King of a new breed of late-1960s counterculture actors, Dennis Hopper (who died Saturday of prostate cancer at age 74) made "unnerving" an art form. He was often difficult to watch on film, specializing in madcap, more-than-slightly askew characters. Of his many, many credits (IMDB lists 203), here are five must-see Hopper films to add to your Netflix queue — or experience again. JORDAN BARTEL, B

'Easy Rider' (1969): Hopper directed, co-wrote and starred in this road trip/existential exploration of a lost America. As counter-culture as counter-culture can get (even for 1969), "Easy Rider" remains a standout passion project, even if you aren't sure you agree with its principles.

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'Apocalypse Now' (1979): Hopper's unsettling performance as an unnamed druggie photojournalist in this Francis Ford Coppola classic mirrored the nation's confusion about the Vietnam War. It's a short role, but he almost steals the show. 

'Hoosiers' (1986): Hopper received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his stirring portrayal of alcoholic assistant coach Shooter in one of the greatest basketball films ever made. Who can forget him stumbling onto the court drunk in the middle of a game?

'Blue Velvet' (1986): Reaching his crazy-evil character zenith, Hopper's performance as ultra-violent Frank Booth is so spot-on, you'll never think of Hopper the same way again. The film's not for everyone (it was directed by David Lynch), but Hopper's role is worth a look.

'True Romance' (1993):
This Quentin Tarantino-penned crime-romance is meh, but here Hopper expertly flashes his brilliance. His ex-cop sparring with gangster Christopher Walken is unforgettable.

Jordan Bartel is assistant editor at b. Follow him on Twitter, @jordanbartel.

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