★★★★★ USA / France. 2h26m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by David Lynch. Written by David Lynch. Cinematography by Peter Deming. Edited by Mary Sweeney. Music by Angelo Badalamenti. Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller, Mark Pellegrino, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Dan Hedaya, Angelo Badalamenti, Monty Montgomery, Lee Grant, James Karen, Chad Everett, Richard Green, Rebekah Del Rio.
The story of an aspiring actress named Betty Elms (Watts), newly arrived in Los Angeles, who meets and befriends an amnesiac woman (Harring) recovering from a car accident. The story follows several other vignettes and characters, including a Hollywood film director (Theroux). Mulholland Drive is widely regarded as one of Lynch’s finest works and one of the greatest films of the 21st century.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h47m. Crime / Thriller. Directed by Lee Tamahori. Written by Pete Dexter (screenplay) and Pete Dexter, Floyd Mutrux (story). Cinematography by Haskell Wexler. Edited by Sally Menke. Music by Dave Grusin. Starring Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich, Daniel Baldwin, Kyle Chandler, William L. Petersen, Aaron Neville, Rob Lowe, Bruce Dern, Louise Fletcher.
Nolte plays the head of an elite group of four Los Angeles Police Department detectives (based on the real life ‘Hat Squad’) who are known for stopping at nothing to maintain control of their jurisdiction. Their work has the tacit approval of LA’s police chief (Bruce Dern).
★★★★☆ USA. 1h31m. Western / Thriller. Directed by Anthony Mann. Written by Sam Rolfe, Harold Jack Bloom. Cinematography by William C. Mellor. Edited by George White. Music by Bronislaw Kaper. Starring James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell.
About a bounty hunter who tries to bring a murderer to justice, and is forced to accept the help of two strangers who are less than trustworthy. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay — a rare honor for a Western.
★★★★★ USA. 2h16m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Ernest Lehman. Cinematography Robert Burks. Edited by George Tomasini. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce, Leo G. Carroll.
A tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization trying to prevent him from blocking their plan to smuggle out microfilm which contains government secrets. North by Northwest is listed among the canonical Hitchcock films of the 1950s and is often listed among the greatest films of all time.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h41m. Romance / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Ben Hecht. Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff. Edited by Theron Warth. Music by Roy Webb. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin.
In April 1946, Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, is recruited by government agent T. R. Devlin to infiltrate an organization of Nazis who have moved to Brazil after World War II. Considered by critics and scholars to mark a watershed for Hitchcock artistically, and to represent a heightened thematic maturity. His biographer, Donald Spoto, writes that “Notorious is in fact Alfred Hitchcock’s first attempt — at the age of forty-six — to bring his talents to the creation of a serious love story, and its story of two men in love with Ingrid Bergman could only have been made at this stage of his life.”
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h4m. Thriller / Mystery. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Rodney Ackland (screenplay) and Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (“Number Seventeen”). Cinematography by Jack Cox, Bryan Langley. Edited by A.C. Hammond. Music by Adolph Hallis. Starring Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart, Donald Calthrop, Barry Jones, Ann Casson.
A group of criminals who committed a jewel robbery hide their loot in an old house over a railway that leads to the English Channel. An outsider stumbles onto this plot and intervenes with the help of a neighbour who is a police officer’s daughter.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h38m. Thriller / Mystery. Directed by Brian De Palma. Written by Paul Schrader (screenplay) and Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader (story). Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Edited by Paul Hirsch. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Stocker Fontelieu.
About a New Orleans businessman who is haunted by guilt following the death of his wife and daughter during a kidnapping-rescue attempt gone wrong. Years after the tragedy, he meets and falls in love with a young woman who is the exact look-alike of his long dead wife.
★★★★☆ USA / UK / China. 2h41m. Thriller / Comedy. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Written by Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Edited by Fred Raskin. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler.
Follows a fading character actor and his stunt double as they navigate the rapidly changing film industry, with the looming threat of the Tate-LaBianca Murders hanging overhead. Chosen by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of the year. It received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Supporting Actor (Pitt) and Best Production Design. It also won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h42m. Thriller. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Written by David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Robert Towne (screenplay) and Loren Singer (“The Parallax View”). Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Edited by John W. Wheeler. Music by Michael Small. Starring Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Kenneth Mars, Walter McGinn, Kelly Thordsen, Jim Davis, Bill McKinney, William Jordan, Edward Winter.
Concerns a reporter’s investigation into a secretive organization, the Parallax Corporation, whose primary focus is political assassination. The Parallax View is the second installment of Pakula’s Political Paranoia trilogy, along with Klute (1971) and All the President’s Men (1976).
★★★★★ South Korea. 2h12m. Black Comedy / Thriller / Drama. Directed by Bong Joon-ho. Written by Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-Won (screenplay) and Bong Joon-ho (story). Cinematography by Hong Kyung-pyo. Edited by Yang Jin-mo. Music by Jung Jae-il. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Jang Hye-jin.
Follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals. The highest-grossing South Korean film of all time, and the first film since 1955’s Marty (and third overall) to win both the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Picture.
★★★★★ USA. 1h52m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by John Michael Hayes (screenplay) and Cornell Woolrich (“It Had To Be Murder”). Cinematography by Robert Burks. Edited by George Tomasini. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr.
