Best Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Are you new to Alfred Hitchcock movies? Alfred Hitchcock is a legendary filmmaker, responsible for some classic thrillers that set new standards for storytelling and cinematography. Here are some essential Hitchcock films to get you started.

Psycho
This is the most famous and celebrated Hitchcock film. Based on a novel, also entitled Psycho, by Robert Bloch, this story was inspired by the repulsive life of a real-life serial killer, Ed Gein of Wisconsin.

The movie tells the story of a young, beautiful woman who has stolen money so she can elope with her boyfriend. Distraught and questioning her decision to steal and flee, the woman checks into the Bates Motel, where she meets Norman Bates, the proprietor. Norman stalks and kills the protagonist in the famous shower scene revered by movie buffs around the globe. Hitchcock is praised for his superb pacing, plotting, casting and cinematography in this disturbing film.

Strangers on a Train
Hitchcock loved the theme of ordinary people unwittingly getting themselves into situations that spin horrendously out of control. In this fascinating film, two strangers meet on a train. Bored with the train ride, the protagonist begins joking with his new acquaintance about how great it would be if they could remove irritating people from their lives. As people begin disappearing from the train, the protagonist realizes he has become a part of a tangled web of murders. His casual banter was taken all too seriously by his new acquaintance, and now he is the only person who knows what is really going on.

The Birds
Based on a novella by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds follows the residents of a small town as they fight to survive against birds that have turned lethally aggressive toward people. Hitchcock set a benchmark for special effects with this movie, optically processing a series of shots to make a handful of trained birds look like hundreds. Hitchcock uses only electronically produced music in this film, to enhance the other-worldly feeling of the film.

Rear Window
Once again, innocent bystanders become involved in a dangerous situation. Jimmy Stewart plays a man who has been incapacitated with a broken leg and is home alone during the day. He begins watching his neighbors through a telescope for entertainment, and enjoys being a voyeur. When he thinks he sees his neighbor murder his wife, he gets his girlfriend involved, putting her life in jeopardy. This film is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest thrillers of all time, and directors continue to borrow Hitchcock's techniques from it for newer films.

North by Northwest
This is considered one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films in terms of pacing, cinematography and casting. The story follows an ad executive who has been mistaken for a government agent. He is pursued all over the country and is seduced and trapped by a woman who is supposed to turn him in, but she falls in love with him and helps him escape. Two of cinema's most famous scenes can be found in this film: Cary Grant's pursuit by an airplane in an open field, and a climactic chase across Mount Rushmore.

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