Vertigo vs. Rear Window

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on 11/10/2009

two of Hitchcocks best flicks. I choose Vertigo for sure. Its my favorite of his.

on 11/13/2009

This is a tough call, two of my favorite Hitchcock movies. I went with Rear Window.

on 11/28/2009

Classic matchup. Both are the best examples of Hitchcock's work but Vertigo is a far more layered and constructed film. Vertigo it is.

on 12/10/2009

Think the opposite of jrod. Of the five Hitchcock films I have seen thus far, Rear Window is my favorite and Vertigo my least favorite. Vertigo is by no means a bad film, but it cannot begin to compare to Rear Window.

on 1/25/2010

Tough matchup. Both films are among my favourite Hitchcock movies (The Birds rounds out the top 3), so it's really hard to choose one over the other. Vertigo is darker and more serious, while Rear Window is almost kind of a satire. I'll probably go with the more light-hearted one, though only for now. It's so darn close...

on 7/9/2010

I like both, but i think the setup in Rear Window is more clever.

on 1/7/2011

Rear Window, all the way. I find Vertigo overrated, whereas I feel that Rear Window deserves every piece of praise it gets. I don't think Vertigo's a bad movie at all. I just don't think it deserves the "Best Movie Ever" status that many heap on it.

on 1/9/2011

Vertigo hands down. Every time i watch it (and i've watched it over 15 times) i find something new. Rear Window has the same appeal but as jmw222 puts it "it's far more layered and constructed".

on 4/17/2011

Two of my favorites from Alfred Hitchcock. Vertigo has great suspense and a complex story, while Rear Window builds up great suspense by having a really simple story. I have to give Vertigo the nod, it made a slightly bigger impression on me, especially with the ending.

on 5/9/2011

Vertigo without a doubt.

on 1/31/2012

Brutal choice, but I went with Rear Window. I really love movies that can do a lot with a limited setting (Rear Window, 12 Angry Men, etc).

on 7/8/2012

this is a very tough decision. both are excellent in their own right, but each one made me feel different. Rear Window was a fun and suspensful mystery thriller while Vertigo was a serious and dark mystery thriller. i guess it all boils down to which one was more interesting to watch, to which i say it's Vertigo

on 7/10/2012

@rtth, you nailed it with that phrase mate! I too love those movies. I'll add Rope and Dial M For Murder to that list of yours. I like Rear Windo better, but I completely understand why someone would go for Vertigo.

on 7/11/2012

Rear Window, its my favorite Hitchcock movie

on 9/1/2012

Hitchcock's handle of romance always struck me as patently "Hollywood"; empty, shallow, schmaltzy, just plain bad. Rear Window it is.

on 9/1/2012

Rear Window. Far and away my favorite Hitchcock...

on 9/3/2012

Rear window is great but vertigo is one of the only movies that when it's finished i have to control myself not to replay back from the start as i have other things to do.

on 9/29/2012

Rating #25,000. Rear Window. I had been given a play-by-play of what happened in Rear Window before I saw it and it was still one of the most suspenseful movies I've ever seen. Few times in my life have I been so enthralled by a film.

on 11/8/2012

Definition of "A Tough One"

on 11/8/2012

Whoa, definitely a tough matchup. I'm not even sure which one I have ranked higher. I guess I'm about to find out...

on 11/8/2012

Rear Window. I thought that Vertigo was okay but I was only mildly entertained by it. Rear Window floored me.

on 1/13/2013

This is really tough. I loved Vertigo and I thought it was really deep, well done and interesting. It's even in my top 20 of all time. But Rear Window is so suspenseful and awesome, I think I'm going to pick it.

on 1/27/2013

Vertigo for me. I really liked Rear Window, but man does the movie take its time to set things up. I was bored the first 30 minutes or so while I was on the frickin' edge of my seat during the last 30 minutes. I was never bored during Vertigo; I thought it was intriguing and cleverly made.

on 3/9/2013

Wow, my 2 favorite Hitchcock movies, but I'm gonna go with Rear window.

