The Best Movies of the 1950s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 16 Mar 2011 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Here they are. The movies I consider to be the absolute best motion pictures of the 1950s.

Feel free to comment on my choice of movies.

PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. D.O.A. (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.4
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Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland

Votes: 8,652

2. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.9
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A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 19,593

3. The Gunfighter (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Western

7.7
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Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker

Votes: 7,564

4. The Sound of Fury (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A man who is down on his luck falls in with a criminal.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 728

5. 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: 157,326

6. The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran, Kent Smith

Votes: 1,718 | Gross: $1.54M

7. All About Eve (1950)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

8.3
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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: 93,617 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed

Votes: 6,091

9. Night and the City (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 9,331

10. Panic in the Streets (1950)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance

Votes: 5,509

11. Madeleine (1950)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny, Leslie Banks

Votes: 1,028

12. So Long at the Fair (1950)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Mystery

7.3
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A young woman visits Paris with her brother only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher | Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson, Marcel Poncin

Votes: 1,269

13. Gone to Earth (1950)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A beautiful, superstitious, animal-loving Gypsy is hotly desired by a fox-hunting squire...even after she marries a clergyman.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Jennifer Jones, David Farrar, Cyril Cusack, Sybil Thorndike

Votes: 796

14. Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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: 116,472

15. Father of the Bride (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor

Votes: 8,470

16. Cinderella (1950)

Approved | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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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: 118,734 | Gross: $85.00M

17. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

7.0
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The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 5,410

18. Strangers on a Train (1951)

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

8.0
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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: 106,646 | Gross: $7.63M

19. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 21,811 | Gross: $3.97M

20. 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: 84,932 | Gross: $8.00M

21. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 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: 16,537

22. The River (1951)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Votes: 4,590

23. The Browning Version (1951)

Approved | 90 min | Drama

8.2
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Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 3,599

24. The Red Inn (1951)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the monk his habit of serving a soporific soup to the guests, to rob their possessions and ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara | Stars: Fernandel, Françoise Rosay, Marie-Claire Olivia, Jean-Roger Caussimon

Votes: 963

25. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper

Votes: 4,781

26. Scandal Sheet (1952)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 1,191

27. 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: 85,217 | Gross: $9.45M

28. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 172,650 | Gross: $8.82M

29. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Unrated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell

Votes: 10,761

30. Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley

Votes: 2,168

31. 5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.8
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During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden

Votes: 3,409

32. Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.6
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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 3,410

33. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 18,471

34. Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 3,719

35. The War of the Worlds (1953)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 27,448 | Gross: $4.36M

36. Beat the Devil (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley

Votes: 6,753

37. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 40,304

38. Houdini (1953)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke

Votes: 2,475

39. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

7.7
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The complicated relationships between a circus ringmaster, his estranged wife and his lover.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek

Votes: 4,603

40. 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: 113,289 | Gross: $9.60M

41. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Approved | 124 min | Drama, War

7.9
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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: 21,330 | Gross: $21.75M

42. 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: 122,095 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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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: 355,133 | Gross: $36.76M

44. Gojira (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 21,566 | Gross: $2.42M

45. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Approved | 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: 24,075 | Gross: $28.20M

46. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Approved | 79 min | Horror

7.0
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 19,990 | Gross: $1.30M

47. Them! (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 16,393

48. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.1
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 49,735

49. Sabrina (1954)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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72 Metascore

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden

Votes: 48,852

50. Doctor in the House (1954)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

6.7
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Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in the wooing, imbibing and fast ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Kenneth More, Donald Sinden

Votes: 1,051

51. Crime Wave (1953)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 2,194

52. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 70,102

53. All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 10,419

54. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

7.8
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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: 69,933

55. The Desperate Hours (1955)

Approved | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott

Votes: 7,358

56. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger

Votes: 15,927

57. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.1
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The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 47,867

58. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.7
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 15,299

59. Mr. Arkadin (1955)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave, Patricia Medina

Votes: 6,181

60. Dementia (1955)

61 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night.

Director: John Parker | Stars: Adrienne Barrett, Bruno VeSota, Ben Roseman, Richard Barron

Votes: 1,364

61. The Devil's General (1955)

117 min | Drama, War

7.4
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1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. However ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Marianne Koch, Viktor de Kowa, Karl John

Votes: 895

62. 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: 6,841

63. 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: 51,098 | Gross: $8.75M

64. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Thriller

8.2
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97 Metascore

Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey

Votes: 20,786 | Gross: $0.06M

65. Marty (1955)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli

Votes: 17,244

66. The Court Jester (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.9
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A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 9,835

67. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 37,806 | Gross: $3.00M

68. 1984 (1956)

90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Michael Redgrave, Jan Sterling, David Kossoff

Votes: 2,544

69. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.8
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

Votes: 37,613

70. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Approved | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 47,006 | Gross: $10.25M

71. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 67,727

72. Attack (1956)

Approved | 107 min | Drama, War, Action

7.5
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In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert, Robert Strauss

Votes: 3,844

73. The Wrong Man (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone

Votes: 20,996

74. The Harder They Fall (1956)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

7.6
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Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane

Votes: 5,503

75. The King and I (1956)

Approved | 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: 20,637 | Gross: $21.30M

76. Written on the Wind (1956)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

7.5
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Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 8,181

77. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.5
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Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 6,174

78. Tea and Sympathy (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Drama

7.3
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Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews

Votes: 1,812

79. 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker, Patricia Laffan

Votes: 1,415

80. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 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: 517,900

81. 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: 75,605

82. Peyton Place (1957)

Approved | 157 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 4,313 | Gross: $25.60M

83. Desk Set (1957)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a television network's research department.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell

Votes: 6,462

84. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Passed | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.7
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When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton

Votes: 12,969

85. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.2
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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: 166,454 | Gross: $44.91M

86. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Approved | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.6
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American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 9,341

87. The One That Got Away (1957)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, War

7.2
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A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Colin Gordon, Michael Goodliffe, Terence Alexander

Votes: 1,507

88. The Enemy Below (1957)

Approved | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 8,204

89. The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Mystery

7.2
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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, Lee J. Cobb, Edwin Jerome

Votes: 6,060

90. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Music

8.2
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An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Votes: 10,906

91. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

7.6
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Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

Votes: 15,489

92. Le Notti Bianche (1957)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Maria Schell, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean Marais, Marcella Rovena

Votes: 5,642

93. 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: 136,865

94. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 125,701

95. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.2
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 8,235 | Gross: $0.17M

96. The Devil Strikes at Night (1957)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A serial killer strikes again during WWII in Germany. The wrong man is arrested and a detective hunts down the real killer. But justice in Nazi Germany is not so easily administered.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Claus Holm, Annemarie Düringer, Mario Adorf, Hannes Messemer

Votes: 731

97. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Votes: 15,941 | Gross: $0.11M

98. 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: 10,499

99. A Night to Remember (1958)

Not Rated | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman

Votes: 11,336

100. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 80,746 | Gross: $2.24M