Alfred Hitchcock is a fantastic filmmaker who’s brought many brilliant films to screens all over the world. In this article, we list what we believe to be the best Alfred Hitchcock movies.
Hitchcock has produced screen magic with Vertigo, Rear Window, and Psycho, among many others. His cinematic canon is wide and deep and we believe this list demonstrates that. Hitchcock truly is one of the greats, one of the original greats!
So whether you’re doing research on him, or ready to sit down and watch one of these movies tonight, this list of the top Alfred Hitchcock films will be just what you need!
It should be noted that we’ve included the films in rough ranking order. But with a filmmaker like Alfred Hitchcock, the work is so good that it’s really hard to form an exact order.
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So, without further ado, let’s jump right in and list the best Alfred Hitchcock movies!
Best Alfred Hitchcock Movies – The List
Let’s start off this list of the best Alfred Hitchcock movies with an absolute cinema classic, Vertigo.
Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest cinematic achievements, Vertigo is a dreamlike thriller from the Master of Suspense.
Set in San Francisco, the film creates a dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion, and murder after an acrophobic detective (James Stewart) rescues a mysterious blonde (Kim Novak) from the bay and must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future.
Recognized for excellence in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, Vertigo is a “great motion picture that demands multiple viewings” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide).
Directed by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window is an edge-of-your-seat classic starring two of Hollywood’s most popular stars.
When a professional photographer (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard.
When he suspects his neighbor of murdering his nagging wife, he enlists his socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to help investigate the suspicious chain of events, leading to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.
Honored in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies for excellence in film, Rear Window has also been hailed as “one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most stylish thrillers” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide).
None of Hitchcock’s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window.
When professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard.
When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events… Events that ultimately lead to one of the memorable and gripping endings.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is an unforgettable masterpiece that is considered one of the most terrifying films from the Master of Suspense.
When beautiful blonde Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) travels to Bodega Bay in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), she is inexplicably attacked by a seagull.
Suddenly, thousands of birds begin to flock into town, preying on schoolchildren and residents in a terrifying series of attacks.
Mitch and Melanie must fight for their lives against a deadly force that cannot be explained or stopped in this film that makes you want to “hold onto something and watch!” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide).
One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed the thriller genre forever.
Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths — Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
Named #1 on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list, this notorious film has become a cultural phenomenon.
Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history—the infamous “shower scene”—Psycho is “still terrifying after all these years” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide).
James Stewart, Farley Granger, and John Dall star in this macabre spellbinder, which was inspired by a real-life case of murder.
Two thrill-seeking friends (Granger and Dall) strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim’s family and friends, serving refreshments on a buffet table fashioned from a trunk containing the lifeless body.
When dinner conversation revolves around talk of the ‘perfect murder’, their former teacher (Stewart) becomes increasingly suspicious that his students have turned his intellectual theories into brutal reality.
Cary Grant stars as an innocent man mistaken for a spy in one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest thrillers.
While leaving New York’s Plaza Hotel, advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Grant) has the misfortune of standing just as the name “George Kaplan” is paged–starting a lethal case of mistaken identity and a nonstop game of cat and mouse as he is pursued across North America by espionage agents trying to kill him and by police who suspect him of murder.
Cary Grant teams with director Alfred Hitchcock for the fourth and final time in this superlative espionage caper judged one of the American Film Institute’s Top-100 American Films and spruced up with a new digital transfer and remixed Dolby Digital Stereo.
Grant plays a Manhattan advertising executive plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased, and in another signature set piece, crop-dusted.
He also holds on for dear life from the facial features of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore (backlot sets were used).
But don’t expect the Master of Suspense to leave star or audience hanging.
The 39 Steps is a heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho), following Richard Hannay (Oscar winner Robert Donat of Goodbye, Mr. Chips), who stumbles into a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors — a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued — as well as into an expected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeline Carroll).
Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director’s most famous works (especially North by Northwest), and remains one of his cleverest and most entertaining films.
Manny Ballestero is an honest hardworking musician at New York’s Stork Club. When his wife needs money for dental treatment, Manny goes to the local insurance office to borrow on her policy.
Employees at the office mistake him for a hold-up man who robbed them the year before and the police are called.
