Top 10 Alfred Hitchcock Films

Mike Matei / February 4th, 2013

The greatest films by one of the greatest directors of all time.


  • iamniu

    February 4, 2013 at 1:06 am


  • Matt Rubio

    February 4, 2013 at 1:06 am

    So glad you guys made this! Hope to see more top 10 from your other favourite filmmakers.

  • LordRandyx

    February 4, 2013 at 1:19 am

    awsome video james! now i know a few hitchcock movies to get πŸ˜‰

  • February 4, 2013 at 1:36 am

    It’s a good list, but I’d have to interject and say that Rear Windows is Hitchcock’s best film. The huge set, the amazing tension upon the feeling of helplessness. It’s just a well crafted film. I’m shocked that it wasn’t even mentioned…

    • February 4, 2013 at 1:37 am

      Forgive me, I didn’t realize it was mentioned. These wasabi peas are strong… XP

  • Dore

    February 4, 2013 at 1:42 am

    While I love Hitchcock’s movies, he was a miserable piece of shit as a person.

    You nailed my favorite Hitchcock movie, though, James. Vertigo is an absolute masterpiece.

    • TheMightyAcorn

      February 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

      He wasn’t miserable, he had a great sense of humour and was overly passionate and professional about film making. He might have been egotistical to some extent, then again, I think he deserved to be.

      • Dore

        February 9, 2013 at 12:51 am

        Right, except for utterly destroying Tippi Hedren’s career (because she wouldn’t sleep with him, as he was a well known letch), publicly stating that actors are nothing more than props to be used by the director and generally treating the actors like pieces of shit (and his assistants and subordinates even worse). He was misogynistic almost to a fault. Notice how women are treated in his films? He was an alcoholic, frequently drinking on set and while editing (though this mainly started happening late in his career). Most of what was wrong with him came through in his films, and it’s part of what makes them so damn good. The greatest artist are usually weird oddballs or just plain assholes. Harlan Ellison is one of the titans of Sci-Fi, and is a real piece of work as a person. So, yes, Hitchcock was a miserable piece of shit as a human, but a brilliant filmmaker.

    • Brian Lee

      February 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Except there are lots of people including cast and crew that speak very warmly about him. Something obviously went down for Tippi, but he didn’t ruin her career. See this article about “The Girl”

  • Tommi Heikkinen

    February 4, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Along with Billy Wilder and Stanley Kubrick, Hitchcock is one of my all time favorite directors. This was a pretty cool list, I was happy to see “Rope” in there. The big one that I was missing here was “Rebecca”! That one’s almost perfection.

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    February 4, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Excellent video, I was expecting this to come sooner or later after watching the top 30 movies video a few years ago. Actually the North by Northwest lines in this video was literally the same as it was spoken in that top 30 video.

    Now I’m obliged to watch some of the other movies on the list. On the bright side, I’ll likely recall if The Simpsons ever parodied any of these movies as I watch.

  • laser

    February 4, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Three more good ones that come to mind are The 39 Steps (another wrongfully accused man on the run), The Lady Vanishes (the old “did that person actually exist?” plot), and I Confess (a priest finds out about a murder but his religion prevents him from acting on the information).

    • Tommi Heikkinen

      February 4, 2013 at 2:09 am

      Oh man, “The 39 Steps”! definitely one of his best! Robert Donat is so hilarious in that, even though it’s not a comedic role. He just had a talent of hitting the right moments with his witty talk.

  • Sonic500

    February 4, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Alfred Hitchcock is probably my favorite classic filmmaker out there. I remember I was real little, I think around 8 or 10 when my mom said it was ok if I watched Psycho. In fact she recommended it because it was such a good movie, and I had previously seen The Birds in it’s entirety when it aired on TV one day, she said if I like that, I’d love Psycho.
    Or maybe it was the other way around… lol nah, it was The Birds and then Psycho.

