68. Rear Window (1954)
directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Jimmy Stewart is bound to his wheelchair by a broken leg and whiles away the hours spying on his neighbors. Of course, it doesn’t take long before his idle mind deduces murder where there is none – until there actually is. With hot girlfriend Grace Kelly up for doing all the legwork, Hitchcock is able to create the excitement of a chase movie without ever leaving that tiny, second floor apartment. More cleverly, though, he’s scratching the voyeuristic itch, taking us where we want to go, right into the lives of the strangers next door – until the strangers are on to us, and all we can do is sit, helplessly watching the business we poked our nose into becoming abruptly, dangerously our own.