Movies based on real life, fictional, organised and unorganized crime have an almost unexplainable traction when it comes to audience. There is a reason why true crime docu-dramas, or movies on serial killers, even mere confession tapes by a few of them have so many takers in the audience, despite the crimes being deplorable acts of violence against hapless victims. Maybe it’s the details, or the very basal human response to anything that is a forbidden fruit, or in this case, heinous and considered inappropriate: to be drawn towards it.
Movies on organised crime on the other hand have been some of the best ever made in the history of cinema, including ‘Goodfellas’, and of course, ‘The Godfather’. With respect to the sheer quantum of movies belonging to the genre out there, including the past, the present, and the ones yet to come, it is safe to say that as is the very nature of crime and society, movies based on crimes too aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Alas, the utopian dream is still as far-fetched. For now, however, streaming services like Prime Video, that are busier than ever in expanding their libraries of content, host a bunch of films that you can check out if you have the taste for crime thrillers, organised crime dramas or true crime accounts. So, here’s the list of really good crime movies on Amazon Prime that are available to stream right now.
15. Kick-Ass (2010)
Matthew Vaughn has a certain directorial style of his own by now, which is commendable given how young he still is as a director. That style can primarily be linked with comic books, stylised violence and fast paced action that have over the years become rather characteristic of his films; but ‘Kick-Ass’ is where it all can be termed to have started. The premise here is interesting: a regular guy, a high school student, decides to become a superhero even when he has no necessary means, training or reason to do so. His chosen path leads him to cross paths with some bad guys and another vigilante duo. The movie is a fun ride with some brutal action and mildly irreverent comedic bits. Nothing more, nothing less.
14. Logan Lucky (2017)
A winning script, one hell of a cast in Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Craig, and a return to form for Steven Soderbergh: ‘Logan Lucky’ is one of the most entertaining heist/caper films of recent times. The story is about two brothers (Tatum and Driver) who plan to rob a speedway during a NASCAR race after one of them is fired from there, with the help of a convict currently serving time (Craig). I stumbled across this one with the sheer desire to watch something laidback and chilled out. Wasn’t disappointed.
13. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)