    Over the years I haven’t been able to see enough of his films. I will admit his real early ones, even the ones that weren’t silent films, don’t hold my attention very well, but he was an amazing filmmaker. One that didn’t make the list and that I love so dearly, is The Trouble With Harry. I won’t go into too much detail, in case no one has seen that one. But I will say it’s great. Classic dark comedy at it’s best in my opinion. It’s along the same lines as Rope after seeing what that one is like from James now.

    Anyway GREAT video! I now know some ones I need to see very soon πŸ™‚

  • February 4, 2013 at 2:20 am

    My favorite Hitchcock film is the same as yours as well

  • marc_lawson

    February 4, 2013 at 2:22 am

    vertigo was the best until the deus ex machina ending with the nun and the reaction to the nun (no spoilers intended). don’t you think that ending was unrealistic, james?

  • HomingMissiles

    February 4, 2013 at 3:11 am

    A memorable nurse as a supporting character? I’m kind of surprised that James didn’t mention Mildred Ratched from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, though I wouldn’t say she was only a supporting character.

  • kunedog

    February 4, 2013 at 3:24 am

    I swear, some random videos just refuse to work properly. If they play at all, then they stutter horribly and eventually freeze up altogether. It’s gotta be the most annoying thing about this site.

  • EchnaTron

    February 4, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Nice video. I always felt that The Birds or Psycho was Hitchcock’s best. But actually it’s really hard to single out one film as the top Hitchcock movie. But thanks for mentioning the Blu-Ray box. Now I know what I’m gonna save for πŸ™‚

  • Lukas Sprehn

    February 4, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Is there something that prevents you, Mike, from uploading the video in HD? Even if it’s Springboard or blip? Some legal issues or something? Because it’s really annoying with that muffled audio… πŸ™

    • Lukas Sprehn

      February 4, 2013 at 5:28 am

      And I think it’s strange how the quality switches during the video several times, like it’s going in and out of focus. Weird. I’m sure you’ll get it fixed though πŸ™‚

      • vitekr

        February 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Yes, this new player they are using is awful! The video and audio is terrible. is the audio even stereo? It sounds mono and really low bitrate. The video is blurry and sometimes blurs even more. Wish they would go back to springboard or whatever.

  • February 4, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Can you please review Shawshank Redemption! I would love to hear your opinion. It’s been said to be one of the best movies ever made. (Best movie according to IMDb!)

  • JeremiahStilts

    February 4, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I just watched Throw Mama From the Train pretty recently. It has the same basic idea as complete strangers. In fact, Danny DeVito gets the idea from watching it and it even shows clips from the movie.

  • Lamb79

    February 4, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Almost completely agreeing on the list, maybe I would place the Birds a bit more up. Vertigo is an absolutely classic and yes that is Hitchcock’s masterpiece…

    My top 4 would be-
    1. Vertigo
    2. Rear Window
    3. North by Northwest
    4. Psycho

    Maybe James should do a video series about H movies? There is so much to tell about them.

  • Haruko_Haruhara

    February 4, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Hey James, on the note of Psycho, i wanted to know if you are going to watch the Bates Motel show?

  • Mattashell

    February 4, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I’ve seen half of these. My list would have included The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes over The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Birds.

    • Mattashell

      February 4, 2013 at 6:22 am

      Oh, and Rope is my favorite one.

  • biblehfb

    February 4, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Did James ever mention Les Diaboliques in a video?

  • February 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Do you think you could make a top 10 for Stanley Kubrick any time soon?

  • Syph

    February 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Great to see a new top ten list. They’re always great to watch because you seem to take every possibility into account where most people leave out clear contenders for a top ten simply because they couldn’t be bothered to look things up.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    February 4, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I have to see Rope of that list, didn’t know that but now i just have to see it.

  • February 4, 2013 at 9:14 am

    i think the only hitchcock flick ive seen is Birds. ill have to check out your top 4, and Rope, which sounds crazy interesting

  • Riknight36

    February 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I found Vertigo really long and boring. In fact, I find most of Hitchcock’s movies boring, much like most people find Kubrick’s movies boring, even though I adore every last one of those. It’s all preference. Good list all the same. I’m really interested in seeing Rope now. Thanks, James.

