Best Crime Movies of 2012

1.

The Dark Knight Rises

7.2

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.

End of Watch

6.1

Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour
Directed by: David Ayer
Release date: 2012-09-20
3.

Lawless

5.9

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
4.

21 Jump Street

5.8

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
5.

Jack Reacher

5.6

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
6.

Project X

5.4

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
7.

Man on a Ledge

5.3

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
8.

Taken 2

5.3

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija, Luke Grimes
Directed by: Olivier Megaton
Release date: 2012-09-27
9.

Savages

5.3

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
10.

Safe

5.3

After a former elite agent rescues a 12-year-old Chinese girl who's been abducted, they find themselves in the middle of a standoff between Triads, the Russian Mafia and high-level corrupt New York City politicians and police.

Starring: Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon, James Hong, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke
Directed by: Boaz Yakin
Release date: 2012-04-16
11.

Robot & Frank

5.1

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
12.

Bernie

4.9

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.

The Iceman

4.9

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
14.

Get the Gringo

4.9

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
15.

The Punisher: Dirty Laundry

4.8

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
16.

Sightseers

4.7

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
17.

Compliance

4.7

Sandra is the manager at a fast-food restaurant, and Becky is her teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day, a police officer telephones and accuses Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which Becky vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky, beginning a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience, prudence, legality and reason.

Starring: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Philip Ettinger, James McCaffrey
Directed by: Craig Zobel
Release date: 2012-08-23
18.

Contraband

4.7

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
19.

The Raven

4.7

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
20.

Chained

4.6

A serial killer kidnaps a young boy after murdering his mother, then raises him to be his accomplice. After years in captivity, the boy must choose between escaping or following in his captor's bloody footprints.

Starring: Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Julia Ormond, Gina Philips, Evan Bird
Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Release date: 2012-10-02

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