The 50 Greatest Movies Ever Made

Ranking half a century of the finest films in cinematic history

14. Vertigo (1958)

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Few filmmakers in history have tackled the psychological quite as well as Alfred Hitchcock, and the themes of obsession and compulsion drive James Stewart’s protagonist descends into hysteria. As is the case with all of Hitchcock’s best works, there’s plenty of tension and suspense to go along with the mystery and intrigue, combining in a maelstrom of stylistic expertise.

James Stewart’s everyman persona was the ideal foil for the sinister undertones prevalent in all of the director’s work, allowing the actor to embrace and subvert his nature at the same time.