Like a lot of people, I'm mildly addicted to crime movies. Never mind that, as a law-abiding lady who poses as much threat as Fredo, I have zero in common with these dudes. That's the whole point! Their insane lifestyle fascinates me, because there's no way I could make it through a shakedown without crying.
But how much of these movies is real underworld stuff and how much is Hollywood bullshit? I don't know any criminals, but I do know a former DEA agent, so I called him up to assess a few films. Jim Doyle has 34 years of law enforcement experience (including with the feds!) and, also, 25 years of experience as my uncle. Below are his takes on a few mobster movies, some general crime flicks with a strong police presence, plus Netflix's buzzy new show Narcos. Here's how Scorsese and Mann stack up: