The French Connection (1971)

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A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (IMDb)
A hard-boiled NYC cop thriller that’s a little dry–especially in the beginning–but has a second half that’s loaded with patiently crafted scenes brimming with tension (see the subway station battle of wits, wild car chase, car dismantling drug search). Hackman’s brash and bold Doyle, meanwhile, is the perfect protagonist for the gritty urban setting. The ending leaves something to be desired though, with its anticlimactic “gotcha” moment (you’d think the cops could’ve planned that better).
7/10 (Good)

 

Jaws (1975)

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When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (IMDb)
The horror of the first two tragic attacks is chilling, with the invisible attacker and vanished victim/bloody water aftermath, and the sense of impending doom in between is also well-crafted with a good score and tense character interplay between the paranoid cop and money-focused mayor. It’s a little slow and bloated, and only scattered spurts of action make the final act somewhat of a letdown (though the shark reveals still scare) but overall it’s still a suspenseful monster-attack movie.
7/10 (Good)