The Birds (1963, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

A coastal Californian is attacked without warning by swarms of birds. One of the last truly great Hitchcock movies, full of suspenseful set-pieces, an absence of explanation, and an apocalyptic climax. Recommended.

North by Northwest (1957, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

A New York advertising executive is forced to go on the run. Sparkling mistaken-identity comedy-thriller, with both director and star at the height of their powers. Effortlessly entertaining, and supremely modernist in its design.