Growing up in New York City during a fairly rough era, we had the Guardian Angels. They did what they could within an organized group to clean up the streets. While there was plenty of crime related to drugs and robbery, you couldn't possibly protect all the streets when Crime sometimes tends to be so utterly random. The Silver Screen had people like Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) and Paul Kersey (Death Wish) taking matters into their own hands. We had people like Bernard Goetz who fended off muggers on the subway with his gun. Although it was a crime he was ultimately punished for, the debate will always remains the same: Shouldn't you have the right to be able to defend yourself when you feel like no one else is?
It's easier to just enjoy some of these crazy Films, a lot of which were VERY reactionary to the times and growing unrest, especially in urban areas. Movies like these can easily cross the line into exploitation, but when it's done in a way to entertain rather than simply depress it's audience, then I'm totally there. Pictures like Vigilante and Fight Back are outrageous in the way crime is portrayed, and that's what makes them so much fun.
Why not take back the streets yourself like some of these heroes in these Movies...
Panic In The Schools (1981) AKA: Panikos Sta Sholeia:
Devils In The Schools (1982) AKA: Satanades sta Sholeia:
Blood Debts (1985) AKA: Eliminator:
Streets Of Justice (1985):
Let Sleeping Cops Lie (1988) AKA: Never Wake A Cop:
Orapronobis (1989) AKA: Fight For Us: