Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny
In Brief: Alfred Hitchcock's first American film, Rebecca (1940), is also his only film to win a Best Picture Oscar. That's understandable because it's the least idiosyncratic, most mainstream crowd-pleaser Hitchcock ever made. It's a finely-crafted adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's novel that was designed — more by producer David O. Selznick than Hitchcock — to please the legions of fans of the book. Hitchcock himself told François Truffaut, "It's not a Hitchcock picture," and, to some degree, that's true, but it's a very good film all the same.