Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" is among the best works of American detective fiction of that era and also sparked a run of crime-oriented noir films. But too few of those had Bogart, Bacall starring and Howard Hawks in the director's chair.
The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, and Richard Greene. I love Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock, but there is something about Rathbone's classical portrayal that will always stay with you.
Directed by Elia Kazan. With Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden. Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.