    • February 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I can’t disagree with your opinion on Vertigo. Although I personally think it’s one of his best films, it’s not one his most “accessible” films. If someone who had never seen a Hitchcock film before asked me to recommend one, I’d point to some of his other works first.

    • slagmire

      February 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Honestly, I’ve always felt Vertigo was overrated for the very same reasons. Rope is good, definitely worth a watch but it can get a little hokey at parts too. I’m actually a little surprised James didn’t fit a few of the older flicks on the list such as Notorious.

  • February 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I like your top ten videos, keep em coming.

  • February 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Honorable mention: The Saboteur. I think North by Northwest is kind of a pseudo remake of this film or maybe a thematic sequel. They both start off as a case of mistaken identity and evolve into a chase across the U.S. running away from the law and at the same time trying to find out who the real culprit is to prove his innocence. Funny and suspenseful with lots of action. It may not be one of his best, but it certainly deserves a watch.

    • Tommi Heikkinen

      February 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

      You’re definitely right. The biggest thing that sets these movies apart is the more humorous tone found in NbN, largely due to Cary Grant’s performance. And speaking of him, “Suspicion” is another great Hitchcock film… The third famous one with Grant, “To Catch a Thief”, is slightly disappointing, but then again, it has Grace Kelly in it… πŸ™‚

  • Jason Guerrero

    February 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I guessed your top 5, got it right, that feel

  • February 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    another great top ten, always enjoys your top tens. tho for some reason the video quality varied, one minute the picture was very sharp and then the next it went very pixelated then back to sharp.i dont know if anyone else is having this problem and its only happen to me on this video, very strange and thought id let you know James, Cheers

  • AxlTCU

    February 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to narrow it down to ten. He has too many awesome films. I would also consider The Lady Vanishes, The 39 Steps, Rebecca, Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, and To Catch a Thief. I think The Lady Vanishes is probably my favorite not on James’ list.

  • beavischrist

    February 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    You should definitely watch Zizek’s “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema”, it’s all about Hitchcock.

  • Joker83

    February 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Not to sound weird, but I could listen to you talk about movies all day. Do you have a podcast?

  • February 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Am I the only one who’s looking forward to the Hitchcock movie?

  • Brent Cullen

    February 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    love your top 10’s

  • February 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Now i know what to do this weekend =)

  • February 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    No love for Lifeboat? That is truly disappointing!

  • gruven42

    February 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I’m surprised no one’s commented on James’ mistake. He says “all 4 Jimmy Stewart movies had to make the list”. Stewart was not in North by Northwest.

    Actually, I made the exact same mistake not long ago.

    • February 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Stewart is in Rope, Vertigo, Rear Window and Man Who Knew Too Much.

      • gruven42

        February 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        Got it. He mentions it right before his top 4, so that’s what I thought he was implying.

      • gruven42

        February 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

        Oops… never mind. He mentions it right before Vertigo.

  • barlitone

    February 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Interesting note about Vertigo: it inspired the video for Faith No More’s Last Cup of Sorrow. Check it out if you haven’t seen it; it’s pretty cool.

    Last Cup of Sorrow

  • Jacques LabbΓ©

    February 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    When I was younger I was disappointed by Hitchcock movies, but I realise now it’s because they have been copied so much that they aren’t as surprising as the were when they came out. Maybe that’s why my favourite is Frenzy, because it hasn’t been rehashed 1000 times and is still “fresh”. I’ll have to watch all of them again with a more mature eye.
    BTW, why is Megaforce on the top shelf with such great films as Goldfinger, Blade Runner and BTTF?

  • ejp022791

    February 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I just watched Vertigo for the first time ever after seeing this video (the only other Hitchcock movies I’ve seen are Psycho and Rear Window) and WOW, I was just blown away. They just don’t make movies like that anymore. I love how in the second half of the film, you feel deceived the same way Scottie does. It almost can’t even be considered a twist because we were all just fooled. The ending was a bit abrupt but effective. Greatest of all time? I really don’t know, but it was damn good just like James said it was.

