Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Alfred Hitchcock the "Master of Suspense"

Alfred Hitchcock the “Master of Suspense”

Want to know the best Alfred Hitchcock movies?  How about the worst Alfred Hitchcock movies?  Curious about Alfred Hitchcock’s box office grosses or which Alfred Hitchcock movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Alfred Hitchcock movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place …. because we have all of that information.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) directed well over 50 films in his six decade career. Hitchcock directed his first 26 movies in England from 1922 to 1939. He directed his last 30 movies in the United States from 1940 till 1976. Some of his early successes in England were 1926’s The Lodger, 1929’s Blackmail (considered to be the first movie from England with sound), 1934’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1935’s The 39-Steps and 1938’s The Lady Vanishes.

Legendary producer David O. Selznick signed Hitchcock to a seven-year contract beginning in March 1939, when the Hitchcock family moved to the United States. Talk about getting off to a good start, Hitchcock’s first Hollywood movie was 1940’s Rebecca. Rebecca would be a smash hit, earned 11 Oscar® nominations, including Hitchcock’s first ever nomination for Best Director and won the Oscar® for Best Picture of the year. The 1940s produced the classic Hitchcock movies Suspicion, Shadow of a Doubt, Spellbound and Notorious. The 1950s were the peak years for Hitchcockwith movies like Strangers on a Train, To Catch A Thief, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Dial M for Murder.

This page will only be ranking Alfred Hitchcock’s Hollywood movies….not because I have anything against England…..other than they kept very poor box office records in the 1930s.  Alfred Hitchcock movies are ranked in five sortable columns of information in the following table.

James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954).

James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954).

Alfred Hitchcock Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about ther table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort by the star of the Alfred Hitchcock movie
  • Sort Alfred Hitchcock movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Alfred Hitchcock movies by yearly box office ranking
  • Sort Alfred Hitchcock movies by critic reviews and audiences voting.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Alfred Hitchcock movie received.
  • Sort Alfred Hitchcock movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

 

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Alfred Hitchcock Table

1. Nineteen Alfred Hitchcock movies crossed the magical $100 million mark.  That is a percentage of 61.29% of his movies listed. Rear Window (1954) was his biggest hit but only by a slim margin over 1960’s Psycho when looking at adjusted box office grosses.

2. An average Alfred Hitchcock movie grosses $155.70 million in adjusted box office gross.

3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  27 Alfred Hitchcock movies are rated as good movies…or 90.00% of his movies.  Rear Window (1954) was his highest rated movie while Under Capricorn (1949) was his lowest rated movie.

4. Fourteen Alfred Hitchcock movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 46.66% of his movies.

5. Five Alfred Hitchcock movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 16.66% of his movies.

6.  An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  29 Alfred Hitchcock movies scored higher that average….or 93.54% of his movies.  Rebecca (1940) got the the highest UMR Score while Topaz (1969) got the lowest UMR Score.

Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959).

Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959).

Possibly Interesting Facts About Alfred Hitchcock

1.  Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England.

2.  Alfred Hitchcock’s opinion about actors….”I never said all actors are: what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle”.

3.  Alfred Hitchcock love to have MacGuffins in his movies.  MacGuffins are basically decoys…they get the audience to think something is important and by the end of the movie the audience realizes they were not really important at all.

4.  Alfred Hitchcock was nominated five times for a Best Director Oscar®…but he never won…he was nominated for Rebecca, Spellbound, Lifeboat, Psycho and Rear Window.

5.  Alfred Hitchcock made 4 movies with James Stewart and Cary Grant. The Stewart 4….Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rear Window and Vertigo.  The Grant 4….Suspicion, Notorious, To Catch A Thief and North by Northwest.

6.  Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite actress was Grace Kelly…..they made three movies together…..Dial M For Murder, To Catch A Thief and Rear Window…..Hitchcock kept hoping Kelly would return to movies….but she never did.

7.  Alfred Hitchcock has been described as the most influential filmmaker of all time.

8.  Alfred Hitchcock wanted to call North by Northwest….”The Man on Lincoln’s Nose”….he was overruled….but he sneak a Shakespeare reference into the title.

9.  Alfred Hitchcock was given an honorary Oscar®….the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968.

10.  Alfred Hitchcock was famous for his cameo appearances in almost all of his movies….for a great movie page on his cameos check out Film Historian Steve Lensman’s Hitchcock’s Cameos which also includes a video of the Hitchcock cameos.

Not enough stats for you?…well here are worldwide adjusted box office grosses (in millions) on 13 Hitchcock movies

  • Dial M for Murder (1954) $260.30 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Foreign Correspondent (1940) $188.90 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • I Confess (1953) $124.40 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) $135.30 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • North by Northwest (1959) $433.10 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Notorious (1946) $465.70 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Psycho (1960) $611.00 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Rope (1948) $163.50 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Stage Fright (1950) $95.80 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Strangers on a Train (1951) $142.10 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Suspicion (1941) $244.40 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Under Capricorn (1949) $144.90 million in adjusted worldwide box office
  • Wrong Man, The (1956) $93.00 million in adjusted worldwide box office
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  1. BRUCE – HELP !!

