Monday, August 25, 2008

World's Best Crime Films

The worlds best crime and mystery films Films in gold won Best Picture Oscars®
  • Atlantic City
  • Chinatown
  • Chungking Express (China)
  • City of God (Brazil)
  • The Conversation
  • The Departed
  • Diva (France)
  • Double Indemnity (bw)
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather, Pt. II
  • Goodfellas
  • The Grifters
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • House of Games
  • La Femme Nikita (France)
  • The Lives of Others (Germany)
  • The Maltese Falcon (bw)
  • Memento
  • Night of the Hunter (bw)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (long version)
  • Out of the Past (bw)
  • The Player
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Run, Lola, Run (Germany)
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Sleuth
  • Sunset Boulevard (bw)
  • Taxi Driver
  • Traffic
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Witness
Runners-Up: American History X, Body Heat, Fargo, Gorky Park, Klute, The Last Seduction, Little Caesar, Mystic River, The Spanish Prisoner, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Topkapi, The Yakuza Let's see, four entries from Scorsese and three from Coppola, also Sergio Leone - wonder why Italians make great crime movies? Night of the Hunter is the only film directed by actor Charles Laughton, with Robert Mitchum as a villainous preacher so bad that he had both "Love" and "Hate" tattooed on his fingers. The Conversation and The Lives of Others both cover the subject of electronic eavesdropping, and Lives won both a US and a British Academy Award for Foreign Language film. Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity is given credit for inventing film noir in 1944, and was the first of Wilder's b&w masterpieces, which include Lost Weekend, The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, The Fortune Cookie, One Two Three.

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