The film tells the true story of what happened to Manny and his family.
Alfred Hitchcock directs Cary Grant and Academy Award winner Joan Fontaine in a classic thriller.
Handsome, charming, well-liked Johnnie Aysgarth (Grant) is a worthless cheat, so when he marries Lina McLaidlaw (Fontaine), the naïve daughter of a wealthy retired general (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), everyone except Lina believes Johnnie is only after his wife’s inheritance.
But when Lina discovers that Johnnie has stolen money, his business partner dies mysteriously–and she finds a letter explaining her life insurance policy–love changes to Suspicion!
Perfectly blending suspense and humor, Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy is a shocking tale of murder set in modern-day London.
A serial criminal is known as the “Necktie Murderer” has the police on red alert and the trial is leading to an innocent man who must now elude the law and prove his innocence by finding the real murderer.
Starring Jon Finch, Alex McCowen, and Barry Foster, the film marked Hitchcock’s return to his native England after nearly twenty years and demonstrates why he is known as the Master of Suspense.
The American expatriate hero (a falsely-accused former cat burglar) has to catch the real cat burglar (a ‘she-cat’) during a rash of robberies before he is caught himself, while the heroine is on a quest to ‘catch’ him – first as the burglar, and then as a husband.
The infamous MacGuffin in this Hitchcock film is the identity of the thief.
The stylish film’s screenplay, by John Michael Hayes (in his second project with Hitchcock), was based on the novel of the same name by David Dodge. Hitchcock’s film was nominated for three Academy Awards.
The first of Alfred Hitchcock’s World War II features, Foreign Correspondent was completed in 1940, as the European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders.
Its titular hero, Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea), is an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, his nose for a good story (and, of course, some fortuitous timing) promptly leading him to the “crime” of fascism and Nazi Germany’s designs on European conquest.
In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, Jones (who’s been saddled with the dubious nom du plume Hadley Haverstock) walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring, and, not entirely coincidentally, falls in love – a pattern familiar to admirers of Hitchcock’s espionage thrillers, of which this is a thoroughly entertaining example.
McCrea’s hardy Yankee charms are neatly contrasted with the droll, veddy English charm of colleague George Sanders; Herbert Marshall provides a plummy variation on the requisite, ambiguous “good-or-is-he-really-bad” guy; Laraine Day affords a lovely heroine; and Robert Benchley (who contributed to the script) pops up, albeit too briefly, for comic relief.
As good as the cast is, however, it’s Hitchcock’s staging of key action sequences that makes Foreign Correspondent a textbook example of the director’s visual energy.
An assassin’s escape through a rain-soaked crowd is registered by rippling umbrellas, a nest of spies is detected by the improbable direction of a windmill’s spinning sails, and Jones’s nocturnal flight across a pitched city rooftop produces its own contextual comment when broken neon tubes convert the Hotel Europe into “Hot Europe.” –Sam Sutherland
James Stewart and Doris Day give magnificent performances as Ben and Jo McKenna, an American couple vacationing in Morocco, whose son is kidnapped and taken to England.
Caught up in international espionage, the McKennas’ lives hang in the balance as they race to save their son in the chilling, climactic showdown in London’s famous Royal Albert Hall.
One of cinema’s greatest auteurs, Alfred Hitchcock’s six-decade career generated an unmissable run of suspense-packed thrillers, strongly characterized by macabre plots and twist endings.
Starring British screen icon Leslie Banks and featuring the English-speaking debut of Peter Lorre, The Man Who Knew Too Much is one of Hitchcock’s most thrilling pre-war British films and one which he would remake twenty years later in Hollywood.
This peerless suspense classic is presented here in a High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
While holidaying in Switzerland, the Lawrences are accidentally caught up in murder and intrigue when their friend Louis is fatally wounded by a gunshot.
As he lays dying Louis confesses that he is a secret agent for the British government, and passes on vital information which may prevent another world war…
Nominated for three Academy Awards, Alfred Hitchcock’s “absorbing brilliantly executed” (Hollywood Reporter) World War II drama, is a remarkable story of human survival.
After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat, among them a glamorous journalist (Tallulah Bankhead), a tough seaman (John Hodiak), a nurse (Mary Anderson), and an injured sailor (William Bendix).
Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger – the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them.
