- There's North By Northwest, which takes Cary Grant to places like downtown, a train, crop fields, and Mount Rushmore. Movies like Notorious, Saboteur, and The Man Who Knew Too Much relied on these chases that took characters global to increase the tension.
- The Trouble With Harry is a less-known Hitchcock film that uses the gorgeous fall scenery in a small town to be the setting for his dark comedy. Shadow of a Doubt also uses the calm, small town setting to create contrast with the dramatic plot.
- In Psycho, who can forget the Bates Motel or the house of Norman Bates' mother? Spellbound also relies on one strong, disturbing location, i.e., the sanitarium, to create tension.
- In To Catch a Thief, the glamorous setting of coastal France brings the story of a jewel thief to life.
- One of my personal favorites is Rebecca. The huge mansion called Manderly rests on the rocky cliffs of England, which have everything to do with the plot that plays out. Such a great film, too!
- Rope and Rear Window are the true test of setting. In both movies, one dramatic setting, namely an apartment, shows us that limited settings have nothing to do with drama.