10 Best Passion Crimes Movies

Wednesday, March 30 by Amber Grey

This is a list of 10 best passion crime movies. These films show that crimes of passion can be committed out of revenge for something personal or created for the mere thrill of it all.

  1. "The Godfather Trilogy". Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Al Pacino. These infamous films follow the fictional Corleone family and show that when it comes to the mob, crime is not only passionate and ugly but personal.
  2. "The Dark Knight" (2008). Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart. In Christopher Nolan's second film out of his three-part Batman series, Gotham City's fate is in the hands and will of a crazed madman, The Joker. He does not do it for money or for material values but because The Joker considers himself an agent of chaos.
  3. "The Brave One" (2007). Directed by Neil Jordan. Starring Jodie Foster, Terrance Howard. After Erica (Foster) and her fiance are brutally attacked, Erica turns into a vigilante who kills random criminals and eventually tracks down the thugs who killed her fiance.
  4. "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967). Directed by Arthur Penn. Starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. A highly-romanticized take on the real-life bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who did it for the thrill of it.
  5. "A Streetcar named Desire" (1951). Directed by Elia Kazan. Starring Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando. This film adaptation of Tennesee William's gritty play in which Blanche DuBois clashes with her brother-in-law in New Orleans.
  6. "Othello" (1965). Directed by Stuart Burge. Starring Laurence Olivier, Maggie smith. A film which is a true adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's famous work, where every character commits a crime of passion of their own.
  7. "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975). Directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Desperate to help his wife, who is a pre-operative transsexual, Sonny (Pacino) robs a bank in order to pay for his wife's operation. But is trapped when the bank is surrounded by police and Sonny refuses to give up.
  8. "Public Enemies" (2009). Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard. In this underrated film, director Michael Mann takes a naturalistic approach to John Dillinger's life as a one of the most famous bank robbers in history.
  9. "Strangers On A Train" (1951). Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Farley Grander, Robert Walker. What seems to be a pleasant acquaintance turns deadly when tennis star, Guy Haines, is approached by a charismatic stranger named Bruno Anthony who proposes they each commit the perfect murder for one another. Bruno will murder Guy's unfaithful wife only if Guy will kill Bruno's father.
  10. "Double Indemnity" (1944). Directed by Billy Wilder. Starring Barbara Stanywyck and Fred McMurray. An insurance salesman is drawn into a dangerous web of lust and murder who convinces him to help her kill her husband.