The first movie to get a recommendationMovie:
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)Cast:
William Peterson, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Freur, Dean Stockwell, John Turturro, Robert Downey Sr.Why I Recommend It:
It's 80's cool personified. It's gritty but in a natural way instead of forced-the protagonists are flawed and at times plain immoral, which is fitting considering the crime ridden environment of the story. The performances-from a cast of mostly unknown actors at the time-are all excellent, especially Dafoe, who plays one of his best villain roles in this one. The neon lit cinematography is Goddamn gorgeous. Even the Wang Chung soundtrack is great.
Also, as it says, it's from the director of "The French Connection". I mention this because this movie is the perfect companion piece to that film-a world of rough anti-heroes as protagonists, a car chase to rival the one in said movie and a director at the top of his game. Oh, and it even makes the art of counter fitting money look cool.