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22+1 Best Movies of Alfred Hitchcock: Legacy of the Master of Suspense

Best movies of Alfred Hitchcock

Welcome to the Memorial Film Collection of Alfred Hitchcock

Watching the best movies of Alfred Hitchcock is more than just having a really good time. It’s also about paying tribute to the late Master of Suspense.

He may have passed away, but thanks to an enthralling, good old invention called Film, he will never be really gone. Whenever you feel like traveling back in time to witness his unique Hitchcockian style, or to see one of his cameos, all you have to do, is sit back, relax, and enjoy one (or more) of his masterpieces.

But which Alfred Hitchcock movies should you watch?
Well, if that’s your question for the day, you came to the right place. We’re just about to present the Top 22+1 Films of Alfred Hitchcock.

The Best Movies of Alfred Hitchcock is an episode of FrameTrek’s Hall of Legends: A mega-journey dedicated to identify the greatest artists of World Cinema, and their most significant works.


Meet Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense

Young Alfred Hitchcock, Top movies of Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. Widely considered the father of the thriller, he is among the most celebrated, imitated, and beloved directors of all time.

His suspenseful films won immense popularity and critical acclaim, and many of them are still widely watched and studied today.

But let’s go back to the beginnings.

It was around 1920 when Hitchcock joined the film industry. He started off drawing the sets. There, he gained experience in writing, editing, and production management, and was eventually assigned his first film as a director.

Hitchcock’s big breakthrough came with his silent thriller, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), which both he and students of the cinema would come to regard as his first “real” work. (although he directed a few movies before)

Hitchcock was a master of pure cinema who almost never failed to reconcile aesthetics with the demands of the box-office. He continued his career with churning out a number of high-tension films that would soon become all-time classics.

He would work closely with screenwriters, giving them a series of scenes that he wanted in the films, thus closely controlling what he considered the most important aspect of the filmmaking process.

He was nicknamed the “Master of Suspense” for employing a kind of psychological suspense in his films, producing a distinct viewer experience.

I enjoy playing the audience like a piano.

Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock is obviously the one who inspired the adjective “Hitchcockian” for suspense thrillers. This unique style includes the use of camera movement to mimic a person’s gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, and framing shots to maximize anxiety and fear.

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

Alfred Hitchcock

In real life, he wasn’t as cold and dramatic as one would expect. He was infamous with cast and crews for his practical jokes. Usually, he found out about somebody’s phobias, such as mice or spiders, and in turn sent them a box full of them.

So yeah, there’s plenty to talk about, when it comes to Alfred Hitchcock, but we are here to concentrate on his Top 22+1 Films, so let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

After all, a director is as good as his greatest works. Thus, the finest way to familiarize yourself with Alfred Hitchcock, is through watching his best films.

Ready? Buckle up then, and let the best movies of Alfred Hitchcock carry you to the suspenseful lands of classic thrillers!



Presenting the 22+1 Best Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Chronologically

The ‘+1’ is a Bonus Movie. Wait for it!


The 39 Steps (1935)

The 39 Steps (1935), Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Best movies of Alfred Hitchcock
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British crime thriller film starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.

Story: A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ Before filming, Alfred Hitchcock handcuffed the main stars of the film together and pretended for several hours to have lost the key in order to put them in the right frame of mind for such a situation.

Packed with twists and turns, this essential early Alfred Hitchcock feature hints at the dazzling heights he’d reach later in his career.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The 39 Steps among the best Alfred Hitchcock films?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and widely considered to be one of the greatest British films ever made.
✓ Alfred Hitchcock always regarded this as one of his favorite movies.
✓ The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised its suspense, camera movement, Hitchcock’s direction and the performance of the principal cast.


The Lady Vanishes (1938)

The Lady Vanishes (1938), Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Best films of Alfred Hitchcock
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British mystery thriller film starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.

Story: While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ The movie was shot almost entirely in a studio. The scenery the train passes is all rear projection. The entire set was only ninety feet (27.4 meters) long.
✪ Hitchcock caught Hollywood’s attention with the film and moved to Hollywood soon after its release.

