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Tuesday
Aug 13 2019

Top Ten: Alfred Hitchcock Movies

What are your favourite Hitchcock films?For the Master of Suspense's 120th birthday today,we ought to share them.He's been dead for 39 years but we don't think he'd mind the grave-digging each birthday because his films are immortal.

Mine would go like so:

  1. Psycho(1960)
  2. Notorious(1946)
  3. Rear Window(1954)
  4. Vertigo(1958)
    Those are the four that are unthinkably indecently perfect...

  5. Rope(1948)
  6. Shadow of a Doubt(1942)
  7. Strangers on a Train(1951)
  8. North by Northwest(1959)
  9. To Catch a Thief(1955)
  10. The Birds(1963)

It's true I'm not as crazy aboutRebeccaas other cinephiles are...though I like it plenty.I have a few Hitchcock left to see (the two most important ones beingLifeboatand...I'm dumbfounded/mystified as to why but I've never seen this one given my Monty Clift obsession butI Confess),and a few I really need to see again since they're such distant memories I can barely recall them (Spellbound,The Trouble with Harry,andThe Man Who Knew Too Much) but pretty sure I saw them as a kid in some circumstance or other.

You?

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So many great films in his filmography.

Here are my Top 10:
1.Vertigo (1958)
2.Psycho (1960)
3.Rear Window (1954)
4.Rebecca (1940)
5.North by Northwest (1959)
6.Life Boat (1944)
7.The 39 Steps (1935)
8.The Trouble With Harry (1955)
9.The Birds (1963)
10.Dial M for Murder (1954)

Love them all.So much.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

The Wrong Man is absolutely perfection.I love how it is very very grounded and sober,like Hitchcock was under Bresson's influence.I am not saying it's his best - it's Psycho - but it's the unsung hero of his career.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I adore this topic!Pulled up my Top 500 films Excel sheet (yes,I'm that nerdy) and here's where they land:

1.Psycho (#9 on my personal list of all time)
2.North By Northwest (56)
3.Rope (79)
4.Notorious (108)
5.Rear Window (122)
6.Strangers on a Train (238)
7.Vertigo (252)
8.Suspicion (264)
9.Lifeboat (365)
10.The Birds (404)

...which means Rebecca just misses at #434.Love his movies!The definition of a master!

August 13,2019 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

Psycho and Rebecca are Masterpieces.

I enjoyed Frenzy most of the others are fine films too,never seen Vertigo.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Nat I was surprised Kristin Scott Thomas's casting as Mrs Danvers in next years Rebecca adaptation/remake was not mentioned when it happened in June,.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

1- Vertigo
2- Lifeboat
3- Psycho
4- The Lady Vanishes
5- The Birds
6- Rebecca
7- Frenzy
8- Rear Window
9- Dial M For Murder
10- Suspicion

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

Psycho,The Birds,Rear Window,Rebecca,Strangers on a Train,Lifeboat,Notorious,The Wrong Man,Suspicion,The Lady Vanishes

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

@eurocheese

Your aren't the only one.I have one list,per decade,with my favorite films (since 1991 is per year).

My favorite Hitchcock films:

1- Birds
2- Vertigo
3- Psycho
4- To Catch a Thief
5- Rope
6- Rear Window
7- North by Northwest
8- Strangers on a Train
9- Dial M for Murder
10- Frenesi
11- Foreign Correspondent

add infinitum

One of rare case of directors who have 10/15 masterpieces in his resume.

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeor

1 Notorious
2 Psycho
3 Vertigo
4 The Lady Vanishes
5 North by Northwest
6 Rear Wndow
7 Strangers on a Train
8 The Birds
9 The 39 Steps
10 Rebecca

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterScott

There are also a few I kind of hate:
Saboteur
The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956
Family Plot
Spellbound
Mr and Mrs Smith

August 13,2019 | Unregistered CommenterScott

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