Common crooks have the police to bring them in. But for the smart criminals, the ‘masterminds,’ or those planning crimes too despicable, destructive or deadly to abide, entire arms of law enforcement give chase before they get a chance to act – or in Zero Dark Thirty‘s case, act again.

Whether it’s the police, military or the FBI, manhunts are the stuff great films are made of. Not to mention how compelling a film can be if the story tells things from the hunted’s point of view as well.

Be they based on fiction, fact, or something in between, we’ve assembled our list of The 15 Best Movie Manhunts.

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