* AwardSnub: Entertainment Weekly considers Creator/JimmyStewart's role as Scottie to be [[http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20179544_20411971,00.html#20411802 the worst Oscar snub ever]]. Many tend to agree.
* AwesomeMusic: BernardHerrmann's haunting main title, and "Scene D'Amour".
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Downplayed but there is a strange scene when Scottie is first following Madelline. He sees her in her hotel room, goes in to ask the receptionist about it and she claims no one has used the room today. She even has the key behind the desk to prove it and they inspect the room just to make sure. It's never explained how she left the hotel room and returned the key without the receptionist knowing.
* HilariousInHindsight: The fact that the film's leading ladies both named the heroine in ''Film/DownWithLove'' - which is a GenreThrowback to the 1950s. The character's name is Barbara Novak.
* HypeBacklash: Not everyone thinks this movie deserved to beat ''Citizen Kane'' in the 2012 ''Sight and Sound'' Best Films poll, or even to outrank all of Hitch's other movies.
* MagnumOpus: Despite the occasional backlash stated above, there are a fair amount of film fans who do consider it to be Hitchcock's best film.
* {{Narm}}: The mental breakdown in the middle of the film can come off like a badly done DisneyAcidSequence.
* NightmareFuel: The clothes buying scene is just incredibly creepy to watch. The fact that Scottie is dressing Judy up in the same clothes that TheLostLenore wore and she is near tears in her argument just makes it very disturbing. Then he goes the whole hog and forces her to bleach her hair and go out wearing them. Judy knows exactly what is going on and yet can't bring herself to ''not'' go through with it.
* RewatchBonus: After TheReveal obviously.
** You'll notice that Scottie gets all the information about Madeline from her husband.
** Madeline seems to flirt with Scottie rather a lot for a married woman.
** Madeline's words to Scottie before [[spoiler: her apparent death]] can now be read as [[spoiler: Judy saying goodbye to a man she loved]].
** Right before she runs into the church, you hear Madeline's posh voice slip a little. [[spoiler: Judy slips up and can't keep her accent up because she's so distressed at what she's about to take part in]].
* VindicatedByHistory: Neither a box office hit nor critically acclaimed when it was originally released, it is now regarded as one of Hitchcocks' best and most popular films.
* ValuesDissonance: The disturbing scenes where Judy is forced to get the same grey suit that Madeleine wore. It's portrayed as disturbing when he bullies her verbally into doing it (as well as having her hair dyed). But the employees in the boutique and hair salon go along with it without question. These days, Scottie would come across as an abusive boyfriend and they would be more likely to call the police than go along with his demands.