The Birds has been voted the number one Alfred Hitchcock film in a poll of What’s on TV online readers.

With two new films about Alfred Hitchcock reaching the big screen in a matter of months, it’s clear that cinema’s master of suspense exerts an enduring fascination on filmmakers and filmgoers alike.

So What’s On TV’s online film site Movie Talk asked readers to reveal which Hitchcock film they’d rate above all the others – and their verdict was:

The Birds – subject of recent BBC2 Hitchcock biopic The Girl – swooped in to top place. But Psycho was also showered with plenty of votes, which of course is good news for new movie Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren (out on 8th Feb), as it’s the making of this horror classic that provides the movie’s background.

Here’s the Top 10 in full.

1. The Birds
2. Psycho
3. North By Northwest
4. Rear Window
5. Vertigo
6. Rebecca
7. Shadow of a Doubt
8. Rope,
9. Dial M for Murder
10. Strangers on a Train



Among the films that didn’t make the Top 10, but which were also rated as readers’ favourites, were Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Family Plot, Jamaica Inn, Spellbound, The Lady Vanishes and The Trouble with Harry.

*Hitchcock comes to UK cinemas on Friday, February 8.

*The Girl, starring Toby Jones as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, is available on DVD from Acorn Media UK.

*ITV1 is showing The Birds and Psycho on Friday, February 8 – The Birds at 22.35pm, Psycho at 3am