Today is National Alfred Hitchcock Day! As a tribute to the master of suspense, we’ve chosen six chilling classics for your viewing pleasure. Hitchcock directed 54 pictures over the course of his brilliant career, and we don’t need much provocation to revisit a few of our favorites. We’re sure the “Suspense” is working you into a “Frenzy” (see what we did there?), so without further ado, here are our top six Hitchcock films. We’re just dying to hear your killer suggestions – please share them in the comments below.
Strangers on a Train- A psychotic socialite confronts a tennis star with a twisted theory about “criss-cross murders” that soon becomes dangerously real. Hitchcock plays with visual metaphor, incorporating doubles and criss-crosses throughout the film (Amazon Prime)
Rear Window- This voyeuristic thriller follows an injured photographer (James Stewart) who suspects his neighbor of murder and enlists his girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to help investigate (Amazon Instant Video)
The Birds- A wealthy San Francisco playgirl pursues a potential beau to a small coastal town, but the trip takes an eerie turn when birds start to attack people in increasingly violent droves (Amazon Instant Video)
Vertigo- A neurotic detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, becoming dangerously obsessed with her in the process. Shot in San Francisco, Vertigo is one of Hitchcock’s most visually stunning films (Amazon Instant Video)
Dial M for Murder- An ex-tennis pro plots to murder his unfaithful socialite wife (Grace Kelley) in order to inherit her money. Nearly every scene takes place inside a single apartment, lending the film a genius air of hysterical claustrophobia (Amazon Instant Video)
North By Northwest- Cary Grant puts Don Draper to shame as a stylishly suited and perfectly coiffed Madison Avenue advertising exec who is mistakenly kidnapped by a group of international spies (Amazon Instant Video)