North by Northwest

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North by Northwest is a 1959 mystery film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason.

The film is a tale of espionage and mistaken identity. Star Cary Grant is mistaken for an mysterious spy and is pursued across America by sinister agents of a rival organization. The film features several American landmarks, including the United Nations and Mount Rushmore, which is the setting for the film's climax. It also features one of the best-known chase scenes in film history where Cary Grant is pursued through a cornfield by a crop duster.

In 1995, the Library of Congress selected North by Northwest for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In 2008, the American Film Institute named it one of the best mystery films of all time.