  • February 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    The things he said about North by NorthWest where in his top 30 favorite films

  • Charlize Chahwan

    February 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I have watched all Hitchcock’s movies and I would have picked rear window as number 1 πŸ™‚ great video as always !!! You should make a video about zombies ate my neighbors SNES (konami)

  • pitythefool

    February 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Apparently you and the nostalgia critic made it into a japanese anime. Here’s the archive link to the thread, OP picture is the pic containing you two.

  • bloodthirsty958

    February 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Got to say, Psycho is my favorite Hitchcock film. Vertigo I don’t care for that much, Rear Window is fantastic. Birds was just dumb lol. But in Psycho . . . I’ve never been so scared at watching an empty doorway. When the main characters sister is in the basement of the Bates home, and her sisters boyfriend calls out to her in a warning . . . just staring at that doorway, no music, no camera movement, no movement at all for quite awhile, it really scares the hell out of me like nothing in any movie ever.

    • bloodthirsty958

      February 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      I watched it again, amazing how memory serves me. It felt so much longer, and quiet lol

  • UnholySanctuary

    February 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Well said, James. I first saw Vertigo in films class, and it totally blew my mind. Glad to see it not only on the list, but #1.

    • Doogrisa

      February 5, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Cool πŸ™‚

    • Kenshiroh

      February 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

      It seems this is where that clip came from. (In order to watch the episode you have to either pay or wait a while, so I can’t confirm it right now. But the comments on the video mention AVGN and NC.)

  • culwin

    February 5, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I would put Vertigo 3rd personally but yeah, nice list

  • ed

    February 5, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I think you left out two masterpieces (for me, at least), “Frenzy” and “Marnie”.
    This is my personal top ten (note: i didn’t see North by Northwest yet):

    10. The Trouble with Harry
    9. The Birds
    8. Strangers on a Train
    7. Dial M for Murder
    6. Rope
    5. Rear Window
    4. Marnie
    3. Vertigo
    2. Frenzy
    1. Psycho

  • February 5, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Awesome… !!!

  • Digger318

    February 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    for me psycho is over rated, and does not age well at all.
    THe music is annoying and the one scene i remember is the detective falling off the stairs… him waving his arms (wacky inflatable waving arm tube man style) in front of a fake screen. what happened to a stunt of someone falling?

  • MAZZ0Murder

    February 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Whelp, I’m Lazy! I’ve only seen “The Birds” and I KNOW just how good Hitchcock films are by going through a film program. Guess I can start with the rest of this list though!

  • captveg

    February 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Not a bad list, but the lack of representation of his earlier pre-Hollywood British films is disappointing. The Lodger, The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes are all master works in their own right.

  • February 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    James is such a great speaker.

  • LordJason1986

    February 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I tend to really like Psycho. here’s some trivia : the author of the original novel wrote Psycho shortly after the ed gein murders happened. a lot of Nroman Bates’s personality , dressing up as his mother , the secluded hose in the middle of no where , and his shy like personality , is extremely similar to ed gein. I recommend watching the documentary Ed Gein The Ghoul Of Plainfield to give a much more open perspective. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre & The Silence of The Lambs also drew inspiration from Ed Gein mostly from the secluded farmhouse , the human skin suit , and the shy personality.

  • LordJason1986

    February 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    this 2nd trvia is also off topic but I wanted to share this as well. William Peter Blatty got his inspiration for The Exorcist based on the story of an exorcism of a small boy in Maryland in the 1940’s. Blatty himself was inspired by this story when he was in college at Georgetown University which is probably why he based the novel and the movie in this location.

  • stinger2578

    February 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    The Trouble With Harry is one of my favorites, and one of the few light-hearted Hitchcock, and it stars “Santa Claus” from Miracle on 34th Street, along with Jerry Mathers a few years before Leave It To Beaver.

  • relic

    February 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I’ll never forget that moment in Rear Window when the killer realizes who’s watching him and looks right at the camera toward’s Jimmy Stewart’s flat. It’s as if he’s staring directly at you. One of the most chilling scenes I’ve ever seen.