With its powerful interplay of suspense and emotion, this legendary classic is a microcosm of humanity, revealing the subtleties of man’s strengths and frailties under extraordinary duress.
“The secret recesses of the mind are explored with brilliant and terrifying effect” (New York Herald Tribune) in this fascinating psychological thriller from Alfred Hitchcock.
Featuring powerful performances from Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck, this masterpiece of mystery, romance, and suspense boasts an OSCAR®-Winning score by Miklos Rozsa and a haunting dream sequence by Salvador Dalí.
Dr. Constance Peterson (Bergman) is a dedicated psychiatrist who puts all her passion into her work — until she falls in love with Dr. Edwardes (Peck).
Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that Edwardes is an impostor — an amnesiac — who may or may not be a cold-blooded murderer.
Pursued by the police, Constance must decide whether to turn in her mysterious lover…or risk her life by trying to unlock the dark secrets in his mind.
Joseph Cotton star as Uncle Charlie, a calculating and charming killer who hides out in his relatives’ small hometown.
There, he befriends his favorite niece and namesake, Young Charlie (Teresa Wright). But she begins to suspect he may be the famed Merry Widow murderer.
A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues as the psychopathic killer plots the death of his young niece to protect his secret.
In Alfred Hitchcock s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets Dame May Whitty s charming old spinster, who seemingly disappears into thin air.
Soon enough, the young woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. The Lady Vanishes, now in an all-new digital transfer, remains one of the master filmmaker s purest delights.
Alfred Hitchcock had hit his early, near-flawless stride by the time of The Lady Vanishes, the 1938 classic that seems as bright and funny now as the day it was released.
After the deliciously comic opening reels at a mittel-European hotel where a train has been snowed in, the plot kicks into gear: a very nice old lady (Dame May Whitty) suddenly disappears in mid-train ride.
Worse, the young woman (Margaret Lockwood) who’d befriended her can’t find anybody to confirm that the lady ever actually existed. Luckily, suave gadabout Michael Redgrave is at the ready – to say nothing of two English cricket fans, brought to memorable life by Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne.
The film bops along briskly, borne along on the charm of the players and the witty script by expert craftsman Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat (who also did the delightful Green for Danger and the St. Trinian’s films), to say nothing of Hitchcock’s healthy sense of humor about the whole thing–indeed, it may be the most “British” of his films. –Robert Horton
This two-disc package is the second time Lady has been issued by Criterion and features a (visually and aurally) improved transfer of the film.
It retains a commentary from the earlier release, but adds tasty extras: a half-hour documentary from Leonard Leff (standard stuff, but a nice intro to Hitchcockian ideas), plus a 10-minute audio excerpt from Francois Truffaut’s legendary book-length interview with Hitch.
This is not only a good way to hear Hitchcock on The Lady Vanishes, it’s a fascinating ringside seat at an important moment in film history.
And then there’s Crook’s Tour, a fun 1941 feature comedy vehicle for Charters and Caldicott, the two characters played by Radford and Wayne (they’d been such a hit in The Lady Vanishes that audiences demanded more of them, leading to a long-term teaming in film and radio).
All good–but Lady itself is the ride you’ll be returning to again and again. –Robert Horton
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Romance becomes psychodrama in Alfred Hitchcock’s elegantly crafted Rebecca, his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking.
A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the film stars the enchanting Joan Fontaine as a young woman who believes she has found her heart’s desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (played with cunning vulnerability by Laurence Olivier).
But upon moving to Manderley her groom s baroque ancestral mansion she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts not only the home but the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well.
The start of Hitchcock’s legendary collaboration with producer David O. Selznick, this elegiac gothic vision, captured in stunning black and white by George Barnes, took home the Academy Awards for best picture and best cinematography.
Strange thing about this trip.
Look at how Alfred Hitchcock reinforces the duality of human nature. The more you watch, the more you’ll see.
“Isn’t it a fascinating design?” the Master of Suspense often asked. Actually, it’s doubly fascinating.
Final Release Version with Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich, Psycho Screenwriter Joseph Stefano, Patricia Highsmith Biographer Andrew Wilson and Several Hitchcock Colleagues, Aficionados and Family Members, Plus the Suspense Master Himself in an Interview Excerpt.
