Best Picture 1954

Films I've seen from best to worst
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1.
Johnny Guitar (1954)
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A strong willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob, when she helps a wounded gang member. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
2.
Rear Window (1954)
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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. (112 mins.)
 
3.
Human Desire (1954)
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A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in a sordid affair with a co-worker's wife and murder. (91 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
4.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
 
5.
On the Waterfront (1954)
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An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
6.
Sabrina (1954)
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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. (113 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
7.
An Inspector Calls (1954)
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When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each member of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her death. (80 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
8.
Journey to Italy (1954)
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Catherine and Alexander, wealthy and sophisticated, drive to Naples to dispose of a deceased uncle's villa... (85 mins.)
 
9.
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny. (124 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
10.
Animal Farm (1954)
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A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves. (72 mins.)
 
11.
Broken Lance (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The saga of the Devereaux rancher family, set in 1880's Arizona. (96 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
12.
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
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When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates... (108 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
13.
Vera Cruz (1954)
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During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
14.
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom. (94 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
15.
The Silver Chalice (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself... (142 mins.)
Director: Victor Saville
 
16.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
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In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. (102 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
17.
Carmen Jones (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast. (105 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
18.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
 
19.
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
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At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes... (128 mins.)
 
20.
Brigadoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past. (108 mins.)
 
21.
River of No Return (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The title river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others. (91 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
22.
The Naked Jungle (1954)
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The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants. (95 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
23.
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three American woman working in Rome, Italy, share a spacious apartment and the desire to find love and marriage, each experiencing a few bumps in their journeys to romance. (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
24.
A Star Is Born (1954)
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A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. (154 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
25.
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944. (115 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
26.
It Should Happen to You (1954)
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Gladys Glover has just lost her modelling job when she meets filmmaker Pete Sheppard shooting a documentary in Central Park... (86 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
27.
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In 1st century Rome, Christian slave Demetrius is sent to fight in the gladiatorial arena and Emperor Caligula seeks Jesus' robe for its supposedly magical powers. (101 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
28.
The Egyptian (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend... (139 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
29.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. (127 mins.)
 
30.
The High and the Mighty (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely. (147 mins.)
 
31.
The Country Girl (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, who he believes is the cause of all the man's problems. (104 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
32.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
33.
Executive Suite (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice-presidents vie to see who will replace him. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
34.
Make Haste to Live (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Crystal 'Chris' Benson, a single mother in a small New Mexico town, senses a shadowy menace stalking her in the night... (90 mins.)
 
35.
Black Widow (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer. (95 mins.)