YMMV: Miller's Crossing

  • Award Snub: Wasn't remembered at Oscar time, ignored in favor of GoodFellas and The Godfather Part III. Granted, GoodFellas deserved the love, but Part III? It was just a rough year to be an epic gangster film.
  • Awesome Music: "Danny Boy", which shows up in a scene that doubles as a Moment of Awesome and a Funny Moment while featuring Bottomless Magazines. Carter Burwell's score is also impressive.
  • Better on DVD: You'll need multiple viewings the understand the plot completely.
  • Foe Yay: Eddie Dane towards Tom Reagan. Actually, all of the sexual tension in the movie qualifies as Foe Yay because almost everyone in the movie is pitted against everyone else.
  • Fridge Brilliance: How did Tom figure he could get away with pretending to shoot Bernie without any witnesses in the woods? 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 because killing Bernie then wouldn't save Leo from Caspar's war.
    • Why such a ridiculously complicated plan in setting everyone against each other? Eddie Dane — the Dane nearly saw through everything anyway on multiple occasions, with Tom's luck alone saving him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Tom.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If you don't hate Bernie already when it turns out that he killed Mink, his own lover, you surely will when he tries to blackmail Tom, betraying his trust.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Steve Buscemi as Mink.
  • Moment of Awesome: 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 Sacrificial Lion. But not quite. For added Badassery, he casually relights his cigar with his smoking gun while gazing at the flaming wreckage. Also doubles as Soundtrack Dissonance.
    • "What heart?"
  • The Scrappy: Bernie makes Eli Sunday look like Chuck Norris.
  • Vindicated by History: 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.
  • What an Idiot: 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.