19. To Catch a Thief (1955)
Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Auber
To Catch a Thief should be viewed by every modern-day filmmaker who hopes to make a commercially viable but also credibly adult motion picture. Adapting David Dodge's 1952 novel, Hitchcock and screenwriter John Michael Hayes crafted an accessibly light thriller that's ripe with romance, action, and raw suspense. And the fact that its leads were played by Cary Grant and Grace Kelly (two of Hollywood's all-time greatest movie stars) certainly helped its cause.
Grant anchors To Catch a Thief as a former jewel snatcher looking to totally clean up his act when he's suspected of reverting back to his criminal ways. Once again dabbling in the frightening downsides of mistaken identity, Hitchcock wisely emphasized the story's stunning locations (the scenes set against the French Riviera are breathtaking) and the strong, playful chemistry between Grant and Kelly.
To Catch a Thief is everything that a film like 2010's insufferable megastar vehicle The Tourist (starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie) wants to be, and more.