Called the “master of suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock is cinematic history itself. Over the course of his six-decade career, Hitchcock produced several masterpieces that are still being studied in film courses all over the world today. Not only that, many of the techniques that Hitchcock developed are still being used by the greatest directors of the world, many of whom like to pay homage to the master himself.
Hitchcock’s films also serve as great historical resources as they not only reflect the history of cinema itself, but also the history of the turbulent 20th century through the global tensions and great shifts in human history.
Take a seat and enjoy some of the greatest cinematic masterpieces ever known to mankind, brought to you by the master of suspense himself. Maimovie ranked the top 10 most legendary Hitchcock movies ever made!
The following list was based on Maimovie on May 17, 2022, under the “Alfred Hitchcock” and “legendary” Keytalks. Check out the Maimovie app or website to discover more movies and shows.
1954, 1h 45m
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan—to frame her for murder instead.
1941, 1h 39m
Wealthy, sheltered Lina McLaidlaw is swept off her feet by charming ne’er-do-well Johnnie Aysgarth. Though warned that Johnnie is little more than a fortune hunter, Lina marries him anyway and remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually Lina comes to the conclusion that Johnnie intends to kill her in order to collect her inheritance. The suspicion seems confirmed when Johnnie’s business partner dies under mysterious circumstances.
The European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Johnny Jones, an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, has a nose for a good story—which promptly leads him to the crime of fascism and Nazi Germany’s designs on European conquest. In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, Jones walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring and—not entirely coincidentally—falls in love.
1972, 1h 56m
After a serial killer strangles several women with a necktie, London police identify a suspect—but he claims vehemently to be the wrong man.
1963, 1h 59m
Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.
1954, 1h 52m
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
1958, 2h 8m
A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
1959, 2h 16m
Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
1960, 1h 49m
When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother.
1935, 1h 26m
Richard Hanney has a rude awakening when a glamorous female spy falls into his bed — with a knife in her back. Having a bit of trouble explaining it all to Scotland Yard, he heads for the hills of Scotland to try to clear his name by locating the spy ring known as “The 39 Steps.”