The groundbreaking 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde" starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway paved the way for several of the other duos featured on this list. Based on the real-life story of iconic bank robbers Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), the film broke many cinematic taboos by depicting sex and extreme violence, making it especially popular with younger audiences.
In the film, which takes place in the middle of the Great Depression, the star-crossed lovers meet for the first time when Clyde tries to steal Bonnie’s mother's car. Bored by her simple life and intrigued by the rebellious Clyde, Bonnie decides to join up with him and become his partner-in-crime. The two start off small with quick holdups, but the excitement and payday aren’t enough to satiate their lust for adventure and riches, so they set their sights on bigger hauls, putting their lives at risk.
Considered unique for its mix of comedic, romantic and violent tones, the acclaimed film was named one of AFI's Top 100 films of all time and established Beatty and Dunaway as household names for decades to come.
Bonnie and Clyde's story has inspired countless remakes, spin-offs and reimaginings, including the 2019 film "The Highwaymen," which follows a pair of former Texas Rangers as they track down the notorious duo.