Gun Crazy (1950) – Joseph H. Lewis

  The first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Night of the Hunter is this 1950 film that sees Barton Tare (John Dall), a good man, and a crackshot, being pressured by his wife and marksman, Annie (Peggy Cummins), to go on a robbery spree…

The League of Gentlemen (1960) – Basil Dearden

  The recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Rififi continue with this delightful, British crime caper, starring Jack Hawkens, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey and Richard Attenborough. The crux of the plot is a group of ex-military men gathered up to pull of a perfectly timed and…

The Killing (1956) – Stanley Kubrick

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of Rififi is this classic Kubrick film, which before today, I’d only heard of and never seen. That being said, I can now say I’ve seen and enjoyed it, and love the way the film shuffles back and…

Rififi (1955) – Jules Dassin

  I love when the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film brings me a film that I’d never heard of, and then makes me fall in love with it. I dove back into the thriller and crime chapter of the book and was promptly introduced to this brilliant French film that tells of the…

Farewell My Lovely (1975) – Dick Richards

  Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, Harry Dean Stanton, Jack O’Halloran, Anthony Zerbe and even Sylvester Stallone are all featured in this 1970s adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel; the next recommendation from The Big Sleep in the Great Movies -100 Years of Film book. Mitchum plays Phillip Marlowe, who is hired by hulking brute Moose Malloy…

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) – Charles Crichton

  The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book continues its recommendations following the viewing of Kind Hearts and Coronets with this Alec Guinness/Stanley Holloway robbery movie, and features a tiny, blink and you miss it appearance of a young Audrey Hepburn. The director also shot Hue and Cry, and one of the other…

La Femme Nikita (1990) – Luc Besson

Luc Besson has made some excellent films in his time, and this entry on the 101 Action Movies list could be argued as his best. Anne Parillaud stars as Nikita, we first meet her as a drugged out, worn down, punk, who gets busted after killing a cop in a pharmacy robbery that goes wrong. Believing she is being…

The Anderson Tapes (1971) – Sidney Lumet

Mr. Sean Connery appears on the 101 Action Movies list again, this time on the other side of the law, as the likable Duke Anderson, sans hairpiece, a safe-cracker, fresh from a ten-year stint in prison, who is about to dive back into the only world he’s known, only to find it’s changed in this film from…