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s last British films, this glamorous thriller provides an early glimpse of the director at his most stylishly entertaining.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Lady Vanishes among the best Alfred Hitchcock movies?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ The British Film Institute and a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine ranked it as one of the best British films ever made.
✓ It was an immediate hit upon release, becoming the most successful British film to that date.


Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (1940), Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Top films of Alfred Hitchcock
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American romantic psychological thriller starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

Story: A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat’s wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife’s spectral presence. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ The first movie that Sir Alfred Hitchcock made in Hollywood.
✪ In order to maintain the dark atmosphere of the book, Sir Alfred Hitchcock insisted that this movie be shot in black and white.

Hitchcock’s first American film (and his only Best Picture winner), Rebecca is a masterpiece of haunting atmosphere, Gothic thrills, and gripping suspense.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Rebecca among the top Alfred Hitchcock movies?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.
✓ It received eleven Oscar nominations, winning two awards; Best Picture, and Best Cinematography, becoming the only film directed by Hitchcock to win the former award.
✓ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.



Suspicion (1941)

Suspicion (1941), Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Top Alfred Hitchcock films
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Romantic psychological thriller film starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.

Story: A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ This movie marked Alfred Hitchcock’s first film as a producer, as well as director.
✪ After this movie became a box-office success, Alfred Hitchcock’s name began appearing before the titles of his movies.

Not even notorious studio meddling can diminish the craft and tantalizing suspense of Suspicion, a sly showcase for Joan Fontaine’s nervy prowess and Alfred Hitchcock’s flair for disquiet.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Suspicion among the greatest movies of Alfred Hitchcock?
✓ Nominated for three Oscars (including Best Picture), winning the Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award for Joan Fontaine. This is the only Oscar-winning performance in a Hitchcock film.
✓ One of the most successful and most popular movies of the 1940s.


Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Greatest films of Alfred Hitchcock
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American psychological thriller film starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten.

Story: A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be. (IMDB)

Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest classic — and his own personal favorite — deals its flesh-crawling thrills as deftly as its finely shaded characters.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Shadow of a Doubt among the greatest Alfred Hitchcock movies?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Selected into the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1940s Cinema, and a timeless classic.


Lifeboat (1944)

Lifeboat (1944), Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Greatest Alfred Hitchcock films
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American survival film starring Tallulah Bankhead and William Bendix.

Story: Several survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship in World War II find themselves in the same lifeboat with one of the U-boat men who sunk it. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ This is Hitchcock’s first “limited-setting” film, shot entirely on a restricted set in which the boat was secured in a large studio tank.

Hitchcock proves he can wring suspense from the most confined of settings aboard a raft teeming with vivid personalities in this maritime thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Lifeboat among the most popular movies of Alfred Hitchcock?
Though highly controversial in its time for what many interpreted as its sympathetic depiction of a German U-boat captain, the movie is now viewed more favorably and has been listed by several modern critics as one of Hitchcock’s more underrated films.



Spellbound (1945)

Spellbound (1945), Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Most popular films of Alfred Hitchcock
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American psychological thriller film starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck.

Story: A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. (IMDB)

Spellbound’s exploration of the subconscious could have benefitted from more analysis, but Alfred Hitchcock’s psychedelic flourishes elevate this heady thriller along with Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck’s star power.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Spellbound among the famous movies of Alfred Hitchcock?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1940s and an all-time classic.
✓ The film was a major box-office success and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised its plot, suspense, Hitchcock’s direction and the performance of the two leading stars.


Notorious (1946)

Notorious (1946), Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Most popular Alfred Hitchcock films
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American spy film noir starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.

Story: A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ Sir Alfred Hitchcock claimed that the F.B.I. had him under surveillance for three months because this movie dealt with uranium.

Sublime direction from Hitchcock, and terrific central performances from Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant make this a bona-fide classic worthy of a re-visit.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Notorious among the famous films of Alfred Hitchcock?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Considered by critics and scholars to mark a watershed for Hitchcock artistically, and to represent a heightened thematic maturity.
✓ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


Rope (1948)

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American psychological crime thriller film starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger.

