Alfred Hitchcock Movies Ranked, Based on Their Fear Factor
We've come up with the scariest Alfred Hitchcock movies ever made, but we're certain we can narrow it down further. Hitchcock has completely mastered horror films and movies in general, allowing his name to be a cultural staple in America. His films will have you biting your nails and peeking through your fingers, ready to jump out of your seat at any moment. But if you're here, this is definitely not news to you. No modern day horror movie stands a chance against Hitchcock's film arsenal.
To do this the right way, we need to create a proper ranking based on fear. Which Alfred Hitchcock movie is the scariest of all?
Vote in our ranking for the scariest (and least scariest) Hitchcock movies ever made. There's a good chance other fans agree with you!
The Birds (1963)Community Score: 5
The film’s plot begins when Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home. She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike up a romance. One day birds start attacking children, leading to a town-wide bird assault.
Psycho (1960)Community Score: 5
Psycho is based on the 1959 novel by Robert Bloch of the same name. It begins with the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel's owner-manager, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
Rear Window (1954)Community Score: 5
This film is based on based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". The plot unfolds as a newspaper photographer with a broken leg witnesses a murder through his neighbor’s window. He must solve the crime while being careful not to put himself in danger.
Rebecca (1940)Community Score: 4
Rebecca is the story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier.
Vertigo (1958)Community Score: 3
This mystery thriller follows an ex-police officer who is hired to prevent an old friend's wife from committing suicide. However, as he aims to fulfill his duty his intense fear of heights gets in the way. And of course, nothing is as it seems.
Rope (1948)Community Score: 3
Rope unfolds as Philip Morgan (Farley Granger) and Brandon Shaw (John Dall) strangle a mutual friend to death with a piece of rope, just before hosting a dinner party. Hiding the body in a chest upon which they then arrange a buffet dinner, the pair welcome their guests with irony.
Dial M For Murder (1954)Community Score: 2
Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her.
Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)Community Score: 1
Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is visiting his relatives in Santa Rosa when tensions begin to arise. He is a very charming man, but his niece slowly realizes that he is wanted for murder and he soon recognizes her suspicions.
North By Northwest (1959)Community Score: 0
This classic suspense film finds New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent. Thornhill ends up on a cross-country journey, meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way.
Strangers On A Train (1951)Community Score: -1
Tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) is enraged by his wife's refusal to finalize their divorce so he can wed senator's daughter Anne (Ruth Roman). He strikes up a conversation with a stranger, Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), setting in motion a deadly chain of events.