Top 5 Crime Biopics

3. “Serpico”

Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is a plain clothes police officer who witnesses evidence of a vast amount of corruption and chooses to testify about it. Al Pacino carries this film to the point where it’s almost forgotten that one of the finest directors of the 20th Century, Sidney Lumet, was at the helm of the project. That’s not to say he did a bad job, he did an excellent job, but Pacino was on one hell of a roll at this point of his career and this is just one of several exceptional performances.

2. “Zodiac”

Based on the murders of the infamous serial killer, Zodiac stars Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. in one of the finest films in the last decade in my opinion. David Fincher makes great use of the new digital cameras that became available just before the production of the film and it manages to give it a very distinctive feel. What’s more impressive is how this film deals with change over time with the small adjustments to the background that subtly signifies the changes in period.