Heartwarming: Psycho

  • Mary cradling and comforting Norman in Psycho II (picture).
  • Everything Norman does when he doesn't play The Peeping Tom or kills people. He offers Marion Crane food, offers Mary a place to stay, fires Toomey for mistreating his motel, stands up for Mary when Toomey harasses her, and saves a suicidal Maureen's life.
  • Though Psycho IV was not well received, the ending where Norman stops himself from killing Connie, lets go of his fear of creating a monster, and burns down his house and the bad memories he had there is one that can warm the heart.
  • A meta example: In the wake of Anthony Perkins' Award Snub for his performance in the original, Hitchcock made his disapproval no secret. A telegram to Perkins from Hitchcock said, "I am ashamed of your fellow actors." For a director to be that supportive of his star is always refreshing.