With this twisted love story, Alfred Hitchcock summoned darker shades of suspense and passion by casting two of Hollywood’s most beloved stars starkly against type.
Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia, an alluring woman with a checkered past recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant), a suave, mysterious intelligence agent, to spy for the U.S.
Only after she has fallen for Devlin does she learn that her mission is to seduce a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains) hiding out in South America.
Coupling inventive cinematography with brilliantly subtle turns from his mesmerizing leads, Hitchcock orchestrates an anguished romance shot through with deception and moral ambiguity.
A thriller of rare perfection, Notorious represents a pinnacle of both its director’s legendary career and classic Hollywood cinema.
Originally shot in 3D and restored for Blu-Ray 3D, Alfred Hitchcock’s screen version of Frederick Knott’s stage hit Dial M for Murder is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense, casting Grace Kelly, Ray Milland, and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle.
Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances (Hitchcock’s Rear Window and her Oscar-honored work in The Country Girl).
She loves Cummings; her husband Milland plots her murder.
But when he dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer – and gleaming scissors become a deadly weapon. Dial M for the Master of Suspense at his most stylish.
Before Hollywood had entirely typecast Alfred Hitchcock as the master of suspense, with Mr. & Mrs. Smith he was allowed to fashion an elegant romantic trifle starring Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard.
It probably won’t replace Rear Window or Psycho in your affections, but the film is more than a curious footnote to the director’s career.
The two leads play David and Ann Smith, a devoted but endlessly squabbling couple who discover their three-year marriage isn’t legal.
When he unexpectedly hesitates to arrange a second wedding, she storms out in a huff and soon begins dating his solid, dependable business partner Jeff (Gene Raymond).
The rest follows the formula laid down by such previous screwball comedies as The Awful Truth (1937) and Bringing Up Baby (1938): David employs fair means or foul to win back Ann’s heart, causes all sorts of complicated mischief, then… well, three guesses what happens in the end.
The intriguing thing about the movie is how Hitchcock takes Norman Krasna’s paper-thin script and adds sly undercurrents of menace.
Violence seems about to erupt in the recurring scenes where Ann shaves her husband (suggestively holding a razor up to his throat) – and there’s a touch of Vertigo in one scary moment when a jammed amusement park ride leaves two characters dangling helplessly high above the ground.
Montgomery and Lombard keep the mood acceptably frivolous while indicating the flawed nature of the marital relationship.
From the evidence of this one-off, Hitchcock might have been among the best comedy directors in the business, had he so wished. –Peter Matthews
Considered one of the more experimental films from Alfred Hitchcock, Topaz is a riveting story of adventure and international intrigue.
Responding to rumors of Russian missiles and a NATO spy called Topaz, an American CIA agent (John Forsythe) hires French operative Devereaux (Frederick Stafford) to investigate in Cuba.
In Havana, Devereaux’s investigation becomes dangerous, leaving behind a wake of shaken governments, murder, betrayal, and suicide.
This lavish production from the Master of Suspense exposes one of the most explosive spy scandals ever filmed.
From the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, the legendary director of Blackmail, Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, and The Birds.
Hitchcock’s third sound film was a return to the crime genre, adapted by Hitchcock and Walter Mycroft (Champagne) from the play Enter Sir John by Clemency Dane (A Bill of Divorcement) and Helen Simpson (Sabotage).
Actress Diana Baring (Norah Baring, A Cottage on Armor) is convicted of the murder of another actress in the same touring company.
But the distinguished actor Sir John Meniere (Herbert Marshall, The Letter), who served on the jury at her trial, becomes convinced of her innocence and decides to solve the case.
Beautifully shot by Jack E. Cox (The Lady Vanishes). This special edition also includes Mary, the 1931 German version of the film, directed by Hitchcock and starring Alfred Abel as Sir John Meniere and Olga Tschechowa as Mary Baring.
Secret Agent is a 1936 British espionage thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, adapted from the play by Campbell Dixon, which in turn is loosely based on two stories in the 1927 collection Ashenden: Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham.
The film stars Madeleine Carroll, Peter Lorre, John Gielgud, and Robert Young.
It also features uncredited appearances by Michael Redgrave, future star of Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938), and Michael Rennie in his film debut.
