* AwardSnub: Wasn't remembered at Oscar time, ignored in favor of GoodFellas and [[TheGodfather Godfather Part III]]. Granted, GoodFellas deserved the love, but Part III? It was just a rough year to be an epic gangster film.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: "Danny Boy", which shows up in a scene that doubles as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Funny Moment]] while featuring BottomlessMagazines. Carter Burwell's score is also impressive.
* BetterOnDVD: You'll need multiple viewings the [[FridgeBrilliance understand the plot completely.]]
* FoeYay: Eddie Dane towards Tom Reagan. Actually, all of the sexual tension in the movie qualifies as FoeYay because almost everyone in the movie is pitted against everyone else.
* FridgeBrilliance: How did Tom figure he could get away with pretending to shoot Bernie without any witnesses in the woods? [[spoiler:Because he already knew Bernie, being a chronic back-stabber, would want to blackmail Tom for that "act" of mercy. And would have to stage someone else's body when Caspar or the Dane would check for one, to keep Tom alive.]] Tom did it [[spoiler:because killing Bernie ''then'' wouldn't save Leo from Caspar's war.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Hilarious in production, actually. Miller's Crossing features a venal and corrupt police force. To fit the Prohibition-era setting, a lot of shooting was done in New Orleans ... where the crew ran into NOPD officers who eagerly solicited bribes to keep the shoot running smoothly.
* MagnificentBastard: Tom.
* MoralEventHorizon: If you don't hate Bernie already when it turns out that he [[spoiler:killed Mink, his own lover]], you surely will when he [[spoiler:tries to blackmails Tom, betraying his trust]].
* OneSceneWonder: Film/SteveBuscemi as Mink.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Usually 'Danny Boy' is there to heighten or foreshadow tragedy. Leo plays it while lounging around in his bathrobe when guys burst in with tommyguns in hand and their hats on their heads, he sure looks like the SacrificialLion. But not quite. For added Badassery, he casually relights his cigar with his smoking gun while gazing at the flaming wreckage. Also doubles as SoundtrackDissonance.
** "What heart?"
* TheScrappy: Bernie makes [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood Eli Sunday]] look like ChuckNorris.
* VindicatedByHistory: While it wasn't particularly successful when it was first released, ''Time'' magazine in 2005 chose ''Miller's Crossing'' as one of the 100 greatest movies ever made since the inception of the periodical.
** Coen Brothers fans won't get too upset if you put ''Miller's Crossing'' in the MagnumOpus conversation with ''TheBigLebowski'', ''{{Fargo}}'' and ''NoCountryForOldMen''.
* WhatAnIdiot: Frankie and Tic-Tac, who don't bother to actually watch Tom make the kill that's supposed to prove his loyalty. The Dane later beats the crap out of them for their stupidity.
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