25 best Prohibition movies

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

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.