Typical Hitchcockian themes used in Secret Agent include mistaken identity, trains, and a “Hitchcock Blonde”.
World-famous scientist Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) and his fiancee/assistant, Sarah Sherman (Julie Andrews), travel to Copenhagen for a physics conference.
When Sarah mistakenly intercepts a message meant for Armstrong, she believes that he is secretly defecting to East Germany. Or is he?
As Armstrong goes undercover to glean top-secret information, the couple finds themselves running for their lives from enemy agents in this action-packed thriller.
From master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock (Lifeboat, Notorious) comes this nail-biting thriller that packs a punch.
Hollywood legend Gregory Peck (Night People) headlines a brilliant cast in this masterful story of a murder trial that will keep you guessing until the final frame.
When arrestingly attractive Maddalena Anna Paradine (Alida Valli, The Third Man) is charged with poisoning her husband, she hires famous London barrister Anthony Keane (Peck) to defend her.
But as Keane unravels Maddalena’s exotic past, the young attorney becomes hopelessly infatuated with his captivating client.
Now, allowing his heart to rule his head, Keane’s blind obsession could cost him the case and his marriage as the shocking truth is revealed in a sensational courtroom climax!
The stellar cast includes Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution), Charles Coburn (The More the Merrier), Ethel Barrymore (Deadline U.S.A.), Leo G. Carroll (North by Northwest), and Louis Jourdan (Gigi).
An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly finds themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination.
This fleet and gripping early thriller from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.
Besides affirming Hitchcock’s brilliance, it gave the brilliant Peter Lorre (M) his first English-speaking role, as a slithery villain.
With its tension and gallows humor, it’s pure Hitchcock, and it set the tone for films like The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes.
A wealthy old woman hires a con man (Bruce Dern) and a phony psychic (Barbara Harris) to find her long-lost nephew.
The results are diabolically funny as this suspense-comedy combines mystery and mayhem in nonstop excitement from beginning to end. Co-starring Karen Black and William Devane.
Celebrated for the macabre, tour-de-force plots and sublime twist endings that would come to define the very genre of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock is one of cinema s greatest auteurs, his career spanning six decades and over sixty films.
One of Hitchcock s most significant pre-war thrillers a series of films that would help pave the way to even greater success in Hollywood Young and Innocent stars Derrick de Marney as Robert Tisdall, a man who turns fugitive after he finds the body of a young actress washed up on a beach and is promptly accused of her murder.
Nova Pilbeam is the beautiful young woman whose help he enlists, and George Curzon features in one of his best-known British film roles as the jealous ex-husband who harbors a terrible secret…
This iconic early feature from the master of suspense is presented here in a High Definition transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
From the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, the legendary director of Notorious, Lifeboat, North by Northwest, and Psycho comes this thriller about a woman fighting off a sleazy blackmailer.
Blackmail was Hitchcock’s first full-length sound film and was only his second foray into the suspense genre. Grocer’s daughter Alice White (Anny Ondra, The Manxman) kills a man in self-defense when he tries to sexually assault her.
Her policeman boyfriend, Detective Frank Webber (John Longden, The Skin Game), covers up for her, but she has been spotted leaving the scene by a petty criminal who starts to blackmail her.
Based on a play by Charles Bennett (Foreign Correspondent, The 39 Steps) and co-starring Sara Allgood (The Lodger). This special edition also includes the 76-minute silent version of the film, with a new score by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
Celebrated for the macabre, tour-de-force plots and sublime twist endings that would come to define the very genre of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock is one of cinema’s greatest auteurs, his career spanning six decades and over sixty films.
Based on Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent and starring Oscar Homolka and Sylvia Sidney, Sabotage is one of Hitchcock’s most significant pre-war British films.
Featured here in a High Definition transfer from original film elements, this classic early thriller has never looked better.
Karl Verloc, manager of a London cinema, is secretly involved with a gang of European saboteurs who are plotting a massive bomb attack in Piccadilly Circus.
With the police already suspicious of Verloc, they place an undercover detective on his trail can he bring the saboteurs to justice before they perpetrate their outrage on London?
Set against a picturesque New England backdrop, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry is a dark comedy starring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, and Jerry Mathers.
The trouble with Harry is that he is dead and, while no one really minds, everyone feels responsible.
