Fifty years ago this week, Bonnie and Clyde charged into American cinemas and rewrote the rules on screen violence. The classic 1967 on-the-run crime drama is best known for its notorious finale, during which the titular characters (played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty) are pummeled with gunfire, their beautiful, bullet-sprayed bodies tossed and turned like a salad.

Combining a noir-esque, crime-doesn't-pay premise with European sensibilities, Bonnie and Clyde was something nobody had seen before: lyrical, shocking, and with a deep, era-defining scepticism towards timeworn institutions, such as the banks. The year after the film’s release the Motion Picture Association of America introduced its classification system, which is still in effect today.