With the release of “Lawless” last weekend, my thoughts turned to crime in movies and movie criminals. Crime, and criminal activity, are fertile ground for fiction. Every year, scores of movies about crimes are released; bank heists and organized crime and hitmen and terrorists… grand theft auto, you name it.
It’s been the focus of some of the greatest movies of all time. “The Godfather”. “On the Waterfront”. “Chinatown”. “The Maltese Falcon”. “Bonnie and Clyde”. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. I could go on and on, there’s certainly no shortage of them.
Perhaps it’s the thrill of living vicariously through these people with no regard for rules. Perhaps its the fact that there’s action and drama inherent in breaking the law. Whatever it is, it’s a subject that Hollywood loves to crank out, and audiences eat it up.
Who’s your favorite movie criminal? Tony Montana? Auric Goldfinger? Henry Hill? Doesn’t have to be a gangster, Lester Burnham was a blackmailer, a drug user… Hell, Jeff Spicoli was a criminal, technically. Listen, this is a WIDE open field. Tons of choices to be had, and a fun couple of days of movie discussion ahead as we talk about crime in movies and movie criminals!
So let’s hear it! Who’s YOUR favorite movie criminal?