Movie Criminals Who Stole Our Hearts

20 January 2021
They're so good at being bad!
Thelma and louise

Award-winning director and producer Dick Wolf brings us another hard-hitting criminal series with FBI: Most Wanted - the spin-off of the much-loved FBI.  

FBI: Most Wanted is winning us over with an excellent cast and storylines of the most notorious and most wanted criminals. We simply love this show and the minute-by-minute action it brings.

Speaking of most wanted criminals, we thought we'd take a look at some famous movie criminals who stole our hearts in the past.

Here are our top five picks.

Bonnie and Clyde

While this couple was a pair of real-life criminals in the '20s and '30s, it was the 1967 movie starring Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway that made us fall in love with the notorious duo. The famous duo eventually became icons for lovers near and far who would affectionately refer to themselves as Bonnie and Clyde. There will never be more elegant and infamous lovers as these two. They truly are timeless.

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Photo credit: AA Film Archive


Al Pacino took on the role of Scarface inspired by Italian-American gangster Al Capone, the real-life Scarface. We wouldn't be wrong if we said this was one of Pacino's most iconic roles to date, now would we? Tony Montana may be known for the scar on his face, but the character left a mark on the hearts of many avid movie lovers. 

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Photo credit: All Star Picture Library

Thelma and Louise

A young Susan Saradon and Geena Davis had best friends all over the world calling themselves Thelma and Louise whenever they embarked on a wild and wicked road trip. These feisty and fun characters quickly became household names in the '90s shortly after the film was released and set the tone for what road trips should be like - well, hopefully, minus the crimes.

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Photo credit: @MGM courtesy APL Archive

Danny Ocean and the gang - Oceans Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, and Eight

The original 1960 movie starring Frank Sinatra had an ensemble cast that set the tone for the 2001 remake, which also had an ensemble cast. George Clooney impressed viewers in the new millennium with his portrayal as Danny Ocean, following in Sinatra's footsteps. The clever criminals made a casino heist look like child's play and had viewers on the edge of their seats during many scenes. The remake was so well-received it led to three successful sequels, with the third one starring a full female cast as the leads.

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Photo credit: Pictorial Press

Harry and Marv - Home Alone 1 and 2

These whacky thieves may have not been as sinister or adept as others on this list, but Harry and Marv are still true legends. The Wet Bandits will forever be remembered as the most iconic Christmas criminals to date. Their silly gags, funny lines, and ability to be outsmarted by the very clever Kevin McCalister, will always be part of our festive nostalgia.

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Photo credit: AA Film Archive

The hunt for the biggest and baddest criminals continues on FBI: Most Wanted on Mondays at 20:50 on M-Net City.