25 Great ’80s Movies Time Has Forgotten

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Clint Eastwood’s 1988 biopic of jazz legend Charlie Parker was the first film he directed but did not appear in; it was also one of his few films to lose money. As you can see from the trailer above, Warner Brothers clearly had no idea how the hell to market the story of the towering bebop genius, but Eastwood’s film is heartbreaking and richly atmospheric — a jazz pianist himself (and lifelong aficionado of the music), he evocatively captures the look, the feel, the smell of those clubs. And Forest Whitaker (who won the Best Actor award at Cannes) is masterful in the title role.