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North by Northwest

North by Northwest

1959
Suspense/Thriller
Action
2h 16m
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Rated 18 Feb 2007
5
91st
Holy crap is this movie way steamier than I ever remembered. Eva Marie Saint all but spreads her legs and asks Cary Grant to put it inside her. And yet she barely shows the slightest hint of skin. It's a tribute to the power of skillful double entendre, soft focus, backlighting and self-confidence making a woman seem enormously seductive. Oh, and of course, it's a blast from start to finish as Cary Grant fumbles his way through the world of international espionage. But Eva Marie Saint...damn.
Rated 01 Jul 2018
100
97th
A masterfully constructed film that perfectly balances action, suspense, humor, and romance with a razor-sharp script and impeccable direction. Often imitated by later action thrillers, but never duplicated.
Rated 02 Oct 2009
95
98th
Without a doubt this is one of the best thrillers ever made. Cary Grant is superb and Hitchcock really lives up to his name as the "master of suspense." By today's standards it does take a bit of time to get started but that's a fault with today's movies, not this one. This is, without a doubt, a must see.
Rated 21 Jul 2009
95
93rd
North by Northwest counts till today to the top of espionage thriller...many things that you can see in today movies were asumed by this Hitchcock classic.Ageless!!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
87th
There's a lot of great scenes here, but it's all a little too goofy for me. I don't think Hitchcock always succeeds at the balance of comedy and thriller that he's shooting for here. The rampant sexual innuendo and double entendre is kind of silly, and Saint doesn't hold a candle to most of Hitchcock's other blondes. I'm inclined to criticize the suspension of disbelief required to get through some of the plot's more ludicrous points, but I realize it's all meant to be tongue-in-cheek.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
97th
Wonderful adventure film with charming and very funny performance by Grant, deservedly classic action sequences, great supporting work by Mason and Landau, and excellent pacing and twists.
Rated 12 Nov 2018
92
98th
Thoroughly absorbing, and masterfully made. Hitchcock et al at the height of their powers.
Rated 22 May 2017
72
78th
hes like a fish out of water thats actually like a duck to water. like, he is a duck but he thought he was a fish for a long time. no he is a platypus. sartorial duck fucking platypus
Rated 18 Feb 2009
9
90th
What an entertaining and heart pumping ride. I did find the first mysterious hour better than the second, with the latter containing some silly moments throughout (plane crashing on oil tank in the middle of the desert, what are the odds :O ), but Hitchcock works his magic, the film is masterfully constructed, it grabs and wows you (and I think I need a rewatch). Lovely making of aswell: when I saw Martin Landau I said "fuck me, was that him all along ???!!!"
Rated 10 Jul 2007
93
94th
North by Northwest is such an amazing mystery. Hitchcock works his magic as he usually does, but Cary Grant plays his part with excellence, and a large level of class. The pace is perfect, with every step Grant gets closer to solving the mystery, something happens that makes it more thrilling. This is an underated Hitchcock, I mean a lot of people know Psycho, and Rear Window, but a lot of people do not recognize North by Northwest, and that is a bloody shame. An absolute gem of a classic.
Rated 12 Jan 2007
95
96th
Hitchcock is amazing, this is Cary Grant's best movie, and the twists and turns of the story are really fun.
Rated 02 Mar 2019
90
95th
Classic action sequences and Hitchcock flair. An everyman superhero. Fav scene: that final insinuation of the train going into the tunnel.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
100
99th
I've seen this movie now 6 times and I think this is one of the best movies of Hitchcock. Nice impressive story and some hilarious, comical scenes to watch like the auction. The end is amazingly good with a beautiful luxury villa on a rock. James Mason is so good in this movie as a bad guy with a fabulous nice voice.
