Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow—better known, simply, as Bonnie and Clyde—helped to romanticize the criminal lifestyle without doing so intentionally. Clyde was the head of the "Barrow Gang," a gun-toting crew that, between 1931 and 1934, robbed banks, inconspicuous stores, and gas stations, killing several people in the process. Bonnie, meanwhile, is said to have hardly ever taken part in any of the gunplay, despite the media's depiction of her as Clyde's equally badass partner-in-crime after their police-executed assassination on May 23, 1934.
Their public romanticism came from photos discovered inside the couple's Joplin, MO, hideout, that showed Bonnie and Clyde embracing each other and showing love against an illegal backdrop. And it was those photos that fueled director Arthur Penn's classic 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, starring the gorgeous Faye Dunaway and the debonair Warren Beatty.
Back in the 1960s and '70s, actors didn't come any more handsome, revered, and heartthrob-ish than Mr. Beatty, so he was the perfect choice to embody Clyde Barrow with likability, charm, and a sexiness that'd make audiences root for him and leave them saddened once he and Dunaway's Bonnie get pummeled by dozens of bullets. It's one of the best "movie star" performances from a true Hollywood icon.