Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most legendary directors who ever put his signature in the movies industry. He’s responsible for timeless, flawless classics that, nowadays, are still unforgettable.
For those fans of entertainment and classic movies, here are 6 acclaimed movies from Alfred Hitchcock with a perfect score (100%), according to Rotten Tomatoes.
The only Alfred Hitchcock movie to ever be given the Academy Award for Best Picture, Rebecca is a riveting romantic thriller about a woman who marries an aristocrat and finds herself haunted by his previous spouse. It lacked mainstream appeal due to its harrowing psychological drama, but with compelling lead performances from Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, it’s hard to resist the movie’s charms. As always, Hitchcock handles the movie’s suspenseful moments with a strong command of the filmmaking craft, while the musical score by Bride of Frankenstein’s Franz Waxman combines creep with class. Rebecca is an all-round spectacularly made movie.
Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
An early example of a psychological thriller, with the tropes and motifs of the film noir, Shadow of a Doubt is considered by many — including Alfred Hitchcock himself, who reiterated this notion during several interviews throughout his career — to be the director’s all-time greatest movie. And with Oscar-nominated storytelling brought to life by Joseph A. Valentine’s groundbreaking cinematography, it’s difficult to argue. It’s the story of a teenage girl who begins to suspect that something shady is afoot with her visiting uncle. Teresa Wright sells all of her character’s emotions with ease in the lead role, while Joseph Cotten brings a suitable menace to Uncle Charlie.
The Ring (1927)
This is not the horror movie about the videotape that signposts its viewers’ deaths. It’s a silent movie from Alfred Hitchcock’s very early days as a filmmaker. Only nine of these movies still exist, and this one was originally released in 1927 and restored in 2012. It was one of the first ever sports movies, focusing on a pair of boxers who are both rivals in the ring and rivals for the affections of a woman.
Young And Innocent (1937)
Released in 1937, Young and Innocent is a thriller about a man who is falsely accused of murder and has to go on the run. Along the way, he enlists the help of a woman who must risk her own safety to get him out of his wrongful criminal charge. Young and Innocent is famous for its convoluted crane shot, which Alfred Hitchcock elaborately staged for the end of the movie to reveal who the true killer was after all. As with all of Hitchcock’s best works, this one pioneered a cinematographic technique, which has since been used by dozens of filmmakers.
Loosely adapted from the Joseph Campbell novel The Secret Agent, Sabotage is a spy thriller about a woman who discovers that her husband, who she previously thought was just a harmless theater owner, is working for a terrorist cell. The plot is genuinely riveting, building up to a climax that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Sabotage is often confused with the similarly titled Saboteur, which was also directed by Hitchcock and features a scene where a character falls from the Statue of Liberty’s torch, which is viewed by many as a precursor to North by Northwest’s Mount Rushmore-set finale.
Rear Window (1954)
The mystery of Rear Window is apparent, but the intrigue comes from the fact that its lead character is confined to a wheelchair. Stuck in his house, watching people through a pair of binoculars to pass the time, James Stewart begins to suspect that his neighbor is a murderer. Even by Hitchcock’s standards, this is a tremendous film. The tension is obvious. If he’s right and it’s discovered that he knows too much, he won’t be able to go very far. Even after the countless parodies that have followed, Rear Window still has the same impact it had on audiences in 1954.