Chinatown
1974
*****
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman

Roman Polanski’s film noir masterpiece has P.I. Jake Gittes investigating a tricky case involving a femme fatale and her rich businessman father. Excellent performances, beautiful recreation of time and place, and razor-sharp dialogue are some of the reasons why this film has become a classic. Robert Towne won an Oscar for his screenplay, which is now considered to be one of the finest ever written. Nicholson later directed a sequel The Two Jakes.