* AFIS100YearsSeries:
** AFIS100Years100Movies: #27
** AFIS100Years100Thrills: #13
** AFIS100Years100Passions: #65
** AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains
*** #32 Villains, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
** AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
*** #41, "We rob banks."
** AFIS100Years100Movies10thAnniversaryEdition: #42
** AFIS10Top10:
*** #5, Gangster Film
* DoingItForTheArt: Creator/WarrenBeatty produced the film for this reason, eager to prove that he was more than just a prettyboy.
* FollowTheLeader: The film's success inspired a few {{exploitation film}}s about other '30s gangsters, such as ''Film/ABullet ForPrettyBoy'', starring former teen idol Fabian Forte as Pretty Boy Floyd, ''Bloody Mama'' (1970), starring Creator/ShelleyWinters as Ma Barker and directed by Creator/RogerCorman, and ''Film/{{Dillinger}}'', starring Warren Oates and directed by Creator/JohnMilius.
* IncestuousCasting: Averted at the very last minute. See below.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Warner Brothers had so little faith in the film that, in an unprecedented move, it offered its first-time producer Creator/WarrenBeatty 40% of the gross instead of a minimal fee. The movie then went on to gross over $50 million. Jack L. Warner, who was already angry with Beatty over past disagreements, despised the film and clashed frequently with Beatty throughout the film's production. During his screening of the film, Warner excused himself three times use the restroom and later called it "a three piss picture".
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/GeneWilder makes his film debut in a memorable cameo.
* TheRedStapler: Thousand of berets were sold worldwide after Faye Dunaway wore them in this film.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Averted. In contrast to his infamous womanizing, Creator/WarrenBeatty did not have an affair with Faye Dunaway. They agreed to remain platonic for the sake of the film.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Attempted. Creator/WarnerBros - and Jack L. Warner himself - considered the film an unwanted and unpleasant gangster flick doomed to bomb and treated it accordingly, giving it a limited release. Even after the film turned into a runaway success, Jack L. Warner was said to have carried a hatred of it until his death.
* SleeperHit: Creator/WarnerBros thought that the film would bomb, feeling that nobody would want to [[DracoInLeatherPants cheer for the outlaws]] in a gangster flick, and dumped it in [[DumpMonths August]] and offered Warren Beatty 40% of the gross as a result. Upon release, the mixed critical reception seemed to bear out their fears. But when young people started raving about it to everybody in earshot, it turned into one of the biggest films of 1967, and remains a classic.
* StarMakingRole: For Creator/WarrenBeatty and Faye Dunaway. To a lesser extent for Creator/GeneHackman, though he wouldn't quite be recognized as a leading man until ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' a few years later.
* WagTheDirector: Creator/WarrenBeatty and Creator/ArthurPenn quarreled constantly during filming, as the star questioned almost every one of the director's choices. As a result, the rest of the cast often spent hours waiting for them to settle their differences. One major bone of contention was Penn's insistence that they add a scene in which Bonnie and Clyde pretend to be dead. Beatty insisted the idea was ridiculously pretentious, but Creator/RobertTowne tried to write it anyway. The writer soon realized that Beatty was right, but cautioned him to avoid a confrontation on the matter. In his opinion, Penn was only holding onto the idea out of insecurity - he couldn't admit he was wrong. After a few weeks of filming bolstered Penn's confidence, Towne was sure he'd drop the idea, which is exactly what happened.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The writers of this film originally hoped to they could get either of the great FrenchNewWave directors to helm this film, Creator/FrancoisTruffaut or Creator/JeanLucGodard. Unfortunately, after helping develop the script, Truffaut ultimately decided to direct ''Film/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' instead and Godard made unreasonable demands when the producers were courting him.[[note]]Supposedly, he wanted to shoot the film in New Jersey ''during winter'', and was deeply offended when they refused. Given his disposition towards Hollywood, he was likely seeing [[TrollingCreator just how much they would let him get away with]].[[/note]] So Creator/ArthurPenn, whom Truffaut had recommended, did it instead.
** Creator/ShirleyMacLaine was considered for Bonnie, but Warren Beatty decided to play Clyde and preferred not to have to [[IncestuousCasting kiss his sister on the mouth on-camera]].
** Creator/JaneFonda turned down the role of Bonnie.
** Creator/NatalieWood, Creator/WarrenBeatty's ex-girlfriend (one of many actually), was considered for the role of Bonnie - and incidentally was actually a lot closer to the real Bonnie's physicality (they were both short ladies).
** Bonnie and Clyde were originally supposed to have a bisexual relationship with their driver, but that was changed when ArthurPenn felt that would have defused the audience sympathy, leading them to be dismissed as "perverts" because they are criminals and ultimately harmed the story. There were also rumors that Creator/WarrenBeatty was unwilling to portray a bisexual and ruin his image and there was the fact that UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode would never have permitted it in the film in the first place.
** Before deciding to play the role himself, producer Creator/WarrenBeatty's first choice for the role of Clyde Barrow was Music/BobDylan, who, at the time, bore a physical resemblance to the actual Clyde.
** Creator/WarrenBeatty wanted to shoot this movie in black and white. This was rejected by Warner Brothers.
** Creator/JackNicholson was considered for either Buck Barrow or C.W. Moss, but he looked too similar to Creator/WarrenBeatty.
** Music/{{Cher}} auditioned for Bonnie Parker, but when her husband/manager at the time, Music/SonnyBono, heard about the audition, he was furious at Creator/WarrenBeatty for letting his wife audition for such a "controversial film".
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