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39. 'The Morning After' (1986)

For some reason, Jeff Bridges made a number of movies in which he has to help out a woman who has wound up in the middle of an unexplained murder. In this one, it's black-out alcoholic Jane Fonda who needs saving: She's an actress who wakes up next to a man with a knife stuck in him and has no memory of what happened. He's an ex-cop who runs into her at her lowest point. She's a brittle and edgy Hollywood type; he's loose, happy, and a bit of a bumpkin (not to mention somewhat bigoted). The plot is a bit of a tangle, and director Sidney Lumet seems to know it, so he spends much of his time focusing on the weirdly compelling relationship between his two imperfect leads, who luckily deliver in spades.