Not only is Take the Money and Run one of the earliest examples in the crime-comedy genre, it’s also one of the first full-fledged mockumentaries to ever hit the screen. Woody Allen's feature follows the life of Virgil Starkwell, a career bank robber, across his various sprees and stints in jail. Like most of Allen’s early films, the humor comes from classic slapstick and sight gags.
From asking a sheriff for sex advice while on a chain gang, to his ill-fated attempt at being a cellist in a marching band, Starkwell's misadventures form a collection of brilliant gags. The crime elements aren't as important as the straight-up laughs in this one, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best.