Director: Abel Ferrara
Leading Actors: Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Upper West Side, Times Square

Bad Lieutenant is Harvey Keitel's greatest achievement. That said, this potent character study, which finds a character known only as the Lieutenant gallivanting through the New York of the early '90s, isn't for the squeamish. A thoroughly corrupt cop, he visits prostitutes, smokes crack, supplies drug dealers, places ridiculous bets on a baseball series doomed to go against him, and barks at Jesus, all the while trying to solve the case of the raped nun. And yet it's an earnest story of Catholicism and forgiveness. But good luck convincing your devout mom of that while the Lieutenant masturbates on a car door. —GT

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