- SPY THRILLERS: Spy thrillers fall into the genre of crime, as spies are sent on missions to capture an important object or information (heist), defeat enemy camps (spree), smuggle people in and out of countries (fugitive), and lead teams of agent to defeat foreign adversaries (gang war). Spies often act like culprits, as they use assumed names and cannot be caught by their adversaries.
- PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIME: These stories are not about physical death, robbery, and kidnapping, but psychological battles and crime. Psychological crime has made great strides in the past 25 years, and now includes well known examples in every type of story: heist (Inception), spree (Mildred Pierce), fugitive (Memento), and even "gang wars" of two different parts of a psyche (American Psycho).
- PROCEDURAL CRIME: This straddles both mystery and crime as it examines the legal process after a criminal is caught going to conviction. Some procedural crimes, like CSI and Law and Order follow the detectives and are therefore mysteries; others, like Oz or The Wire, focus on the culprits (innocent or not) and are therefore crime stories. These function a bit differently, as the crime is passed and the question is will they get punished for it?
Bonnie and Clyde. Directed by Arthur Penn, featuring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Warner Bros./Seven Arts, 1967.
Cain, James. Mildred Pierce (1941). Vintage, 1989.
City of God. Directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund, featuring Alexandre Rodrigues and Leandro Filmino da Hora. Miramax, 2002.
The Dark Knight. Directed by Christopher Nolan, featuring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. Warner Bros, 2008.
The Departed. Directed by Martin Scorsese, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicolson. Warner Bros., 2006.
Double Indemnity. Directed by Billy Wilder, featuring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Paramount, 1944.
Ellis, Bret Easton. American Psycho. Vintage, 1991.
The Fugitive. Directed by Andrew Davis, featuring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Warner Bros., 1993.
Gangs of New York. Directed by Martin Scorsese, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis. Miramax, 2002.
The Godfather. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, featuring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. Paramount, 1972.
Goodfellas. Directed by Martin Scorsese, featuring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Warner Bros., 1990.
Heat. Directed by Michael Mann, featuring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Warner Bros., 1995.
Inception. Directed by Christopher Nolan, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Caine. Legendary, 2010.
Inside Man. Directed by Spike Lee, featuring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen. Imagine/40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, 2006.
The Ladykillers. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, featuring Tom Hanks and Irma P. Hall. Touchstone, 2004.
Memento. Directed by Christopher Nolan, featuring Guy Pierce and Joe Pantoliano. Summit, 2000.
Ocean’s 11. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, featuring George Clooney and Matt Damon. Village Roadshow, 2001.
Reservoir Dogs. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, featuring Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth. Miramax, 1992.
Rififi. Directed by Jules Dassin, featuring Jean Servais and Robert Hossein. Pathe, 1955.
The Silence of the Lambs. Directed by Jonathan Demme, featuring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Orion, 1991.
Snatch. Directed by Guy Ritchie, featuring Brad Pitt and Jason Statham. SKA Films, 2000.