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10 Rillington Place
1971 29 Jan 1971 GP 106 min DramaCrimeBiography
London, 1949. John Christie is an unassuming, middle-aged man who, along with his wife Ethel, lives in the ground-floor flat at 10 Rillington Place. His demeanor masks the fact of being a serial killer. His modus operandi is to act as a person with a medical background, lure unsuspecting women to his apartment on the pretense of curing them of some ailment, knock them unconscious with carbon monoxide gas, gain his sexual release through contact with the unconscious body, then strangle the victim dead before disposing of the body somewhere in the house or outside area. His next intended target is Beryl Evans, a young woman who has just moved into the top flat in the house. Beryl's husband, Tim Evans, is an illiterate man who likes to put on airs. Already with an infant daughter named Geraldine, the Evanses learn they are going to have another baby, which they cannot afford to have, nor can they afford to abort the pregnancy. This problem, on top of the constant issue of lack of money in all aspects of their lives, places a strain on the marriage, of which all their neighbors are aware through the constant fighting they overhear. Christie will offer to perform the abortion for free. The difference with this intended murder is that Tim will be aware that his wife will have died, but Christie plans either to goad Tim into keeping silent since the abortion would have been illegal, an act to which Tim would have provided his consent, or pin the murder on Tim who would have motive. Will this change in modus operandi affect Christie's ability to kill Beryl, or kill her without detection?
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award.
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Clive Exton (screenplay), Ludovic Kennedy (book)
127 Hours
2010 28 Jan 2011 R 94 min DramaBiographyAdventure
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An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 135 nominations.
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Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Aron Ralston (book)
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24 Hour Party People
2002 20 Sep 2002 R 117 min DramaComedyBiography
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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.
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1 win & 12 nominations.
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Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay)
All the President's Men
1976 09 Apr 1976 R 138 min DramaHistoryBiography
"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations.
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Carl Bernstein (book), Bob Woodward (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
American Gangster
2007 02 Nov 2007 R 157 min DramaCrimeBiography
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In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 32 nominations.
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Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson (article)
American Splendor
2003 12 Sep 2003 R 101 min DramaComedyBiography
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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 43 nominations.
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Harvey Pekar (comic book series American Splendor), Joyce Brabner (comic book series Our Cancer Year), Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Argo
2012 12 Oct 2012 R 120 min DramaHistoryBiography
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In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves.
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 83 wins & 144 nominations.
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Chris Terrio (screenplay), Tony Mendez (based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by), Joshuah Bearman (based on the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape" by)
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Black Mass
2015 18 Sep 2015 R 123 min DramaCrimeBiography
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Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals.
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5 wins & 20 nominations.
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Mark Mallouk (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), Dick Lehr (based on the book by), Gerard O'Neill (based on the book by)
Capote
2005 03 Feb 2006 R 114 min DramaCrimeBiography
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In 1959, Truman Capote, a popular writer for The New Yorker, learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story material, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, In Cold Blood. To that end, he arranges extensive interviews with the prisoners, especially with Perry Smith, a quiet and articulate man with a troubled history. As he works on his book, Capote feels some compassion for Perry which in part prompts him to help the prisoners to some degree. However, that feeling deeply conflicts with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 57 wins & 80 nominations.
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Dan Futterman (screenplay), Gerald Clarke (book)
Casino
1995 22 Nov 1995 R 178 min DramaCrimeBiography
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This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations.
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Nicholas Pileggi (book), Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay), Martin Scorsese (screenplay)
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Casino Jack
2010 07 Jan 2011 R 108 min CrimeComedyBiography
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A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
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Norman Snider
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Control
2007 05 Oct 2007 R 122 min DramaBiographyMusic
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Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, of which the name in the meantime has been changed to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs and he's almost never at home. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn't know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik and the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him.
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 30 wins & 30 nominations.
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Deborah Curtis (book), Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)
Ed Gein
2000 20 Jul 2001 NOT RATED 89 min DramaCrimeBiography
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The true story of Edward Gein, the farmer whose horrific crimes inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs. This is the first film to Gein's tormented upbringing, his adored but domineering mother, and the 1957 arrest uncovered the most bizarre series of murders America has ever seen.
