Best Crime Movies on Netflix

By Andrew Lu | Updated on 01-Jul-2021

Good art can come from dark places - meta as this may sound, the Crime genre fearlessly explores the pendulum of human psychology. What can get more exhilarating than a maverick breaking the norms, the walls, the bonds, and more, in a relentless quest? Well-crafted crime movies bring in the ultimate in movie experiences – thought-provoking entertainment that keeps you at the edge of your seat the whole time. This crime movies list of the best crime movies on Netflix India covers Crime's whole spectrum, thrilling to enlightening. Although the prices of the products mentioned in the list given below have been updated as of 1st Jul 2021, the list itself may have changed since it was last published due to the launch of new products in the market since then.

With an epic gangster film, Martin Scorsese bought a stellar cast together to give all the crime junkies a nostalgic trip back to the old-school classics of this ageless genre. The film brings Robert De Niro at his best, along with fantastic performances from virtuosos like Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Based on the book I Hear You Paint Houses, the film recalls the story of truck driver Frank Sheeran as he gets involved and deeply embedded in the organized crime of the 1950s.

For a movie that stars Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Bradley Cooper, The Place Beyond the Pines often curiously goes amiss among the top crime movies on Netflix. Much in contrast to the breezy title, this neo-noir micro-epic unravels the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Whether you're in it for the tattoos and motorcycles, or the cast, this movie will keep you hooked with its raw and riveting take on the typical storyline – the unfolding of a confrontation between a bank robber and a rookie cop.

Straddling the line between comedy and Crime, Uncut Gems brings thorough entertainment through the musings of a manic gambler's exhaustive pursuit to balance business, family, and adversaries. Seeing Adam Sandler step away from the usual brief can be unwittingly awkward, but the rough-edged style and his typical man-child persona shine through when the chaos ensues. It's maddening, frustrating, and exhilarating all at the same time, with equal doses of anxiety-triggers and endless charms. Uncut Gems will leave you with deep thought and a chuckle – a good way to end the weekend.


The second installment of the Now you See Me series, just the ground-breaking performance from the star line-up, is reason enough to place this movie among the top crime films on Netflix. Intense fight sequences aside, the artful manoeuvres, charismatic glamour, and stylized tricks make for a superb screenplay that takes you behind the scenes.

Set in Pennsylvania steel country, Out of the Furnace weaves a white-hot tale of revenge as it captures the visceral bond between two brothers. The movie's dark theme recounts the gritty nature of small-town America. There's singing hopelessness, but the movie does justice to a true depiction of impoverished societies, where compelling situations can turn hard-working blue-collars into spirited souls with more than just a motive. The slow-paced mystery is brilliantly carried on the shoulders of Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson.

It's not often that European movies make Hollywood headlines, but the Spanish thriller The Invisible Guest rightfully takes this cake as a jaw-dropping mystery. The movie starts with the scene of a young businessman who wakes up in a locked hotel room next to the body of his dead lover. A fantastic plot, engaging acting, and just the right dose of suspense in unexpected intervals make this a compelling watch. Get ready for the goosebumps with this one!


When Netflix has you high on Crime with the likes of Narcos and Breaking Bad, it's hard to break away from deeply entrenching storylines. And for this reason, the list of best crime movies on Netflix India would be desperately incomplete without the addition of El Camino: A breaking bad movie. The sequel and epilogue of the Breaking Bad series, this movie does unfettered justice to the franchise. What's more? The film satiates your need to uncover Jesse Pinkman's fate.

Pandering to catharsis, The Equalizer is precisely what everyone dreams would happen when the morally upright take a violent stand for seeking justice. The plot revolves around a mysterious man who breaks from a quiet life in the background to become the avenging angel of the helpless. While the storyline itself isn't thought-provoking, a well-laid out script and Denzel Washington's casually captivating performance puts The Equalizer among the top Hollywood crime movies. An action-packed bloodbath may not be to everyone's liking, but this is the one to test the waters.

Combining horror and Crime can sometimes get exhaustive and feel too close to the gruesome series of unfortunate events type genres. But 1922 is a lot more dramatic and terrifying without the need for much CGI. The premise is a deeply twisted murder conspiracy – a proud farmer who wants to murder his wife, convincing his teenage son to participate. Among the best crime movies on Netflix India, the direction brings out what guilt does to a man and is based on Stephen King's 2010 novella of the same name.


