20 Films Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


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Psycho (1960)

Hitchcock didn't use his usual, expensive production unit for this cultural juggernaut, opting instead to use his TV crew because he wanted Psycho to look like "a cheap exploitation film." Anthony Perkins stars as Norman Bates, a creepy mama's-boy innkeeper who offers Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) a place to stay for the night. Hitchcock chose to shoot in black and white to resemble the newsreels of the time -- and also because the gory nature of the film would be too much in living color. Psycho is truly Hitchcock's masterpiece, a must-see for anyone who has ever wanted to be entertained -- or scared out of their mind.