Ruthless People (1986)
The Movie Criminals: Ken (Judge Reinhold) and Sandy Kessler (Helen Slater), who kidnap Barbara (Bette Midler) and demand her millionaire husband Sam (Danny DeVito) pay them a $500,000 ransom.
Only they hadn't counted on the fact that Sam wants his wife dead and was plotting her murder anyway.
Why We Like Them : Ken and Sandy's annoyance at Sam's refusal to meet their demands is hilarious - and it's clear they don't plan on murdering Barbara any time. They softies at heart who just want the cash.
Monsieur Verdoux (1943)
The Movie Criminal: Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin), a bank teller who comes up with a grim money-making scheme when he loses his job - marry and murder rich widows to get his hands on their fortunes.
Why We Like Them: Though Verdoux's plan is undeniably dour, the fact that he's played by Charlie Chaplin means we can't help liking him just a tiny bit.
Only a tiny bit, mind.
$ (Dollars) (1971)
The Movie Criminals: Dawn Divine (Goldie Hawn), the archetypal 'hooker with a heart of gold', who decides to help Joe Collins (Warren Beatty) steal mucho American dollars from storage at a German bank.
Why We Like Them: Who doesn't love Goldie Hawn?
And despite being the typical Hollywood blonde, Dawn proves she's got some grey stuff in her noggin as well when she repeatedly outsmarts other criminals.
The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
The Movie Criminal: Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a super-intelligent psychopath who uses his super-intelligence to trick people out of their millions.
His talents (aside from looking good in a specs-and-bathing-suit combo) include impersonation and forgery.
Why We Like Him: Ripley's just sort of messed up, and though he takes pleasure in screwing up other peoples' lives, we can't help feeling sorry for him, too.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
The Movie Criminal: He may have a psychotic brother in Richie (Quentin Tarantino), but Seth Gecko (George Clooney) is still pretty likeable even without flattering comparisons. This despite taking a family hostage.
Why We Like Him: Richie's a sexually-aggressive psycho, whereas Gecko actually treats his victims with a little TLC.
He's also handy if there are ever any vampires around.
Burn After Reading (2008)
The Movie Criminals: Gym workers Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand), who decide to sell the leaked memoirs of a CGI agent for a few pretty pennies.
Why We Like Them: Chad and Linda might fancy themselves as mastermind criminals, but the reality is that they're both, well, pretty stupid. Adorably so.
Get Carter (1971)
The Movie Criminal: London gangster Jack Carter (Michael Caine), who heads back to his old stomping ground in Newcastle when his brother's killed.
Cue a blood-splattered rampage of revenge.
Why We Like Him: We don't generally like gangsters, but Caine's so effortlessly magnetic as Jack Carter that it's easy to forget he's actually a bad guy - until he starts dealing out the pain.
Quick Change (1990)
The Movie Criminal: Manhattan bank robber Grimm (Bill Murray), who nabs bags full of money with the help of his girlfriend and best friend. Also? He's dressed as a clown.
Yes, he's a clown bank robber…
Why We Like Him: He's a clown bank robber! Grimm also appeals to our sympathies with his 'sad clown' schtick, which can't help but tug at the heart strings.
Even if he is a misery guts (with a name like that, what did you really expect?).
Bottle Rocket (1996)
The Movie Criminals: As part of his "75-year plan", Dignan (Owen Wilson) jumps his friend Anthony (Luke Wilson) from a psychiatric unite and goes on a crime spree that includes a number of risky heists.
Like breaking into a book shop. Ooo, the derring-do.
Why We Like Them: They're just regular guys who are, admittedly, somewhat delusional. Who hasn't been there?
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
The Movie Criminal: Nightclub owner Johnny Dangerously (Michael Keaton), who also moonlights as the head of a local mob.
Why We Like Him: Johnny's probably the meekest mobster ever - his 'bad guy' activity never really amounts to much.