Story: Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ This is the first of Hitchcock’s Technicolor films.

As formally audacious as it is narratively brilliant, Rope connects a powerful ensemble in service of a darkly satisfying crime thriller from a master of the genre.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Rope among the famous Alfred Hitchcock films?
✓ Considered to be Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s most controversial movie. Several American theaters banned it upon release.
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Notable for taking place in real time and being edited so as to appear as a single shot through the use of long takes.



Strangers on a Train (1951)

Strangers on a Train (1951), Farley Granger, Ruth Roman Robert Walker, Best movies of Hitchcock
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American psychological thriller film noir starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker.

Story: A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Walker worked out an elaborate series of gestures and physical appearance to suggest the homosexuality and seductiveness of Walker’s character while bypassing censor objections.
✪ Hitchcock bought the rights to the original novel anonymously to keep the price down, and got them for just $7,500.
✪ An amusement park was created according to Alfred Hitchcock’s exact specifications for this movie.

A provocative premise and inventive set design lights the way for Hitchcock diabolically entertaining masterpiece.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Strangers on a Train among the best films of Hitchcock?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Received positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised its suspense, the performance of the principal cast and Hitchcock’s direction.
✓ Featured on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


Dial M for Murder (1954)

Dial M for Murder (1954), Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Best Hitchcock films
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American crime thriller film starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.

Story: A tennis player frames his neglected wife for murder after she inadvertently foils his plan to have her murdered. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ This is Alfred Hitchcock’s first widescreen movie and the only one that Alfred Hitchcock filmed in the 3-D format. It had only a brief original release in 3-D, followed by a conventional, “flat” release.
✪ Hitchcock arranged to have Grace Kelly dressed in bright colors at the start of the movie, and made them progressively darker as time goes on.

Dial M for Murder may be slightly off-peak Hitchcock, but by any other standard, it’s a sophisticated, chillingly sinister thriller – and one that boasts an unforgettable performance from Grace Kelly to boot.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Dial M for Murder among the best Hitchcock movies?
✓ Listed by American Film Institute in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills, and in AFI’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Mystery”.
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1950s, and an influential thriller classic.


Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window (1954), James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Top movies of Alfred Hitchcock
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American mystery thriller film starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

Story: A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ By the time the movie went before the cameras, Hitchcock had dropped more than one hundred fifty pounds, and was at perhaps the happiest stage of his life and career. “I was feeling very creative. The batteries were well-charged.”
✪ While shooting, Sir Alfred Hitchcock worked only in Jeff’s (James Stewart’s) “apartment”. The actors and actresses in other apartments wore flesh-colored earpieces so that he could radio his directions to them.

Hitchcock exerted full potential of suspense in this masterpiece.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Rear Window among the top films of Alfred Hitchcock?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Added to the United States National Film Registry in the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ Considered by many filmgoers, critics, and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best and one of the greatest films ever made.



To Catch a Thief (1955)

To Catch a Thief (1955), Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Top Alfred Hitchcock movies
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American romantic thriller film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

Story: A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ Sir Alfred Hitchcock made the film because he fancied a holiday in the south of France (where some of the filming took place).

It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades — as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is To Catch a Thief among the top Alfred Hitchcock films?
✓ The American Film Institute included the film in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions.
✓ Nominated for three Academy Awards and won for Best Cinematography.
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1950s and a timeless classic.


The Trouble with Harry (1955)

The Trouble with Harry (1955), Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Greatest movies of Alfred Hitchcock
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American Technicolor black comedy starring Edmund Gwenn and John Forsythe.

Story: The trouble with Harry is that he is dead and, while no one really minds, everyone feels responsible. After Harry’s body is found in the woods, several locals must determine not only how and why he was killed but what to do with the body. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the original novel anonymously to keep its price down.
✪ Hitchcock insisted on using a real actor for the body of Harry. Philip Truex got the part and his cameo as the deceased title character is his last appearance in a movie.
✪ Due to the inclement weather conditions, boxes and boxes of autumnal leaves were shipped to Paramount Pictures, where they were painstakingly pinned onto trees on a studio soundstage.