A photographer is confined to a wheelchair while he mends a broken leg, and while housebound he begins to spy on his neighbors. This leads him to suspect one of his neighbors has committed murder. Considered by many filmgoers, critics, and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best and one of the greatest films ever made.
★★★★★ USA. 2h10m. Romance / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison (screenplay) and Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan (story) and Daphne du Maurier (“Rebecca”). Cinematography by George Barnes. Edited by W. Donn Hayes. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith, Nigel Bruce.
A gothic tale shot in black-and-white. Maxim de Winter’s first wife Rebecca, who died before the events of the film, is never seen. Her reputation and recollections of her, however, are a constant presence in the lives of Maxim, his new wife and the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.
Rebecca was theatrically released on April 12, 1940. A critical and commercial success, it received eleven nominations at the 13th Academy Awards, more than any other film that year. It won two awards; Best Picture, and Best Cinematography, becoming the only film directed by Hitchcock to win the former award.
★★★★★ USA. 1h20m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Arthur Laurents (screenplay) and Hume Cronyn (story) and Patrick Hamilton (“Rope”). Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine, William V. Skall. Edited by William H. Ziegler. Music by David Buttolph, Francis Poulenc, Leo F. Forbstein. Starring James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson.
The first of Hitchcock’s Technicolor films, and is notable for taking place in real time and being edited so as to appear as a single shot through the use of long takes. It is the second of Hitchcock’s “limited setting” films, the first being Lifeboat. The original play was said to be inspired by the real-life murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.
★★★★☆ UK. 1h16m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Charles Bennett (screenplay) and Joseph Conrad (“Secret Agent”). Cinematography by Bernard Knowles. Edited by Charles Frend. Music by Jack Beaver. Starring Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester, John Loder, Joyce Barbour, Matthew Boulton, S.J. Warmington.
Loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent, about a woman who suspects that her husband, a London cinema owner, is a terrorist agent.
Sabotage should not be confused with Hitchcock’s film Secret Agent, which was also released in 1936, but instead loosely based on two stories in the 1927 collection Ashenden: Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham. It also should not be confused with Hitchcock’s film Saboteur (1942).
★★★★☆ USA. 1h49m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker. Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine. Edited by Otto Ludwig. Music by Frank Skinner. Starring Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Clem Bevans, Norman Lloyd, Alma Kruger.
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane is accused of starting a fire at the Stewart Aircraft Works in Glendale, California — an act of sabotage that killed his friend Mason. Kane believes the real culprit is a man named Fry who, during their efforts to put out the fire, handed him a fire extinguisher filled with gasoline, which he passed on to Mason. When the investigators find no one named “Fry” on the list of plant workers, they assume Kane is the culprit.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h26m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Charles Bennett, Alma Reville, Ian Hay, Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) and Campbell Dixon (“Secret Agent”) and W. Somerset Maugham (story). Cinematography by Bernard Knowles. Edited by Charles Frend. Starring John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Peter Lorre, Robert Young, Percy Marmont, Florence Kahn, Charles Carson, Lilli Palmer.
An author who is also a British captain is asked to undertake a secret mission: to identify and eliminate a German agent on his way to Arabia to stir up trouble in the Middle East. Upon agreeing, he’s given a new identity (Richard Ashenden), a fake death, and the assistance of a killer known variously as “the Hairless Mexican” and “the General” (Lorre), though he’s not bald, Mexican or a general. When “Ashenden” arrives there, he is surprised to find that the secret service has also provided him with an attractive wife
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h37m. Drama / Thriller. Directed by Carl Schultz. Written by Clifford Green, Ellen Green. Cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchía. Edited by Caroline Biggerstaff. Music by Jack Nitzsche. Starring Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Peter Friedman, Jürgen Prochnow, Manny Jacobs, John Taylor.
Abby Quinn, a pregnant woman living in California, begins to have nightmares about the Apocalypse, while the world is increasingly overcome by disasters. Her new lodger holds the answer.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h48m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville (screenplay) and Gordon McDonnell (story). Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine. Edited by Milton Carruth. Music by Dmitri Tiomkin, Franz Lehár. Starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Wallace Ford, Hume Cronyn.
A teenage girl begins to suspect that her favorite uncle is a murderer. Hitchcock’s favorite of his own films. Considered by critics to be one of his masterpieces.
★★★★★ UK / USA. 2h18m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Written by Anthony Shaffer (screenplay) and Anthony Shaffer (“Sleuth”). Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Edited by Richard Marden. Music by John Addison. Starring Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine.
Andrew Wyke, a successful crime fiction author, lives in a large country manor house filled with elaborate games and automata. He invites his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle, a hairdresser, to his home to discuss the situation and would like Milo to take his wife off his hands. To provide him the means to support her, Andrew suggests that Milo steal some jewelry from the house, with Andrew recouping his losses through an insurance claim.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h51m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Angus MacPhail, Ben Hecht (screenplay) and Hilary Saint George Saunders, Francis Beeding (“The House Of Dr. Edwardes”). Cinematography by George Barnes. Edited by Hal C. Kern. Music by Miklós Rózsa. Starring Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming, John Emery, Norman Lloyd, Bill Goodwin.
The story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims. Features a dream sequence by Salvador Dalí.