- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Both movies spend a good deal of time showcasing the considerable amounts of money, power and notoriety that drug dealing brings. They even get Jan Hammer to do the first film's score for that extra coat of gloss.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- During the first film, The mugshots of some criminals move their eyes to look right at the viewer.
- Griselda Blanco. There's a good argument to be made that any fictional portrayal of her would have to subject her to Historical Villain Downgrade, out of fear that the audience would not believe an actual person committed the acts she did.
YMMV / Cocaine Cowboys