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1. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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88 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 115,091 | Gross: $9.60M

2. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

8.0
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Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 85,858 | Gross: $8.00M

3. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.2
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87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 169,092 | Gross: $44.91M

4. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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97 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 199,124 | Gross: $25.00M

5. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 183,549 | Gross: $74.70M

6. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.7
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In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 37,080 | Gross: $30.50M

7. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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89 Metascore

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 85,913 | Gross: $9.45M

8. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.4
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98 Metascore

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 247,142 | Gross: $13.28M

9. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 360,954 | Gross: $36.76M

10. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.9
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91 Metascore

In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 63,056 | Gross: $0.54M

11. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.2
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Votes: 124,512 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.4
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 288,032 | Gross: $3.20M

13. Viva Zapata! (1952)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 8,426

14. Sayonara (1957)

Unrated | 147 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A US air force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Owens, James Garner

Votes: 4,872 | Gross: $26.30M

15. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

7.8
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Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 22,628

16. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

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A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 33,851

17. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 28,986 | Gross: $35.00M

18. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 70,888

19. Paths of Glory (1957)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

8.4
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

Votes: 139,212

20. The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw

Votes: 10,712

21. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 50,749 | Gross: $11.90M

22. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 529,105

23. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 258,006 | Gross: $0.27M

24. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

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When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 45,893

25. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

7.9
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 53,057 | Gross: $93.74M

26. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 51,783 | Gross: $8.75M

27. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 11,153 | Gross: $24.29M

28. All About Eve (1950)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

8.3
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98 Metascore

An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 95,418 | Gross: $0.01M

29. The Wild One (1953)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama

6.9
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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin

Votes: 12,476

30. Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors: Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton

Votes: 20,352 | Gross: $42.00M

31. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 8,771

32. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.8
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 69,009

33. The King and I (1956)

G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.5
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A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson

Votes: 20,843 | Gross: $21.30M

34. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 113,058 | Gross: $51.60M

35. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.5
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 160,167

36. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Votes: 16,731

37. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

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In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 7,391 | Gross: $36.00M

38. An American in Paris (1951)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.2
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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 25,086 | Gross: $4.50M

39. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 24,367 | Gross: $28.20M

40. The Rose Tattoo (1955)

Unrated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan, Ben Cooper

Votes: 2,908

41. Summertime (1955)

Not Rated | 100 min | Romance, Drama

7.4
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A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin

Votes: 6,409

42. Baby Doll (1956)

Approved | 114 min | Drama

7.5
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A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 5,612

43. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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76 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 111,372

44. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, War

7.8
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When a U.S. Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray

Votes: 21,497 | Gross: $21.75M

45. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 77,521

46. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 107,678 | Gross: $7.63M

47. Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes

Votes: 6,939

48. The Big Country (1958)

Not Rated | 166 min | Romance, Western

7.9
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A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston

Votes: 12,793

49. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

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When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 120,505 | Gross: $85.00M

50. Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 118,502