Jimmy Stewart in VertigoWhat defines a thriller? Is it suspense? Heart-pounding action? Heroes and villains? Michael Jackson in a torn red jacket with dead, dead eyes? (Oh, sorry. Different kind of thriller.)

Hell, we couldn't figure it out. After all, you could throw Jaws or The Sixth Senseinto that category as easily as you would Vertigo, or The Bourne Identity. But crime thrillers -- now there's a genre we could sink our teeth into. Cops and robbers, adrenaline-pumping chase scenes, justice and vengeance -- we're reaching for our guns just thinking about it.

So with murder, mayhem and kicking some bad-guy butt on our minds, we came up with our list of the 25 best crime thrillers of all time. Jack Bauer would be proud. We hope. How do you think we did?
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