Mostly because he's only breaking the law in order to help with his mother's medical bills. Also, he's sort of goofy, which we love.
Road To Perdition (2002)
The Movie Criminal: Mob enforcer Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), whose wife and younger son are killed when his other son witnesses Michael carrying out a hit for his boss.
Fearing for his life and the life of his one remaining son, Michael goes on the run…
Why We Like Him: It's pretty much impossible for Hanks to play a character we don't like, and that's definitely true here.
Also, the guy just wants to protect his son, which automatically has us rooting for him.
Eastern Promises (2007)
The Movie Criminal: The driver of Russian Mafia boss Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Nikolai Luzhin (Viggo Mortensen) is also responsible for cleaning up Semyon's messes - which includes dumping bodies in the Thames.
Why We Like Him: Beneath that scowling, tattooed exterior, Nikolai is really a sweet little pussy cat looking for happiness.
Stir Crazy (1980)
The Movie Criminals: Skip (Gene Wilder) and Harry (Richard Pryor) who, alright, aren't actually criminals, but that doesn't stop them getting chucked in the slammer when bank robbers frame them for their wrongdoing.
Why We Like Them: They're regular guys attempting to get by in a maximum-security prison.
Also, the fact that they've been framed means they're not REALLY bad guys, so we're allowed to like them.
Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
The Movie Criminals: Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde (Warren Beatty), a pair of bank robbers who go on a crime spree during the Great Depression.
Why We Like Them: Alright, so they're robbers, but instead of targeting innocent people, Bonnie and Clyde only take on the banks.
Hell, during one robbery, Clyde even refuses to take money from a regular guy, instead pinching the bank's…
The Movie Criminals: Mother and daughter con artists Max (Sigourney Weaver) and Page Conners (Jennifer Love Hewitt), who use their feminine wiles to trick rich men (like Ray Liotta and Gene Hackman) out of their millions.
Why We Like Them: Anybody who sings The Beatles' 'USSR', as Weaver does when asked to sing a traditional Russian song on stage in a restaurant, is A-OK in our books.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Movie Criminals: Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta), who are employed by a gangster to do his dirty work.
Which includes, basically, killing people.
Why We Like Them: In typical Tarantino style, these guys talk a lot - we love their infamous 'Royale with Cheese' discussion, plus Jules' terrifying sermon as he interrogates a terrified Brett (Frank Whaley).
The Movie Criminal: 'Extractor' Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a dream spy who infiltrates the subconscious of his targets (alongside business partner Dominic Cobb) and steals important information for wealthy clients.
Why We Like Him: He's quick with a one-liner, and in his dreams, he's often an action-movie badass - as we see when he takes on two gun-wielding baddies in a hotel room that's forgotten how gravity works.
The Movie Criminal: Yeah, he's the spitting image of Pete Doherty, but the Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) can't help that fact.
He also can't help being stuck on the streets, where he works for penny-pincher Fagin.
Why We Like Him: He's just a kid - and he's a cheeky one at that.
He also gets to sing one of the film's standout numbers ('Consider Yourself') and is basically a victim of his own circumstances, which means we can't hate him.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Movie Criminal: Crime newbie Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino). He attempts to rob a Brooklyn bank, only to find he's come too late in the day - all the money's already been picked up by a cash van.
Why We Like Him: Sonny's totally inept. And his reason for wanting the money is surprisingly unconventional - he needs it so his lover (Chris Sarandon) can have a sex change.
Which is shockingly modern for a film made in the 1970s.
The Movie Criminal: Career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro). His life basically consists of taking on big heists - his first in the movie lands him $1.6m in bearer bonds...
Why We Like Him: McCauley's not bloodthirsty like most big screen bad guys - he's particularly upset when a gang member kills a guard during a heist.
Yep, this is a criminal with a conscience, and one that sort of demands our (and Al Pacino's) grudging respect.
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
The Movie Criminal: Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon), who's convinced by his brother-in-law - lawyer William (Walter Matthau) - to pretend he's paralysed after being injured by a football player.