Rated 04 Sep 2013
100
99th
Brilliant, classic Hitchcock, livened by a whip-smart, witty screenplay by Lehman, and spotlighting Grant at the arguable height of his droll, charismatic persona. So incredibly entertaining (and beautiful to look at, courtesy of gorgeous VistaVision photography), that one can forgive one of the most blatant uses of the MacGuffin in film history, as it becomes increasingly clear that what Mason is up to is entirely irrelevant, and a climax which stops a hairbreadth short of being a cheat.
Rated 06 Apr 2017
86
90th
Cary Grant is fantastic as accidental "James Bond" in this Alfred Hitchcock mystery. The film is surprisingly funny between the bits of Hitchcock suspense, but the unveiling of the mystery can be more vexing than it is compelling. Although some of the special effects look very dated, the movie may be most famous today for its' exciting and iconic crop duster and Mount Rushmore action set pieces.
Rated 23 Feb 2009
87
93rd
Rakes you in right from the beginning, and doesn't let you go until the end. It's gripping and entertaining, and Grant's character is so charmingly witty that you would have to try really, really hard to hate this movie.
Rated 20 Dec 2009
98
97th
Probably the most entertaining movie ever made. Stylish. Not deep, but perfect.
Rated 28 Apr 2010
59
39th
Really enjoyed the first 30 minutes or so. I thought Hitchcock was going for a noir-ish comedy, but then it aims for a serious mystery thriller tone, with big-budget Hollywood action (at least, for 1959) thrown in. My suspension of disbelief meter was broken by that point already and throwing more implausibility into the mix didn't help matters. Great camerawork though - loved the drunk driving scene.
Rated 25 Jun 2011
60
36th
Eva Marie Saint is like 34 or 35 playing a 26 year old, but her makeup is so heavy that she looks more like 40. Cary Grant is 55 playing an impeccably tanned James Bond. That whole relationship is pretty stupid. But whatever. I have to admit that the film looks great, but I could only make myself care about the story for the first hour or so. From the airplane scene it only gets more and more trite. Fantastic opening credits though, can I say that?
Rated 01 Jul 2011
89
81st
Silly but fun. Also, there's som- JESUS CHRIST GET DOWN THE PLANE IS COMING BACK
Rated 28 Sep 2010
86
87th
Pretty damn silly, it felt like a precursor to the James Bond movies. It was very entertaining, although I definitely prefer the more serious Hitchcock films. Mmmmm, hot train on tunnel action.
Rated 24 Sep 2007
100
99th
"The Man In Lincoln's Nose." Cary Grant's drunken struggle with his testimony is hilarious. The cropduster scene is weirdly stark and terrifying.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
90th
The lighter side of Hitchcock, tons of fun.
Rated 15 Nov 2012
85
92nd
It's a great story full of tense and funny moments. The cinematography is top notch and has all the Hitchcock touches. The twist is interesting and the paranoia and spy games of the cold war is nicely presented. The moral ambiguity was also a daring point to raise and entirely relevant even now. Unfortunately, the effects and 50's romance is horribly dated compared with other Hitchcock films. Saint's acting is a bit dull for that era's leading women. Cary Grant shines as the debonaire buffoon.
Rated 09 Sep 2012
82
86th
A fun ride, if a bit long. The dialogue is sharp and/or sexy, the cast is great and it has several iconic movie moments. I had to giggle at the final shot of the train entering the tunnel, immediately after the main characters embrace. Ye gods, I'm so infantile sometimes. (Now where did I put my Magic cards?)
Rated 02 Feb 2007
90
85th
Hitchcock's most purely entertaining effort. It's got some rather implausible plot points, such as not a single person noticing that Cary Grant's character wasn't the one who fired the shot in the scene in the embassy, but they're easy to ignore. It's not supposed to be realistic anyway.
Rated 05 Jul 2011
80
88th
Great Hitchcock thriller, which still stands as one of it's genres best, fifty years since it's initial release...
