White Collar Crime Goes to the Movies

5 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2014

Date Written: March 19, 2014


This essay discusses the advantages of using movies about white collar crime in white collar and property crime courses. Films (e.g. Quiz Show) offer deeper insights into the causes and effects of such crimes than the summary of facts found in cases. Movies (e.g. Catch Me if You Can) illustrate that motives are often more complex than the greed narrative that is commonly attributed to white collar defendants. Others (e.g. Margin Call) show the inherent risk of unlawful conduct in large, profit-driven firms. The essay offers a plan for using movies in white collar classes and seminars and provides a list of appropriate movies.

Keywords: white collar crime, movies, films, white collar crime movies, pedagogy

Suggested Citation

Moohr, Geraldine Szott, White Collar Crime Goes to the Movies (March 19, 2014). Ohio State Law Journal, (2014) Forthcoming; U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2411472

Geraldine Szott Moohr (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

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