They are clever. They are cunning. They are smart. But alas, they use their minds to commit crime and evil. Yes, we are talking about criminal masterminds in movies. The biggest quality of these masterminds are that they are unforgettable — and that’s why they sometimes become bigger than even the movies they star in. Even though you might not want to confess it, but their intelligence leaves you completely charmed. In this article, we will list down such criminal masterminds who left an indelible impression on the minds of movie goers. Some of them are gangsters, whereas others are criminals in plain clothes. Are these the most likable movie criminals? We will let you decide that.
10. Catherine Tramell, ‘Basic Instinct’
Catherine Tramell is portrayed as author of best-selling crime novels. It is suggested that the modus operandi of her murders includes using her novels as alibis, as people then assumed she would never be foolish enough to execute a crime she herself wrote about. Catherine Tramell appears as a brilliant, charismatic narcissist, who masterminds everyone around her, largely for her own amusement and enjoys killing people.
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9. Dalton Russell, ‘Inside Man’
One of the most brilliantly executed heists ever in cinema is done by none other than Dalton Russell. He and his gang march into a bank and take it over and outwit police at every turn: he dresses all the hostages up like him and then places his own gang members into the hostage pool. For most of the movie, he wears a disguise of a hood, mask, and sunglasses. Clive Owen, who plays Dalton, nearly turned down the role because of the concerns over the disguise. Later, of course, he realized the brilliance of director Spike Lee and the mastermind of Dalton Russell.