24. Stage Fright (1950)
Stars: Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding, Richard Todd, Alastair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Kay Walsh
Stage Fright, admittedly, suffers from overfamiliarity within Hitchcock's movie catalog, covering murder and innocent people being falsely accused of the crime and a visual style that's a bit pedestrian compared to the director's better flicks.
Still, Hitchcock at his worst is always superior to the majority of other filmmakers' best offerings. Stage Fright—which focuses on a cute, young actress (Jane Wyman) trying to prove her friend's innocence—earns points for its opening, and infamously divisive, flashback sequence, a deceptive bait-and-switch that paved the way for the manipulative beginning scenes used to throw viewers of shows like AMC's Breaking Bad off.