I discovered Alfred Hitchcock from his television series that was on when I was little. I didn't actually see an movies by him until the seventies. He quickly became one of my favorite directors. When it comes to pure adventure and excitement mixed with a little romance, a sense of humor (often black but always there) and a dash of horror, he still has never been topped. Last year, Hitchcock's VERTIGO was named the best film ever made. You'll note that it isn't on my list. I tried rewatching it last year and still didn't particularly care for it.