Edited by Dan Hodges on 12/19/2015, 10:48 pm
For example, perhaps there's a Blackboarder who can provide a list of contemporary crime films about the abduction of wives and/or daughters who are rescued by husbands/fathers (not offical law enforcement agents).
Some of these men are no longer young (Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson plus quite a few others).
Others, like Bruce Willis in the first DIE HARD (1988) and even Ethan Hawke in GETAWAY are in the prime of their manhood.
Families, of course, are restored. But that begs the question.
Why, repeatedly, in recent years have the abduction of females in families become the trigger for men, whatever their age, who are especially skilled, perhaps as killers (ex-special ops) or in the case of Hawke, stellar racing car drivers, to bring about the rescue and the restoration of their families via these kidnap stories?
As for this holiday season, let's not forget that one of the earliest entries on the list, DIE HARD, begins with Willis's wife being among those taken prisoner at an office Christmas party. Marital recovery later ensues, it should go without saying.
As to which of these films are neo-noirs (not merely crime movies), that too ought to be indicated in the list.