These days it seems that most movies are being recycled and oftentimes the remake isn’t half as good as the original. The UK Guardian has counted down its top 10 crime films in history. Some of them are American made but their appeal crosses borders and oceans.
The films include three from the 1980s and 1990s and one Japanese (“Rashomon”) which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and one French (“Hidden”) and three which were made before 1970 ( Vertigo, Touch of Evil, and Double Indemnity).
Interestingly, the list does not include any of The Godfather films and it includes only one film directed by Martin Scorsese. It does include a classic by the great British suspense/thriller director Alfred Hitchcock.
The top 10 in that order are 1. “Chinatown”, 2. “Touch of Evil”, 3. “Vertigo”, 4. “Badlands”, 5. “Rashomon”, 6. “Double Indemnity”, 7. “Get Carter”, 8. “Pulp Fiction”, 9. “Hidden”, and 10. “Goodfellas”.
There are a lot more great films in the genre that couldn’t make the list.