In the film “The Crow” none of the birds used were actually crows. All of them were in fact ravens, which are much larger than crows and have a longer more impressive beak.
They may look similar and are both highly intelligent birds, but the crow’s feathers are less shiny, and sometimes it has lighter markings. Its adaptive skills is great, it likes being in human populated areas and is more social and audacious than the more cautious raven.
Ravens often travel in pairs, while crows are seen in larger groups.
Furthermore, crows are as good as ravens at solving intelligence tests, but some researcher state that crows have an uncanny memory for human faces, and can remember if a particular person is a threat
In addition to “The Crow”, black feathered birds of all kinds have appeared in a number of movies, such the 1943 French film “Le Corbeau” , Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”(1959), the American fantasy film “Maleficent” (2014,) Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963), “The Snow Queen “, and many more.
Even Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” has been adapted into films, first in 1915, then in 1935, 1963, and 2012.
Charles Dickens’ “Barnaby Rudge”, in which the raven “Grip” is an important character, was made into a (silent) feature films in 1911 and 1915, and into a BBC TV miniseries in 1960.