Alfred Hitchcock's Top Ten Movies

Even half a century later, Alfred Hitchcock’s portly silhouette is still recognizable by millions and his movies continue to be regarded as some of the greatest of all time. Although four of his films were nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture and one eventually won the award, Alfred’s popularity among critics has done nothing but grow as time passes. Today, he is regarded as one of the greatest directors to have worked in Hollywood.

This list of his top ten movies includes the very best of a remarkable catalog of films directed by the one and only Alfred Hitchcock.
The Top Ten
1 Psycho

An iconic cinematic art, 'Psycho' is so embedded in the culture that it's hard to imagine how radical and strange it was fifty-five years ago. It was as though Steven Spielberg had gone indie rogue, breaking every rule in the canon as he went.

I bet this movie and 'The Shining' scared some people away from going to hotels.

Everyone knows this film because of the shower scene!

2 Vertigo

This is brutal to decide. I love this, 'Rope', and 'Psycho'. What makes this unique is that Hitchcock tapped into his sensibilities as an artist instead of an entertainer and used surrealistic techniques and showbiz style to create a scary mental meditation.

This is no more a thriller than 'Freaks' is a horror movie. It's beauty in motion.

The greatest film of all time! The themes of male lust, obsession, betrayal, manipulation, and deception make the film an unforgettable psychological study.

It's the best of Hitchcock and must be #1 on the list!

3 Rear Window

It's like you're watching through a keyhole. It draws you into its obsessive little world. Watch out, voyeurism can be dangerous.

Crisp, suspenseful, interesting, and atmospheric - an incredibly simple idea with perfect execution, like the best innovations and inventions.

It's a toss-up between 'Rear Window' and 'Psycho' for me. I voted for this one because 'Psycho' is already #1 on the list, but 'Rear Window' deserves at least the second spot, in my opinion.

What keeps this film afloat is its genius story and execution. Of course, James Stewart doesn't hurt the film, either.

4 North by Northwest

Adventure, suspense, and plenty of scenery for a framed man. It reminds me of 'The Fugitive'.

Second best, behind 'Psycho'.

My favorite movie of all time! It's really great and a must-see! The best from each Hitchcock film combined into one great film.

The best Hitchcock films take you into silence and then throw something completely unexpected at you.

5 The Birds

There's no contest for me. Sadly, most of his films haven't aged well and are almost laughably melodramatic and predictable.

This film is an outlier in that respect. It features some of the best acting, pacing, cinematography, and sound mixing and editing ever put into a horror film. It's a true classic, and it's Hitchcock's best horror film. Yes, even better than 'Psycho'.

That being said, 'Psycho', 'Vertigo', and 'Rear Window' are all still great.

I agree with Magnolia. This is Alfred's most classic and awesome movie. All of his movies are incredible, but I think 'The Birds' is the best, hands down.

6 Strangers on a Train

The scene at the tennis match is so damn creepy.

7 Rope

Beautiful, but I hate how they plan the perfect murder and then James Stewart's character has to figure it out.

This is the best Hitchcock by a long shot.

8 Dial M for Murder

A movie where you will root for the husband to kill his wife.

9 Notorious
10 Shadow of a Doubt
The Contenders
11 Rebecca
12 The Man Who Knew Too Much
13 The 39 Steps
14 To Catch a Thief

Cary Grant is quite simply the coolest guy ever.

15 Marnie

It's an amazing film! One of the most underrated ones ever! It has Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, an amazing score by Bernard Herrmann, and a fantastic storyline.

What else do you want?

16 The Lady Vanishes

Very fun mystery, full of charm and excitement!

17 Spellbound
18 Suspicion
19 Lifeboat

See if you can spot Hitchcock's appearance in the lifeboat.

20 Saboteur
21 The Trouble with Harry
22 Young and Innocent
23 Stage Fright
24 Sabotage
25 Anatomy of a Murder
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