Monday, March 5, 2012

10 Best Crime Movies Based On Real Life Events

10 best crime movies based on true stories are Academy Award-winning films. These films also have the added benefit of having marquee actors such as Denzel Washington, Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Although they might be a little long, these true crime stories will keep you in suspense for hours.

1. American Gangster”   is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Steve Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a gangster from La Grange, North Carolina who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War. It features Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in leading roles, with John Ortiz, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Ruby Dee, and Lymari Nadal in supporting roles.

2. “Public Enemies”  2009 American  top crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34. Set during the Great Depression, the film chronicles the final years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as he is pursued by Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), and his relationship with Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard), as well as Purvis' pursuit of Dillinger associates and fellow criminals Homer Van Meter (Stephen Dorff) and Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham).

3 “Dog Day Afternoon” a 1975  top crime movie film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penny Allen, James Broderick, and Carol Kane. The title refers to the "dog days of summer".
The film was inspired by P.F. Kluge's article "The Boys in the Bank", which tells a similar story of the robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile on August 22, 1972. This article was published in Life in 1972.The film received critical acclaim upon its September 1975 release by Warner Bros. Pictures, some of which referred to its anti-establishment tone. Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globe awards, and won one Academy Award.

4. “Bonnie and Clyde”   Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1934. Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow in fact preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and committed several civilian murders. The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed in Louisiana by law officers.

5 “Donnie Brasco” The true story of an FBI undercover agent (Johnny Depp) who becomes Donnie Brasco, "The Jewel Man" to infiltrate one of the mob families. Donnie maneuvers his way into the confidence of aging hit-man, Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino) who trusts Donnie and vouches for him to the mob. As Donnie moves deeper and deeper into the Mafia chain of command, he realizes that not only is he crossing the line between federal agent and criminal, but that he is also leading his friend Lefty to an almost certain death sentence.

6 “Goodfellas” a 1990 American crime movie directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The film follows the rise and fall of Lucchese crime family associates Henry Hill and his friends over a period from 1955 to 1980.

7 “Casino” This true crime movie isn't just another film based on mob activities. Instead, Robert De Niro plays the fictionalize version of Frank Rosenthal, a professional sports bettor turned casino executive and mob associate.

8 “Summer of Sam” Based on the true story of the Son of Sam, this crime drama about a serial killer terrorizing New York City has an added level of creepiness. John Leguizamo plays Vinny, a neighborhood vigilante trying to find the Son of Sam killer before he strikes.

9. “Blow” Despite starting out as a petty marijuana dealer, George Jung managed to become a big time cocaine dealer with affiliations with Colombian drug dealer, Pablo Escobar. Johhny Depp plays the fictionalized version in this top crime movie.

10. “Catch Me If You Can”  Con artist extraordinaire Frank Abagnale Jr. manged to impersonate an airline pilot, doctor and a lawyer before law enforcement finally caught up with him. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the elusive con artist in this 2002 film based on his true story.


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