1. TRUE ROMANCE (1993).
After Elvis fanatic and comic-book lover Clarence (Christian Slater) and prostitute Alabama (Patricia Arquette) meet at the cinema, they soon fall in love. In an effort to retrieve her possessions, Clarence kills her pimp and grabs a suitcase which he believes is holding her clothes. Realising that the suitcase is full of cocaine, the two flee to California to sell the product, but the mob is chasing them. With Tony Scott behind the camera, Quentin Tarantino as the scribe, and a stellar cast comprising Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Hopper, and Christopher Walken, this was a romantic gangster flick which was sure to succeed.
2. SIGHTSEERS (2012).
A newly formed couple (Alice Lowe and Steve Oram) decide to embark upon a cross-country road trip; however, things start to turn deadly when the couple mercilessly murder any person who agitates them. From the talented English director (Ben Wheatley) behind such films as High-Rise and Kill List, this film, like his previous works, doesn’t relent for one minute, blending black comedy and uncompromising violence to create his own unique brand of comedic bloodlust.
3. BADLANDS (1973).
Based on real-life murderers Caril Ann Fugate and Charles Starkweather, Badlands tells the story of an impressionable, lovestruck teen (Sissy Spacek) who goes on a killing spree with her older, rebellious boyfriend (Martin Sheen) throughout the South Dakota badlands. As a directorial debut by the enigmatic Terrence Malick, Badlands, even to this day, is an effortlessly chic and visually striking picture, one which catapulted Malick to international acclaim in the world of cinema, albeit as a mysterious figure, so to speak.
4. KALIFORNIA (1993).
A writer (David Duchovny) and his photographer girlfriend (Michelle Forbes) go on a road trip across the country to research a new book about serial killers and sites of famous murders. To save money, they are joined by two strangers (Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis) on their trip as part of a car-share. Little do they know, one of the strangers is a savage sociopath in the midst of his own killing spree. Kalifornia, undoubtedly, is about Brad Pitt’s performance as the violent Early Grayce, one which is both frightening and harrowing. This is a Pitt performance that most people have never seen before.
5. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967).
When small-time criminal Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) attempts to steal a car, he finds himself meeting the owner’s daughter (Faye Dunaway), a small-town girl fed up with her own existence, and the two become both romantically and criminally involved. The couple’s crimes soon escalate from petty theft to bank robberies with fellow gang members. Regarded as one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, and involving an ending which is considered one of the bloodiest scenes in cinematic history, Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde was a landmark film upon release, not least because of the chemistry between both Beatty and Dunaway.