French Connection, The

Lists: Action, Thriller, Crime / Heist, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1970s, Car Chases, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979

Brief Synopsis: "A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection."

Overall Ranking: 1138 (Rank from 1971: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 40%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 10%
Burnt 0%


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Josh of Classicblanca100
David Baruffi97(full review)
James Patrick90
Lisa Marie Bowman85 - The film's power has been diluted by imitation but it's still an exciting film and Gene Hackman's performance continues to impress.
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Morgan On Media80(full review)
Jay of Life Vs Film80(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Thomas Pollock70
Bryan Lienesch69 - After an hour or so of nothing more than people following people, The French Connection FINALLY gets going.
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less30(full review)

People Involved

  • Gene Hackman (Det. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle)
  • Roy Scheider (Det. Buddy "Cloudy" Russo)
  • Fernando Rey (Alain Charnier)
  • Tony Lo Bianco (Salvatora "Sal" Boca)
  • Marcel Bozzuffi (Pierre Nicoli)
  • Frédéric de Pasquale (Henri Devereaux)
  • Bill Hickman (Bill Mulderig)
  • Harold Gary (Joel Weinstock)
  • Arlene Farber (Angie Boca)
  • William Friedkin (Director)
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