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The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies

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List RulesOnly horror films directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an... more on Wikipedia
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    Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Rear Window

    Grace Kelly, James Stewart

    Released1954

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written... more on Wikipedia
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    The Birds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    The Birds

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

    Released1963

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Vertigo

    James Stewart, Kim Novak

    Released1958

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred... more on Wikipedia
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    Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Dial M for Murder

    Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1954

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Shadow of a Doubt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Shadow of a Doubt

    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright

    Released1943

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Rebecca

    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1940

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Rebecca is a 1940 American psychological thriller-drama film. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Frenzy

    Alfred Hitchcock, Anna Massey

    Released1972

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Frenzy is a 1972 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Anthony... more on Wikipedia
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    Rope is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Rope

    James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1948

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Rope is a 1948 American psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1959

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and... more on Wikipedia
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    Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Strangers on a Train

    Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger

    Released1951

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Notorious is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Notorious

    Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant

    Released1946

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Suspicion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Suspicion

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1941

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Suspicion is a romantic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Cary... more on Wikipedia

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    Foreign Correspondent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Foreign Correspondent

    Alfred Hitchcock, George Sanders

    Released1940

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    James Stewart, Doris Day

    Released1956

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Spellbound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Spellbound

    Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck

    Released1945

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Spellbound is a 1945 American psychological mystery thriller film directed by Alfred... more on Wikipedia
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    The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    The 39 Steps

    Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll

    Released1935

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert... more on Wikipedia

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    The Lodger: A Story of the Lon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    Alfred Hitchcock, Ivor Novello

    Released1927

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog is a 1927 British silent film directed by Alfred... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    The Lady Vanishes

    Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave

    Released1938

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wrong Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    The Wrong Man

    Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1956

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Wrong Man is a 1956 docu-drama by Alfred Hitchcock which stars Henry Fonda and Vera Miles.... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Alfred Hitchcock, Carole Lombard

    Released1941

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 1941 screwball comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by... more on Wikipedia
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    To Catch a Thief is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    To Catch a Thief

    Grace Kelly, Cary Grant

    Released1955

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    This film is a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John... more on Wikipedia
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    The Trouble with Harry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    The Trouble with Harry

    Shirley MacLaine, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1955

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Lifeboat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Lifeboat

    Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn

    Released1944

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Marnie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Alfred Hitchcock Movies
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    Marnie

    Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1964

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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