All so they can claim a massive insurance payout.
Why We Like Him: Harry's a begrudging criminal at best, and only goes along with the plan in an attempt to win back his ex-wife.
Plus who doesn't love watching Lemmon and Matthau go nose-to-nose?
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969)
The Movie Criminals: Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and 'Sundance Kid' Harry Longabaugh (Robert Redford), who form the Hole-in-the-Wall gang, a band of train-raiding bounty hunters.
Why We Like Them: Even when the odds are stacked against them, Butch and Sundance remain optimistic - going so far as attempting to take on a Bolivian bank despite knowing little Spanish to make their demands.
Now that's the kind of gung-ho attitude we admire.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The Movie Criminal: Brit-hating Otto (Kevin Kline), a weapons man who's called on by gangster George Thomason to help him take on a London heist.
Why We Like Him: He sings opera, draws strength from the stench of his own armpits and is a hopeless romantic.
It's IMPOSSIBLE to hate this guy.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
The Movie Criminal: Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) messes up a burglary and escapes police capture by hiding at an audition.
When he impresses the movie producers, he finds himself signed up for a film - and encountering investigator Perry Van Shrike (Val Kilmer).
Why We Like Him: We love a good case of mistaken identity, and Lockhart's attempts to live up to the lies he's created are hilarious.
Plus he gets to spout some absolutely golden dialogue, thanks to writer/director Shane Black.
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
The Movie Criminal: Martin Blank (John Cusack), an assassin who's increasingly disillusioned with his morbid working life.
It's the perfect time, then, for him to reflect on his chosen profession while attending his 10 year high school reunion…
Why We Like Him: Yes, Blank makes his living killing people, but he's also a regular guy dealing with regular life problems.
Like a high school reunion, for example, and the confusing/explosive passions of his ex-girlfriend.
The Movie Criminal: Erik Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen), better known as the mutant Magneto.
He takes the law into his own hands when he hatches a plan to show prejudicial non-mutants who's boss by turning them all into mutants. Muwahahaha.
Why We Like Him: Magneto's got style by the stackload - not least thanks to his ability to manipulate anything made of metal.
He's also nifty when it comes to a one-liner or two ("Humans and their guns!"), meaning he's also one of the cattiest mutants you'll ever meet.
True Romance (1993)
The Movie Criminal: Clarence Worley (Christian Slater), who becomes a criminal sort of by accident when he kills a drug dealer, nabs his stash and decides to sell it on to a film producer.
Why We Like Him: Clarence is also a hopeless romantic, falling for hooker Alabama (Patricia Arquette).
We just want these kids to be happy - even if they make some pretty idiotic choices.
Batman Returns (1992)
The Movie Criminal: Shy secretary Selena Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer). After being shoved out of a window by her boss (Christopher Walken), Selena transforms into Catwoman, and she ain't taking any prisoners in her quest for vengeance.
File this one under: Vigilante.
Why We Like Her: Um, you've seen her outfit, right?
Aside from looking hella awesome, Catwoman's also one of the coolest comic anti-heroines - as strong and smart as any man.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
The Movie Criminals: Regular small-town gals Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon), who are forced to go on the run when Louise shoots and kills a man who attacked Thelma.
They burn rubber on their way to Mexico - and safety.
Why We Like Them: For the very fact that they're not career criminals - nowhere near. They're two women caught up in overwhelmingly awful circumstances.
Also, we love the way Louise shrieks "God dammit Thelma!" every five minutes.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Movie Criminal: Red (Morgan Freeman), a resident of Shawshank Sate Penitentiary.
He's there for life having killed somebody as an impressionable youth. "Only guilty man in Shawshank."
Why We Like Him: Red's the kind of wise, genuine and warm older guy you could only ever dream of meeting in prison.
