#200: Strangers on a Train (1951)

When and how did I watch this?

October 27th, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I was looking forward to another Hitchcock film after the last one (Notorious) underwhelmed me.

What do I know about it now?

That’s more like it: conflicted good guys, dark/tense scenes, twists and turns, and an unforgettable finale.  Both Guy and Bruno were convincing characters, and both very relatable. The premise prompts the viewer to consider where their morality stands: would you really go through with the plan, especially after a creepy dude follows you around for weeks and threatens you with the prospect of framing you for a murder?

What are some themes in the film?

Morality, pride, psychology, loyalty

Did this affect me personally?

Yes.  Everything leading up to and through the carousel scene was incredibly tense and memorable.

Why is this ranked #200?

Again, the Hitchcock stamp helps a lot, but it is quite distinct as a thriller and is likely appreciated by his fans more so than his other work.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She did — again, much better than Notorious.

Would I watch it again?


Would I recommend it to a friend?


Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

It blows away a lot of the films we’ve seen so far.  It belongs on this particular list for sure.

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