IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)

Sidney Poitier has to solve a murder in a small southern town that hates him. A great social movie but kind of a blah procedural.

THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)

This all-encompassing sequel involves at least two separate movies that never quite meet.

THE GODFATHER (1972)

Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia epic is now fixed in American culture.

GOODFELLAS (1990)

Scorsese’s most cutting exploration of the gangster lifestyle. I like the movie. The lifestyle’s not for me.

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

A movie that launched legendary careers and an entire classic genre of film, and is also pretty fun in its own right.