"North by Northwest" is a classic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1959. It follows the story of Roger Thornhill, an advertising executive who is mistaken for a spy and becomes the target of a cross-country manhunt. The film is known for its iconic set pieces, including the scene on Mount Rushmore, and its memorable performances by Cary Grant as Thornhill and Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall. It was a critical and commercial success and is considered one of Hitchcock's best films. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.