New York City Narcotics Detectives Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle and Buddy ‘Cloudy’ Russo learn a large shipment of heroin is coming to town. Joined by Federal Agents, the two detectives hunt and chase down a wealthy French heroin smuggler. The French Connection stars Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey and Tony Lo Bianco. It is based off the 1969 book The French Connection by Robin Moore.
The French Connection took home several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Actor (Gene Hackman), Best Screenplay-Based on Material from Another Medium (Ernest Tidyman) and Best Film Editing (Gerald B. Greenberg) as well as the British Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Editing. In 1998 and in 2007, the American Film Institute added the film to their list of the best American films. The French Connection was selected for preservation by United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2005. It is considered by some to be one of the greatest films ever made.