1953 – The Naked Spur

★★★★☆ 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.

1960 – Psycho

★★★★★ USA. 1h49m. Horror. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Joseph Stefano (screenplay) and Robert Bloch (“Psycho”). Cinematography by John L. Russell. Edited by George Tomasini. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire.

A woman on the run from the police stumbles across a lonely motel run by a psychopath. Considered one of Hitchcock’s best films and praised as a major work of cinematic art by international film critics and scholars due to its slick direction, tense atmosphere, effective camerawork, a memorable score and iconic performances. Often ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre.