This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
Perfect crime is a colloquial term used in law and fiction (principally crime fiction) to characterize crimes that are undetected, unattributed to a perpetrator, or else unsolved as a kind of technical achievement on the part of the perpetrator.
In certain contexts, the concept of perfect crime is limited to just undetected crimes; if an event is ever identified as a crime, some investigators say it cannot be called 'perfect'.
A perfect crime should be distinguished from one that has merely not been solved yet or where everyday chance or procedural matters frustrate a conviction. There is an element that the crime is (or appears likely to be) unable to be solved.
It was inside the pages of "Black Mask" magazine (1920-51) that Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe were born, and this pulp fiction playground went on to greatly influence American cinema. In fact, Tarantino's film "Pulp Fiction" was originally titled "Black Mask".
While many writers flourished in this genre, the list below concentrates solely on the works of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James Cain. I have endeavored to include all films based on their novels or stories, all screenplays, and anything derivative of their work. For instance, Hammett wrote only one "Thin Man" novel, but I have included all six films. While this list is heavy on noir and hard-boiled private eyes, it is not exclusively either. For example, "Black Bird" is here because it's a Sam Spade parody, not because of who wrote it, and 1982's "Hammett" is here because - honestly - what other list would it qualify for?
A listing of all instalments of the Jesse Stone film series starring Tom Selleck, based on the 9 detective novels written by Robert B. Parker between 1997 and 2010 about a troubled former LAPD detective who starts a new life as the police chief of the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts.
The Messianic Archetype is a character whose role in the story echoes that of Christ. They are portrayed as a savior, whether the thing they are saving is a person, a lot of people or the whole of humanity. They endure a sizable sacrifice as the means of bringing that salvation about for others, a fate they do not deserve up to and including death or a Fate Worse than Death. Other elements may be mixed and matched as required but the Messianic Archetype will include one or more of the following: being the Chosen One, gaining a group of devoted followers, being betrayed by one of these followers, persecution by nonbelievers, parallels to the Passion Play, obvious Crucified Hero Shot, a figurative or literal resurrection, and even a Second Coming. Bonus points if the character has the initials JC.
01. Odd, unexpected and obscure birth or otherwise strange origin and arrival
02. Central protagonist and/or object of concern within the narrative
04. Sent by deliberate outside intervention
05. Alter ego or dual identity (one mundane and the other fantastic)
06. Very special, rare and unusual being although
appears as normal human doing mundane activities throughout normal working live
07. Apostle-figures (intimate friends-cum-associate)
08. Begin “divine” mission at the age of thirty
09.Judas-figure (inner circle intimates who
betrays friend for essentially unwholesome reasons).
10. Mary Magdalene-figure (sexually tagged women
who are related to the Christ-figure in some close way, but do not know exactly how to express her sexuality with him)
11. John the Baptist-figure (prophetically point the way to the Christ-figure)
12. Dies (cruelly) and then miraculously comes back to life again as good-as-new, if not better
13. Death results in victory
14. Sacrifice made by Christ-figure specifically benefit others and are based upon higher principles, although these others are usually of lesser worthiness, talent or power, comparatively speaking
15. Choose sacrifice out of newfound knowledge,
status, position or cosmic mission requirements
16. Accused of crimes although totally innocent
17. Cruciform posture
18. Acompanied by cross imagery
19. Incredible behaviour (walking on water)
20. Appears as simple, fool or crazy
21. Pronounced poverty
22. White clothing (toga, cloth)
23. Blue eyes
24. Verbal tags (“My God!” or “Jesus Christ!” or “Jesus!” or “Christ!”)
25. Initials J.C.
Call it an offer you can't refuse, a Sicilian message or a pair of cement shoes: The gangster film has an iron-clad lock on the hearts of movie lovers. Some of Hollywood's finest exports are crime sagas, and the indie and foreign-film worlds have followed suit with classics of their own. Gritty or romantic, coolly silent or loaded with tough talk, these movies are five-course feasts, heavy on the red sauce—and make plenty of room for the most notorious mobsters from Chicago, like Al Capone, who appears on our list more than once. If we've forgotten a movie in our countdown, let us know (but we have the corner table, so we'll see you coming).
List published March 2015
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