30 Essential Movies | The French Connection
Based around a drug smuggling connection between Marseilles and New York City, The French Connection, follows “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) of the NYPD in his dogged pursuit of the drug smugglers. A bit of a rogue cop, Doyle gets onto the hunt for the smugglers after “interrogating” a suspect who’d slashed his partner with a knife. After the suspect gives up that his connection is in France, Doyle and his partner “Cloudy” Russo fall down the rabbit hole as they dig deeper and deeper. Based loosely around real events The French Connection is another standard setting thriller that stands the test of time.