  • Caitlin Sanders

    February 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Another great review; keep up the kick-ass work!

  • Endless Mike

    February 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I live in Germany, in school I had a class called “history-politics”. The teacher wasn’t that young anymore(in fact my dad, 32 years older than me, went to classes of this guy), so of a two hour class we always watched a movie in the second hour. Romper Stomper, American History X, The Wanderers, it was amazing, I was about 14 or 15 years old at that time.
    ONE of the movies was Vertigo and I still remember being sucked into the plot and really loving it. So for me, that really is the best Hitchcock movie, the best movie however, that is a hard question. You just can’t compare every movie to any other one, the media is too versatile for that.

  • tonyaj420

    February 6, 2013 at 2:42 am

    James really needs to watch Notorious.

  • February 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I’ve always loved your subjective point of view. Nothing’s carved in stone, but what’s best about good review, is that it leaves doors open for next dude to explore. Thx James!

  • February 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Being an old sack, I first thought “Well, I know all that stuff about Hitchcock movies!” and I was about to turn the video off, when I thought: “Well, look at that! The guy that is known to many young people worldwide as the AVGN tells people about old, but great movies!” I think that’s an awesome way to connect young to old! And this thought made me enjoy and appreciate that video.

  • Kanger

    February 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Glad that Bernard Herrmann got a mention.

  • February 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    That was a nice list you put together James, but I’m surprised that the original “The Man Who Knew Too Much” wasn’t on the list, but I’m not gonna complain, the remake is better.

  • February 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I have to say I’m kind of dissapointed with this list. Don’t get me wrong these are all great films but I was expecting maybe a more diverse list. Where’s Suspicion, Notorious, The Lady Vanishes, Frenzy, or Rebecca.

    I also have to disagree with your comment about Shadow of a Doubt being Hitchcock’s first masterpiece or classic. Rebecca is tense with shady characters a widower’s new bride who is constantly haunted by the memory of his first wife so much it almost drives her to madness.

    The Lady Vanishes is Hitchcock’s first true masterpiece, the entire film being told in claustrophobic settings of the cramped traincars a couple of cricket fans adding much comedic relief distracting you from the impending twists in the plot, and the overall conspiracy of the missing lady Froy that everyone seems to have no knowledge of but Iris and her unlikely partner Gilbert who are determined to find her. It’s a fun film that’s great on suspense but unafraid to lighten the mood with some nice gags.

    Notorious I should think has the biggest snub by being off this list. Notorious was groundbreaking in the romantic thriller genre with one of the most passionate kisses ever recorded on film. The cinematography is breathtakingly beautiful, from the horseback riding sequence to the party scene, to the epic finale I dare not spoil. It’s about secret agent Cary Grant falling in love with his contact the tortured Ingrid Bergman as she infiltrates the crumbling Nazi conspirators. The shots though those are the focus the camera coming into focus in Ingrids POV as she awakes out of a drunken haze. The tracking shot as we move from one area of the house to the other and ends with a key stolen from her husband tucked into her hand. I cant give away too much but Notorious is the archetype to the James Bond films with Cary GRants commanding performance, the romantic drama between him and Ingrid, and of course the espionage thriller with sneaking past the enemy in search of info about the nazis in hiding. Check it out.


    February 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    This video got me curious about Hitchcock. I had only vague memories of seeing Psycho when I was.. 10? 15? Anyway I started watching Dial M For Murder, then North by Northwest. I am currently watching Vertigo. I thought I’d take a minute to stop and thank you for pointing me in the right direction with this review. You are always great.
    Long time fan! AVGN F4TW

  • dansims

    February 7, 2013 at 1:49 am

    All Hitchcock movie I saw, I loved them…What director today can match that kind of quality ?

  • February 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Hitchcock. Kicks. Ass.

  • EchnaTron

    February 8, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for the video! I just bought a small Hitchcock box with some of his lesser known movies. Rebecca, 39 Steps, Sabotage, Secret Agent, The Lady Vanishes and Notorius. At least I don’t know most of them. I’m looking forward to seeing them. I wish there was a definite collection of all of his movies.

