I saw Fred Zinneman's The Day of the Jackal (1973) (based on a Frederick Forsyth novel) recently and it struck me that there are several Hitchcockian elements to this movie:
(1) It has a Macguffin - the identity of the villain character (played by Edward Fox) - the authorities never find out who he really is
(2) It has something of a double chase - the bad guy trying to enact his plot, and the security services/police trying to capture him
(3) The villain is an attractive one, as in many Hitchcock movies - he's capable, meticulous, very resourceful, dashing -- it's very interesting to see him work out his plot.
(4) The police/security people are somewhat bumbling, as is the case in many Hitchcock movies (except for "one good man" in particular -- the chief detective played by Michel Lonsdale -- who resembles, say Chief Inspector Hubbard in Dial M for Murder, or Chief Inspector Oxford in Frenzy)
(5) It's an audience-friendly movie - most of the time Zinneman gives the audience more information about what the bad guy is doing than the police characters in the movie have.
At any rate, this is a great thriller movie, and of course Zinneman himself is one of the great directors and you could probably do a class on him if you wanted to.