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 Hitchcock…with 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.
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.
- *** = An Oscar® nomination for Best Director for Alfred Hitchcock
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Domestic Actual B.O. (mils)||Domestic Ajusted B.O. (mils)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Rear Window (1954)||James Stewart & Grace Kelly||$28.04||$513.80||5th of 1954||94.00%||04 / 00||81.28|
|North by Northwest (1959)||Cary Grant & James Mason||$19.15||$269.10||8th of 1959||93.00%||03 / 00||75.91|
|Psycho (1960)||Anthony Perkins & Janet Leigh||$32.00||$391.00||3rd of 1960||92.00%||04 / 00||80.34|
|Vertigo (1958)||James Stewart & Kim Novak||$9.14||$128.50||21st of 1958||91.67%||02 / 00||63.80|
|Strangers on a Train (1951)||Robert Walker||$5.11||$86.10||55 of 1951||90.67%||00 / 00||55.96|
|Notorious (1946)||Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman||$13.11||$315.70||8th of 1946||90.00%||02 / 00||74.10|
|Shadow of a Doubt (1943)||Joseph Cotten||$3.43||$96.30||81st of 1943||90.00%||01 / 00||57.63|
|Rope (1948)||James Stewart||$5.81||$122.50||56th of 1948||89.00%||00 / 00||60.82|
|Rebecca (1940)||Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine||$8.57||$258.10||2nd of 1940||87.00%||11 / 02||88.09|
|Lifeboat (1944)||Tallulah Bankhead||$3.23||$85.00||62nd of 1944||86.00%||03 / 00||59.30|
|Birds, The (1963)||Tippi Hedren||$14.54||$142.60||18th of 1963||84.67%||01 / 00||62.29|
|To Catch A Thief (1955)||Cary Grant & Grace Kelly||$12.86||$208.40||20th of 1955||84.67%||03 / 01||72.59|
|Dial M for Murder (1954)||Ray Milland & Grace Kelly||$10.00||$183.30||32nd of 1954||83.67%||00 / 00||67.73|
|Foreign Correspondent (1940)||Joel McCrea||$4.08||$122.90||32nd of 1940||82.67%||00 / 00||60.90|
|Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956)||James Stewart & Doris Day||$11.71||$179.50||18th of 1956||81.67%||01 / 01||67.20|
|Suspicion (1941)||Cary Grant & Joan Fontaine||$5.16||$155.40||33rd of 1942||80.25%||03 / 01||66.61|
|Wrong Man, The (1956)||Henry Fonda||$3.33||$51.00||91st of 1957||79.00%||00 / 00||45.03|
|Frenzy (1972)||Jon Finch||$21.01||$104.20||14th of 1972||78.67%||00 / 00||54.99|
|Spellbound (1945)||Gregory Peck & Ingrid Bergman||$13.58||$336.80||3rd of 1945||78.50%||06 / 01||77.64|
|Trouble with Harry, The (1955)||Shirley MacLaine||$3.71||$60.20||90th of 1955||78.00%||00 / 00||45.99|
|I Confess (1953)||Montgomery Clift||$4.37||$61.40||52nd of 1953||75.33%||00 / 00||44.93|
|Sabateur (1942)||Robert Cummings||$3.57||$103.80||74th of 1942||75.00%||00 / 00||51.34|
|Stage Fright (1950)||Jane Wyman & Marlene Dietrich||$2.89||$50.80||99th of 1950||73.33%||00 / 00||42.34|
|Family Plot (1976)||Bruce Dern & William Devane||$23.00||$91.00||26th of 1976||73.33%||00 / 00||48.57|
|Marnie (1964)||Sean Connery & Tippi Hedren||$7.86||$70.50||30th of 1964||72.00%||00 / 00||44.77|
|Torn Curtain (1966)||Paul Newman & Julie Andrews||$16.37||$125.50||8th of 1966||67.33%||00 / 00||51.10|
|Paradine Case, The (1947)||Gregory Peck & Charles Laughton||$5.95||$135.50||53rd of 1948||62.00%||01 / 00||50.54|
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)||Carole Lombard & Robert Montgomery||$3.16||$95.30||55th of 1941||57.67%||00 / 00||41.87|
|Topaz (1969)||Roscoe Lee Browne||$10.97||$65.10||35th of 1970||57.33%||00 / 00||37.04|
|Under Capricorn (1949)||Ingrid Bergman & Jospeh Cotten||$3.36||$65.90||90th of 1949||55.33%||00 / 00||36.22|
|Jamaica Inn (1939)||Charles Laughton & Maureen O''''Hara||$5.02||$151.00||25th of 1939||53.50%||00 / 00||48.54|
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.
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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