1959 – North By Northwest

★★★★★ 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.

1954 – On The Waterfront

★★★★★ USA. 1h48m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Elia Kazan. Written by Budd Schulberg. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman. Edited by Gene Milford. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Eva Marie Saint.

Focuses on union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen, while detailing widespread corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the waterfronts of Hoboken, New Jersey. On the Waterfront was a critical and commercial success. It received twelve Academy Award nominations and won eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. In 1997, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the eighth-greatest American movie of all time; in AFI’s 2007 list, it was ranked 19th.