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Lethal Weapon (1987)

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Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star in this definitive ‘buddy cop’ movie directed by Richard Donner (Superman, The Omen). What sets this apart from its imitators are the well-rounded characters created by screenwriter Shane Black, and the engaging chemistry between Gibson and Glover. Lethal Weapon is a highly polished action flick. In addition to Donner’s slick staging, the film also sports terrific night-time cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt and a jazz-infused score by Michael Kamen. With Gary Busey as the bad guy.

Oscar Nomination: Best Sound