List of Crime Films of The 1980s


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A list of crime films released in the 1980s.

Title Director Cast Country Notes
1980
Atlantic City Louis Malle Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Michel Piccoli
Le bar du téléphone Claude Barrois Daniel Duval, François Perier, Georges Wilson
Contraband Lucio Fulci Daniele Dublino, Ivana Monti, Fabio Testi
Cruising William Friedkin Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen Crime thriller
Gloria John Cassavetes Gena Rowlands, John Adames, Buck Henry
The Long Good Friday John MacKenzie Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Eddie Constantine
McVicar Tom Clegg Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell
Rough Cut Don Siegel Burt Reynolds, Lesley-Anne Down, David Niven Crime comedy
Trois Hommes à Abattre Jacques Deray Alain Delon, Dalila di Lazzaro, Pierre Dux Crime thriller
1981
Le Choix des armes Alain Corneau Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve
Coup de Torchon Bertrand Tavernier Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle
Cutter's Way Ivan Passer Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn
The Fan Edward Bianchi Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Maureen Stapleton
Loophole John Quested Albert Finney, Martin Sheen, Susannah York
Made in Britain Alan Clarke Tim Roth, Eric Richard
Ms. 45 Abel Ferrara Zoe Tamerlis, Steve Singer, Jack Thibeau
Pixote Hector Babenco Fernando Ramos Da Silva, Jorge Juliano, Gilberto Moura Juvenile delinquency film
The Postman Always Rings Twice Bob Rafelson Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos Crime drama
The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper Roger Spottiswoode Robert Duvall, Treat Williams, Kathryn Harrold
Thief Michael Mann James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson
True Confessions Ulu Grosbard Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning Crime drama
Vabank Juliusz Machulski Jan Machulski, Leonard Pietraszak, Witold Pyrkosz
1982
La Balance Bob Swaim Nathalie Baye, Philippe Léotard, Richard Berry
Carry On Pickpocket Sammo Hung Frankie Chan, Sammo Hung, Richard Ng Crime comedy
Le choc Robin Davis Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Léotard
Class of 1984 Mark L. Lester Perry King, Timothy Van Patten, Merrie Lynn Ross Juvenile delinquency film
The Executioner's Song Lawrence Schiller Tommy Lee Jones, Rosanna Arquette
Fanny Strawhair Vicente Aranda Fanny Cottençon, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Algora
La Garce Christine Pascal Isabelle Huppert, Richard Berry, Vittorio Mezzogiorno
Hanky Panky Sidney Poitier Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Kathleen Quinlan
Interrogation Ryszard Bugajski Krystyna Janda, Janusz Gajos, Adam Ferency Prison film
Onimasa Hideo Gosha Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume, Tetsuro Tamba
1983
L'Argent Robert Bresson Christian Patey, Sylvie van den Elsen, Michel Briguet Crime drama
Bad Boys Rick Rosenthal Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Esai Morales Crime drama, prison film
Breathless Jim McBride Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano Crime drama
Chained Heat Paul Nicolas Linda Blair, John Vernon, Sybil Danning
Duvar Yilmaz Güney Tuncel Kurtiz, Ayse Emel Mesci, Malik Berrichi Prison film, juvenile delinquency film
The Moon in the Gutter Jean-Jacques Beineix Gérard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski, Victoria Abril
Mortelle Randonnée Claude Miller Michel Serrault, Isabelle Adjani, Geneviève Page Crime thriller
Rue Barbare Gilles Behat Bernard Giraudeau, Christine Boisson, Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Scarface Brian De Palma Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer
1984
Against All Odds Taylor Hackford Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods
Asphalt Warriors Sergio Gobbi Daniel Auteuil, Marisa Berenson, Marcel Bozzuffi
Blood Simple Joel Coen John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya
The Cotton Club Francis Ford Coppola Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane Gangster film
Crackers Louis Malle Donald Sutherland, Jack Warden, Sean Penn
Fatal Vision David Greene Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Gary Cole
Fear City Abel Ferrara Tom Berenger, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Scalia
The Gunrunner Nardo Castillo Kevin Costner, Sara Botsford, Paul Soles
The Hit Stephen Frears John Hurt, Tim Roth, Laura del Sol Crime drama
Johnny Dangerously Amy Heckerling Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner
Once Upon A Time In America Sergio Leone Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern
The Pope of Greenwich Village Stuart Rosenberg Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
Repo Man Alex Cox Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Olivia Barash Crime comedy
1985
8 Million Ways to Die Hal Ashby Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Paul
Crimewave Sam Raimi Reed Birney, Sheree J. Wilson, Louise Lasser Crime comedy
Détective Jean-Luc Godard, Don Leaver Claude Brasseur, Nathalie Baye, Johnny Hallyday Crime drama
L'Homme Aux Yeux D'Argent Pierre Granier-Deferre Alain Souchon, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Lambert Wilson
Kiss of the Spider Woman Hector Babenco William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga Prison film
On ne meurt que deux fois Jacques Deray Michel Serrault, Charlotte Rampling, Xavier DeLuc Crime thriller
Le Pactole Jean-Pierre Mocky Richard Bohringer, Pauline Lafont, Patrick Sebastien
Prizzi's Honor John Huston Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston,
Stick Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, George Segal
To Live and Die in L.A. William Friedkin William L. Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow
Witness Peter Weir Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer Crime thriller
Year of the Dragon Michael Cimino Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane
1986
52 Pick-Up John Frankenheimer Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity
Band of the Hand Paul Michael Glaser Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, Lauren Holly
A Better Tomorrow John Woo Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung, Ti Lung
