Alfred Hitchcock’s Best and Worst Movies

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23. I Confess (1953)
> Starring: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden
> Runtime: 95 min

Hitchcock produced and directed this drama about a Catholic priest, accused of murder, who can’t clear his name unless he breaks the seal of the confessional. The movie has an 83% critics score and a 76% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews, though, gave it a positive review, saying the movie is “a passable yet underwhelming thriller…

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22. The Wrong Man (1956)
> Starring: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle
> Runtime: 105 min

“The Wrong Man” is about a struggling musician who is mistaken for an armed robber and what it does to his family. About 92% of critics who reviewed the movie on Rotten Tomatoes like it, though not everyone gave it a stellar review. Matt Brunson from Creative Loafing wrote, “Devoid of any Hitchcockian touches, the movie disappoints only in that it could have been made by any filmmaker experimenting in the faux-documentary style during this period.”

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21. Frenzy (1972)
> Starring: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt
> Runtime: 116 min

“Frenzy” is the first movie Hitchcock directed after returning to London. It’s about the city being terrorized by a serial killer who strangles people with a necktie and the police going after the wrong man. “‘Frenzy’ finds the master of horror regaining his grip on the audience’s pulse — and making their blood run cold,” according to the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. As much as 90% of critics and 77% of the audience liked the movie.

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20. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
> Starring: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
> Runtime: 92 min

“The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog” is the oldest and the only one of Hitchcock’s early works to rank among the director’s 20 best films. The silent film is about a woman who suspects that her new tenant is a serial killer. Wally Hammond from Little White Lies wrote, “One for Hitch fans, one for thriller fans, one for cinema fans. Do not miss.”

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19. Suspicion (1941)
> Starring: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke
> Runtime: 99 min

“Suspicion” tells the story of a woman who suspects her husband is plotting to kill her. The movie was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture. Joan Fontaine won in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. “Suspicion” got an almost perfect critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, and 78% of the audience gave it a positive rating.

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