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My Favorite Hitches

I’ve gotten into a bit of a Hitchcock mood and for some reason I wondered if I could name my top five favorite Hitchcock films. Somewhat surprisingly they came to me in a flash without having to think about it. Here they are in the order in which they were made:

Notorious (1946)

Rear Window (1954)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) the remake with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day

North by Northwest (1959)

Psycho (1960)

But when I tried to round out the list to a Top Ten, I was stymied, as no other five films of his stand out for me the way these do. But if pressed, I guess the following five might make it, although in a different mood on another day I could very well pick out five different ones.


The 39 Steps (1935)

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Frenzy (1972)

Family Plot (1976)

With honorable mentions going to

Young and Innocent (1938)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

It will be noted that To Catch a Thief (1955) and Vertigo (1958) don’t make my list at all. Those are usually highly regarded, especially Vertigo, which many directors tend to fawn over as his best work. In the case of Thief, I’m pretty much bored by the plot and the characters, and Vertigo, although it certainly has its moments, doesn’t really grip me the way it does most famous movie directors. Perhaps because I’ve never become obsessed the way the central character does.