Alfred Hitchcock’s Best and Worst Movies

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8. Rope (1948)
> Starring: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger
> Runtime: 80 min

“Rope,” about two men who strangle their friend and try to prove they have committed the perfect crime, is the first movie so far on this list that has a score of at least 90% among both critics and fans on Rotten Tomatoes. Geoff Andrew from Time Out called the movie “a perverse, provocative entertainment.”

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7. Strangers on a Train (1951)
> Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman
> Runtime: 101 min

“Strangers on a Train,” a psychological thriller and crime drama about a man doing another man a favor by killing his wife and trying to force him to kill his father, is among Hitchcock’s most famous movies. Nearly all critics and fans who reviewed the film on Rotten Tomatoes liked it, with 98% of critics and 92% of the audience giving the movie a positive rating.

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6. Notorious (1946)
> Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
> Runtime: 102 min

“Notorious” is one of three movies directed by Hitchcock starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, though this is the first one in which they appear together. Nominated for two Oscars, the film tells the story of a U.S. agent who falls in love with a woman he recruited to spy on Nazis in Brazil. Nigel Andrews from the Financial Times called the film “completely hypnotic.”

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5. Rebecca (1940)
> Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
> Runtime: 130 min

“Rebecca” was Hitchcock’s first American feature film. It was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning two — Best Picture (the only Hitchcock movie to win in this category) and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. Rebecca is a young woman who marries an aristocrat and realizes she now lives in the shadow of his former wife. Netflix is releasing the latest adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer.

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4. Vertigo (1958)
> Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
> Runtime: 128 min

“Vertigo,” one of Hitchcock’s most critically acclaimed and popular movies, is described as “an unpredictable scary thriller that doubles as a mournful meditation on love, loss, and human comfort,” by the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which is about love obsession, manipulation, and personal demons, has a 94% critics score and a 93% audience score on the site.

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