NORTH BY NORTHWEST
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET
One of the many Alfred Hitchcock classics, this one, from 1959, is full of stunts that only a great director could pull off with panache, and Hitchcock did. From its geographic plot line (literally crossing the country in the direction of the title) to its ability to milk horror from wide open spaces in broad daylight (the corn field and the crop dusting plane!), and ending with a literal cliffhanger – with the cliff being Mount Rushmore – what a movie. Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason star, and they’re all excellent, too.