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Best Hitchcock Films Not Directed by Hitchcock

By Cecilia Cygnar

Alfred Hitchcock was the Master of Suspense, but there are several films out there that even Hitchcock would like to take credit for directing. Here are some films incorrectly attributed to Hitchcock.

  • Charade

    2001

    Probably the film most erroneously credited to Hitchcock. Directed instead by Stanley Donen of Singin' in the Rain fame, the chemistry between Audrey Hepburn and frequent Hitchcock leading man Cary Grant is as close to classic Hitchcock as we can get without Hitchcock behind the camera.

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  • Witness for the Prosecution

    2001

    Directed by Billy Wilder, the reason this one is mostly mistaken for Hitchcock is because of the high level of comic relief. Hitchcock firmly believed that even in the most dire circumstances, the audience should always have some humor as a tension-breaker. Obviously, Wilder felt the same way.

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  • Gaslight

    2004

    This film, like Charade, features a frequent Hitchcock star (this time, Ingrid Bergman) and a plethora of suspense and intrigue. Directed by George Cukor, I believe Hitchcock would have been proud to have his name associated with this one.

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  • Les Diaboliques

    1999

    This French film, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, has so many of Hitchcock's fingerprints that it infuriated Hitch, causing him to up his game. The result of this one-upmanship was Hitch's plan to make the scariest movie ever made, which eventually gave us Psycho.

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  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    2004

    Even though this one is true film noir (and Hitchcock is not necessarily associated with noir), since it's a romantic suspense classic, Hitchcock is often mistakenly attributed as director of this steamy thriller.

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  • The Big Clock

    2004

    Very much cat-and-mouse like true Hitchcock favorites North by Northwest and The 39 Steps, this movie, directed by John Farrow, features Ray Milland (from Dial M for Murder) as the "wrong man," a common Hitchcock motif.

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  • Wait Until Dark

    2003

    Based on a play by the same playright as Dial M for Murder (Frederick Knott), this stylized thriller has many Hitchcockian elements. Plus, it's not the kind of film you want to watch alone and at night.

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  • Sorry, Wrong Number (DVD)

    2017

    A classic thriller that, like Dial M for Murder and Rope, is set predominately in one room. A little too melodramatic to be a true Hitchcock, but a great suspense thriller nonetheless.

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  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    2000

    This one has two Hitchcockian things going for it right off the top. Cary Grant. And murder. But, even though Hitchcock used ample humor in his thrillers, this one is even a little too screwball to be written off as simply "comic relief." Though Hitch tried dark comedy with The Trouble with Harry, that was more subtle and less slapstick.

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