Top 20 Highest-Grossing Crime Films of All Time

Though crime films have an extensive scope, it is always exciting and entertaining to watch. This article will feature the top 20 highest-grossing crime films of all time, according to IMDb. This genre includes suspense-thriller, comedy, drama, action, heist film, police procedural, and prison films – which all became blockbuster hits worldwide.

RankMovie TitleWorldwide Gross
1The Dark Knight (2008)$534.86M
2Despicable Me 2 (2013)$368.06M
3Zootopia (2016)$341.27M
4Joker (2019)$335.45M
5Despicable Me (2010)$251.51M
6Beverly Hills Cop (1984)$234.76M
7Rush Hour 2 (2001)$226.16M
8The Fate of the Furious (2017)$226.01M
9Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)$213.31M
10Fast Five (2011)$209.84M
11Bad Boys for Life (2020)$206.31M
12Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)$206.04M
1322 Jump Street (2014)$191.72M
14Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$186.34M
15The Fugitive (1993)$183.88M
16Ocean’s Eleven (2001)$183.42M
17Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)$173.59M
18John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)$171.02M
19Chicago (2002)$170.69M
20Knives Out (2019)$165.36M


The Dark Knight, being the highest-grossing crime film of all time with $534.86M, is about two hundred million dollars away from the subsequent crime films on our list. On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th spot, Despicable Me 2, Zootopia, and Joker earned over $300M, while those on the 5th to 12th spot made $200-251M. Likewise, eight crime films in our top 20 earned below $200M, landing on the 13th to 20th spot. 

The oldest crime films in our top 20 list were released in the late ’80s to 90’s – Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), The Fugitive (1993), and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). On the other hand, Knives Out, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and Joker were the latest releases in 2019.

Surprisingly, three crime movies on our list are animated films – Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and Zootopia. Yes, they are crime movies, but they teach valuable lessons to kids too! These films are also on the upper part of the list, being on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th highest-grossing crime films. Aside from that, they are the only ones that are rated PG, along with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which is another kid-friendly and fun movie.

Most films on our top 20 list are also action-comedy crime films. These include Beverly Hills Cop, Rush Hour 2, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Bad Boys for Life, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, 22 Jump Street, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Three are thriller crime films – Joker, Ocean’s Eleven, and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Many top-rated Hollywood actors and actresses also starred in these films, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon in Ocean’s Eleven, Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in John Wick: Chapter 3, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and many more.

13 out of 20 crime movies on this list got highly favorable reviews based on their meta scores in IMDb, while 7 got average ratings.


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