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Alfred Hitchcock Films Ranked

August 12, 2020

Decline to Fall: Is Hitchcock's Most Celebrated Film All That It's ...I’ve barely begun to scratch the surface with Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography, but as I’ve clocked up a dozen reviews, I thought it opportune to add Hitchcock to my directorial rankings project. Here they are, in reverse order. I’ll add to this as and when I write about more of his films.

12. Dial M for Murder (1954)

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Hitchcock is neutered by the fairly stagebound and workmanlike machinations of the blackmail plot, but there are one or two distinctive flourishes (when Grace Kelly’s Margot is sentenced to the death penalty) that offer some idiosyncrasy.

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11. Suspicion (1941)

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Hitchcock is well and truly in minor key here, mired in a retrospectively lame and sexist plot conceit. As ever with Hitchcock though, there is some wry satire of English class mores and one or two virtuoso cinematographic touches.

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10. To Catch a Thief (1955)

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It has a hokum plotline, but is an example of classy, classic Hollywood cinema at its best. VistaVision and Technicolour immemorialise Grace Kelly’s sheer star quality here.

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9. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

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An archetypal situational comedy-thriller by Hitchcock. It is most enjoyable for its riotous piss-take of English social types.

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8. The 39 Steps (1935)

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One of Hitchcock’s earliest talkies and most notable for being one of his purest action-thriller films that also features some powerful horror movie tropes too.

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7. Notorious (1946)

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Perhaps not Hitchcock’s most powerful narrative, but it’s one of his most beautiful films, where the chiaroscuro cinematography, Edith Head’s beautiful costumes, and Ingrid Bergman’s sheer star quality, elevate the material.

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6. Rebecca (1940)

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Featuring one of the most famous opening voiceovers in film history, this is also one of the great gothic thrillers – a worthy entrant for Hitchcock into the Hollywood firmament.

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5. Strangers on a Train (1951)

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A narrative that veers between the gripping and preposterous, but it features Hitchcock at his most virtuoso. Each scene has some kernel of cinematographic flair.

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4. The Birds (1963)

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A hokum narrative told absolutely brilliantly. A thinking person’s horror and contingency film. A filmmaker in absolute command of his craft.

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3. Rear Window (1954)

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It took three viewings for me to fully get and fall in love with Rear Window, but it’s right up there with Hitchcock’s greatest films. One of Hitchcock’s meta-discourses on looking and narrating, and featuring one of the great cinematic entrances when Grace Kelly enters James Stewart’s apartment.

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2. Psycho (1960)

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Perhaps the most purely perfect piece of expressionistic filmmaking I have ever seen. Has a director ever intrinsically understood the medium better than Hitchcock?

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1.Vertigo (1958)

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Maybe not quite as perfect as Psycho, but it gains the top spot by being that touch more beguiling, mysterious and uncanny. A mesmeric parable of faustian self-deception and of dreams unravelling into nightmares.

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