We take a look at the big-screen
robbers, hit men and hoodlums who made their mark
By Glenn Kenny
Special to MSN Movies
The crime movie is almost as old as the motion picture itself: See the 1903
movie "The Great Train Robbery," a depiction of that
event which ends with one of its robbers pointing a gun and shooting into the
audience. That movie paved the way for both the Western and the crime movie in
general. One offshoot is the gangster picture. Gangsters come in all shapes and
sizes, as illustrated by the moonshine antics of the bootleggers in "Lawless" versus the cold efficient machinations of
the hit man played by Brad Pitt in "Killing Them Softly." These two new gangster pics
are a testament to the durability of the genre. Up next are 50 great ones to
help you bone up on all its variations.
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"Lawless" is out in theaters August 29.
"Killing Them Softly" is out
in theaters October 19.
(The Weinstein Company)