The Best Alfred Hitchcock Movies

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This list of Alfred Hitchcock's best movies proves that he was one of the top directors of all time. Active from the silent era up until his death in 1980, Hitchcock has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office. His top 10 movies tend to be thrillers but which one should be deemed the very best? This list needs your votes to help decide the best film's of Alfred Hitchcock's career with their year listed as well.

Alfred Hitchcock began working during the silent film era and transitioned to sound for his tenth film, Blackmail. Throughout the 1930s and ‘40s, Hitchcock produced a number of films, including World War II propaganda films for the Free French government. Following that period, Hitchcock hit his stride with classics in the 1950s. You'll find his best films ordered by their popularity, their ranking determine votes from users like you.

During this time, he made his iconic thriller movies Rear Window, Vertigo, and more. Then in 1960, he released his best-known film, Psycho. Following that, his output declined due to health issues. His last film was 1976’s Family Plot, which received positive critic reviews. He also had many on-screen appearances in his and other director’s film, and is right up there with stars like Orson Welles and John Huston in terms of fame and success.

So what are the best Alfred Hitchcock movies of all time? Is it Psycho or Rear Window? Please note that these are the best, not just the scariest Hitchcock movies. See what fans have ranked as their favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Hitchcock film isn't at the top, then vote it up.

Alfred Hitchcock was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Orson Welles and John Huston in terms of fame and success.

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  • Rear Window
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    James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
    1,346 votes
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    In Alfred Hitchcock's classic suspense thriller Rear Window, James Stewart portrays the role of L.B. Jeff Jefferies, a photographer confined to his New York apartment due to a broken leg. Grace Kelly stars as Lisa Fremont, Jeff's high-society girlfriend, who becomes embroiled in his voyeuristic routine. As Jeff observes his neighbors through his rear window, he suspects one of them may have committed murder. This Academy Award-nominated film cleverly combines elements of mystery with intense character development, making it a masterclass in the genre of psychological thrillers.

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  • Psycho
    2
    Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
    1,251 votes
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    In the chilling classic Psycho, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) absconds with stolen cash, seeking solace at the remote Bates Motel. The proprietor, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), is a peculiar young man dominated by his puritanical mother. Marion's disappearance triggers an investigation led by her sister, Lila (Vera Miles), and boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin). Directed masterfully by Alfred Hitchcock, this iconic horror-thriller won several awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Leigh's performance. Psycho's suspense-filled plot twists and haunting score have left an indelible mark on cinematic history.

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  • North by Northwest
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    Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
    1,207 votes
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    In the classic suspense film North by Northwest, Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), an unsuspecting New York advertising executive, becomes entangled in a web of espionage. Mistaken for a government agent by foreign spies, he's thrust into a perilous cross-country chase. Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint), a mysterious and alluring woman, aids him in his desperate struggle for survival. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this thrilling masterpiece of intrigue and mistaken identity is filled with iconic scenes, including the famous crop-duster sequence and the climactic Mount Rushmore showdown. It's a testament to Hitchcock's mastery over tension and suspense.

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  • Vertigo
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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
    1,288 votes
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    Unraveling the complexities of paranoia, Vertigo is an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece that has captivated audiences for decades. The film centers on retired San Francisco detective John Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart), who suffers from crippling acrophobia. When a former acquaintance, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), hires him to follow his wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), he's drawn into a whirlwind of deceit, obsession, and ultimately, vertigo. This 1958 psychological thriller won accolades for its innovative camera techniques that simulate the dizzying heights inducing vertigo. A classic example of Hitchcock's storytelling prowess, Vertigo remains a testament to his influential place in cinema history.

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  • Dial M for Murder
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    Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings
    838 votes
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected.

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  • Notorious
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    Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
    689 votes
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) recruits Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.

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