Why is The Trouble with Harry among the greatest films of Alfred Hitchcock?
✓ It is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorites of all his movies and one of his two outright comedies.
✓ It was a box office failure upon release, but it gained recognition as years passed.


The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), James Stewart, Doris Day, Greatest Alfred Hitchcock movies
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American suspense thriller film starring James Stewart and Doris Day.

Story: An American doctor and his wife, a former singing star, witness a murder while vacationing in Morocco, and are drawn into a twisting plot of international intrigue when their young son is kidnapped. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ One of the difficulties Alfred Hitchcock faced was that he had to start shooting before the script was finished.
✪ It is a remake of Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934): “Let’s say the first version is the work of a talented amateur and the second was made by a professional.” (Hitchcock)

Remaking his own 1934 film, Hitchcock imbues The Man Who Knew Too Much with picturesque locales and international intrigue, and is helped by a brilliantly befuddled performance from James Stewart.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Man Who Knew Too Much among the greatest Alfred Hitchcock films?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ One of the most popular and most successful movies of the 1950s.



The Wrong Man (1956)

The Wrong Man (1956), Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Most popular movies of Alfred Hitchcock
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American docudrama film noir starring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles.

Story: In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emanuel “Manny” Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ One of the few Hitchcock films based on a true story and whose plot closely follows the real-life events.
✪ The scene where Manny (Henry Fonda) is taken to prison was filmed in a real prison. As he is led to his cell , you can hear one of the inmates yell out “What’d they get ya for, Henry??”, and a bunch of other prisoners laughing.
✪ Hitchcock utilized some of the actual real-life locations where the events took place including some of the actual witnesses.

Why is The Wrong Man among the most popular films of Alfred Hitchcock?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and cited as an influence on Martin Scorsese’s career.


Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo (1958), James Stewart, Kim Novak, Most popular Alfred Hitchcock movies
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American film noir psychological thriller film starring James Stewart and Kim Novak.

Story: A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ It is the first film to use the dolly zoom, an in-camera effect that distorts perspective to create disorientation, to convey a character’s acrophobia. As a result of its use in this film, the effect is often referred to as “the Vertigo effect”.

An unpredictable scary thriller that doubles as a mournful meditation on love, loss, and human comfort.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Vertigo among the most popular Alfred Hitchcock films?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Ranked #1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Mystery” and is often considered one of the greatest films ever made.
✓ Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


North by Northwest (1959)

North by Northwest (1959), Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Most famous movies of Alfred Hitchcock
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American spy thriller film starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason.

Story: A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ Rather than go to the expense of shooting in a South Dakota woodland, Sir Alfred Hitchcock planted one hundred ponderosa pines on an MGM soundstage.
✪ Sir Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t get permission to film inside the United Nations building, so footage was made of the exterior of the building using a hidden camera, and the rooms were later re-created on a soundstage.

Gripping, suspenseful, and visually iconic, this late-period Hitchcock classic laid the groundwork for countless action thrillers to follow.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is North by Northwest among the most famous films of Alfred Hitchcock?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Listed among the canonical Hitchcock films of the 1950s and is often listed among the greatest films of all time.
✓ Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.



Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960), Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Most famous Alfred Hitchcock movies
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American psychological horror thriller film starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles.

Story: A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ The movie in large part was made because Hitchcock was fed up with the big-budget, star-studded movies he had recently been making and wanted to experiment with the more efficient, sparser style of television filmmaking.
✪ Director Sir Alfred Hitchcock was so pleased with the score written by Bernard Herrmann that he doubled the composer’s salary and said: “Thirty-three percent of the effect of Psycho was due to the music.”
✪ On the first day of shooting, the cast and crew had to raise their right hands and promise not to divulge one word of the story. Hitchcock also withheld the ending part of the script from his cast until he needed to shoot it.

Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn’t just create modern horror, he validated it.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Psycho among the most famous Alfred Hitchcock films?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Selected for preservation by The Library of Congress at The National Film Registry.
✓ It set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre.


