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True Crime and the Crime Genre in Film

Updated: Aug 26, 2023

Newspaper article, Outlaw Barrow
Newspaper article, Outlaw Barrow

Over the last few years it seems the obsession with true crime has been on the rise. Something about the life of a criminal enraptures our imaginations with adventures most of us could only dream of. Perhaps these contrary lifestyles act as a means of catharsis, opening our minds to understanding a world of twisted circumstances. Either way, we love to see life from the criminal's perspective.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in newspaper
Newspaper article, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

When Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were robbing banks at the turn of the century, people kept up with the saga through print. Nowadays it seems like podcast and television are favored among true crime bingers but the crime genre has held a special place in film from the beginning.

A Public Enemy
James Cagney

James Cagney helped define the crime film genre in the 1930's and 40's, starring in A Public Enemy amongst many others. Bonnie and Clyde gripped the public through print in real life in the 1930's and again in 1967 when the film Bonnie and Clyde redefined the crime genre. In 1991, Thelma and Louise went on a loveable crime spree. Then, in 1994, Natural Born Killers showed the world a much darker side of crime. The crime genre has grown into a diverse world of film.

The Ritz crew thought crime in film was worthy of a list, so we conjured one. Some are true stories, some are imagined.

Brooke: The Paramedic (2020)

Kyle: Joker (2019)

Ellissa: War Dogs (2016)

Emily: Now You See Me (2013)

Ronnie: I Care A Lot (2020)

Sheila: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Stephanie: Paper Moon (1973)

Tania: Gone Girl (2014)

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