#1. The French Connection (1971) | Rent $4 / Own $9 @ Amazon.com
Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Schneider, Fernando Rey
How you’ll sell it: “For starters, it won 5 Academy Awards — including Best Picture. It’s about a couple of New Yorkers who encounter some brooding Frenchmen who’ve ridden in on white horses.”
What you’ll see: Two hard-boiled New York City narcotics cops kicking some French drug-smuggler ass. Oh, and one of the most amazing car chases ever committed to film.
#2. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) | Rent $4 / Own $8 @ Amazon.com
Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
How you’ll spin it: “A beautiful young woman in New York City gets pregnant, but she’s not sure if her husband is the real father — and fears the father may be a deadbeat dad.”
What you’ll see: A disturbing horror masterpiece in which a broke actor essentially sells his wife’s womb to satan (with help from some super creepy neighbors) in order to further his acting career.