Politicians and the public alike blame an array of social problems on movies, which they claim are increasingly violent and graphically violent. In this paper, we analyze the five top-grossing films in a one year period in each of the past four decades (i.e., 1964, 1974, 1984, and 1994). Our analysis, which is based on a careful coding of these films, focuses on acts of violence, graphic violence, and death. We find that violence, graphic violence, and death increases across the four decades, although not in a perfectly linear trend. We also find that the violence is limited to particular genres.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science