The 10 Best Movies About Lovers on the Run

Good news for cinephiles: the kind folks at Criterion were kind enough to restore and release (on DVD and Blu-ray, along with the expected goody basket of bonus features) Terrence Malick’s Badlands, which is out this week. It’s mostly notable as Malick’s debut feature, but it was also a cornerstone picture of one of cinema’s most durable subgenres: the “lovers on the run” movie, in which an attractive young couple hits the road, fleeing their unfortunate crimes (and/or committing more), with the law in hot pursuit. If you’re in the mood for a marathon, we’ve got a few suggestions after the jump.


You Only Live Once

The second American film from the great German director Fritz Lang (M, Metropolis), this richly atmospheric 1937 noir concerns an ex-con imprisoned for a bank robbery bloodbath he didn’t commit; he escapes from prison and makes a run for Canada, with his pregnant wife in tow. In the leading role, a young Henry Fonda gets more edge than we’re used to seeing, and Sylvia Sidney couldn’t be better as his missus, while its grim conclusion set a clear course for Bonnie and Clyde 30 years later.