Big Trouble John Cassavetes Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Beverly D'Angelo Crime comedy
Blue City Michelle Manning Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, David Caruso
Blue Velvet David Lynch Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper Crime thriller
Comic Magazine Yojiro Takita Yuya Uchida, Yumi Asou, Yoshio Harada
Descente Aux Enfers Francis Girod Claude Brasseur, Sophie Marceau, Sidiki Bakaba Crime drama
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer John McNaughton Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold
Manhunter Michael Mann William L. Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen Crime thriller
Mauvais Sang Leos Carax Denis Lavant, Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche
Mona Lisa Neil Jordan Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine Crime drama
Out of Bounds Richard Tuggle Anthony Michael Hall, Jenny Wright, Jeff Kober
Pouvoir intime Yves Simoneau Marie Tifo, Pierre Curzi, Jacques Godin
Ruthless People Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold Crime comedy
Tough Guys Jeff Kanew Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Dana Carvey Crime comedy
Wise Guys Brian De Palma Danny DeVito, Joe Piscopo, Harvey Keitel Crime comedy
1987
A Better Tomorrow II John Woo Chow Yun-fat, Emily Chu, Waise Lee
Bellman and True Richard Loncraine Bernard Hill, Kieran O'Brien, Richard Hope
The Big Town Ben Bolt Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones Crime drama
City on Fire Ringo Lam Chow Yun-fat, Sun Yueh, Danny Lee
Dernier Ete A Tanger Alexandre Arcady Valeria Golino, Thierry Lhermitte, Roger Hanin
House of Games David Mamet Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum Crime thriller
Just Heroes John Woo Stephen Chow, Danny Lee
Night Zoo Jean-Claude Lauzon Roger Le Bel, Gilles Maheu, Lynne Adams Crime drama
No Man's Land Peter Werner Charlie Sheen, D. B. Sweeney, Randy Quaid
Prison on Fire Ringo Lam Chow Yun-fat, Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Roy Cheung Prison film
Raising Arizona Joel Coen Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson Crime comedy
Rampage William Friedkin Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Nicholas Campbell
A Short Film About Killing Krzysztof Kieslowski Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz Crime drama
The Sicilian Michael Cimino Christopher Lambert, Terence Stamp, Joss Ackland
Slam Dance Wayne Wang Tom Hulce, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Virginia Madsen Crime drama
Someone to Watch Over Me Ridley Scott Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers Crime thriller
Street Smart Jerry Schatzberg Christopher Reeve, Morgan Freeman Crime drama
Throw Momma from the Train Danny DeVito Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey Crime comedy
The Untouchables Brian De Palma Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro
Wisdom Emilio Estevez Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt
1988
As Tears Go By Wong Kar-wai Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Maggie Cheung
The Blue Iguana John J. Lafia Dylan McDermott, Jessica Harper, James Russo
Call Me Sollace Mitchell Patricia Charbonneau, Stephen McHattie, Boyd Gaines
De Bruit et de Fureur Jean-Claude Brisseau Bruno Cremer, François Négret, Vincent Gasperitsch Juvenile delinquency film, crime drama
Deja Vu Juliusz Machulski Jerzy Sztur, Vladimir Golovin, Nikolai Karachentsov
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Frank Oz Steve Martin, Michael Caine Crime comedy
The Drifter Larry Brand Kim Delaney, Timothy Bottoms, Al Shannon
A Fish Called Wanda Charles Crichton John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline Crime comedy
The Fruit Machine Philip Saville Emile Charles, Tony Forsyth, Robert Stephens
Kansas David Stevens Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Leslie Hope
L.A. Heat Joseph Merhi Jim Brown, Kevin Benton, Pat Johnson
Maniac Cop William Lustig Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon Crime thriller
Married to the Mob Jonathan Demme Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell
Stormy Monday Mike Figgis Melanie Griffith, Tommy Lee Jones, Sting
Story of Women Claude Chabrol Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Marie Trintignant Crime drama
Tequila Sunrise Robert Towne Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell
Things Change David Mamet Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna
1989
Batman Tim Burton Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger Master criminal film
Les Bois Noirs Jacques Deray Béatrice Dalle, Stéphane Freiss, Philippe Volter Crime drama
City War Sun Chung Chow Yun-fat, Ti Lung Crime thriller
Cookie Susan Seidelman Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest, Emily Lloyd Gangster film, crime comedy
Criminal Law Martin Campbell Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Karen Young
Dead Bang John Frankenheimer Don Johnson, Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe
Disorganized Crime M. James Kouf Jr. Hoyt Axton, Corbin Bernsen, Rubén Blades
Drugstore Cowboy Gus Van Sant Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch Crime drama
Family Business Sidney Lumet, Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick Sean Connery
For Queen and Country Martin Stellman Denzel Washington, Amanda Redman, George Baker Crime drama
Harlem Nights Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx Crime comedy
Johnny Handsome Walter Hill Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern
The Killer John Woo Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh
Mapantsula Oliver Schmitz Thomas Mogotlane, Marcel Van Heerden, Thembi Mtshali Crime drama
Miracles Jackie Chan Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Richard Ng Crime comedy
Monsieur Hire Patrice Leconte Michel Blanc, Sandrine Bonnaire, Luc Thuillier Crime drama
Night Game Peter Masterson Roy Scheider, Karen Young, Richard Bradford
Relentless William Lustig Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi
Street of No Return Samuel Fuller Keith Carradine, Valentina Vargas, Bill Duke
Violent Cop Beat Takeshi Kitano Beat Takeshi Kitano, Sei Hiraizumi, Maiko Kawakami Crime thriller
We're No Angels Neil Jordan Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore Crime comedy

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