A neo-noir crime film done just about absolutely right. Thoroughly absorbing in many sharp ways that it totally immerses one into its '50s Los Angeles backdrop full of mysteries, murders, and various twists and turns that pretty much never fail to compel, surprise, and entertain. Appreciate that it's notably complex as well, but by no means is it on the needless side.
All actors here do their very best, and they no doubt give their characters worthy portrayals thanks to the entirely stellar character development that happens throughout L.A. Confidential. Especially interesting since Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were relatively unknown at the time this was released; the two were 100% the finest cast performances in this looking back.