America’s become obsessed with crime lately, but the genre is one I’ve always loved. Whether it’s a good book, TV show or movie, I’m always down for spending some time with a crime story.
Here are five movies on EPIX this month you’ll want to watch if you’ve been bitten by the crime bug. Some of them are funny, others are gripping psychological thrillers, but all of them qualify as must-watch movies on my list.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score: 94%
Though it’s not the true crime story on everyone’s minds lately, Fargo is the dark mid-western crime comedy by moviemaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen that everyone knows. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must-watch. The cast of characters, including Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, is brilliant and the storytelling funny enough to make even the most revolting of scenes ridiculous enough to laugh at. And if that doesn’t do it for ya, the dialogue and accents are just spot on, don’tcha know!
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Rotten Tomatoes® Score: 98%
One of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest films and his last British one, this 1930’s crime thriller is an entertaining, suspenseful and intriguing story about, you guessed it, a woman who mysteriously vanishes on a moving train. Balanced with a bit of comedy and political commentary, The Lady Vanishes is a thoroughly enjoying watch and one of Hitchcock’s best movies.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score: 94%
To catch a serial killer known as “The Tooth Fairy,” former FBI agent and criminal profiler Will Graham turns to the last person he wants to turn to for insight into the killer’s mind. Dr. Hannibal Lecktor is the very murderer who nearly drove Will insane during their cat and mouse game before Will captured him years earlier and now offers crucial clues Will needs to stop “The Tooth Fairy” before he kills again. Needless to say, Manhunter is a creepy crime thriller that’ll captivate you with such intensity you’ll be gripping the edge of your seat the entire time you’re watching it.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score: 96%
Like so many, Frank, played by James Caan, has an obsession to live the American Dream: have a nice home, wife and family. Unlike so many though, he’s got a problem. To have it all, he has to give up his job as a professional safecracker and thief specializing in high-profile diamond jobs. Tired of waiting, Frank plans to have it all by taking on his biggest and last score so he can retire from his life of crime. Unfortunately for Frank, in his haste to make his dreams a reality, he loses the very wariness that’s made him successful, and this lapse in character could rob him of his dreams and his very life.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score: 90%
A cop policing New York City in the late 60s, early 70s, Frank Serpico refuses to give into the rampant corruption and easy money that most of his colleagues enjoy. Al Pacino stars in the title role delivering a career-changing performance as an honest cop intent on exposing the corruption of the department no matter the personal cost in this true crime story. One of the best things about Serpico is it’s ability to shed light on the humanity behind the badge – whether honest or flawed.