Wednesday, 3 August 2011

CRAIG'S TOP 10 GENRE SERIES - CRIME

"Crime films are films which focus on the lives of criminals. The stylistic approach to a crime film varies from realistic portrayals of real-life criminal figures, to the far-fetched evil doings of imaginary arch-villains. Criminal acts are almost always glorified in these movies."


#1. THE DEPARTED - 2006
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo Di-Caprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg


#2. WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION - 1958
 Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton


#3. ON THE WATERFRONT - 1956
 Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J Cobb, Eva Marie Saint


#4. PULP FICTION - 1994
 Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis


#5. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE - 1971
 Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke


#6. RESERVOIR DOGS - 1992
 Director: Quentin Tarrantino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth


#7. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS - 1991
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine


#8. SNATCH - 2000
 Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones


#9. WITNESS - 1985
 Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis


#10. THE FRENCH CONNECTION - 1971
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider
 


Having both Crime and Gangster in this series meant a lot of chopping and changing which is why you see some films on here instead of being placed on the Gangster list or even the Thriller category. THE DEPARTED would have been on Gangster list but in the end I felt it focused more on the crime side of things i.e. the Boston Police Force, which made it an easy favourite to win this list. Both films that made the top 2 also contained the best 'twist' moments in cinema so their place at the top was guaranteed. Gangster will come up at one point but the next list will be DRAMA.

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