Alfred Hitchcock Movies In Chronological Order
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th Century. He was a cinematic genius, making over half a century of silent films and talkies throughout a span of six decades in the British Film Industry and Hollywood. The main theme of most of Hitchcock’s movies was the psychological thriller and criminal brilliance, which intended to bring out the best and worst innermost traits of a human being.
Having an edge-of-the-seat sequence of events, heart-pounding twists at different stages, the captivating performances by acting stalwarts Carey Grant, Grace Kelley, James Stewart, Charles Laughton, Gregory Peck, Vera Miles, Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten and Ingrid Bergman, the following movies have stood the test of time and have been awarded the mantle of the thriller genre by 4 consecutive generations.
The Pleasure Garden (1925)
The first film of Hitchcock, the story delves into the lives of two chorus girls, one of whom is betrayed by her husband and the other proves unfaithful to her fiancee.
The Lodger (1927)
During an ongoing search for a murderer who kills blonde women, a new lodger renting a room is suspected by his landlady for the crime.
The Ring (1927)
Two boxers have a competitive spite of being the best in town, further aggravated by trying to win the heart of their lady love.
Permanently suspended from school for committing to have made a girl pregnant, Roddy Berwick returns to his luxurious mansion holding a bleak future and a flurry of bad luck and misfortunes.
The Farmer’s Wife (1928)
After being widowed in his not so young age, a farmer Samuel searches for the potential bride for him until he falls for his housekeeper Minta.
A woman living in London falls in trouble when she is blackmailed by a stranger for murdering the person who attempts to rape her. “Blackmail” is Hitchcock’s first all-talkie film.
Juno and the Paycock (1930)
A small Irish family of four becomes devastated when the son is killed for treachery to the IRA, the daughter becomes pregnant, and the family is reduced to impoverishment and destruction.
Sir John Menier probes into the killing of an actress of a traveling theater troupe after he suspects another actress to be wrongly framed for the crime.
Number 17 (1932)
When a corpse is discovered in an abandoned house, Detective Fordyce looks into a secret revolving around a missing necklace and plenty of suspicious people who turns up claiming it.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Bob and his wife, Jill come holidaying in Switzerland when they stumble upon a dangerous information. When their daughter is abducted by assassins, they must find a way to bring her back without any external help.
Secret Agent (1936)
The supposedly dead British Intelligence agent Edgar Brodie, accompanied by Elsa Carrington and the General, is sent on a mission to Switzerland to locate a spy. An American, Robert Young tries to join them, and this puts them in a dispute.
Young and Innocent (1937)
The dead body of an actress washes up on the shore, and witness Robert Tisdall is arrested for her murder. He escapes and meets the police chief’s daughter Erica, and the two of them jointly embark on finding the real killer.
Jamaica Inn (1939)
Mary, after the death of her mother, goes looking for her aunt Patience when she suspects her uncle of illegal activities and confides in her companion Humphrey, only to realize something more sinister is going on.
Mr. And Mrs. Smith (1941)
David and Ann Smith find out that despite being spouses, they are not technically married. Ann starts dating another man Jeff, and David tries to win back her love. It is a humorous change from Hitchcock’s usual theme of movies.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
While staying with his relatives in Santa Rosa, Uncle Charlie, although very charming, is suspected by her niece for being wanted for murder, even after the case is closed as another suspect gets killed.
Two close friends and colleagues asphyxiate their mutual friend with a rope, and host a dinner buffet on a chest hiding his body only to demonstrate that the act of murder is an art for the people of very special significance. However a guest at the party, their college professor is not convinced by their heavily portrayed innocence.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
A psychopath kills off the distraught wife of tennis star Guy Haines on a train and in exchange urges the latter to murder his father. However, Guy is now under watch for the unnatural death of his wife.
Dial M For Murder (1954)
In a bid to finish off his rich wife Margot to reign over her inheritance, Tony Wendice orchestrates a master plan by blackmailing an old friend to carry out the deed, only to have his scheme go wrong and now he has to save himself from the police to avoid being arrested.
Rear Window (1954)
An excellent version of voyeurism portrayed from a window, this film presents an incapacitated professional photographer in a wheelchair who happens to watch a murder being committed and tries to solve it to bring the killer to justice.
To Catch A Thief (1955)
A retired cat burglar must clear his name when a series of thefts and robberies are committed in his fashion, and he strives to maintain his romantic relationship with jewel owner Francie when her treasures get stolen.
The Wrong Man (1956)
Musician Manny Balestrero tries to borrow money from the bank for his wife’s surgery when he is mistakenly arrested for a robbery. Although having an alibi and a way to clear his name, the pressure of the case threatens to rip apart his family.
A retired detective is fraught with anxiety and obsession because his fear of heights led to the death of his colleague and the woman he was hired to follow. However he comes upon an identical looking woman, causing his life to be thrown into a tumult of lies, fear, insanity and guilt.
North By Northwest (1959)
A classic thriller and action movie of the century, the story shows an advertisement executive to be mistaken for a government agent by a notorious spy. Thornhill then finds himself in an escapade from the spy, meets Eve Kendall, and embarks on a journey through the country, until the enemies catch up to him.
After stealing money from her employer, Marion Crate stops at a motel during a thunderstorm. There she meets taxidermist Norman Bates, shortly after which she was murdered gruesomely in the motel bathroom. It is Hitchcock’s best movie of all, providing insight into the darkness of criminal psychology.
Torn Curtain (1966)
In a world engaged in Cold War, Michael Armstrong, an American physicist surprisingly defects to the side of the Soviets, but later his fiancee finds out behind the torn curtain that he is working as a double agent to discover important Soviet plans. On their way back to America in secret, they become mired in trouble, and their escape gets halted.