The Sting (1973)
Paul Newman and Robert Redford certainly enjoy themselves as they team up for another "crime with a smile" film (after the successful Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid four years prior). The Sting is thoroughly lightweight but also remarkably intriguing and clever, as Newman and Redford plan to swindle mobster Robert Shaw who has killed their mutual friend. George Roy Hill's direction is shamelessly uppish and uncritical, and the film unfolds as an endless escapade which to most people will be sheer and classic fun from start to finish. The film won a big handful of Oscars and (over)popularized ragtime music through Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation of Scott Joplin's classics.