Best Picture 1951

Films I've seen from best to worst
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1.
The River (1951)
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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
2.
Bellissima (1951)
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A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies. (115 mins.)
 
3.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
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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. (101 mins.)
 
4.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
5.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
6.
A Place in the Sun (1951)
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A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. (122 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
7.
On Dangerous Ground (1951)
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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. (82 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
8.
David and Bathsheba (1951)
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After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel. (116 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
9.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
10.
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
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Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way. (75 mins.)
 
11.
Surcos (1951)
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The struggles of a Spanish family as it emigrates from the country to Madrid circa 1950. (104 mins.)
 
12.
The African Queen (1951)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
13.
Show Boat (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour. (108 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
14.
Westward the Women (1951)
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A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there. (118 mins.)
 
15.
Variety Lights (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises. (93 mins.)
 
16.
Detective Story (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod. (103 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
17.
The Prowler (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way. (92 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
18.
Awaara (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Raju lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raju's mother out of the house years ago... (193 mins.)
Director: Raj Kapoor
 
19.
Quo Vadis (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero. (171 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
20.
Othello (1951)
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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago. (90 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
21.
Decision Before Dawn (1951)
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As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines. (119 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
22.
An American in Paris (1951)
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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. (113 mins.)
 
23.
The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
24.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
 
25.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
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A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain. (122 mins.)
Director: Albert Lewin
 
26.
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters. (117 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
27.
Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
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Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife. (91 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
28.
The Mating Season (1951)
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Ellen McNulty loses her hamburger joint and goes to see her son, who marries a socialite at the same time. Due to her modest background and a case of mistaken identity, Ellen poses as the newlyweds' cook. (101 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
29.
Anne of the Indies (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence. (81 mins.)
 
30.
The Man with a Cloak (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In 1848 NYC, a Frenchwoman visits exiled former French Marshal Thevenet to ask for his financial help in behalf of his French grandson but Thevenet's house staff schemes to kill him and take his fortune. (84 mins.)
Director: Fletcher Markle
 
31.
Death of a Salesman (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Willy Loman is an over-the-hill salesman who faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family: Willy's long-suffering wife Linda, and Biff and Happy, his troubled sons and his life. (115 mins.)
Director: Laslo Benedek
 
32.
The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1871 a convict escapes, with other prisoners, to kill the man that framed him, but has second thoughts after meeting the man's beautiful future wife. (83 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
33.
Operation Pacific (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife. (111 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
34.
Another Man's Poison (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In an isolated house, mystery writer Janet Frobisher is involved in potentially murderous relationships. (90 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
35.
Thunder in the East (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In 1947, in an independent India, Europeans are scrambling to evacuate Ghandahar which is besieged by a local warlord but sought-after by an American arms dealer. (97 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
36.
His Kind of Woman (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle. (120 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
37.
His Mouse Friday (1951 Short Film)
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Tom is shipwrecked on an island, which is inhabited by at least one mouse - Jerry. To thwart the hungry cat, Jerry disguises himself as a cannibal. (7 mins.)
Stars: Paul Frees
 
38.
Der Verlorene (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
German scientist murders his fiancée during World War II when he learns that she has been selling the results of his secret research to the enemy. (98 mins.)
Director: Peter Lorre
 
39.
The Blue Veil (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse... (113 mins.)
 
40.
Darling, How Could You! (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Based on James Barrie's play "Alice Sit-By-The-Fire". In turn-of-the-century New York, a young girl... (96 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
41.
The Racket (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon... (88 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
42.
Flying Padre (1951 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only... (9 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick