Alfred Hitchcock’s Best and Worst Movies

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33. The Ring (1927)
> Starring: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter
> Runtime: 116 min

“The Ring” is another silent film directed by Hitchcock, who also wrote the script. The movie is about two boxers who compete not only in the ring but also for the love of the same woman. The film’s IMDb rating is 6.2 out of 10.

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32. Family Plot (1976)
> Starring: Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris
> Runtime: 120 min

“Family Plot” is Hitchcock’s last movie. It is about a con artist psychic and her investigator boyfriend trying to find a rich missing person and encountering serial kidnappers in the process. Barbara Harris earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Blanche Tyler. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes describes Hitchcock as “aiming for pulpy thrills and hitting the target, delivering a twisty crime story with pleasurable bite.”

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31. Blackmail (1929)
> Starring: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood
> Runtime: 85 min

“Blackmail,” which is about a woman being blackmailed by a witness after she kills a man in self-defense, was Hitchcock’s first talkie after several silent movies. Celia Simpson from The Spectator described the movie as “a better combination of the silent motion picture technique and the talkie technique than any other film we have seen.” Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an 86% score and audience gave it a 65% score.

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30. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
> Starring: Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre
> Runtime: 75 min

The suspense thriller follows a couple trying to find their daughter who was kidnapped by assassins as a way to keep the parents quiet. Both critics and fans on Rotten Tomatoes liked the movie, with 88% or critics and 68% of the audience giving the film a positive review.

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29. Saboteur (1942)
> Starring: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger
> Runtime: 109 min

“Saboteur,” which is about a man accused of sabotaging an airplane by setting it on fire on a mission to prove his innocence, got either very good or very bad reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Bosley Crowther from The New York Times wrote, “To put it mildly, Mr. Hitchcock and his writers have really let themselves go.” The movie’s overall rating on IMDb is 7.2 out of 10 with almost 23,000 votes.

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