Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was an English film director and filmmaker who was born in Essex, England and around in 1920 Hitchcock joined the film industry. He was considered as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, a true auteur and popularly called as the master of suspense.
Over the span of 6 decades, he directed 53 feature films. He was famous for his thriller and mystery genres and almost all of his movies were critically acclaimed plus box-office hits. His personal favorite was Shadow of a Doubt among those he directed. There are many masterpieces directed by him and here we present you with some best Alfred Hitchcock movies of all time.
Psycho is an undisputed psychological horror classic. It was based on the novel by Robert Bloch with the same name. It is considered as one of the Hitchcock’s best films and often ranked among the greatest films of all time. The movie is a tale of murder and taxidermy starring Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), Janet Leigh (Marion Crane) and Vera Miles (Lila Crane). Bernard Herrmann’s score made the movie more effective.
Vertigo is Hitchcock’s mesmeric and fantastical mystery based on the novel D’entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. On its release, the movie was a critical an public failure but later went on to become a sleeper hit. It was said that the movie reflects more of Hitchcock’s own complex personality. The movie stars James Stewart (John Ferguson) as a detective suffering from acrophobia who investigates strange activities of his old friend’s wife played of Kim Novak.
Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window is another mystery thriller classic that is based on Cornell Woolrich’s short story – It had to be murder. A professional photographer, Jeff (James Stewart) recuperating from a broken leg, out of boredom spies on his neighbors and comes across a murderous act. The movie tells us about the level of human curiosity and voyeurism. It has got 4 Oscar nominations.
North by Northwest (1959)
North by Northwest is an underrated classic thriller. The film stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie and James Mason. It is a movie of mistaken identity, where Thornhill (Grant) is mistaken for a Federal agent by a gang of spies of a mysterious organization. The movie was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the US Library of Congress in 1991. The music score was by Bernard Herrmann.
Rebecca is a psychological thriller and reflects as the best example of the film noir (crime drama) genre. It is adapted from the Daphne du Maurier novel and it was Hitchcock’s first American project and also the first film under the producer David O. Selznick. The movie stars Laurence Olivier as widower Maxim de Winter and Joan Fontaine as his second wife. It has got 11 Oscar nominations and won 2 of them for Best Picture and Cinematography.