Best films, 1954

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1.
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.)
 
2.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
3.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
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In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him... (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
4.
The Crucified Lovers (1954)
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Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out. (102 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
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.
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
 
7.
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.)
 
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.
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.)
 
10.
Sound of the Mountain (1954)
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The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together... (96 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
11.
Senso (1954)
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A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant. (118 mins.)
 
12.
Salt of the Earth (1954)
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Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph. (94 mins.)
 
13.
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
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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
 
14.
Silver Lode (1954)
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Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Ned McCarthy... (81 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
15.
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
 
16.
Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
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Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future. (156 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
Godzilla (1954)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
19.
Secret of the Incas (1954)
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An adventurer searchers for hidden treasure in the Peruvian jungles. (100 mins.)
Director: Jerry Hopper
 
20.
Cry Vengeance (1954)
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Violent ex-cop Vic Barron comes to Ketchikan, Alaska seeking revenge on an old enemy. (82 mins.)
Director: Mark Stevens
 
21.
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
 
22.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
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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. (105 mins.)
 
23.
Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money... (101 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
24.
The Far Country (1954)
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A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson. (97 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
25.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. (93 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
26.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
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A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. (127 mins.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
White Christmas (1954)
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A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
29.
Ulysses (1954)
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A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war. (117 mins.)
Director: Mario Camerini
 
30.
Brigadoon (1954)
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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.)
 
31.
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
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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
 
32.
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
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Producer Walter Wanger, who had just been released from a prison term after shooting a man he believed was having an affair with his wife... (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
33.
River of No Return (1954)
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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
 
34.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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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. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
35.
French Cancan (1954)
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This comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge. (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
36.
Uwasa no onna (1954)
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Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko... (83 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
37.
Robinson Crusoe (1954)
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The classic story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
38.
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
 
39.
The Country Girl (1954)
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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
 
40.
Hobson's Choice (1954)
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Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker and tyrannical widower of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses as marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements. (107 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
41.
Highway Dragnet (1954)
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Wrongly accused of killing a bar-girl he was seen with earlier, a Korean War vet flees from the police in the company of a woman photographer and her young female model. (70 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
Pushover (1954)
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A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood nd the cops. (88 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
44.
Track of the Cat (1954)
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A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family... (102 mins.)
 
45.
Suddenly (1954)
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In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA. (75 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
46.
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
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Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart. (117 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
47.
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
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Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944. (115 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
48.
Elephant Walk (1954)
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The young bride of a rich planter finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation, British Ceylon. (103 mins.)
 
49.
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
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Sierra Nevada Jones must fight a villainous rancher to regain the land that is rightfully hers. (88 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
50.
Them! (1954)
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
51.
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
 
52.
Carmen Jones (1954)
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Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast. (105 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
53.
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
 
54.
Thursday's Children (1954 Documentary)
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Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate... (21 mins.)
 
55.
A Lesson in Love (1954)
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After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient... (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
56.
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
 
57.
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
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With the Roman Empire divided, Attila the Hun hopes to conquer. In his way are a brave centurion, a beautiful princess...and Christianity. (92 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
58.
Witness to Murder (1954)
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A woman's sanity comes into question, after she claims to have witnessed a murder from her apartment window. (83 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
59.
Drag-A-Long Droopy (1954 Short Film)
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Droopy is a shepherd. His sheep graze into cattle country, despite the warning sign. He gets in an argument with the cattle owner, but of course, nobody wins a battle against Droopy. (7 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
60.
The Other Woman (1954)
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A woman plots revenge on her former boss. (81 mins.)
Director: Hugo Haas
 
61.
The Way to Shadow Garden (1954 Short Film)
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This way madness - or experimental filmmaking - lies. A solitary man in coat and tie enters an apartment that may be a converted garage... (10 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
62.
Prince Valiant (1954)
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A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur's Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
63.
Homesteader Droopy (1954 Short Film)
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Homesteaders are not popular in cattle country, so when the cows complain to the sheriff (The Wolf), the law makes it tough on the Droopy family. (7 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
64.
Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
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An uptight, leather-clad female alien, armed with a ray gun and accompanied by a menacing robot, comes to Earth to collect Earth's men as breeding stock. (77 mins.)
Director: David MacDonald
 
65.
Dixieland Droopy (1954 Short Film)
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Don't be fooled by the title - Droopy looks like Droopy, but he's actually jazzman John Pettibone, with his performing flea combo... (8 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
66.
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
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Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked... (116 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
67.
Desistfilm (1954 Short Film)
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Four young men and a young woman sit in boredom. She smokes while one strums a lute, one looks at a magazine... (7 mins.)
Director: Brakhage
 
68.
Bengal Brigade (1954)
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Set during British India 1857, Captain Clayboune (Rock Hudson) is faced with restoring his reputation after being harshly disciplined for disobeying orders. (87 mins.)
Director: Laslo Benedek
 
69.
The Farm of Tomorrow (1954 Short Film)
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The farm of tomorrow proves to be filled with wacky inventions and crazy cross-breeding. (6 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
70.
The Flea Circus (1954 Short Film)
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The entire entourage of a flea circus runs away to join a dog. (7 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery
 
71.
Billy Boy (1954 Short Film)
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A farmer is initially delighted to get a baby goat, but this soon turns to apprehension when he discovers that it eats literally anything (including, at one point, the animation artwork). (6 mins.)
Director: Tex Avery