4. Rebecca (1940)
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Gladys Cooper
One year after adapting Daphne du Maurier's novel Jamaica Inn, Hitchcock returned to the English author's bibliography and emerged with Rebecca, a psychologically creepy yet tender look at a newly married woman (Joan Fontaine) who's plagued by the spirit of her husband's deceased first wife. For his first American production, Hitch respectfully translated du Maurier's brilliant text into a haunting character study, one that intimately watches a naive, childlike, and well-meaning person descend into a basket case tormented by unseen forces of sexual bewilderment and the uncertainty of mortality.