25 best Prohibition movies

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The Roaring Twenties (1939)

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

One of the first films to examine Prohibition from a distance, this epic recreated the entire decade of the 1920s, from the aftermath of the First World War to the stock market crash – appropriately, with a newsreel-inspired documentary feel. And who better to play the lead roles than gangster giants Jimmy Cagney and Humphrey Bogart? Cagney's WWI doughboy is drawn into a life of crime by the lack of opportunites following the war – briefly enjoying the spoils of bootlegging, before the stock market crash brings it all tumbling down around his ears.

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