According to this Reuters story, Gone Baby Gone, the Ben Affleck-directed adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name (minus the commas), will be among the "top crime movies of the decade."

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Due to the high profile abduction of Madeleine MaCann last year, we in the UK had to wait a while for Gone Baby Gone. It comes out in June here, but I decided to order the US DVD and I have to say, I was blown away by the movie. I thought it just a beautiful piece of cinema, as well as being one of the best crime movies I've seen in long time.
I've since gone and sought out all of Lehane's Kenzie and Genarro novels.
Oh, and I enojoyed it so much that I felt the need to expound a little on my thoughts and blog about it on my page.
Yes, the last fifteen minutes of The Departed were the lamest.

For me, though, there just weren't enough women in it to keep me interested in the rest of it, either. One chick, and she had to be nothing more than the love interest of two guys. Sheesh.
To the extent that it can be categorized as a crime movie, I'd have to nominate NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. The Coens did a masterful job adapting McCarthy's outstanding novel to film. But then, I find it hard to be objective when it comes to the Coen brothers. BLOOD SIMPLE is nearly 25 years old, and it's still one of my faves.
Ditto, No Country for Old Men. Also up there In Bruges, The Bank Job, Sexy Beast. Tailor of Panama, The Departed, Mystic River, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Matador, Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, The Lookout, Brick. Pretty good decade.
Oh. God, yes Oldboy. Knocked me right out of my seat.
Sorry, people, the best crime movie of the last decade was "Crash." And the decade before? "Fargo."
Another vote for Fargo, here.
I saw Gone Baby Gone in the theater when it first came out. I thought it was just an okay movie, certainly not in a class with some of the others mentioned in this thread.
Personally, I liked this film. A little far-fetched, but not impossible. What I liked most was the ending. I think it was just unbelievably perfect. But evidently, my opinion is not shared by too many. Critics griped about the 'ambiguous' ending and 'weak ending', and so on. I don't want to include any spoilers, so I'll just say: Watch the film and judge for yourself. Not the crime movie of the century maybe, but okay.
I liked Mystic River too. Both films are really in their zone.
I'm with on this all the way. My Spousal Equivalent and I discussed the ending all the way home and through dinner.

I know this is an old thread, but one movie I thought wold get some mention ws Michael Clayton. Pretty close to a perfect suspense thriller. (I say suspense thriller to distinguish movies like this from the currently in vogue "car crash high body count thrillers.")
It has to be 'American Gangster'.....
I concur


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