My favorite is probably Vertigo with both Notorious and North By Northwest very close behind.
“My favourite is The Wrong Man. I wonder if I’m the only one, though, who thinks it’s a masterpiece…”
Vertigo,by miles.Actually Vertigo must be the only Hitchcock film I really love.Although I’m not a big fan of Hitch,Vertigo is easily in my top 15.I have many to see of course,I have seen 11 or 12 so far.
Man, I must be the only one here who thinks Hitchcock’s British period is the best ;)
I’ll also mention The Lodger, still preserving a haunting, almost doom-like atmosphere for a proto-suspense film which in my opinion surpasses HALF of what anything Hitchcock made in the United States!
of his Brit period The Lodger is great.
Jamaica Inn is a personal favorite
From British Hitchcock, I like Blackmail and Downhill a lot. I need to watch Jamaica Inn again to form an opinion as I was very young when I saw it.
Yes, I also need to re-watch Jamaica Inn but I remember the pirate elements were truly surprising for a little teen I was, haha. I didn’t even know who Laughton was then!
From British Hitchcock, I like Young and Innocent.
Rope and Vertigo.
The first one has a truly nihilistic dimension and the notions of morality, also that this idealism is not always in the actions and attitudes of the people.
Vertigo is very deep in many levels, also dark and powerful in its psychological aspects. A beautiful piece of macabre art
I generally dislike 39 steps, North by Northwest and Notorious, they are too action oriented, and it bores me to hell.
“Jamaica Inn” is excellent and deserves much more attention.
Glad you like The Lodger Dimitris! That is what I was going to put up against Angelopoulos.
dial m for murder and rope
Genaro: Notorious is “too action oriented”? Have you watched the film recently? It’s Hitchcock at his most wearily romantic. Sure the threat of detection looms over Grant and Bergman for the entire film, so every scene is imbued with suspense, but Notorious is emphatically not a sum of set-pieces a la Torn Curtain. The spy plot is a macguffin; the film is about Grant and Bergman’s chemistry more than anything else. It’s top-tier Hitch to my mind. I also love Dial M and Saboteur.
I like “Notorious” but I’m not oversold on it. It doesn’t awe me like other Hitch masterpieces. “Dial M For Murder”, for one example, is a film that I value over it.
Maybe I didn’t see many things when I watched Notorious, but I found it too conventional for Hitchcock I prefer the dark romanticism of Vertigo, Also I liked the macabre undertones of Rebecca, I find Notorious too standard in the hollywood system. But I will check it again, i am not closed with first exposes, considering the praise and hidden artistic content of his work.
Rebecca and Rear Window.
Vertigo (on acid)
North By Northwest
Notorious, followed by Rear Window.
My favorite is Vertigo, followed by (in no particular order) Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, North by Northwest, and Psycho.
It used to be Rear Window but now it’s Shadow of a Doubt. Rope is a piece of shit.
Vertigo is a milestone of American cinema, definitely my favorite Hitchcock. I have much affection for Rope, however, as it was the first Hitchcock I saw, and its masking of half cuts fascinated me. It features a brilliant “cameo” as well.
BIRDS / MARNIE double feature for the weirdest.
You can do a lot weirder than Birds/Marnie.
No way: the construction of both those movies is so far out, especially for rather straight-forward thriller content. So weird. Such artifice. Insane stylization and performance.