Zadnja leta zloglasnega bančnega roparja Johna Dillingerja.Spremljamo zgodbo razvpitega bančnega roparja Johna Dillingerja, ki je v tridesetih letih 20. stoletja buril že tako razvnete duhove v Chicagu, mestu, prežetem z gangsterji in njihovimi zločini. Medtem ko se je John na moč zaljubil v lepo Billie Frechete in se z ropi polaščal tujega denarja, je agent FBI-ja Melvin Purvis sprejel zahtevno nalogo, da izsledi izmuzljivega Dillingerja in enkrat za vselej obračuna z njim. Dillingerju ni preostalo drugega, kot da se požene v beg, toda premeteni Purvis mu je bil s svojo ulično taktiko vztrajno za petami.
This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It's there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night.