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Dennis Hopper’s masterpiece
COLORS (1988) is a crime film
depicting the 1980s gang war
between the Bloods and Crips.
The film has historical
references to the creation of
the gang unit known as CRASH
and mildly depicts the stresses
of being a law enforcement
officer and the differing views
on law enforcement practices.
Directed by Billy Corbin,
Cocaine Cowboys (2006) is a
documentary based on the
early 1980s Miami drug trade
and one of the most dangerous
drug traffickers known as the
Godmother Griselda Blanco.
Donnie Brasco (1997), directed by
Mike Newell, is a biographical
crime film about FBI Special Agent
Joe Pistone’s infiltration into the
Bonnano crime family under the
fake name Donnie Brasco.
Goodfellas (1990), directed by
Martin Scorcese, is a biographical
film told by the character Henry
Hill (Ray Liotta) about his rise into
the Mafia and his role in the fall
of the Lucchese crime family.
Brian De Palma’s controversial film
Scarface (1983) is a fictional tale of
the rise of a Cuban immigrant Tony
Montana who rises into the drug
world and takes over a drug cartel.
The character Tony Montana was
largely based on the notorious
gangsters Al Capone and Griselda
The Outsiders (1983), directed by
Francis Ford Coppola, is a fictional
tale that explores the cultural styles
of 1950s street youth gangs through
a story about rival gangs known as
“greasers” and “socials.”
BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), directed by John Singleton, is a fictional tale
about a group of childhood friends and their different paths while
growing up in the ghetto of Los Angeles, having to face the problems of
gangs, drugs, and teenage pregnancy.
The Untouchables (1987),
directed by Brian De Palma,
is a film about FBI Agent
Elliot Ness and his devotion
to creating a team of agents
who were not corruptible in
order to combat Chicago
gangster Al Capone.
12 Angry Men (1957), directed by
Sidney Lumet, is a fictional story about
a jury that must decide the fate of a
young man accused of murder. One
dissenting juror slowly argues his point
of view on why he believes the
defendant is innocent of the crime he is
Hoodlum (1997), directed by Bill
Duke, is a biographical film based on
the 1930s numbers racket in Harlem,
the rise of Bumpy Johnson, and a
looming mafia war among gangsters
Dutch Schultz and Charles “Lucky”
Bonnano: A Godfather’s Story (1999),
directed by Michel Poulette, is a
biographical film about the life of
Bonnano crime family godfather
Joseph Bonnano from his birth in Italy
to being the leader of the American
Against the Wall (2004), directed by
John Frankenheimer, is a movie based
on the true story of the 1971 Attica
prison uprising that led to a prison
take-over by inmates who made
demands for better prison conditions.
Larry Clark directed one of the
most controversial movies ever
when he directed Bully (2001).
This film follows the real life story
of two friends, Marty and his bully
Bobby, that leads to a murder that
shakes the suburban town of
Weston in South Florida.
Blow (2001), directed by Ted
Demme, is a biographical crime
story based on the life of George
Jung who was part of the Medellin
drug cartel and smuggled a large
amount of cocaine into the United
States during the 1970s.
Michael Moore in his
documentary Bowling for
Columbine (2002) explores the
historical roots and causes for gun
violence in the United States.