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3 great Max crime dramas you should watch in June 2024

Denzel Washington holds a gun in American Gangster.
American Gangster Universal Pictures

Few streaming services have a deeper library of fascinating movies than Max. The artist formerly known as HBO Max may be somewhat difficult to navigate, but if you can find your way through it, you’ll find a library filled with great movies from every era of Hollywood.

If you’re looking for great crime dramas on the service, then you’re in luck. We’ve selected three of the best crime dramas on Max that you should definitely make time for. Check out these three, and thank us later

A Most Violent Year (2014)

A Most Violent Year Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain Crime Drama HD

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain make for one of the great acting pairings of the decade in A Most Violent Year, which tells the story of a New York fuel supplier in the 1980s who is trying to adhere to his own moral compass in an industry filled with corruption and violence.

A Most Violent Year ratchets up the tension of its central premise from moment one, following Isaac’s conflicted company head as he feels the walls slowly closing in around him. The movie’s brilliance comes from its recognition that broken systems can often be rectified only by abandoning your own moral code.

You can watch A Most Violent Year on Max.

Good Time (2017)

Good Time | Official Trailer HD | A24

The Safdie brothers have become well known for expertly crafting intense, uncomfortable experiences, and Good Time is a perfect example of that. The film tells the story of a bank robber whose brother gets picked up by the police, sending him on a night-long odyssey in an attempt to free him.

Good Time is a viscerally New York movie, but it’s also a movie about one man’s desperate, misguided attempt to do what he thinks is right for his brother. The Batman 2‘s Robert Pattinson delivers a remarkable central performance here, and while he’s surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, he more than proved that he was capable of being a major, serious star.

You can watch Good Time on Max.

American Gangster (2007)

American Gangster Official Trailer #1 - Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe Movie (2007) HD

A classic story of cops and robbers told on a grand scale, American Gangster was pitched in part on the fact that it featured Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington facing off against each other. Washington plays a heroin dealer in 1970s New York who moves through the city with impunity, while Crowe plays the cop who is trying to bring him down.

Like Heat before it, American Gangster gets plenty of juice out of the interactions between it’s two incredibly compelling leading men. But also like HeatAmerican Gangster understands that, while people may have paid for the ticket to see Washington and Crowe face off, that’s not the best way to keep them riveted.

You can watch American Gangster on Max.

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Joe Allen is a freelance writer based in upstate New York focused on movies and TV.
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