The 50 Best New York City Movies

27. The French Connection (1971)

Director: William Friedkin
Leading Actors: Gene Hackman, Roy Schneider, Fernando Rey
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Bushwick, Brooklyn; Harlem; Midtown

This classic take on the reckless cop genre features a driven member of the force inspired by a real-life person (and character from another significant New York film, Once Upon a Time in America): Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle. Hackman's performance as a bad cop driven to catch a bad guy turns the film into an enthralling battle of egos that abandons all traditional measures of morality. —GT

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