The British Film Institute agree to call Alfred Hitchcock the most influential and iconic British director of all time. Generally film conversations with friends turn to the topic of the great British director, Alfred Hitchcock. But where do we start with his genius style? I think it is very hard to choose and rank any of Hitchcock’s movies. Here is a personal top 5 Alfred Hitchcock films list. I feel sorry for the beloved films which is not set in this list such as “Shadow Of A Doubt”, “The Lady Vanishes”, fascinating “Rope”, “The 39 Steps”, my childhood nightmare “The Birds”, “Strangers On A Train”, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, “Notorious” and many more…

#5 Rebecca (1940) with  Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine

Rebecca is an American psychological drama thriller film. Adapted from the Daphne du Maurier novel and Hitchcock’s first American project. Who can forget the fascinating opening scene? This film is always my favorite and very special to me. What a great and speechless journey?

“Our marriage is a success, isn’t it? A great success?

We’re happy, aren’t we? Terribly happy?” Fontaine

#4 North by Northwest (1959) Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint

Such a great film ever made… In the memory of well known critic Pauline Kael, called it “probably the best American film” of the year. Hitchcock and his well-known “McGuffin,”

From that time all #3, #2, #1 nearly equal to number #1 but i must put in order…

#3 Vertigo (1958) with  James Stewart & Kim Novak

I used Carlotta Valdes as a nickname in several networks. Vertigo’s  story is based on the 1954 novel D’entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac.Telegraph film critic Tim Robey reported that “According to a new poll conducted by Sight & Sound magazine, Hitchcock’s Vertigo has deposed Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time.”

“Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere”  Madeleine

#2 Psycho (1960) with Anthony Perkins & Vera Miles

This one is legendary and my childhood nightmare also i can define the movie as my nightmate several years. I love horror movies and this could be the begining of my horror movies journey.Psycho is an American horror thriller film, based on the 1959 novel by Robert Bloch loosely inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin killer Ed Gein. Who can forget Norman Bates, staring at us?

“It’s sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn’t allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They’ll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man… as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can’t move a finger, and I won’t. I’ll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do… suspect me. They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching… they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, “Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…”   Norman Bates

#1 Rear Window (1954) with James Stewart & Grace Kelly

Rear Window is a fascinating, brilliant Hitchcockian visual study. The film represented a form of voyeuristic fascination as cinema itself. In Laura Mulvey’s “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” Mulvey focuses on Rear Window with the idea of a male gaze in cinema. As a suspense thriller film, based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 story “It Had to Be Murder”. When i think about Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up, Then again it is likely, had to be murder too…

“Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.” Stella

Enjoy Hitchcock

Aytac Ozge Ondes

Visual Resource:, photo by Norman Jean Roy, Vanity Fair