Top 10 Movies of Alfred Hitchcock to Watch Before You Die

3:00 pm 22 Feb, 2013


The master of suspense and thriller genres of movies, Alfred Hitchcock is the most iconic, influential and highly revered British-born film director and producer. Know best for pioneering many amazing techniques in thriller and suspense movies, Alfred is regarded as England’s best film maker, who moved to Hollywood in 1939. All his movies were entertaining but some of them were real masterpieces. Here’s a list of top 10 movies of Alfred Hitchcock to watch before you die.

10. Notorious:

An American thriller which was released by RKO in August 1946, features a storyline which revolves around a subtle love story between Alicia Huberman and T.R. Devlin. After her father’s conviction for treason against the U.S., Alicia is approached by the government agent Devlin who wants Alicia to spy in a group of father’s Nazi friends. The story evolves with Alicia getting deeply involved in her work.


9. North by Northwest:

An eminent thriller film released in 1959, North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity. An advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent by a gang of spies. The innocent man is involved in a series of misadventures before being pursued out of the U.S. by the spies and government agents who want to stop him from interfering in their plans to smuggle microfilm containing secrets of the government.

North by Northwest

8. Rear Window:

Rear Window is based on Cornell Woolrich’s short story “It Had to Be Murder”. Released by Paramount Pictures, the storyline of Rear Window features a wheelchair bound photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries who is confined to his apartment and spends his time spends spying on his neighbors and is convinced that one of them has murdered his wife.

Rear Window

7. Shadow of a Doubt:


Shadow of a Doubt revolves around the story of a teenage girl who discovers that her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be. Her uncle is an evil stranger who seduces and kills rich widows. To keep himself safe, he trips to his sister house. The young girl is his sister’s daughter who suspects that uncle is a killer.

Shadow of a doubt

6. The Birds:

A classic horror flick, The Birds is about a rich San Francisco socialite who purses a potential boyfriend to a small town in California. The small town in Northern California steadily turns into a bizarre land of birds where all kinds of birds suddenly start attacking people of the area. The story evolves with the birds increasing in number and become more vicious.

The Birds - Alfred Hitchcock

5. Strangers on a Train:

A 1951 American psychological thriller film, Strangers on a Train is based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1950 novel “Strangers on a Train”.  A psychotic socialite Bruno Anthony meets tennis player Guy Haines on a train and Bruno confronts the tennis star with a theory of how strangers can get away with a murder. The two strangers agree to kill someone the other person wants killed – his father in case of Bruno and his mother in case of Guy.

Strangers on a Train

4. Dial M for Murder:

A cult-classic of Alfred Hitchcock , Dial M for Murder was released by the Warner Bros. and was adapted from a stage play by Frederick Knott. The story of the film revolves around an ex-tennis pro who plans to murder his wife who has cheated on him. But because there is no perfect plan, things do not work as he desires and so he improvises and shifts to a brilliantly crafted plan B.

Dial M for Murder - Alfred Hitchcock

3. Rebecca:

Rebecca is based on a Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name. The story is based on a experiences of a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and settles with him in his big mansion. As she is there she experiences strange things and comes to realize that the memory of the rich man’s first wife has a strong grip on her husband and servants in the mansion.


2. Psycho:

Psycho starts Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh and has screenplay based on a novel by the same name from Robert Bloch. The story sees Marion Crane, a lady in her thirties fed up with the way life is treating her, steal $40,000 from her employer’s client and leaves the town. She soon encounters a motel proprietor Norman who has long been under the domination of his mother.

Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock

1. Vertigo:


A popular psychological thriller film, Vertigo is based on novel D’entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. An obsessive love affair is filmed in the movie, which sees a retired San Francisco-based detective suffering from acrophobia investigating into the strange activities of his much younger wife. The movie shows how the retired detective steadily becomes dangerously obsessed with the young lady.