Crime Thrillers

     10. Catch Me If You Can:

Catch Me If You Can - Film Review

Director: Steven Spielberg

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken

Writer(s): Jeff Nathanson and Frank Abagnale Jr.

Brief Plot Summary: Frank Abagnale Jr is a teen swindler who poses as a pilot, doctor and lawyer and cashes forged cheques worth millions, despite being constantly chased by FBI agent Carl Hanratty.

Why We Like it: Catch Me If You Can – We absolutely love this mind-boggling true story about Frank William Abagnale. Aside from the fact that I haven’t seen a Tom Hanks movie I didn’t love, as well as the fact that Aryamaan sleeps with a picture of Leo under his pillow, there are few films out there at grab at the corners of realism more than this one. As unreal and hard to believe as the events of this film seem, it manages to come across as plausible the whole way through. Abagnale’s crazy life is one you’ll want to hear about in this hilarious entertainer. 

Aman’s Rating: 78/100                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 81/100

     9. Scarface:

Scarface - Film Review

Director: Brian De Palma

Actors: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer

Writer(s): Oliver Stone

Brief Plot Summary: Tony Montana and his close friend Manny, build a strong drug empire in Miami. However as his power begins to grow, so does his ego and his enemies, and his own paranoia begins to plague his empire.

Why We Like it: Ain’t nothing to be said. This is one of the films. 

Aman’s Rating: 87/100                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 85/100

     8. American History X:

American History X - Film Review

Director: Tony Kaye

Actors: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong and Beverly D’Angelo

Writer(s): David McKenna

Brief Plot Summary: Derek, who has served three years in prison for a hate crime (racial discrimination), tries to change the thoughts of his brother, Danny, who is following the same path.

Why We Like it: A movie which gives you an insight into the big bad world. A slap of reality on your face, so to speak. This movie will definitely leave you moved, but ya, only if you’re up for a slower one.

Aman’s Rating: N/A                                          Aryamaan’s Rating: 81/100

     7. The Usual Suspects:

The Usual Suspects - Film Review

Director: Bryan Singer

Actors: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne and Chazz Palminteri

Writer(s): Christopher McQuarrie

Brief Plot Summary: Five criminals meet during a routine police line-up. Upon their release, they plan to pull off a dangerous heist involving precious emeralds worth three million dollars.

Why We Like it: A movie you can over and over again, even after knowing the completely unexpected twist in the middle. However, we have different views on this one.

Aman’s Rating: 65/100                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 82/100

     6. The Silence Of The Lambs:

The Silence of The Lambs - Film Review

Director: Jonathan Demme

Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Lawrence A. Bonney

Writer(s): Thomas Harris and Ted Tally

Brief Plot Summary: Clarice Starling, an FBI agent, seeks help from Hannibal Lecter, a psychopathic serial killer and former psychiatrist, in order to apprehend another serial killer who has been claiming female victims.

Why We Like it: Not for the light of heart. For those of us who can stomach it, a more edge of the seat thriller is difficult to name. Anthony Hopkins still comes for me in my nightmares sometimes. 

Aman’s Rating: 79/100                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 83/100

     5. Se7en:

Se7en- Film Review

Director: David Fincher

Actors: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey

Writer(s): Andrew Kevin Walker

Brief Plot Summary: A serial killer begins murdering people according to the seven deadly sins. Two detectives, one new to the city and the other about to retire, are tasked with apprehending the criminal.

Why We Like it: One of the most ponderous crime thrillers out there, really makes you think in a way you didn’t think you ever would. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman pair up for a gritty, funny, disturbing exploration of societal values. 

Aman’s Rating: 80/100                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 83/100

Read our Review: Se7en: Film Review

      4. The Departed:

The Departed - Film Review

Director: Martin Scorsese

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson

Writer(s): William Monahan and Alan Mak

Brief Plot Summary: An undercover agent and an espionage agent try to counter-attack each other in order to save themselves from being exposed in front of the authorities.

Why We Like it: OH MY GOD!! Probably one of my favourites of all time. I mean how can you go wrong with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg together in one movie! It even won the oscar for best motion picture.  After watching this you will definitely go ‘HOLY SHIT!’

Aman’s Rating: N/A                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 88/100

     3. Pulp Fiction:

Pulp Fiction - Film Review

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Actors: John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson

Writer(s): Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary

Brief Plot Summary: In the realm of underworld, a series of incidents intertwines the lives of two Los Angeles mobsters, a gangster’s wife, a boxer and two small-time criminals.

Why We Like it: You can’t not like Quentin Tarantino. One of the cult classics of the ages, and the most skilful analysis of hamburger eating habits on a trans-continental basis I’ve ever seen. No seriously. You think I’m kidding. Watch it, and you’ll get it. 

Aman’s Rating: 72/100                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 80/100

     2. The Godfather Part II:

The Godfather Part II - Film Review

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall

Writer(s): Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo

Brief Plot Summary: Michael, Vito Corleone’s son, attempts to expand his family’s crime empire. While he strikes a business deal with gangster Hyman Roth, he is unaware of the dangers he has gotten himself into.

Why We Like it: To be honest, I have a difficult time deciding which is the best film I’ve ever seen, The Godfather Part 1 or the Godfather Part 2. Or The Room. It’s one of those. 

Aman’s Rating: 93/100                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 90/100

  1. The Godfather Part I:

The Godfather - Film Review

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan

Writer(s): Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola

Brief Plot Summary:  ‘The Godfather’ Vito Corleone, head of a mafia family, decides to hand over his empire to his youngest son Michael. However, his decision unintentionally puts the lives of his loved ones in grave danger. Widely regarded as one of the best films of all time.

Why We Like it:  To be honest, I have a difficult time deciding which is the best film I’ve ever seen, The Godfather Part 1 or the Godfather Part 2. Or The Room. It’s one of those. 

Aman’s Rating: 90/100                                            Aryamaan’s Rating: 93/100


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