on 3/26/2013

Vertigo really didn't work for me like Rear Window, Psycho, North by Northwest and Notorious...Sad, but Rear Window is amazing--- I love it

on 4/7/2013

Rear Window is far better IMO....Vertigo is the only Hitchcock movie that didn't appeal

on 5/18/2013

Rear Window, I feel, is Hitchcock's best

on 7/25/2013

Rear Window is currently my favorite Hitchcock film.

on 7/29/2013

although slow, vertigo was still good but, rear window is my favorite Hitchcock film.

on 8/1/2013

Two films at the highest of peaks. "Vertigo" seems more personal to Hitchcock and that's just one of the many reasons I find it more fascinating. That Bernard Herrmann score. The dream. Stewart the hero as one sick puppy. Is he a pervert or a detective? David Lynch must love it.

on 8/1/2013

Two films at the highest of peaks. "Vertigo" seems more personal to Hitchcock and that's just one of the many reasons I find it more fascinating. That Bernard Herrmann score. The dream. Stewart the hero as one sick puppy. Is he a pervert or a detective? David Lynch must love it.

on 9/16/2013

Vertigo for me, and it isn't even close.

on 10/6/2013

I'm choosing "Vertigo". It really feels like the definitive Hitchcock experience for me, and it's in my top ten favourite films of all time.

on 10/7/2013

Yeah, Rear Window was great, but the ending left much to be desired in my opinion. The ending just wasn't powerful enough for me. Vertigo's ending is epic! And not just the ending, the entire film from start to finish is magnificent.

on 10/20/2013

I slightly prefer Vertigo because I found the plot more engaging.

on 12/18/2013

Rear Window

on 12/21/2013

Rear window

on 12/23/2013

I'm sorry to say this, because I love both films, but Vertigo is the clear winner.

on 1/8/2014

Both are incredible thrillers!... but Vertigo has a bit more than Rear Window in that it's such a well thought out plot, fraught with irony and suspense. Vertigo is quintessential Hitchcock, while Rear Window while still being awesome, has everything that a Hitchcock film ought to have, but falls short of Vertigo's greatness.

on 1/17/2014

I thought Vertigo was better the first time I watched both... I don't know now.

on 3/2/2014

I am convinced that Vertigo was not written by humans. Or at least by people who have no clue how human beings feel those feelings and act those actions. Also, why did they spoil the big twist halfway through by an irrelevant scene that could easily have been cut? That's like Tyler Durden saying "I'm all in some guy's head yo" to some guy in a bar half an hour into Fight Club.

on 3/29/2014

Both are one one of Hitchcock's best. But I still think Rear Window slightly wins. Vertigo has a great plot twist and an fantastic storyline, but Rear Window is one of the most unqiue, interesting, and great films I have ever seen. Rear Window wins.

on 5/26/2014

tough choice seeing im one of Hitchcocks biggest admires a huge fan of all those classic films of that era im going with Rear Window its more of the type of films I like (land of the strange in the sea of normality)i guess both films fit but Love Rear Window more.

on 6/8/2014

Vertigo continues to get better and better every time I watch it.

on 9/20/2014

Oh, I don't know ??

on 9/20/2014

Need to rewatch both. Rear Window

on 9/21/2014

This is a tough one, I'm going to have to give a very slight edge to Vertigo.

on 9/21/2014

Vertigo works better on multiple rewatches.

on 9/21/2014

A difficult decision to make but Rear Windows edges out Vertigo but not by much.

on 9/25/2014

Vertigo is way more diverse and has deeper themes

on 9/26/2014

Rewatched both and prefer Rear Window.

on 9/28/2014

Both are amazing masterpieces, but in different ways. Amazing director, too tough to choose one.

on 12/5/2014

A massive fan of both films. "Vertigo" is dark, fascinating, disturbing and a total cinematic experience that is almost unmatched. The twist, the story, the visuals and the themes are perfectly balanced and presented on screen. "Rear Window" on the other hand, is as basic as a film can get, yet so incredibly charming, compelling and relevant to society. I am almost unable to pick between these two masterpieces.