After Harry’s body is discovered in the woods, several of the local residents must determine not only how and why he was killed but what to do with the body.
Featuring romance, humor…and several unearthings of the corpse, this quirky romp showcases a decidedly different type of story from the Master of Suspense.
In suspense films characters frequently deceive one another. But can the camera tell a lie?
This is one of the questions that Hitchcock takes up in Stage Fright (1950), and his answer has puzzled, infuriated, and delighted audiences ever since its initial release.
Stage Fright is one of only two films Hitchcock made in Great Britain after he moved to America in 1940 (the other is Frenzy, his late masterpiece).
It is also his only picture to star Marlene Dietrich, whose character’s allegiances are even more ambiguous than usual.
Years after making Stage Fright, Hitchcock claimed that because the villains were just as frightened as the heroes, the film did not carry the requisite quota of menace. But it has received a good deal of attention in recent years and is worth a fresh look.
The director did admit that he was proud of the movie’s most astounding plot twist, though no commercial filmmaker since has been bold enough to let the camera lie so eloquently. –Raphael Shargel
Factory worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) finds himself branded an industrial saboteur after a fire breaks out in the workplace.
The extinguisher he handed to his colleague and best friend itself burst into flame, and Kane is now on the run, determined to find the real culprit and so prove his innocence.
The only person who believes his story is Patricia Martin (Priscilla Lane), who aids him in his flight from the authorities.
Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful chase film, a contribution to America’s wartime propaganda, can be seen as a precursor to his later success ‘North by Northwest.’
Director Alfred Hitchcock creates a spellbinding portrait of a disturbed woman and the man who tries to save her in the unrelenting psychological thriller, Marnie.
A compulsive liar and thief, Marnie (Tippi Hedren) winds up impulsively marrying the very man (Sean Connery) she attempts to rob.
When a terrible accident pushes her over the edge, her husband struggles to help her face her demons and her past as the plot races to a shattering, inescapable conclusion. Originally marketed as a “suspenseful sex mystery,” this shocking story from the Master of Suspense is a mesmerizing classic.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess, Father Michael Logan (Montgomery Clift), apparently a model of clerical piety, hears a killer’s confession.
Eyewitnesses point to a priest as the murderer, and the sacrament of penance forbids Logan to speak out – even in his own defense – when circumstantial evidence targets Logan as the prime suspect!
Academy Award winners Anne Baxter and Karl Malden costar as a former flame and a police inspector whose attempts to clear Logan only entrap him further.
Filmed in Quebec on locations highlighting that city’s Old World traditions, I Confess races toward a climax that’s unforgettable. And in true Hitchcock fashion, you’ll confess to being hooked all the way.
With his third feature film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut.
This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man (matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London boardinghouse, just as a killer who preys on blonde women, known as the Avenger, descends upon the city.
The film is animated by the palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing the director’s formal and thematic obsessions.
In this edition, The Lodger is accompanied by Downhill, another 1927 silent exploration of Hitchcock s wrong man trope, also headlined by Novello making for a double feature that reveals the great master of the macabre as he was just coming into his own.
Derived from Sean O’Casey s acclaimed play, Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Juno and the Paycock is one of the Master s most unjustly neglected films. Down in the Dublin slums, Captain Boyle is a shiftless layabout, scrounging off his hard-working wife Juno.
When he learns he has inherited a great deal of money, their lives change forever. Starring members of the cast of the original Abbey Theatre production, this powerful drama shows there was more to Hitchcock than just suspense.
His skill with actors and rare ability to bridge theatre and cinema make this one of the most satisfying adaptations of a great play. A huge success on first release, Juno and the Paycock is ripe for rediscovery.
Betty, the rebellious daughter of a millionaire, decides to marry the penniless Jean, against her father’s will.
She runs away to France and she starts living a life of luxury on the profits from her father’s business.
The rich man decides to put a stop to her behavior pretending his business crashed. Betty now has to find money by herself and she gets a job in a nightclub. …Champagne
Laurita Finton is accused by her husband of being in love with an artist.
There is a trial, but the artist, who has been rejected by the girl, kills himself. Laurita’s world is destroyed so she decides to leave, changing her identity and starting a new life.
