2012-02-13

Top films of Alfred Hitchcock by LMdC

1. Rear Window (1954)
2. North by Northwest (1959)
3. Psycho (1960)
4. Vertigo (1958)
5. Shadow of A Doubt (1943)
6. The Birds (1963)
7. Notorious (1946)
8. The 39 Steps (1935)
9. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
10. Rebecca (1940)
11. Rope (1948)
12. Suspicion (1941)
13. Saboteur (1942)
14. Strangers On A Train (1951)
15. To Catch A Thief (1955)
16. The Trouble With Harry (1955)
17. Marnie (1964)
18. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
19. Dial M for Murder (1954)
20. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
21. Stage Fright (1950)
22. The Wrong Man (1956)
23. Spellbound (1945)
24. Sabotage (1936)
25. Lifeboat (1944)
26. I Confess (1953)
27. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
28. Under Capricorn (1949)
29. Jamaica Inn (1939)
30. Blackmail (1929)
31. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
32. Family Plot (1976)
33. Topaz (1969)
34. Torn Curtain (1966)
35. Secret Agent (1936)
36. Murder ! (1930)
37. Young and Innocent (1937)
38. Frenzy (1972)
39. Rich and Strange (1932)
40. The Lodger (1926)
41. The Paradine Case (1948)

I still need to see: The Pleasure Garden (1925) Downhill (1927) Easy Virtue (1927) The Ring (1927) Champagne (1928) The Farmer’s Wife (1928) The Manxman (1929) Juno and the Paycock (1930) The Skin Game (1931) Number Seventeen (1932) Aventure Malgache (1944) Bon Voyage (1944)

6 comments:

1. Great list. That would be my exact top 2 as well, though I might change the order depending on my mood. I'd probably place The Trouble With Harry higher, I have a lot of affection for that one, and I like some of the later films (especially Family Plot and Frenzy) more than you seem to. Ditto for some of the earliest ones, like Young and Innocent, which is a lot of fun.

1. Thanks Ed. The top 5 might be interchangeable in my case too, but Rear Window is No.1 and it is here to stay.
The Trouble With Harry is the first Hitchcock I ever saw and I have a special for it too. However, since I love many Hitchcock films it was hard to dispatch some over others. Frenzy wasn't my cup of tea but I really enjoyed Family Plot. Discovering Hitch's filmography is a lot of fun and it is never boring.
Thanx for commenting, very appreciated!

2. You've seen more Hitchcock films than I have, and I've seen none of the ones you have missed.

Your top 2 would be my top 2. I knew what was going to happen in Psycho, of course, so that weakened the impact for me a little bit. I've always wondered how I would have reacted if I could have gone in blind.

I thought Dial M for Murder was terrific and it would be in my top 5. Vertigo would not make my top 5. The 39 Steps left me a little let down when it was finally revealed what they were. I had a "that's it?" response to it. To Catch a Thief was a fun film, perhaps a little lighter than Hitchcock usually does.

1. Back in 2010 I tried to watch his entire oeuvre but many things got in the way... However, the few that I haven't seen I own most of them on DVD but the versions are bad... I'll wait until they have proper releases.

Samer thing for me for Psycho and for many Classic films that are wasted because of overuse of references and citations...

Dial M for Muder is one of the Hitchcock I'll have to revisit soon first for Grace Kelly and also because it is a great suspense.

Vertigo is kind of untouchable because many people consider it to be Hitchcock's mastepiece. It is one indeed, but I prefer my top 3 before.

To Catch a Thief underappreciated and I really like it. Not as deep as Hitch's other films but like you mentioned a lot of fun.

3. Wow, I sure have a lot of catching up to do almost ashamed to admit how many of these I still haven't seen... but at least we can all agree on 1 and 2.

1. It's no contest! You have seen way much more indie than I did. Also I been wanting to see some Bela Tarr for a while and you've seen 'em all...
For 1 and 2, I'm very surprised to see that there aren't as many Vertigo defenders out there!