Rated 09 Jul 2018
82
82nd
Another classic by Hitchcock that remains extremely watchable today. A case of mistaken identity leads to a thrilling spy action story that plays as a proto-James Bond film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
93rd
A classic for a reason: The acting, plot, directing, and pacing all work together to form magic.
Rated 07 May 2011
95
96th
The scenes between Grant and Saint = 50s porn. "FUCK MY FACE DEAR" "WONDERFUL"
Rated 17 Feb 2011
80
86th
Cary Grant would charm the pants out of me if were a girl living in New York in the 50's. Other than the sublime plot structure and the great action scenes the script is quite witty, which compliments Grants abilities as an actor.
Rated 15 Dec 2014
100
96th
A thriller masterpiece of non-stop action. The master of thriller has again demonstrated how suspense should be carefully controlled. furthermore, Hitchcock also showed the significant of a great musical score. It keep each action scene flowing with persistent momentum. This is a true classic for the thrill seekers that want to immerse themselves in a rich cinematic experience.
Rated 02 Mar 2011
70
68th
It's an entertaining movie, but in my opinion highly overrated. The story has countless plotholes and all characters do stupid illogical things all the time. Like all Hitchcock films it's well executed with many original ideas. Still most of it was just too silly to call it a masterpiece.
Rated 08 Aug 2010
95
97th
I knew I was in love with this film when that one lady says "So horribly sad. How is it I feel like laughing?" Everybody fit perfectly into their roles; Cary Grant is smooth, Eva Marie Saint is seductive, James Mason is stone-cold, and Martin Landau is so fucking creepy. Also, I thought my favorite Bernard Hermann score in Jason and the Argonauts couldn't be topped, but there's certainly a contender in this movie. It's wonderful and majestic from the very start of the credits. So very fun.
Rated 14 Sep 2023
50
13th
Tintin And The Tarascan Warrior. Very Tintin-ish indeed are the thugs in suits, the scenes with too much text, the watery jokes, the way the violence is depicted, and a plot that is too complicated that you just skim through it. Where it really gets funny is when Tintin gets drunk. Like with Hergé, you wonder if Grant and Hitchcock ever touched a glass of alcohol. By the way, never saw Tintin kiss a lady during one of his adventures - but IF he had, he would've done it like Cary Grant.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
9
90th
Despite being complete nonsense, this film succeeds on virtually every level.
Rated 03 Jan 2014
100
98th
Gripping, suspenseful, and visually iconic, this late-period Hitchcock classic laid the groundwork for countless action thrillers to follow.
Rated 31 Mar 2011
96
99th
Holy shit this is an entertaining, exciting film. Never really lets up and it's genuinely gripping until the end.
Rated 26 Mar 2013
90
94th
A long, yet absolutely classic thriller out of the Golden Age. Cary Grant gives arguably the performance of his career, and all these set-pieces are absolutely legendary. Whether it's the man-on-the-run, the mystery, the suspense, Mount Rushmore, the crop-dusting, or the romance, it's all handled with total grace and mastery. With North by Northwest topping off a decade that included Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and Vertigo, it's safe to say that Hitchcock was untouchable in the 50's.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
18th
Some classic sequences (and some awkward ones--Cary and Eva's love scene on the train resembles a slow-motion wrestling match) can't disguise the fact that Hitch was pandering a bit too much to the masses in this one.
Rated 16 Jan 2022
80
67th
Gotta be honest, the plane scene looked a little silly to me. Some of the dialogue was hokey, specifically near the end when they said awkward sentences in order to explain key plot points. These are minor digs, however, because Grant was a lot of fun, there was some good humour, and it was entertaining throughout, with some masterful set pieces here and there and inspired shots. Even though it's not as suspenseful as some other Hitchcock, it's still a good example of the genre.
