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Posted on: Nov 8, 2020

As the pandemic rages on, we face the harsh reality of winter. Instead of hot cocoa and eggnog with our pals at the ski lodge, we are forced back into our homes with our families/cats. How to cope? How to avoid the frozen fate of Jack Torrance in The Shining? The Criminal Justice Section is here for you with recommendations to get you through the punishing winter.

With COVID cases spiking across the state, the safety minded criminal practitioner may be currently eyeing the world outside their front door with suspicion. And who could blame them? Luckily, we live in a veritable technological wonderland, where hours of entertainment are at our fingertips. Some of the longest (and best) films about crime are about organized crime! That’s la cosa nostra! If you have some time to kill indoors, then snuggle up with a blanket and a big bowl of red sauce and check out these flicks!

Five Fine Films About Organized Crime

  1. The Godfather: By some accounts the greatest movie of all time, The Godfather is an epic tale of crime, family, and the evitability of becoming your father.
  2. The Untouchables: An underrated gem. Starring Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, and a very fat Robert DeNiro, this Brian DePalma directed flick tells the story of do-gooder cop Eliot Ness trying to take down gangster king Al Capone!
  3. American Gangster: A more recent addition to the canon, Denzel Washington stars as Frank Lucas, a kingpin who smuggled massive amounts of heroin in American Service planes in the 1970’s.
  4. Animal Kingdom: Featuring a stellar performance by Jacki Weaver as the rare criminal matriarch, this Australian thriller features familiar faces and a fantastic finale.  
  5. The Irishman: Ostensibly a film about the intersection of the mafia and organized labor, it’s really a movie about aging, family and loss. It’s also extremely long.

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