Unlike most of the films here, which, aside from Boogie Nights, are either teen comedies or so-so dramas, Hardcore is a deft piece of filmmaking with a very high pedigree. Its writer-director, Paul Schader, also penned Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, and Hardcore star George C. Scott previously won an Academy Award for 1970's Patton.
In Hardcore, Scott plays a father desperately looking to get his runaway daughter out of the pornography business. Along the way, he meets a porn-experienced hooker (Season Hubley), and they strike up an unlikely but affectionate connection. Hubley's sexiness makes one hope that Scott's character thanks his daughter for pursuing stag films—how else would he have shared a bed with Hubley?