Rated 07 Aug 2009
3
80th
Before I saw it, I thought it'd be just a precursor to spy thrillers (i.e. Bond), but ala Psycho, it's better than what it influenced. It's also uproariously funny, with a hilariously ineffectual hero and a ridiculously unbelievable but fun setup. It's also got an annoyingly ineffectual heroine, unfortunately, but that's its only slip-up.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
85
89th
Hitchcock in top storytelling form. This must be one of his most thrilling, entertaining and mesmerizing stories. It's an extremely fun scene after another.
Rated 07 Mar 2012
91
93rd
I almost shit my pants at the auction scene. lol.
Rated 20 Nov 2011
100
95th
To me, there is no Director who clearly puts so much effort, passion, and commitment into his work. Every scene is given so much attention and filled with so much detail, that it gives the setting of the film such a real feeling, it's hard not to get enthralled in each and every moment. Cary Grant plays the best role I have ever seen. To begin with his character is absolutely phenomenal, and he plays the part so well it is impossible not to love every moment. This is a perfect adventure film.
Rated 19 Jan 2007
97
92nd
Inconic film with amazing twists, great perfs, beautiful acting, and the best suit ever donned on film. cary grant is dashing and perfect and the set pieces never fail to satisfy on repeat viewings. The score by Hermann is also fantastic.
Rated 20 Jan 2012
85
76th
First half is humorous, mysterious and well paced. Second half feels disconnected, has a wonky romance and is so predictable that it hurts.
Rated 22 Sep 2019
90
92nd
This film is just women getting incredibly horny around Cary Grant.
Rated 12 May 2007
87
93rd
Hitchcock's one true big and entertaining blockbuster, but North By Northwest seems to have gone slightly by the wayside when thinking of the Hitchcock classics. Grant works very well here, especially when coupled with Hitchcock pacing and direction.
Rated 16 Oct 2018
70
53rd
Roger Thornhill: "In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration."
Rated 29 Jul 2009
100
96th
best of alfred's
Rated 29 Apr 2010
96
94th
From the very first frame to the last, North by Northwest will completely engross you. It contains all the masterful strokes so common with Hitchcock with a damn immaculate script and score. Cary Grant works wonders here, too. He injects fun into the picture with his light delivery and attitude, but it doesn't defuse the danger he's in.
Rated 06 Jul 2009
100
94th
Hitchcock's best. One of the best films ever made. Amazing. Exciting. What a real "thriller" should always aspire to.
Rated 09 Jul 2013
85
85th
Silly, but you can't say it's not exciting or compelling. Even though the ending is a little bit of a cop out. Some truly iconic scenes and beautiful cinematography.
Rated 30 Dec 2019
85
73rd
The perfect entry point for someone new to Alfred Hitchcock. It has all his 50's hits: an overbearing mother, a wrongfully accused man, an average hero who becomes terrorized, a blonde woman who can't be trusted, and a woefully inept authority figure who is ultimately of no help to fixing the conflict. The two big action pieces (genius in their simplicity) hold up to this day. And while the politics and gender issues are a bit dated, that wonderfully suggestive last shot is still bold.
Rated 04 Aug 2021
23
19th
when they interrupted the fun suspense with its side of humor, I was thinking, 'it takes a lot more than this to get me to care about a straight couple for 20 minutes', but then the whole rest of the 2+ hour movie was about them. and no, they didn't give me a chaser
Rated 14 Aug 2007
9
98th
It's Hitchcock at his lightest, most accessible, and most entertaining, and as a dumb, simple guy who likes to be entertained, I love it. It's a wonderfully paced, hugely inventive rollicking adventure movie with international espionage and intrigue, chases, narrow defying of death, sex on trains, and a fantastic climax all through the eyes of the obscenely likable Cary Grant. Just goddamn perfect entertainment. Love it!
Rated 23 Jul 2019
91
89th
Twists on twists on twists. Nice.
