Alfred Hitchcock’s Best and Worst Movies

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18. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
> Starring: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie
> Runtime: 120 min

The movie is the American remake of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” released in 1934. The newer version won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes are in agreement that James Stewart carries the film. The movie’s overall critics score is 87%, and the audience score is 84%.

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17. Spellbound (1945)
> Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov
> Runtime: 111 min

“Spellbound,” which is about a doctor’s attempt to help a murder suspect recover his memory through psychoanalysis, is almost equally liked by critics and fans, with more than 80% of both giving the film a positive review. “Alfred Hitchcock’s psychedelic flourishes elevate this heady thriller,” according to the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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16. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
> Starring: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall
> Runtime: 120 min

“Foreign Correspondent” tells the story of a journalist who tries to revive his career by moving to Europe and trying to expose a spy ring in London. The thriller was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. The movie “features a winning combination of international intrigue, comic relief, and some of the legendary director’s most memorable set pieces,” according to the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.

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15. To Catch a Thief (1955)
> Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis
> Runtime: 106 min

One of Grace Kelly’s most memorable movies is also among Hitchcock’s most popular films. “To Catch a Thief” is about a notorious burglar who is on the hunt for a thief who stole expensive jewels in his style. About 96% of critics and 84% of the audience who reviewed the movie on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a positive rating.

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14. Lifeboat (1944)
> Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak
> Runtime: 97 min

“Lifeboat” is a tense thriller that follows American and British civilians and a German soldier on a lifeboat after their ship is sunk by a German submarine. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Director and Best Writing, Original Story. “The characters are reasonably free of cliched personalities, so what happens between them is rarely predictable,” according to Douglas Pratt from Hollywood Reporter.

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