The Conversation (1974)

ImageThis is a slow burning tale of espionage/ surveillance which pits moral dilemmas against paranoid delusions. Unlike Coppola’s other sprawling and superfluous works, the direction, editing and writing remain focused and meaningful the whole way down. Meanwhile, every cast member is menacing and deserves every second of their spotlight. After all these years, The Conversation remains at top of the list of spy thrillers.