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Patrick Kerton, Kris Kristofferson
Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Release date: 2012-11-08
18.

The Baytown Outlaws

4.5
6.4/10

When three redneck brothers agree to help a woman save her son from an abusive father, they become targets on the run from an odd cast of characters.

Starring: Clayne Crawford, Paul Wesley, Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Travis Fimmel
Directed by: Barry Battles
Release date: 2012-08-27
19.

The Sweeney

4.4
6.1/10

Based on the '70s UK TV show, The Sweeney is an action-packed British police thriller from the director of Football Factory. Jack Regan (Ray Winstone), a hardened cop who doesn’t play by the rules, is confronted with a criminal from his past. With sidekick George Carter (Ben Drew aka Plan B) they are put on the case of a jewellery store heist that ends in a killing. But is that killing really an execution in disguise? With pressure from his boss and the fact that Regan is having an affair with that boss’s wife, it’s not going to be easy for him to stay out of trouble.

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Damian Lewis, Alan Ford
Directed by: Nick Love
Release date: 2012-09-11
20.

Cleanskin

4.4
6.3/10

While working undercover as a bodyguard to arms dealer Harry, former-soldier-turned-secret-service-agent Ewan survives a bloody shootout with a member of an Islamic terrorist cell who steals Harry's briefcase full of Semtex explosives and escapes. Ewan's spymasters task Ewan with hunting down the cell members and retrieving the briefcase.

Starring: Sean Bean, Abhin Galeya, Charlotte Rampling, Peter Polycarpou, Tuppence Middleton
Directed by: Hadi Hajaig
Release date: 2012-03-08

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