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Bonnie and Clyde
Directed by Arthur Penn
Writing credits: Robert Benton and David Newman (III)
Thelma and Louise
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Callie Khouri
Runtime: USA 129
Directed by Tony Scott
Written by Quentin Tarantino