Another Denzel Washington entry in this crime movies list, 2 Guns, takes the standard buddy-cop genre to a whole new level. Who's Denzel's buddy? Mark Walhberg, of course! The premise: Two undercover agents aim to expose Mexican drug lord Manny 'Papi' Greco. Revelations start to unfold once the meeting occurs. A solid plot and a slick script bring out action-packed sequences, standard drug mafia-style explosions, and compelling plot twists, make 2 Guns a fun ride all the way through.

A whimsical dognapping that leads a struggling screenplay writer to get entangled in LA's criminal underworld forms the premise of this atypically comedic Hollywood crime movie. Akin to the whimsical plot, each character is deranged in his own right, bringing out the best of comedy and Crime – the cogs and gears that make the human psyche function (or malfunction!) Apart from the great performance by the Shih Tzu, Seven Psychopaths also brings out some top-notch work from Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and Cristopher Walken.

Bloody and clever, In the Shadow of the Moon is a riveting sci-fi twist on the crime genre. Absolutely one of the best crime movies Netflix India has to offer; the movie's intriguing setup involves a hungry police officer who wants to solve the mystery of a serial killer who appears every nine years. Starring Boyd Holbrook and Cleopatra Coleman in leading roles, this movie is one of your must-watch crime movies on Netflix is time-travel has always been a fascination for you.


Unmissable among Hindi crime movies to watch, Gangs of Wasseyppur 2 yet again captures the raw pulsating force that drives the country's mafia-ruled masses. The shining ship from Anurag Kashyap's armoury, Gangs of Wasseypur, will put you in the hot-seat through distinctive screenplay and cinematography. Of course, the premise is a gory epic of rivalling gang-families involved with the coal lobby who play eye to eye and blood for blood, all the while scheming and plotting for the next capture.

Delving into the depths of psychiatric experimentation, Side Effects deals with the story of a drug prescription gone wrong. Starring A-Listers Rooney Mara, Jude Law, and Channing Tatum, the movie may have missed the media highlight but is a no-brainer in the top crime movies list. Apart from the sharp script based on a chilling premise, highlights include the classic plot-twists that Steven Soderberg is revered for. If psychological thrillers that keep you guessing right till the end is your manna, this movie is for you.

Based on the Aarushi case that grips the nation to this day, Talvar is a compelling account of a dark and twisted tale. As always, the late and very much great Irrfan Khan takes the cake in bringing the movie's various copious elements together. Talvar, which can also double in meaning as Guilty, certainly forms a list-topper if you're looking for good Hindi crime movies to watch. There may not be much mystery involved for those who closely followed the case, but the watch gives a good perspective of truth-telling in a flawed system.


If you're looking for a crime mystery with nail-biting twists and an edge of the seat conclusion, The next Three Days should be at the top of the best crime movies on Netflix India. Starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks, the movie is an emotionally gripping film that might leave you exhausted with the rollercoaster of emotions you will run through. The movie's premise involves a woman arrested for killing her boss and how her passionately persistent husband tries to get her out of the mess.

A period crime set in the 1930s, The Highwaymen unfolds the story of two Texas Rangers who set out to track the notorious criminals named Bonnie and Clyde. While western themes often use slower scripts, The Highwaymen is an apt portrayal of those who fought thick and thin for justice in the heydays. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson bring in some of their best work with this movie, making it a must-watch. Straightforward storytelling and pleasant cinematography do ample justice to an honourable storyline.

Another Mark Wahlberg cop movie here, and this film follows the life of an agent who gets back on the field for the love of the work. You wouldn't want anything less, would you? Spencer Confidential is a dramatic blend of action, noir, and comedy, keeping you reaching for the popcorn throughout. A tight script and teasing dialogues make it a fun view for the weekend watch that will have you in splits but still keep you guessing. It's just good old comedy-crime.


If you're up for a lengthy crime drama, a postwar movie The Devil All The Time is an unnerving watch that illuminates life in rural Ohio post World War II. Set in the 1960s the movie's premise is trying to understand various evil natures of humans. The story spans multiple generations, and shows us what life was in the heartland of America back then. Stellar acting from Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson make this movie a characterful entertainer with ebbing and flowing control.

Ending this list is the gripping trio of Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio in the multi-academy award winner Django Unchained. Brutal and ferocious, but funny and sometimes even satirical, this movie is a gift that keeps on giving. The movie's premise involves a freed slave who takes the help of a German bounty hunter to free his wife from pre-Civil War America’s perils. A tightly wound plot with characters that exceed the usual shenanigans of a crime movie, Django Unchained is an artful masterpiece in storytelling.

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