The sale and production of alcohol was prohibited in the United States between 1919 and 1933. But if the government thought that would discourage people from wanting their favourite tipple, they were dead wrong – and where there's a desire for something, history has shown us that if it can't be acquired by legal means, it will be acquired some other way. Prohibition allowed crime syndicates who produced or smuggled booze to flourish, and that in turn has inspired some of the greatest movies ever made. Here are our favourites.
The Untouchables (1987)
Brian De Palma’s tense, violent thriller tells the story of Treasury Agent Eliot Ness’ battle against Al Capone’s booze-smuggling Chicago empire. Sean Connery’s supporting role as Ness’ right hand man steals the show and netted his an Oscar – despite his Irish beat cop having a suspiciously Scots-sounding accent...