Rated 11 Feb 2011
97
95th
There is twist after twist in this film, and the intensity rarely lets up. Cary Grant is phenomenal in the leading role. So cool, yet so funny. Alfred Hitchcock is known as the "master of suspense." This isn't quite a suspense film, but there are some very simple, yet effective suspenseful moments. But underneath all of the action, kidnapping, and talk of secret agents is a great sense of humor. Thornhill is a great lead character, giving us plenty of hilarious lines to leave us laughing.
Rated 02 Aug 2008
83
41st
Much of this film's greatness and recognition is directly proportional to the depiction of its current times surrounding the Cold War, such as: moral relativism, spying, national security and exploitation of citizen rights; rather than the exceptional acting. Furthermore, with weak character development aside from Roger Thornhill and Eve Kendall, the film additionally is otherwise anticlimactic and the last thirty minutes revolves around a damsel in distress conflict weakening the film overall
Rated 01 Jun 2007
8
82nd
Pretty incredible, I could watch that airplane scene every day.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
68
47th
So sue me, Hitchcock's most overrated film.
Rated 03 Mar 2009
80
94th
The topper of all of Hitchcock's cross-country cat-and-mouse thrillers. The species that was spawned in the Thirties with _Young and Innocent_ and _The 39 Steps_ has undergone some body-building after all these years of exercise, and emerges here in a form higher (the United Nations building), wider (the Midwest corn fields), and grander (the face of Mt. Rushmore) than ever before. There are ample tipsy giggles and hokey excitements
Rated 21 Mar 2011
100
95th
The movie where Grant and Saint dangle from the faces of Mount Rushmore and a plane chases Grant through farm fields. Exceptional performances, particularly Grant's. Plenty of plot twists are mixed with tongue-in-cheek humor.
Rated 07 Apr 2013
93
97th
This is a classic in every sense of the word. If you haven't seen it, than you don't know where most suspense/thriller/mysteries have been feeding from for the past fifty years, and yet, none has been able to surpass this masterpiece.
Rated 15 May 2008
73
79th
Yeah it's contrived/unrealistic, but yeah it's SUPPOSED to be pure entertainment and it's very well made that way, it's the cream of the crop for Hitchcock. The cornfield scene truly deserves its status as one of the all-time classic moments in cinema, it's just magnificent. James Mason and Martin Landau are great as the baddies. Still, there's only so high I can rate this; it delivers on gut level but really could have been better if it had more brains and heart.
Rated 23 Dec 2010
97
90th
Another Hitchcock classic masterpiece. One of the finest cat-mouse chase films of all time.
Rated 17 Mar 2007
95
98th
A very interesting story that plays out wonderfully.
Rated 01 Oct 2009
83
78th
I'm used to Hitchcock's thrillers, so this was much closer to a Bond movie than it was to what I was expecting. Lots of fun though.
Rated 07 Jul 2018
60
69th
Over-complicated and convoluted plot. And ad-man turns into Double-O-Thornhill instananeously, which is downright preposterous. Still, it's Hitchcock so there's a lot to like. And the extra kid with his fingers in his ears during the gunshots at the end is one of the all-time film bloopers, which is always good for a giggle.
Rated 08 Jul 2008
100
92nd
My nan loves this movie, and I watched it with her years ago and I love it too.
Rated 23 Apr 2019
100
95th
North by Northwest is basically a Bond film taken completely seriously. Hitchcock managed to craft a slow paced and somehow entirely engrossing adventure out of not much more than a misunderstanding. At first anyway.
Rated 19 Dec 2011
25
16th
Cary Grant is almost unbearably orange.
Rated 16 Jul 2009
90
66th
Certainly not Hitchcock's greatest, but understandable why it's probably his most popular. Held back for me by some slow parts, but still a great time and a great work of art.
Rated 29 Jan 2010
80
91st
Some awesome performances by great actors and actresses. One of my favourite Hitchcock films with some classic scenes that get mimicked in many mediums.
Rated 14 Jan 2017
87
46th
1
Rated 02 Jul 2009
100
99th
The quintessence of Hitchcock...