He talks sense and he looks out for new inmate Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), even procuring a pretty important Riya Hayworth poster for him…
Home Alone (1990)
The Movie Criminals: Dastardly duo Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern), aka the Wet Bandits.
They plan on pilfering goods from the rich residents of Winnetka, Illinois while they're away for Christmas.
Why We Like Them: Marv's adorably simple and Harry's got ideas above his station.
It's also pretty hard not to feel sorry for them when they attract the ire of booby-trap-loving kid Kevin (Macaulay Culkin).
Raising Arizona (1987)
The Movie Criminal: Herbert McDunnough (Nicolas Cage), who's used to getting what he wants by using his sticky fingers.
Which is why, when he's unable to get his wife Ed (Holly Hunter) pregnant, he decides to kidnap a baby for her.
Why We Like Him: It's easy to understand Herbert's motivations - and he's a good (ish) father when the baby comes along, making sure the little one has everything it needs.
Even if he does STEAL everything the baby needs…
The Ladykillers (1955)
The Movie Criminal: 'Professor' Marcus (Alec Guinness), who rents a room at the house of old bird Louisa Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) in order to pull off a van robbery at the nearby King's Cross Station.
Why We Like Him: Marcus is so haughty and so sure of himself, yet he's continually foiled by a sweet-natured old dear who has no idea that he's a hardened thug with a posh accent. Brilliant.
Office Space (1999)
The Movie Criminals: Peter (Ron Livingston) and his work buddies, who come up with a way to scam their greasy bosses out of loads of money by siphoning excess pennies into a separate bank account.
Why We Like Them: Who hasn't wanted to rage against the machine?
Watching Peter and his buds challenging the system rallies the anti-establishment brute in us all - even if we're too afraid to do what they do. Perhaps for good reason.
The Movie Criminal: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who pinches $40,000 from her work and quickly makes off with the money.
It's not long before she has to stop off at a desolate motel…
Why We Like Her: Marion's desperate and her boss is a pig, which doesn't exactly justify her actions, but it certainly helps us to understand her predicament.
She's also a smart cookie, switching her car when she encounters a policeman. We like a lady with brains.
Escape From New York (1981)
The Movie Criminal: Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), an ex-soldier who makes a living in a future 1997 by criminal means.
Except then it's his job to rescue the US President from the jail-state that is Manhattan.
Why We Like Him: There's something to be said for just, y'know, being a badass, which Plissken most certainly is.
He's also unbelievably cool - a gruff guy who takes nonsense from exactly nobody.
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)
The Movie Criminal: Dr Evil (Mike Myers), a sixties super-villain who escapes the clutches of do-gooder Austin Powers (Mike Myers) by going into a deep freeze - and then resurrecting his plans when he defrosts in 1997.
Why We Like Him: Try as he might, Dr Evil discovers that all of his evil plans are massively outdated, and his efforts to think big just aren't big enough.
Adorable. (And just wait til Mini-Me turns up in the sequels.)
Point Break (1991)
The Movie Criminal: Surfer extraordinaire Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), who robs banks with the rest of his surfing crew while wearing the masks of former Presidents.
Looks like Bodhi could end up crashing a burning, though, when young FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) comes to town.
Why We Like Him: It's impossible to hate a surfer dude. Fact. Especially when he's as awesome as Bodhi.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
The Movie Criminal: New York teenager Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio). Sick of the changes overtaking his life (his parents are broke, then get divorced), he takes off across America, steals $2.8m and impersonates doctors, pilots and lawyers along the way.
Why We Like Him: Yes, what he's doing is wrong, but Frank's having so much fun along the way that you can't help getting caught up in it all.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
The Movie Criminal: Danny Ocean (George Clooney), a suave career criminal who breaks parole the minute he's let loose from prison and hatches a plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously - with the help of 10 of his best buds.
Why We Like Him: For a start, Danny's got oodles of style - he never looks anything less than a million bucks.
And his cockiness is matched by his easy charm. It's just impossible to hate this guy.