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List of the scariest Alfred Hitchcock movies ever made, as ranked by Hitchcock fans and film critics. There’s a good reason that director Alfred Hitchcock is widely considered the master of horror. His films are among the best movies ever made, both in the horror genre and overall. Many of these famous Alfred Hitchcock movies movies take our worst fears and transform them into a piece of art that feels more real than movies usually do. The villains are people that feel like they could really exist, while the heroes are extremely relatable to the average viewer.

The movies on this list span decades and are often ranked as the scariest movies of all time. Hitchcock films were made before jump scares and axe wielding psychopaths were all the rage, so the scares in his films come from a more real place. They play on the fear of run down motels weird neighbors, and other parts of everyday life, as well as larger fears like government conspiracies and serial killers.

What are the most terrifying Alfred Hitchcock films? What are the top Alfred Hitchcock movies? With classic movies like Vertigo, Rear Window, and Strangers on a Train, it's hard to go wrong with the famous Hitchcock movies on this list. These movies went on to define the best of the horror genre and become classic films in Hollywood history - cast your votes now!

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from ...more

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The Birds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more

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Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". ...more

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was ...more

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Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland Dial M for Murder is a 1954 3-D American crime thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings. The screenplay and the ...more

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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological thriller-drama film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it was his first American project, and his first film produced under contract with David O. Selznick. ...more

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Shadow of a Doubt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma ...more

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North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who ...more

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Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Anna Massey, Bernard Cribbins Frenzy is a 1972 British crime thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The penultimate feature film of his extensive career, it is often considered by critics and scholars to be his last ...more

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Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll Strangers on a Train is an American psychological crime thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot ...more

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Rope is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock, Cedric Hardwicke Rope is a 1948 American psychological crime thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1929 play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton and adapted by Hume Cronyn and Arthur ...more

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The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock The Man Who Knew Too Much is a 1956 suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The film is a somewhat altered remake in widescreen VistaVision and ...more

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Notorious is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock Notorious is a 1946 American spy thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains as three people whose lives become intimately ...more

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Spellbound is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock Spellbound is a 1945 American psychological mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims. The ...more

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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty. Written by Sidney Gilliat ...more

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The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat The 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John ...more

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To Catch a Thief is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock To Catch a Thief is a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John Michael Hayes based on the 1952 novel of the same name by David Dodge. The film stars Cary ...more

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The Lodger: A Story of the Lon... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Ivor Novello, Reginald Gardiner The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog is a 1927 British silent film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, June Tripp, Malcolm Keen, and Ivor Novello. The film was ...more

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Sabotage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, John Loder Sabotage, also released as The Woman Alone, is a 1936 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock about an agent who hides a time bomb in a delivery package to blow up London. It is ...more

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Blackmail is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Sara Allgood, Cyril Ritchard Blackmail is a 1929 British thriller drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anny Ondra, John Longden, and Cyril Ritchard. Based on the play Blackmail by Charles Bennett, the film ...more

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Lifeboat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, Heather Angel Lifeboat is an American drama thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock from a story by John Steinbeck. The film stars Tallulah Bankhead with William Bendix. Also in the cast are Walter Slezak, ...more

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Marnie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren Marnie is a 1964 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen was based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Winston Graham. The film stars Tippi ...more

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 1941 screwball comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by Norman Krasna, and starring Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery. It also features Gene Raymond, ...more

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Suspicion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine Suspicion is a romantic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine as a married couple. It also stars Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame ...more

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The Wrong Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock, Tuesday Weld The Wrong Man is a 1956 docu-drama by Alfred Hitchcock which stars Henry Fonda and Vera Miles. The film was drawn from the true story of an innocent man charged with a crime, as described in the ...more

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Foreign Correspondent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders, Joel McCrea Foreign Correspondent is a 1940 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of an American reporter who tries to expose enemy spies in Britain, a series of events ...more

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The Trouble with Harry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Shirley MacLaine, Alfred Hitchcock, John Forsythe The Trouble with Harry is a 1955 American black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by John Michael Hayes was based on the 1950 novel by Jack Trevor Story. It starred Edmund ...more

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Topaz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, John Forsythe, Michel Piccoli Topaz is a 1969 American espionage thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Based on the 1967 Cold War novel Topaz by Leon Uris, the film is about a French intelligence agent who becomes entangled ...more

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Torn Curtain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock Torn Curtain is a 1966 American political thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. Written by Brian Moore, the film is about an American scientist who ...more

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Family Plot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black Family Plot is a 1976 American dark comedy/thriller film that was the final film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film was based on Victor Canning's novel The Rainbird Pattern, which Ernest ...more