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North by Northwest (1959) - One of the top 100 movies of all time



North by Northwest is about an ordinary guy who is mistaken for an American spy.


Cary Grant excels as Roger Thornhill and Eva Marie Saint is ravishing as the romantic interest. Originally written with Grace Kelly in mind, Alfred Hitchcock is at the top of his game from planting a McGuffin (a device in a movie to serve as the catalyst for the plot) to the side winding twists and turns that keeps the audience guessing and on the edge of their seat. The visuals are equally as impressive from the crop dusting plane chasing Grant or the ending leading us on top of Mount Rushmore.


James Mason and Martin Landau are fantastic as the villains and Hitchcock makes them very successful villains from the get-go making them a steep task for Thornhill to overcome.