Thieves, Cons and Outlaws is the theme for November for Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix series, offering films from the 1970s that focus on characters who live outside the law and yet rouse viewer empathy.

All the movies are free and take place Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

As there is no screening the day after Thanksgiving, this month’s series concludes Nov. 18 with “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975, USA). This suspense film is based on a true story. Does anything say “outlaw” better than “bank robber?” Frank and Jesse, Butch and Sundance and Bonnie and Clyde all come to mind. Thanks to Sydney Lumet’s Oscar- and BAFTA-winning film, there are Sonny and Sal. On a hot August day in 1972 in Brooklyn, N.Y., two bank robbers, played by Al Pacino and John Cazale, hold up the Chase Manhattan Bank.

What was supposed to be a quick heist turns into a prolonged hostage situation. As it turns out, Sonny (who is married) is robbing the bank to pay for his male lover’s sex change operation. And to complicate matters, the scene on the street turns into a media and public circus (“Attica! Attica!”) as the FBI tries to negotiate the release of the hostages.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.