  • Kate Stearns

    February 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

    When you said the last four were undisputedly his best, I was of course expecting Vertigo, since Sight and Sound’s poll recently had it as the #1 best film of all time over Citizen Kane. Why wasn’t it included? Such a beautiful and striking film. Personally, my favorite is Notorious, but that one is not so widely recognized.

  • StandingCow

    February 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I have been going through and watching every single Alfred Hitchcock presents video on netflix for the past few months. Most of them are awesome but there are a few that are a tad bit too predictable… but those are rare. He deserves all the recent attention he is getting and everybody should watch his stuff.

  • Clutchkman

    February 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I was actually hoping to find more Hitchcock movies that I haven’t seen. Thanks James, you hooked me up once again! You nailed all of my favs, and gave me a couple that I need to check out. Great job!

  • Palmerama

    February 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Have to dissagree with you James about Shadow of A Doubt being Hitchock’s first classic! You are clearly overlooking his British career before he went to Hollywood. Films such as The 39 Steps, The Lady Vansishes, Sabotage, even his first film The Lodger, all these cemented his legendary status before going to Hollywood.
    Glad Rope was on the list. Really liked that film. I’m a massive Hitchcock fan. He’s made 52 films in total & I own 30 of them (all 12 British films and 18 US films).

  • Morten Morgan SΓΈrensen

    February 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

    i watched The Man Who Knew Too Much after seeing this video and i loved it πŸ˜€ going to see Rearwindow this weekend as well. You have opened my eyes to a bunch of movies i never thought of seeing before, It`s awesome that you make these videos James πŸ™‚

  • Aleksi Lehti

    February 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

    James: You are best known for AVGN and that’s what you have to do!
    Posting movie-related videos is NOT what most of the fans want, and its not what made you popular in the first place. A lot of people keep coming back to check if there’s a new AVGN episode available. So please you should still aim to make a GOOD AVGN EPISODE every now and then despite the movie is coming out !

    sincerely ..

  • Bobby1001

    February 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Cool list. I’ll look into all these movies.


    February 9, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Love the Hichcock movies, JAMES…… your getting fat…. :\ lol

  • Niklas Bomb

    February 9, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Its funnny how I always discover that we have, pretty much, the exact taste in films.

  • yeah well

    February 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

    No love for some of the 1930s classics? I’m a sucker for the wit and charm of The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps.

  • trenchace

    February 9, 2013 at 11:53 am

    10. Birds…fucking sucks. Stupid story and no ending – the movies just stops out of nowhere. It’s like they ran out of a budget and just had to stop filming. It’s only popular because it’s Hitchcock.
    9. Strangers on a Train…Never saw, but heard great things about it.
    8. Shadow of a Doubt…Never saw, never heard anything about
    7. The Man Who Knew Too Much…Also Never saw, but heard good things. James Stewart is a cheesily good actor.
    6. Dial M for Murder…I saw the remake and it was pretty good, I have to get around to the original.
    5. Rope…Never saw, never heard – I’ll have to check it out; it sounds pretty awesome!
    4. Rear Window…Saw the remake with Shia Lebeouf only. It was pretty cool and intense. I’ll have to watch this one.
    3. Psycho…Classic stuff, and great psychological narrative. I knew nothing going in, and was greatly rewarded.
    2. North By Northwest…pretty much my favorite all-time movie. Outstanding.
    1. Vertigo…pretty awesome, and gets better with every viewing. Awesome cinematography

  • Rafael Abreu

    February 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Your discussion about North by Northwest was the same thing you said in your Top 30 video, but I didn’t mind. It’s my favorite Hitchcock film so far, as I have many o-many films of his to still see.

  • car toys

    February 10, 2013 at 9:32 am


    February 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Oh man, I remember watching Rear Window from my 8th grade literature class. We were studying movie terms and cuts and transitions and such.

  • abigcoorsman

    February 13, 2013 at 7:14 am

    You left out Notorious! Great list though!

