Gene Hackman in "French Connection," 1971. It made the career of the journeyman actor and it has with no rival the greatest cop chase in the history of cinema. It's the template for 80 percent of all TV series in the last 40 years and most of the cop movies. Steve McQueen came close and he was a bigger actor, but nobody did it better than Hackman.
New York, New York (1977) In post-World War II New York City, aspiring saxophonist Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) takes an orchestra gig to be with up-and-coming chanteuse Francine (Liza Minnelli). They wed soon thereafter, but the stress of two artists struggling to succeed spells romantic disaster. Mary Kay Place and Lionel Stander co-star in director Martin Scorsese's sparkling homage to the Big Band era, which features one of the most recognizable theme songs of all time.