UNDERRATED: 'The Conversation' (1974)

Sure, part of the charm of this film is seeing Gene Hackman wear John Cleese's raincoat from the "Dead Parrot" sketch for an hour, but these NSA-dominated times are well suited for revisiting a true classic of surveillance and paranoia. Hackman portrays an uptight and tormented professional eavesdropper, and while the film may venture over the top in depicting a growing obsession over a recorded conversation, it's also memorably haunting.
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