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 Alfred Hitchcock movies have stood the test of time and have been awarded the mantle of the thriller genre by 4 consecutive generations.
Number 13 (1922)
Hitchcock also shot some scenes for Number 13, his first directing job in 1922, but the film was never finished and the footage is considered lost.
Writer: Anita Ross (unconfirmed)
Stars: Clare Greet, Ernest Thesiger
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.
Writers: Oliver Sandys (novel), Eliot Stannard
Stars: Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles Mander
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (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.
Writers: Marie Belloc Lowndes (novel), Eliot Stannard (scenario)
Stars: June, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
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.
Stars: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter
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.
Writers: Constance Collier (play), Ivor Novello (play)
Stars: Ivor Novello, Ben Webster, Norman McKinnel
The Mountain Eagle (1927)
All copies of The Mountain Eagle, Hitchcock’s 1927 film, are believed lost, but you can find stills in Truffaut’s Hitchcock as well as Dan Aulier’s Hitchcock’s Notebooks.
Writers: Max Ferner, Charles Lapworth (story)
Stars: Bernhard Goetzke, Nita Naldi, Malcolm Keen
Easy Virtue (1928)
Stars: Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall, Ian Hunter
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.
Writers: Eden Phillpotts (play), Eliot Stannard (adaptation)
Stars: Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker
Stars: Betty Balfour, Gordon Harker, Jean Bradin
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.
Stars: Anny Ondra, Charles Paton, Cyril Ritchard
The Manxman (1928)
Stars: Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen, Anny Ondra
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.
Writers: Sean O’Casey (play), Alfred Hitchcock (adaptation)
Stars: Maire O’Neill, Sara Allgood, Edward Chapman, Barry Fitzgerald
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.
Writers: Clemence Dane (adapted from: “Enter Sir John”), Helen Simpson
Stars: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam
The German version of Murder! It was shot at the same time as the English version, but with German actors.
Elstree Calling (1930)
The 1930 film Elstree Calling is a series of musical comedy vignettes. Hitchcock directed a small bit for this.
The Skin Game (1931)
Writers: John Galsworthy, Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, C.V. France, Helen Haye
Rich and Strange (1931)
Writers: Dale Collins (novel), Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont
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.
Writers: Joseph Jefferson Farjeon
Stars: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart
Waltzes From Vienna (1934)
Writers: Heinz Reichert (based on The Great London Halhambra Success), Ernst Marischka
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton
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.
Writers: Charles Bennett, D.B. Wyndham-Lewis
Stars: Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, Nova Pilneam
The 39 Steps (1935)
Writers: John Buchan (adapted from the novel by), Charles Bennett (adaptation)
Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Peggy Ashcroft, Lucie Mannheim
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.
Writers: W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Campbell Dixon (play)
Stars: John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Lilli Palmer
Writers: Joseph Conrad (from the novel: “The Secret Agent” by), Charles Bennett (screenplay)
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester
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.
Writers: Josephine Tey (based on the novel “A Shilling For Candles” by), Charles Bennett (screenplay)
Stars: Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney, Percy Marmont
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Writers: Ethel Lina White (story: “The Wheel Spins” by), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay)
Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty
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.
Writers: Sidney Gilliat (screenplay), Joan Harrison (screenplay)
Stars: Maureen O’Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton
Writers: Daphne Du Maurier (novel), Robert E. Sherwood (screenplay)
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Writers: Charles Bennett (screenplay), Joan Harrison (screenplay)
Stars: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall
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.
Writer: Norman Krasna (story)
Stars: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond
Writers: Samson Raphaelson (screenplay), Joan Harrison (screenplay)
Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke
Writers: Peter Viertel (screenplay), Joan Harrison (screenplay)
Stars: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger
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.
Writers: Thornton Wilder (screenplay), Sally Benson (screenplay)
Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey
Bon Voyage (1944), Aventure Malgache (1944)
Bon Voyage and Aventure Malgache were propaganda short films Hitchcock directed in 1944. Both are in French and each last about thirty minutes.
Writers: Angus MacPhail, J.O.C. Orton
Stars: John Blythe
Writers: John Steinbeck (novel), Jo Swerling (screenplay)
Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak
Writers: Ben Hecht (screenplay adapted from the novel:”The House of Dr. Edwardes” )
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov
Writer: Ben Hecht
Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
The Paradine Case (1947)
Writers: Robert Hichens (novel), Alma Reville (adaptation)
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton
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.
Writers: Hume Cronyn (adapted by), Patrick Hamilton (play)
Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger
Under Capricorn (1949)
Writers: John Colton (play), Margaret Linden (play)
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding
Stage Fright (1950)
Writers: Whitfield Cook (screenplay), Alma Reville (adaptation)
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman, Richard Todd
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.
Writers: Raymond Chandler (screenplay), Czenzi Ormonde (screenplay)
Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman
I Confess (1953)
Writers: George Tabori (screenplay), William Archibald (screenplay)
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden
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.
Writers: Frederick Knott (screenplay)
Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings
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.
Writers: Cornell Woolrich (based on the short story), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
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.
Writers: John Michael Hayes (screenplay), David Dodge (novel)
Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis
The Trouble With Harry (1955)
Writers: John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Jack Trevor Story (novel)
Stars: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Hitchcock’s remake, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. It was shot in VistaVision and Technicolor.
Writers: John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Charles Bennett (based on a story by)
Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents ran from 1955 to 1962. Hitchcock introduced each of the 268 half-hour episodes, but directed only a handful. Updated remakes of these classic stories aired between 1985-1989.
Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams
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.
Writers: Maxwell Anderson (screenplay), Angus MacPhail (screenplay)
Stars: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle
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.
Writers: Alec Coppel (screenplay), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay)
Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
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.
Writer: Ernest Lehman
Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
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.
Writers: Joseph Stefano (screenplay), Robert Bloch (novel)
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962-1965)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour was essentially the same show, but had hour-long episodes. It ran from 1962 to 1965. Again, Hitch introduced each episode, but only directed one.
Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce
The Birds (1963)
Writers: Daphne Du Maurier (story), Evan Hunter (screenplay)
Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette
Writers: Winston Graham (novel), Jay Presson Allen (screenplay)
Stars: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Martin Gabel
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.
Writer: Brian Moore
Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova
Writers: Leon Uris (novel), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay)
Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon
Writers: Arthur La Bern (novel), Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
Stars: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Alec McCowen
Family Plot (1976)
Writers: Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Victor Canning (novel)
Stars: Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris
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