Rated 17 Apr 2007
94
95th
# 63
Rated 06 Jun 2009
90
83rd
Not as intense or thrilling as some of Hitchcock's other pieces, but an entertaining adventure story. Cary Grant is really enjoyable in this film and the dialogue is lighthearted and witty. With secret agents, a pretty woman and a smart foe, this is almost a Bond film.
Rated 07 Aug 2012
96
85th
My favorite film by one of the most renowned directors. A cat and mouse game full of twists and turns, captivating from beginning to end.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
85
95th
Of all Hitchcock's films, this is one of the only ones I like at all, and it's great. The Big Lebowski is ostensibly based on a Raymond Chandler story, but it feels to me like it could be a pastiche of North By Northwest.
Rated 21 Oct 2018
90
96th
This whole thing is such a farce I love it
Rated 12 Nov 2010
85
93rd
"North by Northwest" is a crisp, slick, suspenseful espionage adventure thriller that, curiously enough, remains fresh, enjoyable and thrilling until this day thanks to Hitchcock's typically terrific and polished direction, Lehman's witty, if somewhat silly script, Cary Grant's charming performance, an excellent score by Herrmann and stunning cinematography that makes you wonder if the film was really made in 1959. Every modern action flick owes something to this legendary picture.
Rated 06 Jul 2008
95
93rd
This was the era of 'mise en scene', and this is what it was...
Rated 18 Jul 2007
100
99th
My favorite Hitchcock film, action film, and suspense film all rolled into one. The reason that I love Cary Grant and have a mega crush on Eva Marie Saint.
Rated 27 Feb 2009
5
80th
Holy crap this plot - it's like someone filled it in by Mad Libs. Hardly much of a complaint since Hitchcock seemed to take this as a personal challenge to pack as much entertainment as possible and make you invested in the most illogical of suspense flicks. An aged Cary Grant in top form don't hurt, either.
Rated 07 Nov 2012
93
93rd
93.000
Rated 27 Dec 2006
60
23rd
Thriller back in the day, kind lost the charm using today's standards. I know you classic movie lovers will kill me, but this one deserve a good remake.
Rated 29 Sep 2013
89
80th
Hitch sure did know how to spice 'em! The highlights so well balanced, and all the elements to keep you watching placed just right. Classic charm, but a well copyrighted recipe.
Rated 19 Jan 2013
75
78th
Spectacular Hitchcock.
Rated 10 Mar 2020
86
88th
85.8
Rated 07 Aug 2016
70
62nd
This is James Bond, just without the exaggerated explosions. Oh no, wait, it actually had an exaggerated explosion! A few pretty scenes (mostly the long shots) and fairly entertaining throughout, but that can't distract from the fact that the story is as superficial and theatrically overdone as Grant's acting.
Rated 05 Apr 2008
68
47th
Sexual innuendo alone is not enough to create a good dialog.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
84th
Excellent and suspenseful film about mistaken identity. The finale at Mount Rushmore is full of iconic imagery.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
98th
Hitchcock's best. Heavily imitated ever since, which might dull the edge a little, but on its own terms it's about as thrilling a film as you could make, with a sharp script, strong acting and brilliant photography and music.
Rated 03 Feb 2017
50
24th
This one was alright, with good tension, but an off pacing sometimes. Also very predictable ending.
Rated 09 Jan 2010
82
91st
It's all about those sultry jealous glares and sass from Martin Landau.
Rated 09 Mar 2015
97
54th
Great film with ton's of suspense. Hitchcock never fails to dissapoint.
Rated 07 Aug 2021
82
70th
From the simple, though excellent opening credits sequence, this is stunningly classy from a production perspective, which is important given the planes, trains, and automobiles present in this movie about (reluctant) transportation. Engaging all throughout, even with the slightly wonky but well intended love interest.
Rated 26 Dec 2017
16
45th
Hmm could have been more sexual

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