Heist and prison movies make a comeback

If you're watching a Hollywood movie and a young couple on a transcontinental railroad trip gets involved in a murder, or a ragtag band of thieves plans the perfect heist, or hardened criminals scheme to break out of a tightly guarded prison, you're probably watching a Hollywood movie from another era.

Thirty years ago or more, studios turned out pictures in these golden genres like Hebrew National turns out hot dogs. They made heist pictures like "Rififi" and prison movies like "Escape From Alcatraz" and train mysteries like "Murder on the Orient Express" (along with scores of lesser efforts).

But like all Hollywood trends, what goes around comes around, or at least gets remade as a European art house film. After decades of neglect, these classic genres -- as well as Westerns, now reimagined and reinvigorated in such movies as "Brokeback Mountain" and "3:10 to Yuma" -- are enjoying something of a resurgence.


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