Klute 1971. Alan J. Pakula
Klute is a a suspense thriller with a very paranoid streak, which makes sense because Pakula also directed The Parallax View and All the Presidents Men (there was a lot to be paranoid about in the early seventies). Klute is played by Donald Sutherland, a private eye working a missing persons case. Jane Fonda plays Brie Daniels, a prostitute that may have answers for Klute. Fonda is just amazing in this movie, she gives an outstanding performance as a woman trying to change her life but haunted by what she has become. Sutherland is excellent as the stoic detective from the sticks doing his best to do his job while discovering he's attracted to Brie.
Watching Sutherland and Fonda work through this lurid story with grace and class is a movie experience that is truly thrilling. This film, though made in '71 and in color, clearly has elements of noir in its design: darkness seeps into every scene, even in daylight; the cinematography is by the great Gordon Willis, who does incredible things with light and shadows. You have the detective angle, paranoia, a fear of he future, etc. it is very much a late noir work that doesn't always look like noir at first glance. Pakula delivers a film that is moving, thoughtful, and exciting.