* 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
* IncestuousCasting: Averted at the very last minute. See below.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Attempted. Creator/WarnerBros considered the film an unwanted gangster flick doomed to bomb and treated it accordingly, giving it a limited release. Jack L. Warner himself held nothing but contempt for the film, nearly walking out of his screening and clashing frequently with Creator/WarrenBeatty throughout the film's production. Even after the film turned into a runaway success, 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The writers of this film originally hoped to they could get either of the great FrenchNewWave directors to helm this film, 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]]Among other things, 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.
** Warren Beatty once considered BobDylan for the role of Clyde, who happened to be similar in age and height to the real Clyde Barrow at the time.
** 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.
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