The Birds (1963)

The Birds (1963), Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Best movies of Alfred Hitchcock
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Natural horror-thriller film starring Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy.

Story: A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ 3,200 birds were trained for the movie. The ravens were the cleverest, and the seagulls were the most vicious. The latter were fed a mixture of wheat and whiskey. It was the only way to get them to stand around so much.
✪ Hitchcock kept a graph in his office, charting the rise and fall of the bird attacks in the movie.
✪ While the studio spent an estimated $200,000 on creating mechanical birds for the film, the majority of the birds seen on screen are real.

Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Alfred Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Birds among the best films of Alfred Hitchcock?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ Received mixed reviews upon its initial release but with the passage of time, the film’s standing among critics has improved. It has been very influential on the horror genre inspiring filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro and John Carpenter.


Marnie (1964)

Marnie (1964), Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Best Alfred Hitchcock films
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American psychological thriller film starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.

Story: Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them. (IMDB)

Why is Marnie among the best Alfred Hitchcock movies?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.



Frenzy (1972)

Frenzy (1972), Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Top movies of Hitchcock
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British thriller film starring Jon Finch and Alec McCowen.

Story: A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ During shooting, Alfred Hitchcock’s wife and longtime collaborator Alma had a stroke. As a result, some sequences were shot without Hitchcock on the set, so he could tend to his wife.

Marking Alfred Hitchcock’s return to England and first foray into viscerally explicit carnage, Frenzy finds the master of horror regaining his grip on the audience’s pulse — and making their blood run cold.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Frenzy among the top films of Hitchcock?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.


…and as promised: The BONUS Movie!

Hitchcock (2012)

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American biographical romantic drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.

Story: The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959 is explored. (IMDB)

Between Frames:
✪ Scenes set in Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s Paramount Pictures suite of offices were filmed in Hitchcock’s actual office on that studio’s lot.
✪ Sir Anthony Hopkins wore a fat suit and latex make-up to play Sir Alfred Hitchcock, as he had recently completed a weight loss regimen.

Though it suffers from tonal inconsistency and a lack of truly insightful retrospection, Hitchcock is elevated by inspired performances from its two distinguished leads.

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The end of Alfred Hitchcock’s story

Old Alfred Hitchcock, Top Hitchcock movies

Hitchcock’s latter years were marred by ill health and this affected his film output. He remained active though.

He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures and for Television, and he was knighted, becoming Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

When he won his AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979, he joked with friends that he must be about to die soon. He died a year later, in 1980, peacefully in his sleep due to renal failure.

It is terribly embarrassing to be sick. And one’s own death is so undignified.

Alfred Hitchcock

If you’d like to dig deeper into the story of Alfred Hitchcock, you may want to read his biography by Edward White entitled The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense.


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So there you have it: The 22+1 Greatest Films of Alfred Hitchcock

If you want to take a look at the movies listed above, without all that info between the titles, here’s a quick recap:

22+1 Best Movies of Alfred Hitchcock
Legacy of the Master of Suspense
The 39 Steps 1935
The 39 Steps (1935)
The Lady Vanishes 1938
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Rebecca 1940
Rebecca (1940)
Suspicion 1941
Suspicion (1941)
Shadow of a Doubt 1943
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Lifeboat 1944
Lifeboat (1944)
Spellbound 1945
Spellbound (1945)
Notorious 1946
Notorious (1946)
Rope 1948
Rope (1948)
Strangers on a Train 1951
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Rear Window 1954
Rear Window (1954)
Dial M for Murder 1954
Dial M for Murder (1954)
To Catch a Thief 1955
To Catch a Thief (1955)
The Trouble with Harry 1955
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Wrong Man 1956
The Wrong Man (1956)
Vertigo 1958
Vertigo (1958)
North by Northwest 1959
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho 1960
Psycho (1960)
*Part of the Collection: Anthony Perkins’s Psycho Quadrology
The Birds 1963
The Birds (1963)
Marnie 1964
Marnie (1964)
Frenzy 1972
Frenzy (1972)
Hitchcock 2012
Hitchcock (2012)
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