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4 wins & 1 nomination.
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Stephen Johnston
Escape from Alcatraz
1979 22 Jun 1979 PG 112 min DramaCrimeBiography
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The true story of three inmates who attempt a daring escape from the infamous prison, Alcatraz Island. Although no-one had managed to escape before, bank robber Frank Morris masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again.
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J. Campbell Bruce (book), Richard Tuggle (screenplay)
Fitzcarraldo
1982 10 Oct 1982 PG 158 min DramaBiographyAdventure
Fitzcarraldo is an obsessed opera lover who wants to build an opera in the jungle. To accomplish this he first has to make a fortune in the rubber business, and his cunning plan involves hauling an enormous river boat across a small mountain with aid from the local Indians.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.
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Werner Herzog
Goodfellas
1990 21 Sep 1990 R 146 min DramaCrimeBiography
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Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners' success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 37 wins & 31 nominations.
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Nicholas Pileggi (book), Nicholas Pileggi (screenplay), Martin Scorsese (screenplay)
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Kill the Messenger
2014 09 Oct 2014 R 112 min DramaCrimeBiography
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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras' rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series "Dark Alliance". As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life.
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2 wins & 4 nominations.
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Peter Landesman, Gary Webb (book), Nick Schou (book)
Legend
2015 20 Nov 2015 R 132 min DramaCrimeBiography
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The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground.
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5 wins & 10 nominations.
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Brian Helgeland, John Pearson (book)
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Man On Wire
2008 29 August 2008 PG-13 94 min BiographyDocumentary
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On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French wire walker, juggler, and street performer days shy of his 25th birthday, spent 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling, and lying on a wire he and friends strung between the rooftops of the Twin Towers. Uses contemporary interviews, archival footage, and recreations to tell the story of his previous walks between towers of Notre Dame and of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, his passions and friendships, and the details of the night before the walk: getting cable into the towers, hiding from guards, and mounting the wire. It ends with observations of the profound changes the walk's success brought to Philippe and those closest to him.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 45 wins & 11 nominations.
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Philippe Petit (based on the book "To Reach the Clouds" by)
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct
2008 22 Oct 2008 R 113 min ActionCrimeBiography
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.
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8 wins & 12 nominations.
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Jacques Mesrine (book), Abdel Raouf Dafri (scenario), Abdel Raouf Dafri (adaptation), Jean-François Richet (adaptation)
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1
2008 19 Nov 2008 R 133 min ActionCrimeBiography
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The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats - from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks.
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7 wins & 13 nominations.
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Abdel Raouf Dafri (scenario), Abdel Raouf Dafri (adaptation), Jean-François Richet (adaptation)
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Midnight Express
1978 06 Oct 1978 R 121 min DramaCrimeBiography
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On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle 2 kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who actually sold him the hash. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich, and one of the senior prisoners having already served seven years, an Englishman named Max, the latter two also in for hash related charges. One prisoner not befriended is Rifki, who wields power in the prison as the unofficial eyes and ears for the guards. As Billy, his family and his girlfriend Susan attempt through legal and diplomatic channels for Billy's release, Max tells him that the only way out is to "catch the midnight express" aka escape, which is what Jimmy is continually trying to do. When Billy's situation changes, he becomes more desperate in every sense of the word. It seems as if Billy has only two options: to let the prison ultimately figuratively then literally kill him, or to somehow regain control of his life through whatever means available.
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations.
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Oliver Stone (screenplay) , Billy Hayes (book) and William Hoffer (book)
Monster
2003 30 Jan 2004 R 109 min DramaCrimeBiography
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Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 22 nominations.
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Patty Jenkins
Philomena
2013 27 Nov 2013 PG-13 98 min DramaBiography
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When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged.
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 76 nominations.
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Steve Coogan (screenplay), Jeff Pope (screenplay) , Martin Sixsmith (book)
Public Enemies
2009 01 Jul 2009 R 140 min DramaCrimeBiography
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This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night.
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1 win & 13 nominations.
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Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Michael Mann (screenplay), Ann Biderman (screenplay), Bryan Burrough (book)