Crime Signs and Signifiers

Typical signs and signifiers which may be found in American crime films are:

  • The consumption of alcohol and illegal substances.
  • The use of weapons such as guns or knives.
  • The main protagonist attending a party/rave.
  • Police attempting to arrest/intimidate the main protagonist.
  • The main protagonist is usually a male character who has had a hard upbringing.
  • They emphasise the struggles and difficulties faced by the characters.

American crime films usually have a strong female character that the female audience can relate to, however British crime films have a lack of female influence in their films.

In conclusion:

American crime films focus on the harsh upbringing and lives which the characters have been through to try and make them relatable. The films also incorporate a lot of violence and drug drug crimes and portray the police and authority in a negative light.

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