The 10 Best Movies To Watch if You Like The French Connection, Ranked
If you've got a penchant for tightly woven plots, high-speed chases, and characters walking the line between right and wrong, this list is for you.
10. "Heat" (1995)
In the bustling landscape of Los Angeles, seasoned thief Neil McCauley is assembling a crew for one last job. On the opposite side, Lieutenant Vincent Hanna is determined to bring him down. What ensues is a cat-and-mouse chase, filled with tense robberies, thrilling car chases, and a memorable diner scene with both De Niro and Pacino.
It's a treat for anyone who appreciates meticulous planning and unexpected connections between a cop and a criminal.
9. "Bullitt" (1968)
You know how some people rave about the car chases in movies? Well, 'Bullitt' is probably what they're thinking of. Steve McQueen, as Frank Bullitt, is an ice-cool detective who's assigned to protect a witness. But when things go south, and the witness is targeted, Bullitt takes things into his own hands.
San Francisco's hilly streets become the playground for one of cinema's most iconic car chases. And the jazz-infused soundtrack? Impeccable!
8. "Serpico" (1973)
Al Pacino plays Frank Serpico, an idealistic cop in New York City who's not keen on bending the rules like some of his peers. As he climbs the career ladder, he realizes corruption is rampant in the department. Instead of looking the other way, Serpico decides to expose the wrongdoings, but at a significant personal risk.
It's a gripping tale of one man against the system – and Pacino in one of his most memorable roles. Ever thought how far you'd go for what's right?
7. "Ronin" (1998)
De Niro's back on the list, this time as a former US intelligence officer hired alongside other professionals to retrieve a mysterious briefcase. Set against the beautiful backdrop of France, the plot keeps zigzagging as trust issues arise within the team. Remember the chase through Nice with all those sharp turns and narrow alleys?
It's almost like a dance, but with cars! 'Ronin' is a cocktail of suspense, car chases, and mind games. Cheers to that!
6. "Dirty Harry" (1971)
Say hello to Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), a cop who doesn't mind bending the rules to get justice. San Francisco is under threat from a serial killer called Scorpio, who's demanding a ransom to stop the killings. With his .44 Magnum in hand, Harry takes on the case, leading to a series of intense confrontations.
It's hard not to cheer for Dirty Harry, especially when he drops lines like, "Do you feel lucky, punk?"
5. "L.A. Confidential" (1997)
Los Angeles in the 1950s isn't just glitz and glamour. Underneath the Hollywood sign lies a murky world of corruption, drugs, and scandal. Three LAPD officers, each with their own methods and agendas, get entangled in a web of lies while investigating a series of murders.
4. "The Untouchables" (1987)
Al Capone is ruling Chicago with an iron fist, and Eliot Ness, a federal agent, is the guy who's hell-bent on bringing him down. Along with his specially selected team, Ness goes toe-to-toe with the mob. The scene with the baby carriage on the staircase? Cinematic gold.
This is a story where the line between good and evil gets blurred, making you wonder who the real "untouchables" are.
3. "Collateral" (2004)
Imagine being a cab driver, and your passenger turns out to be a hitman. That's the life of Max (Jamie Foxx) when he picks up Vincent (Tom Cruise) in LA. As the night unfolds, Max is reluctantly dragged into Vincent's world of assassinations and chaos.
It's not just a thriller; it's an unexpected bond forming under the neon lights of the city. Plus, seeing Cruise as a grey-haired hitman? Definitely a change of pace.
2. "Donnie Brasco" (1997)
Based on a true story, Johnny Depp plays Joe Pistone, an FBI agent who goes undercover as Donnie Brasco to infiltrate the mob. He gets close to aging hitman Lefty (Al Pacino), but as he delves deeper, the lines between Joe and Donnie blur.
Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned, and the mafia world's grim realities come to the forefront. It's a slow burn, but when things heat up, you'll be at the edge of your seat.
1. "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985)
When his partner is murdered just days before retirement, Secret Service agent Richard Chance becomes obsessed with catching the killer, an elusive counterfeiter named Rick Masters. The hunt takes him through the gritty underbelly of Los Angeles, leading to high-stakes chases and unexpected twists.
The film is more than just a cat-and-mouse chase; it's about how far one would go for vengeance.