The French Connection
Directed by William Friedkin
This is a film that I feel like no one talks about anymore. Perhaps I am wrong about that, seeing as I do my best to not talk to a whole lot of people. But everyone that has seen it seems to love it, so it is really a shame that it has fallen off the radar a bit.
Basically, two cops try to stop drug dealers. Of course, all anyone can really focus on is the car chase at the end. THAT WAS SUCH A GREAT CAR CHASE AT THE END! Sorry, I had to get that out of my system.
There are plenty of other tense bits to enjoy in this film. It's always great to see Roy Schieder in anything; I would watch that man put together an Ikea desk. It does suffer a bit from the "wait...who is that?" factor that affects many action films. But guys: car chase.
Roy Schieder and Gene Hackman patrolled with real police detectives for months to prepare for their roles. Hackman especially was disgusted with what he saw.
Gene Hackman had a hard time saying the racist dialogue. Aw, Genie.
#93 in AFI's top 100.