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20 Films Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


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To Catch a Thief (1955)

Hitch was among the first to film the engaging story of the reformed thug. Cary Grant plays John Robie, a retired cat burglar who lives a quiet life in the plush Riviera. Naturally, when a fresh set of burglaries explodes in the area, Robie is suspected. In order to clear his name, he sets out to catch the thief himself. He is aided by Grace Kelly, an American heiress initially convinced that Robie is guilty. Look for a long Hitch cameo in this film -- he's an unassuming bus passenger for about ten minutes.

10. The Trouble with Harry (1955)

10. The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Fans either love or hate The Trouble with Harry, a suspenseful satire made in 1955. Jerry Mathers, Academy Award-winner Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, and Shirley MacLaine (in her first film role) all try to solve the problem -- Harry is dead and no one knows what to do with the body -- with mixed results. This comedy revealed the range that the director was capable of, even though many wondered where the dark, foreboding Hitch had gone.

11. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

11. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Jimmy Stewart is back again, this time opposite Doris Day as a naive American couple vacationing in Morocco. When a French spy dies in Stewart's arms and the couple's son is kidnapped, a tense international espionage story plays out. Stewart is chased by the bad guys, since he knows too much about an assassination set to be carried out in London. The scene known as "The Albert Hall Scene" is about 12 minutes long and contains no dialogue whatsoever, delighting film students and cinephiles the world over -- it's a risky filmmaking move and a Hitchcock masterstroke.

12. Vertigo (1958)

12. Vertigo (1958)

Based on a French novel, Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak star in this megahit movie -- filmed in "VistaVision" color. The dark story is set in San Francisco and features Stewart as an obsessive man who falls for a girl who kills herself. Novak plays two roles in the film. This is said to be Hitch's most "confessional" movie, dealing directly with how he feared women and tried to control them. Stewart is essentially playing Hitchcock himself.

On the next page you will find five more classic suspense thrillers directed by Alfred Hitchcock.