Director: Arthur Penn
Screenwriter: David Newman and Robert Benton
Arthur Penn's classic about famed bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde pushed a whole of lot buttons when it comes to sex and violence on screen. The spectacular finale is no exception. The criminal couple share an apple-like Adam and Eve before they fall from paradise, while driving into an ambush to be ripped apart by an onslaught of machine gun fire.
The sequence stands out for it's remarkable editing. Beginning with rapid fire cuts between faces and scenery as Bonnie and Clyde wise up to the ambush. Then come the slow motion shots of the couple's bodies flailing to the tune of machine gun fire. That hard-hitting finale was the first of its kind and though there have been countless imitators, none hit you with the same caliber as Bonnie and Clyde. —Rad S.