Write an essay of approximately 3000 words on a topic of your own design pertaining to the subject of crime film and/or television.

The following is a list of topics that you might be interested in pursuing:


Crime films in a particular decade (i.e. the 1930s or 1970s)

The impact of the Production Code on the Gangster film

The emergence of the Cop Film

The significance of the Prison Film

An analysis of a film director’s work in the Crime Film category

A history of the Hong Kong Crime Film

French Crime Films

The evolution of the Police Procedural on American Television

Film (or TV) and the War on Drugs

A detailed analysis of a single crime film


Email me if you would like some feedback on your proposed topic.


You may draw upon the course readings and screenings. You must also include research beyond the course materials. A minimum of 10 scholarly sources (books and articles) is required in most instances. Citations and a bibliography must be included. Your paper must also include a clear thesis statement at the beginning. The essay should be typed and double-spaced. Please use MLA style for citations.


Crime film