25 best Prohibition movies

Grab a case of your favourite hooch, bathtub gin or moonshine and feast your eyes on these crime classics

City Streets (1931)

City Streets (1931)

A love story made during the height of Prohibition – and based on a treatment by Dashiell Hammett, no less – this proto-noir follows Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sydney as a pair of young lovers who become entwined with the mob. Director Rouben Mamoulien brought some unusual innovations to the gangster genre – City Streets was the first American film to feature voiceover, and although there are ten deaths in the film, not one is seen on-screen. City Streets was praised as an accurate depiction of the Prohibition-era gangster lifestyle by someone who knew what he was talking about – Al Capone.