Cinema is one of the most popular means of modern entertainment. It is also very important, one of the most massive art industries. That is why millions of people around the world are closely following the different stories told on the big screen, sometimes joyful and sometimes gloomy worlds. On the other hand, real-life stories are perceived by moviegoers with much more enthusiasm. Especially if the true story told contains terrible crimes! Here are some impressive true crime movies that are brought to the big screen from real events.
1. Cidade de Deus – City of God – City of God (2002)
At the top of our list of true crime films that are taken to the big screen from real events is the Brazilian-French co-production Cidade de Deus. The film, which was met with great admiration by moviegoers in 2002 when it was released, also managed to become one of the most important works in the history of cinema in recent years. The successful transfer of elements of crime and violence in the Brazilian ghettos to the big screen, the fact that the events in question are based on real life, also greatly influenced the success of the film.
The play, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katja Lund and starring Alexander Rodriguez, Leandro Firmino and Felipe Haagensen, was adapted from Paulo Lins’ 1997 book of the same name.
What’s more, Lins spent most of his life in the area called “City of God”, after which the book and film were named. In other words, the events witnessed by the audience in the 2002 film were in many ways a reflection of real life. However, most of the actors in the film were residents of the City of God who were first-hand witnesses of the crimes and violence in the City of God, such as murder, drugs and theft…
2. Memories of Murder – Murder Diary (2003)
Directed by South Korean director Bong Joon Ho and starring well-known actors such as Song Kang Ho and Kim Sang Kyung, the play has managed to take a very prominent place among crime-themed films. In Memories of Murder, Bong Joon Ho focused on the story of detectives trying to solve rape and murder cases in South Korea in the late 1980s.
On the other hand, the stories told in the film are based on the first serial killings in the history of South Korea between 1986 and 1991 and the horrific deeds committed by a man named Lee Chun-jae, who was registered as the first serial in the country. murderer.
3. Dog Afternoon (1975)
“Dog Afternoon”, dated 1975, which was shown as “Dog Day” in Turkey, is just one of the productions starring Al Pacino, one of the biggest names in film history. However, Sidney Lumet’s film is different from Pacino’s other films in which he rose to the star category.
Dog Afternoon is based on a critically acclaimed true crime story. The film is about a bank robbery in 1972 by two men named John Woitovich and Salvatore Naturile and what happened after.
4. The Wolf of Wall Street – Money Hunter (2013)
Combining two big names in the film world, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street told the story of a character brought to life by DiCaprio who became the number one stock market swindler on Wall Street, mixing elements of crime and comedy.
In a production that received the full praise of many film critics, the character DiCaprio brought to life was none other than con man Jordan Belfort, who was sentenced to 22 months in prison for the same crimes and shared his experience with millions in his 2007 book The The wolf of Wall Street.
5. Public Enemies – Public Enemies (2009)
Directed by American director Michael Mann and starring world-famous actors Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, Public Enemies is one of the most popular crime films of our time.
A story adapted to the big screen from American reporter and writer Brian Burrow’s book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 is a contemporary crime film.
The film, which chronicles the events between bank robber John Dillinger, who devastated the United States during the Great Depression, and Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent responsible for tracking him down, manages to remain popular today.
6. Bonnie and Clyde – Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
We mentioned that crime stories brought from real life to the big screen are perceived by the audience with much more enthusiasm. What we didn’t mention, however, is that productions that bring spooky crime stories to the big screen with a cute couple in the spotlight are one step ahead of their counterparts in terms of success!
Telling the story of a couple who became a nightmare for gas stations and small businesses in Central America during the Great Depression, Bonnie and Clyde is just such a movie!
Directed by Arthur Penn, the 1968 film focuses on the increasingly violent life of the couple, Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow, which includes robbery and murder.
7. Iceman – Assassin (2012)
Starring actors such as Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder and Chris Evans. This movie is a production that we can’t forget when it comes to true crime stories that have been transferred to cinema. Because the film, signed by Ariel Vroman, gives us a vivid look at the story of an American serial killer and mafia hitman named Richard Kuklinski, giving the concept of “true crime” more than enough.
Richard Kuklinski, who froze his victims in such a way that it was impossible to understand the time of their death, and killed almost everyone who could identify him, remains one of the most notorious criminals who was transferred to the screen from real life.
8. In Cold Blood (1967)
Adapted from a 1967 book by American author Truman Capote, the film follows the horrific murder of four members of the Clutter family in the United States in 1959 by assassins Richard Hickok and Perry Smith. The “cold-blooded” killers in Richard Brooks’ film are played by Robert Blake and Scott Wilson.
9. Snow City (2011)
Last on our list of true crime films, Snow City is about a series of brutal murders that could be some of the most horrific events in Australian history. Directed by Justin Kurzel, the focus is on the unforgivable crimes of the murderers John Justin Banting, Robert Joe Wagner and James Spyridon Vlassakis.
These horrific events are known as the Snowtown killings as the killers dumped the bodies of 12 people they killed between 1992 and 1999 in Snowtown, Australia. Starring Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway and Louise Harris.
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