on 1/19/2015

I was never crazy about Vertigo, so this is an easy choice for me, Rear Window.

on 4/10/2015

Vertigo is much more explicitly symbolic; Rear Window moves questions like the inert military man to photographs in the back of an apartment and one off-hand comment, and the wandering sexuality of Jeff's mind only wanders into the room whenever Stella steps out or Lisa comes back in, with him even reprimanding the investigator for staring. Vertigo works on an operatic scale resulting in an epic scope, which might make it seem the grander, superior film. But I like the tight character work of something like Rear Window, which lets the grand themes exist external to the text of the film because films need time to make characters work as well as they do here. Vertigo's characters are fine, but ultimately a little unremarkable, because they mostly exist to feel intense emotion and move forward a plot. While Rear Window may operate on the minor scale more oriented toward character outlines than Capital C Characters, it lets them breathe deeply and fill slow events with intense drama.

on 7/3/2015

Vertigo, not even close (just kidding, it's really close)

on 7/3/2015

Rear Window

on 7/23/2015

What a wonderful match-up. I'm going to have to go with Vertigo. I need to watch Rear Window again soon. Both films deal with touchy subjects and are brilliant.

on 7/23/2015

What a wonderful match-up. I'm going to have to go with Vertigo. I need to watch Rear Window again soon. Both films deal with touchy subjects and are brilliant.

on 7/23/2015

What a wonderful match-up. I'm going to have to go with Vertigo. I need to watch Rear Window again soon. Both films deal with touchy subjects and are brilliant.

on 8/8/2015

Rear Window for now. I must rewatch Vertigo though.

on 8/21/2015

Vertigo was much more epic

on 9/23/2015

Wait. I don't want to do this.

on 9/25/2015

Another awesome Hitchcock matchup! Both are great films, but Rear Window just intrigued me a lot more. However, if I see Vertigo again, my opinion could possibly change about this.

on 7/18/2016

Rear Window is awesome and typical Hitchcock, but it lacks the uniqueness and depth of Vertigo. Vertigo has a mind-blowing twist, creativity with the lighting, and revolutionary shots; it just has those extra details that push it above Rear Window. And Jimmy's Stewart's subtly disturbing character in Vertigo is way better developed than any character in Rear Window.

on 12/22/2016

I've just seen Vertigo, and it did nothing for me. I enjoyed Rear Window immensely. This is not close.

on 12/29/2016

3rd and 4th favourite Hitchcock films behind Shadow of a Doubt & Psycho but I think Rear Window edges this matchup slightly, anything with Grace Kelly has always got to get a few extra points from me ??

on 12/29/2016

3rd and 4th favourite Hitchcock films behind Shadow of a Doubt & Psycho but I think Rear Window edges this matchup slightly, anything with Grace Kelly has always got to get a few extra points from me ??

on 6/10/2017

Two Hitchcock and Stewart collaborations that are in my top 15! Rear Window is great. The dialogue is brilliant and the mystery keeps you on edge. But Vertigo is just on another level! The screenplay is one of the most well written ever, it has psychological layers you can spend weeks analysing and Hitchcock uses cinematography and colours better than almost every movie ever made! Edge goes to Vertigo, 29-28!

on 11/8/2017

rear window is fantastic, but vertigo is absolutely hitchcock's masterpiece

on 11/20/2017

This one is hard, and for the longest time Rear Window was my Hitch favorite. Over the last two or three years, though, Vertigo has waxed in my estimation. I think I have to go with Vertigo.

on 11/20/2017

rear window easily

on 5/11/2018

I would have to say Vertigo. It has a better story, it has more stakes, and it shocked me more than Rear Window did. Rear Window is close though.

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on 5/11/2018

Rear Window used to be my favorite but Vertigo just has a magical mystery appeal that grabs my attention like few films can.

on Jun 5

2 of the best films I've ever seen. Going with Rear Window.