1970s Crime and Criminal Justice Films (Edited Collection)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
contact email: 

The editors are seeking historically and theoretically insightful essays that explore various aspects of crime and criminal justice films made and/or released in the United States during the decade of the 1970s. Individual contributions may address the social construction of crime, application of criminological theory, examination of moral dilemmas, as well as analysis that connects past representations to present social and cultural conditions. In-depth analyses of period representations of class, ethnicity, gender, masculinity, race, and sexual orientation are also desired. Potential contributors are encouraged to interpret and explore this topic area quite broadly and innovatively.

We invite abstract submissions from scholars at various levels and with varying perspectives, from diverse fields to include (but certainly not limited to) criminology, cultural studies, film and media studies, gender studies, history, and sociology. Individual essays may focus on only one film exclusively, or may instead put the contents of two (or a maximum of three) conceptually related films into conversation with one another. A partial list of relevant films is provided below; other films not listed may be considered provided they have a U.S. release date in the 1970s. We anticipate a broad audience for this collection to include scholars as well as students of the humanities and social sciences at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

If you are interested in contributing to this planned essay collection, please submit a 300-word abstract (including working title) of your proposed essay, along with a copy of your CV, to both Kylo-Patrick Hart (k.hart@tcu.edu) and David Mackey (damackey@plymouth.edu) by September 15, 2021. If accepted for inclusion, completed essays (containing approximately 5,500-6,000 words, including references) will be due by March 1, 2022. Essays must be original works not previously published or currently under review elsewhere.


Editors’ contact information:

Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Ph.D., Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, Texas Christian University


David A. Mackey, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Department, Plymouth State University



Non-exhaustive list of crime and criminal justice films made and/or released in the United States during the 1970s:

1970:  Bloody Mama, The Honeymoon Killers, Judy

1971:  A Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, The French Connection, The Organization, Sacco & Vanzetti, Shaft, Straw Dogs, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, The Zodiac Killer

1972:  Across 110th Street, The Godfather, Super Fly

1973:  Badlands, Black Caesar, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Long Goodbye, Magnum Force, Mean Streets, Papillon, Serpico, The Sting, Super Fly T.N.T., Walking Tall

1974:  Big Bad Mama, Chinatown, Female Trouble, The Godfather: Part II, The Longest Yard, The Sugarland Express, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

1975:  Capone, Dog Day Afternoon, Dolemite, French Connection II, Friday Foster, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Switchblade Sisters

1976:  The Enforcer, The Killer Inside Me, Massacre at Central High, Taxi Driver, The Town That Dreaded Sundown

1977:  The Domino Principle, Fun with Dick and Jane, A Piece of the Action

1978:  The Driver, Midnight Express, Straight Time, Who’ll Stop the Rain

1979:  And Justice for All, Disco Godfather, Escape from Alcatraz, Going in Style, The Lady in Red, The Onion Field, Over the Edge