She falls in love with a rich young man, John Whittaker, but his family doesn’t like Laurita, a girl with an “easy virtue”.
John’s mother finds out about the shadows in Laurita’s past and tells everything to her son.
- Easy Virtue (1928)
- Easy Virtue (1928)
- Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall, Eric Bransby Williams (Actors)
- Alfred Hitchcock (Director) - Easy Virtue (1928) (Producer)
- Spanish (Subtitle)
Number Seventeen is a 1932 comedy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring John Stuart, Anne Grey, and Leon M. Lion. It is based on the 1925 burlesque stage play Number Seventeen by Joseph Jefferson Farjeon.
It is about a group of criminals who committed a jewel robbery and hid their loot in an old house over a railway leading to the English Channel.
The film’s title is derived from the house’s street number. An outsider stumbles onto this plot and intervenes with the help of a neighbor who is a police officer’s daughter.
The Skin Game (1931) was an early Hitchcock release telling an interesting English country tale of two battling clans in a remote English countryside village.
Playing against type is Edmund Gwenn (more famous Santa Claus in Miracle On 34th Street and years later used by Hitch again in The Trouble With Harry) who plays one of the lead characters, Mr. Hornblower.
It seems Hornblower has his eye on a piece of property owned for years by the Hillcrest family.
When circumstances force the Hillcrest’s to auction off a prized parcel of country property, the tension heats up as Hornblower makes his assault and bids up the price at any cost.
The auction sequence in The Skin Game is well worth the price of admission. Hornblower will use any tactic to deceive the locals to sell so he can expand his interests.
However, his fortunes are compromised when Mrs. Hillcrest finds out that Chloe Hornblower was a prostitute; she uses this secret to blackmail the speculator and force him to stop his business.
This digitally mastered SP mode Laserlight edition features an introduction by Tony Curtis who provides an interesting backdrop of facts as well as a rare original color theatrical trailer from Dial M For Murder with Grace Kelly and Ray Milland.
The whole viewing will be an interesting sitting of classic film entertainment for the Hitchcock appreciator.
A young married couple hopes that an unexpected inheritance would bring them happiness. However, it turns out to be a curse, ruining their marriage even further.
A widowed British farmer (Jameson Thomas) enlists his housekeeper’s (Lilian Hall-Davis) help to find a wife.
Patsy is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill, who is down on her luck, and gets her a job as a dancer.
Jill meets adventurer Hugh and they get engaged, but when Hugh travels out of the country, she begins to play around.
The Manxman – Digitally Remastered A fisherman and a rising young lawyer who grew up as brothers fall in love with the same girl.
The Manxman is a 1929 British silent drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anny Ondra, Carl Brisson, and Malcolm Keen.
A romantic triangle imbroglio based on a novel by Hall Caine, the story concerns a local fisherman named Pete (Carl Brisson), a law student named Philip (Malcolm Keen), and a beautiful village girl named Kate (played by German actress Anny Ondra).
When Pete is reported drowned, Kate turns to Philip for solace. By and by, Pete returns none the worse for wear. Never suspecting that Kate has been unfaithful to him, Pete marries her.
However, she eventually bears Philip’s child, which of course Pete assumes is his. Unable to lie to her husband anymore, Kate attempts suicide, which, according to the laws of the Island, is a crime.
Kate is brought before the judge who happens to be her ex-lover Philip. Confronted with the truth by Kate’s father (who has suspected all along that she and Philip have had an affair), Philip gives up his legal career to make an “honest woman” out of Kate.
Heartbreaking and often solemn, The Manxman is also beautifully photographed by cinematographer Jack Cox.
Downhill-1927-silent with English subtitles-black and white-Alfred Hitchcock shows that he is the master director in this early masterpiece. Roddy Berwick is a happy Oxford college boy from a wealthy home.
He becomes friends with Tim Wakely, whose family is not wealthy, however, he managed to get into Oxford on a scholarship. They both get involved with a woman who runs a bakery.
Soon the woman accuses Roddy of taking liberties with her and getting her into trouble, even though the real culprit is Tim.
Roddy however keeps silent out of loyalty to Tim. Sadly, this leads to Roddy being expelled and starting his scary spiral downhill.
His life continues to take turns for the worse as he leaves home, joins the theatre, becomes a dime a dance boy, and finally descends into madness.
