#29 Cat People (1942 Dir. Jacques Tourneur)
Sometimes, less is more and Cat People certainly proves it. The story of a Serbian born artist who thinks she will turn into a panther if she becomes too passionate, Cat People is often sited as a perfect example of producer Val Lewton's brilliance. By illuding to the monster, tension is built, and this allows the audience to speculate whether or not the woman is insane. This film spawned the sequel Curse of the Cat People and a super-sexy remake in 1982 starring Malcom McDowell and Natassja Kinski. This film is also heavily referenced in the film The Bad and the Beautiful, starring Kirk Douglas. With its noir style and psychological slant, Cat People is an excellent early example of power of suggestion in cinema.