My Favorite Alfred Hitchcock Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Marnie (1964)

2.   Vertigo (1958)

3.   Family Plot (1976)

4.   Under Capricorn (1949)

5.   The Birds (1963)

6.   The Wrong Man (1956)

7.   The Trouble with Harry (1955)

8.   Psycho (1960)

9.   Rear Window (1954)

10. Frenzy (1972)

11. I Confess (1953)

12. Strangers on a Train (1951)

13. Rope (1948)

14. Notorious (1946)

15. North by Northwest (1959)

16. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

17. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

18. Sabotage (1936)
(I watched it online)

19. The 39 Steps (1935)

20. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

21. Stage Fright (1950)

22. Lifeboat (1944)

23. Rebecca (1940)

24. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

25. To Catch a Thief (1955)

26. Dial M for Murder (1954)

27. Suspicion (1941)

28. Young and Innocent (1937)
(I watched it online)

29. Rich and Strange (1931)
(I watched it online)

30. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
(no relation to the 2005 film)

31. Murder! (1930)

32. Blackmail (1929)

33. The Ring (1927)

34. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

35. Topaz (1969)

36. Spellbound (1945)

37. Torn Curtain (1966)

38. Saboteur (1942)

39. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour – Season 1 (1962)
39a. Episode: “I Saw the Whole Thing”
(Television)

40. The Paradine Case (1947)

41. Secret Agent (1936)
(I watched it online)

42. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

43. Number 17 (1932)
(I watched it online)

44. The Manxman (1929)
(I watched it online)

45. The Farmer’s Wife (1928)
(I watched it online)

46. Downhill (1927)

47. Champagne (1928)
(I watched it online)

48. Easy Virtue (1928)
(I 
watched it online)

49. Waltzes from Vienna (1934)
(I watched it online)

50. Jamaica Inn (1939)
(I watched it online)

51. The Skin Game (1931)
(I watched it online)

52. Mary (1931)

53. The Pleasure Garden (1925)
(I watched it online)

54. Juno and the Paycock (1930)
(I watched it online)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 1 (1955)
1a. Episode: “Revenge”
1b. Episode: “Breakdown”
1c. Episode: “The Case of Mr. Pelham”
(Television)

2.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 2 (1956/1956/1957)
2a. Episode: “Wet Saturday”
2b. Episode: “Mr. Blanchard’s Secret”
2c. Episode: “One More Mile to Go”
(Television)

3.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 3 (1957/1958/1958)
3a. Episode: “The Perfect Crime”
3b. Episode: “Lamb to the Slaughter”
3c. Episode: “Dip in the Pool”
(Television)

4.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 4 (1958/1959)
4a. Episode: “Poison”
4b. Episode: “Banquo’s Chair”
(Television)

5.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 5 (1959)
5a. Episode: “Arthur”
5b. Episode: “The Crystal Trench”
(Television)

6.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 6 (1960/1961)
6a. Episode: “Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat”
6b. Episode: “The Horseplayer”
(Television)

7.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 7 (1961)
7a. Episode: “Bang! You’re Dead”
(Television)

16 thoughts on “My Favorite Alfred Hitchcock Films

  1. What a career, so many amazing film to choose from. The Birds is a fine choice for your #1. I’d have a tough time deciding, just as I’d find it impossible to choose my favourite Hitchcock blonde: Grace Kelly? Kim Novak? Tipppi Hedren?

  2. You are so right about Alfred Hitchcock 🙂 He directed so many great ones that it is hard to rank them from top to bottom 🙂 Nevertheless, If you are passionate about the works of filmmakers, actors etc., you dedicate yourself to that challenge. As for my favorite Hitchcock blonde, I will say that I am with you on the same page. In other words, it is very hard to choose which is the best cause a lot of them are great. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. Hmmm…I’ve often thought about the ranking of Hitchcock’s films, which one would be my #1…Probably Strangers on a Train, followed by Psycho or maybe vice versa. The Birds was my mother’s favorite Hitchcock film, so you’re in good company. She’s the one that turned me on to film.
    Frenzy would be in my top 10 because I find it so disconcerting and terrifying. Think about Reservoir Dogs when Mr. Blonde walks out of the warehouse to get the container of gas in his trunk. He leaves this horrific torture scene–just for a minute–and it’s a normal, sunshiny day outside. That’s Frenzy during the horrific murder of the psychiatrist. Inside her office there is a terrible struggle with evil and death–outside it’s bright daylight, people are walking casually down the street; cars are honking; birds are chirping. Chilling.

  4. Strangers on a Train and Psycho are great choices too for your number 1. I am intrigued that me and your mother both feel that The Birds is the Hitchcock crowning achievement that tops all of his other crowning achievements 🙂 I am also fascinated by the fact that it was your mother who got you interested in films 🙂 Frenzy is an interesting choice for one in your top 10 favorite Hitchcock films. I agree that the scene where that psychiatrist is getting killed and outside nobody notices a peep. The creepy factor is worthy of Reservoir Dogs indeed. You know, I read somewhere that Michael Caine was originally offered the role of Mr. Rusk (the killer), but thought the character was disgusting and yet a decade later, you see him in a major role in Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill. Interesting isn’t it? 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. I really like seeing The Birds at number one, because many people would put Vertigo now. I also agree with Psycho at number three. Only Rope and Rebecca would have been a bit higher for me. Great list.

  6. Thank you for the kind words 🙂 Hitchcock has directed a ton of grand achievements, but The Birds is his grand achievement that tops all of his other grand achievements. I mean, the film employs nothing but pure suspense throughout. All of Hitchcock’s other films take a breather and allow for some black humor or other elements, but this one grabs you from the start and never lets go. The only time, you can finally breath again is after its over. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  7. the first 15 are the ones i actually like, and the last 6 i cant stand

    1. The Birds (1963)
    2. North by Northwest (1959)
    3. Suspicion (1941)
    4. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
    5. Marnie (1964)
    6. The Wrong Man (1956)
    7. Strangers on a Train (1951)
    8. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    9. The 39 Steps (1935)
    10. Topaz (1969)
    11. Lifeboat (1944)
    12. Saboteur (1942)
    13. Psycho (1960)
    14. To Catch a Thief (1955)
    15. Saboteur
    16. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
    17. Stage Fright (1950)
    18. Rear Window (1954)
    19. Torn Curtain (1966)
    20. Rope (1948)
    21. Frenzy (1972)
    22. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
    23. Vertigo (1958)
    24. Notorious (1946)
    25. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
    26. Secret Agent (1936)
    27. I Confess (1953)
    28 Blackmail (1929)
    29. The Lodger (1927)
    30. Dial M for Murder (1954)
    31. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
    32. Young and Innocent (1937)
    33. Murder! (1930)
    34. The Ring (1927)
    35. Under Capricorn (1949)
    36. Spellbound (1945)
    37. The Paradine Case (1947)
    38. Family Plot (1976)
    49 The Trouble with Harry (1955)
    40. Rebecca

  8. Your ranking is pretty interesting as well 🙂 Good to see somebody giving Marnie some extra attention – I am especially fascinated by your ranking of it at number 5 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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