Alfred Hitchcock’s Best and Worst Movies

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28. Stage Fright (1950)
> Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman, Richard Todd
> Runtime: 110 min

“Stage Fright” tells the story of a working actress trying to help a fellow actor accused of murder prove his innocence. Most of the 21 critics who reviewed the movie on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a positive review, and as much as 68% of the audience liked it too. The movie was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe award in 1951 in the Best Motion Picture category.

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27. Young and Innocent (1937)
> Starring: Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney, Percy Marmont
> Runtime: 80 min

A man is arrested for murder but escapes from police custoty because he doesn’t believe his lawyer can help him. That’s when he runs into the police chief’s daughter whom he enlists to help him find the real killer. This is the plot of “Young and Innocent,” which got a 100% critics score, but only 18 critics reviewed it. Fans were less impressed with the movie, with 63% of the 3,199 who reviewed the film on the site giving it a positive review.

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26. Marnie (1964)
> Starring: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Martin Gabel
> Runtime: 130 min

“Marnie” tells the story of a man who, after blackmailing a woman into marrying him, decides to help her overcome her several serious psychological issues. Dave Kehr from the Chicago Reader wrote of “Marnie,” “Universally despised on its first release, Marnie remains one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest and darkest achievements.”

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25. Sabotage (1936)
> Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester
> Runtime: 76 min

“Sabotage” is praised by some critics as the best British Hitchcock film before he moved to Hollywood. The movie is about a ring of saboteurs who set off bombs in London and the detective who tries to catch them. The film has a 69% audience score and a 7.1 out of 10 rating on IMDb.

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24. The Trouble with Harry (1955)
> Starring: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn
> Runtime: 99 min

Harry is dead and everyone feels responsible while trying to find out what happened. Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian called the movie “Hitchcock’s lost masterpiece,” even though it was a box office flop and got terrible reviews upon its release. Today, 90% of the 29 critics whose reviews are listed on Rotten Tomatoes liked it, as did 73% of the audience. The movie earned Shirley MacLane her first Golden Globe.

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