    I have just been doing some cross-referencing of my Cogerson grosses and have the following
    conflicting figures on the Hitch page in my database:

    REAR WINDOW
    Hitch page $513.8 [Actual gross $28.04]
    Stewart & Kelly pages $441.8

    I CONFESS
    Hitch page $61.4
    Clift page $85.2 [Actual gross $4.37]

    STAGE FRIGHT
    Hitch page $50.8 [Actual gross $2.89]
    Dietrich page $55.7

    Perhaps when you find the time you can let me know the relevant figuresn each case – no hurry Thanks.BOB

    1. HI AGAIN BRUCE

      1 Have just noticed that I raised the conflicting Rear Window figures with you back in Feb this year and you advised going with$441.8 which I did but as you hopefully will confirm the Stage Fright/I Confess figures perhaps you would at the same time reaffirm the 441.8 and the actual gross for Rear Window.

      2 Also since my earlier post today I noticed the following conflicting figures for White Xmas:

      Your 100 Musicals page Adjusted gross of $628.3 {Actual $34.29}
      Bing/Danny $549.8

      1. Hey Bob….the Musical page now shows $549.80……thinking I adjusted my number to match Box Office Mojo’s number a little more closely….as I am pretty sure I did not do all of the re-releases correct in my $623.30 calculation. Good eye.

        1. HI BRUCE
          1 Thanks for clarifying the position on all of the numbers that I queried. As I know you are very busy at present I was in no hurry for a reply but your quick response is appreciated all the same.

          2 I have been cross referencing grosses for some months now to ensure the consistency of my own data bank and only very occasionally have I had to query your stats, so given the massive quantity of figures with which you are dealing on a non-dynamic site I must conclude that even Steve who seems to take delight in winding you up about your very occasional slip would concede that what would appear to be a 99% success rate is some going. Thanks again.

          1. Hey Bob….well the good news is my 6 week assignment of teaching 8th grade history comes to an end when school ends today.

            Then I have two days of filling holes with no lesson plan prep work needed and then Spring break. Do you know how hard it is to fit movies into lessons plans?….lol. Luckily since we covered WW2 I was able to get Battle of the Bulge, Midway, Bob Hope and Casablanca into those plans….lol. Still trying to get Bruce Willis in 🙂

            WoC graduates at the end of the month with her Master Degree. I have told her to take a few WoC days after graduation but by mid May I would like to see this site dynamic….lol.

    2. Hey Bob….thanks for the heads up on the cross reference errors.

      1. Rear Window…..So the current number we have is $441.80 million…which is in line with Box Office Mojo’s number.
      A. That meant it was over inflated on this page….so I fixed it.
      B. So knowing there was an issue….I went and looked at ALL the places we had Rear Window. Edith Head page HAD the $513.80 number….now adjusted to $441.80. Jimmy Stewart page was missing a decimal point. Grace Kelly page was correct. Thelma Ritter page was correct. AFI Top Movies was correct. So now all 6 places have the same number.
      C. Rear Window is also mentioned in the Top 100 Best Reviewed Movies…but box office numbers are not included in that page.
      2. I, Confess…..The Hitch page was correct the Monty page was incorrect. Monty page now matches the Hitch page. I never updated the Monty page after getting all of those Warner Brothers ledgers from USC….issue has been fixed.
      3. Stage Fright….The Hitch page was correct the Marlene page was incorrect. Marlene page is now correct. Same issue as I, Confess….never updated the Marlene page after securing the Warner Brother ledgers.

      Once again…thanks for letting me know. I know I sound like a broken record (do kids have any idea what that saying means?) but I look so forward to when this site is “dynamic”.

  2. HI BRUCE

    You are quoting two very different domestic grosses for Rear Window. This page quotes $513.80 and the Grace Kelly/James Stewart pages mention $441 80. As I’m updating my database at the moment it would be helpful to me if you would confirm the correct figure?

    Many thanks BOB

    1. Hey Bob….I would say use the 441 number though box office mojo says it is 435. Currently at work but it looks like an error due to not updating all the pages at the same time. One day this error be a thing of the past.

  3. Dear Author of this site,
    I really liked the way you compactly displayed the individual success of Hitchcock’s movies in regard of critics and box office. That’s why i wanted to cite your webpage for a research paper of mine. Only problem is, i couldn’t find the name of the author who wrote this page. It would be lovely if you helped me out on this. 🙂

    1. Martin. The author of all of these pages is Bruce Cogeron. He generally just goes by Cogerson. That is his internet name, I will let him share his real name.

    2. Hey Martin…..you can use Cogerson, Bruce Cogerson or UltimateMovieRankings..we are all the same. Glad you like our page…we spent lots of time trying to figure out to get as many stats on one line of information.

      1. Hey Bruce… Thank you very much for your quick answer, I really appreciate it! Have a nice day and keep up the good work!
        PS: thanks to you too, in the shadows

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