Dirty Harry (1971) IMDb

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Sequel:

Magnum Force (1973) IMDb

Commentary

Probably the franchise’s best underlying concept, but the ideological conflict is a wasted opportunity to craft a more interesting philosophy for Harry. Without such underpinnings, the whole thing is doomed to stay at the level of (enjoyable) unfocused gun-nut badassery, unwilling even to go the distance into Hard-Boiled (1992) territory.

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Sequel:

The Enforcer (1976) IMDb

Commentary

Some great facial expressions on Harry. Acting! Then, moronically explosive showdown. Surprisingly good bummer ending after that; society folds easily and the good die young, classic conservative fears.

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Sequel:

Sudden Impact (1983) IMDb

Sequel:

The Dead Pool (1988) IMDb