  • Inspector Butters

    February 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Good review. Another note about Rope: It is a great movie to watch if you are an aspiring filmmaker, because it shows how a movie can use solid actors and 1 location to tell a feature length story.

  • CardiacNutsack

    February 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Frenzy is my favorite Hitchcock flick.

  • joe Rocha

    February 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I would’ve dropped the Birds and added Notorius…otherwise, well done!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    February 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Nice list. I have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve seen anything Hitchcock related. I remember watching his TV series years ago. I think my mother liked it. Still, good times, and good list.

  • Lastor

    February 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Cool top 10, James. Only one thing to disagree on due to experiencing the movie differently – Rope. As opposed to you being nailed to your seat thinking about when they’re gonna find the body, I’m kind of astonished that the whole thing was so unexciting and how they barely even played with the aspect of getting caught. But I realized later that the hidden body was there in favor of the movie’s subtext and undertones rather than suspense. With that in mind, I find the movie really interesting and a testament to why some movies deserve a second watch!

  • Eddie Novak

    March 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

    My last name is Novak, the same as Kim’s, but I would not put vertigo at the top of the list. I’ve always thought that movie was good, but overall dull and highly overrated. I love Psycho, North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and I really loved Rope, but I wish you would have mentioned The Trouble with Harry and Frenzy. Both were fantastic, influential, and almost flawless.

  • March 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    You should make a top 10 cult films

  • lockshockbarrel84

    May 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Great Top 10 James.Thanx. I’m a movie-maniac just like you, and Hitchcock is one of my favourite filmmaker of all time. His movies are classics.
    In my english class we now have a seminar where we watch some of his films to discuss and analyze them afterwards. Interesting and much fun.
    P.S.: Even the ridiculous title-changes here in Germany can’t destroy these movies πŸ™‚
    For example North by northwest is “The invisible third” or Rope is “Cocktail for a corpse”. *omg*

  • June 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I really need to watch more Hitchcock films. I’ve only seen North by Northwest and Rope, and they’re both excellent, and I love his directing style. I started watching Rear Window and I need to finish it still.

    Also a bit of fun for everyone. The 2007 movie, Disturbia, with Shia LaBeouf is actually a modern remake of Rear Window.

  • Matt Lejeune

    June 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Rear Window is one of my all time fav movies in general

  • Zach Bremer

    June 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    “Disturbia” IS “Rear Window” LOL.

  • Zach Bremer

    June 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    It’s interesting that “Psycho” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” were both inspired by the same thing, Ed Gein.

  • August 6, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Do you write a script for these or do you just think from the top of your head?

  • January 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    This is my third time watching this ever since James uploaded it. πŸ™‚ Love it.

  • ejp022791

    January 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Just bought The Masterpiece Collection in addition to Dial M For Murder and Strangers on a Train. Can’t wait to get them in the mail and get started. I’ve only seen 1-6 and 10 on your list.

    • Elie Arama

      February 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Thanks for this video man ! I’ve just watched Vertigo and I think you’re right, the first half is a bit slow and it feels like nothing happens really but during the second half, you truly understand why this movie is really good. I’ve seen North by Northwest when I was a kid and really liked it. I think it would actually be my number 1 but I’m going to re-watch it just to be sure πŸ™‚

  • Erepyon

    July 6, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Thanks James for making this great list!

    Until now, I still watch “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” on my cable. I gotta admit, some of the stories in there are cheesy/a little bit boring, but some others are really amazing.

    I particularly like when the ending had a twist in it. I’m really amazed how in just a short film like that, Hitchcock could give us a really interesting twist ending. What a great director!

    And for, me Vertigo is also the best of his movies, although for me Rear Window is a close one to be the best too

  • July 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve made my own.

  • May 10, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I probably would have put Notorious on this list somewhere. Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, ya can’t go wrong with that!

  • June 5, 2015 at 12:08 am

    One of my favorite Hitchcock films that is criminally overlooked is Lifeboat. It deserves more attention than it gets.

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