Can there be a happy ending?
The Farmer’s Wife-1928-silent with English subtitles-black and white- In this Alfred Hitchcock romantic comedy, wealthy farmer Sweetland has recently lost his wife, and soon grows lonely.
With the help of his always faithful housekeeper, Minta, Sweetland makes a shortlist of the available women that are suitable to become his next wife.
Ah, but while pursuing these women he learns they are not as suitable as he imagined. Will he, can he, find a bride?
- Ivor Novello, Robin Irvine, Jameson Thomas (Actors)
- Alfred Hitchcock (Director)
Step back in time to the golden age of classic Alfred Hitchcock movies. The fascinating and magical story of Johan Strauss Junior and Senior.
Young Johan is forced to worked in a bakery and told to forget about music by his father.
He soon falls for young Resi. She starts to get jealous of the beautiful Contessa who is showing Johan too much attention. The Contessa asks Johan to write her a waltz.
He does as he is requested, but remains loyal to his girl. A fascinating and beautifully produced biographical movie told by the genius of film, Alfred Hitchock.
Jack (Carl Brisson) is a carnival-employed boxer; patrons pay cash to take him on in the ring, and he earns the nickname “One-Round” by giving them their money’s worth with a quick knockout.
His many victories have given him a big head and a bigger mouth, so when heavyweight champion Bob (Ian Hunter) shows up in town, he decides to shut Jack up by challenging him to a match.
As the fight nears, Jack’s fiancée (Lilian Hall-Davis) develops eyes for Bob, giving the bout a bitter edge.
Mystery, murder, and passion from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock (Lifeboat, Psycho). Screen legends Ingrid Bergman (Joan of Arc, Intermezzo) and Joseph Cotten (Portrait of Jennie, The Farmer’s Daughter) star in Under Capricorn, a lush Technicolor drama.
Cotten plays Sam Flusky, a native Briton banished to Australia for murder.
Bergman is his wife, Henrietta, the disturbed sister of the man Flusky was convicted of killing.
When a new governor (Cecil Parker, 23 Paces to Baker Street) arrives, he brings with him his cousin Adare (Michael Wilding, Stage Fright), an old friend of Henrietta’s, who sets out to help her conquer her demons and return her life to normal.
But is Henrietta going insane, or is someone trying to drive her mad? Is she merely an alcoholic, or is someone trying to poison her?
No one but Hitchcock could handle these questions with such surefire tension, and the performances by the entire cast are excellent.
A rich account of emotional self-sacrifice, Under Capricorn, is that rare film that captures the humanity of its characters while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Beautifully shot by Jack Cardiff (Black Narcissus).
Alfred Hitchcock turned to the work of Daphne Du Maurier a number of times throughout his career.
When he made the move to Hollywood, he adapted her novel Rebecca, the end results securing the Academy Award for Best Picture.
When he needed to follow up the groundbreaking horror of Psycho, he adapted her short story The Birds and created another milestone of the genre.
But before these came Jamaica Inn, based on Du Maurier’s classic tale of wreckers in 19th century Cornwall.
Recently orphaned Mary Yellan (Maureen O Hara in her first major film role) arrives at Jamaica Inn from Ireland to live with her aunt.
Unaware that it serves as the headquarters for a murderous gang responsible for shipwrecks along the Cornish coast, she soon finds herself embroiled in backstabbing, conspiracy and villainy presided over by the local squire, Sir Humphrey Pengallan (Charles Laughton).
Though dominated by Laughton’s wonderfully flamboyant performance, Jamaica Inn also finds room for a rogue’s gallery of British character actors including Robert Newton (David Lean s Oliver Twist), Basil Radford (The Lady Vanishes), Leslie Banks (The Most Dangerous Game) and Mervyn Johns (Dead of Night).
It also stands out as one of the most atmospheric of Hitchcock s British films as well as one of his most unfairly neglected works.
The Best Alfred Hitchcock Movies – Wrapping Up
So there you have it. The top Alfred Hitchcock films. As you can see, he’s been responsible for some classics of cinema history and it’s clear to see why he’s considered one of the all-time greats.
If you’re sitting down to watch one of these tonight, we envy you. You’re in for a real treat!
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