If there’s one genre that continues to captivate after innumerable iterations on the silver screen, it’s the crime genre. Tracing it’s lineage far, far back into the annals of cinema history, the crime genre has given the world many a classic flick, and that’s why we here at Goliath have tried to hone in on some classics to bring you 11 of the greatest crime films of all time, for those afternoons or evenings where you really, really want to be a gangster. Whether you’re invested in taking up a life of crime or just looking to live dangerously for an evening, these 11 films will be sure to have you hankering for a taste of the lifestyle.
15. City of God (2002)
The 2002 Brazillian crime drama City of God was adapted from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins and the plot is loosely based on real events. The film highlights the rise of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s. Consistently cited as a necessary film to view in your lifetime, City of God is a terrifying examination of the depths of corruption and the effects it can have on all those around it, both guilty and innocent.
The film is full of style and surprisingly effective in its development and treatment of characters, City of God exists as one of the truly disrupting and powerful experiences in cinema history. Released to near-universal acclaim, it was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Cinematography (rightfully so, as the film uses the beautiful Brazillian landscape as a supporting character).