The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

It’s got a thin plot with more than a few holes in it, but The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), directed by Norman Jewison, is an unmitigated treat for the eyes. The film stars icon Steve McQueen as Thomas Crown, a bored millionaire who pulls off an elaborate bank heist and gets involved with the bank’s insurance investigator, played by Faye Dunaway. That’s pretty much it.

The film was a departure for McQueen. In his life and previous work, he was not at all like the polished, groomed and tailored Thomas Crown, though he did share the character’s affinity for cars.

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The Thomas Crown Affair cannot boast a deep, meaningful or life-changing story, but it is seriously slick entertainment. And the fact that a man could wear any piece of McQueen’s Crown wardrobe today is a testament to the film’s incredible style.

Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway on the set of "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968). Image by © Cat's Collection/Corbis
Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway on the set of “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968). Image by © Cat’s Collection/Corbis
McQueen in his tailored glory.
McQueen in his tailored glory.

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Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen on the set with director Norman Jewison.
Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen on the set with director Norman Jewison.

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