Alfred Hitchcock’s Best and Worst Movies

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38. Murder! (1930)
> Starring: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam
> Runtime: 104 min

Several critics who reviewed the movie, as noted on Rotten Tomatoes, liked it for marking the beginning of what will be one of the most celebrated Hollywood careers. Dave Kehr from the Chicago Reader wrote, “It remains a crucial insight into the development of one of the cinema’s greatest artists, and so, essential viewing.” The movie has an 88% critics rating and a 39% audience score.

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37. The Manxman (1929)
> Starring: Anny Ondra, Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen
> Runtime: 110 min

“The Manxman” tells the story of two brothers — one a fisherman, the other a rising young lawyer — who are in love with the same woman. “Hitchcock didn’t like his ninth and last silent film,” wrote film critic Emanuel Levy on his site, “but for viewers who love his work, it bears some surprises, including subtle humor.” About 46% of fans who reviewed the movie on Rotten Tomatoes liked it.

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36. The Paradine Case (1947)
> Starring: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton
> Runtime: 125 min

The noir courtroom drama follows a happily married and very successful lawyer who falls for his client, accused of murdering her husband. The movie was nominated for one Oscar. “The Paradine Case” has an 82% critics score and 47% audience score.

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35. Torn Curtain (1966)
> Starring: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova
> Runtime: 128 min

“Torn Curtain” stars Paul Newman as an American physicist who defects to East Germany at the height of the Cold War. His fiancee, played by Julie Andrews, discovers he is actually a double agent tasked with uncovering Soviet nuclear secrets. The spy thriller is among a few of Hitchcock’s late movies with low ratings. About 67% of critics and 53% of the audience on Rotten Tomatoes liked the film.

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34. Secret Agent (1936)
> Starring: John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young
> Runtime: 86 min

“Secret Agent” tells the story of three British spies who are tasked with assassinating a German spy. A critic from Time Magazine described the film as ” first-rate sample of his knack of achieving speed by never hurrying, horror by concentrating on the prosaic.” About 86% of critics who reviewed it on Rotten Tomatoes liked it, compared to just 48% of the audience.

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