Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Michael Mann Movie?

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Although Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth was lambasted by critics and fizzled at the box office, it still gives us a great excuse to step back and discuss Michael Mann’s entire filmography. His last few films have been a bit divisive to say the least, and for some people his entire foray into digital filmmaking has been a disaster. But you can’t deny that this guy has directed some highly influential and memorable classics, whether you’re talking about his early crime flicks or some of his Oscar-nominated dramas. So what do you think is the best Michael Mann movie? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

What is the Best Michael Mann Movie?

 
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  • Jr

    He’s got so many really great movie but this isn’t a hard call to make.

  • Colin

    Easiest decision ever… Heat, no question.

  • Sam

    My biggest hole in Michael Mann’s films is The Insider. Feel I should really got on that soon.

    I feel like I should really revisit Heat as I feel like I need to give it another shot since the only time I watched it was almost 10 years ago and enjoyed it but feel I didn’t appreciate it as much as others seem to.

    As it stands, I probably would have go with Thief

  • devolutionary

    Thief, followed by Manhunter and Heat. The Tangerine Dream soundtrack to Thief is probably their best.

  • devolutionary

    Yeah, the Insider is fairly underrated. I forgot, did it even do well at the box office when it came out? Pacino and Crowe for the win.

  • Colin

    Manhunter is so good… it’s absolutely dripping with 80s-ness and Miami-ness, both of which I adore.

  • FoxMulder

    Never answered to an easier question my entire life! :)

  • FoxMulder

    Going to rewatch that one! Love Michael Mann’s vibe in his movies!!

  • devolutionary

    The other great 80s flick I always associate with William Petersen is To Live and Die in L.A. Those two films pair up so well on a rewatch.

  • LordAwesome

    He’s made two good movies: The Last of the Mohicans and The Insider. The rest are either mediocore or dreadful.

    His 80s-90s work is mostly hollow mediocrity but he’s been utter shit since he started shooting on digital.

  • pcch7

    Thief is glorious

  • Colin

    William Petersen is so good. It’s a shame he’s been doing absolute garbage for the last decade and a half.

  • Lori Cerny

    I wanted to vote for Heat, but I really can’t stomach the ending.

  • Kurt

    We did a MOVIE CLUB PODCAST on THE INSIDER (http://filmjunk.com/category/podcasts/the-movie-club-podcast/) Even Reed is on that episode!!

    But I’m guessing I will be the only one in this poll to vote for MIAMI VICE (2006), which is my favourite, with COLLATERAL a close second…

  • Kurt

    This for the win, Undoubtely the BEST SCENE in THE INSIDER:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFqYn3i_UQ0

  • Colin

    You love digital noise

  • Kurt

    I do, particularly Mann’s (or more specifically, Cinematographer Dion Beebe’s) digital noise.

  • LordAwesome

    Frank’s executive hat doesn’t realize that studio’s only take ~50% of the gross, so it is more like $60m in the red. No wonder Frank’s studios keep closing.

  • RetroPietro

    There’s a nice Michael Mann movie montage on youtube. The Mann made some beautiful movies.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPKXvHjor1g

  • pcch7

    Collateral is awesome. Miami Vice, not so much.

  • fuckngfuggt

    if you didnt vote heat or collateral you are a FUCKING FAGGT

  • nck

    Heat has such a high re-watchability factor. That one and The Insider are tops.

  • Deven Science

    I’m surprised Heat is in the lead by so much. I think that movie is highly overrated. I voted for Collateral, though the guy that stated below that “if you didnt vote heat or collateral you are a FUCKING FAGGT” makes me really wish I didn’t vote for it.

  • T. Heilman

    Heat is bloated despite some cool perfs from Bobby D and Sizemore. Anytime Kilmer and Judd are onscreen it becomes ponderous. Pacino hams it up ridiculously.
    Kind of wish I would have voted for The Keep myself rather than Thief.
    Underrated gem.