50 Favorite Movies of the 1950s -- WMK

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1.
Picnic (1955)
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Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic. (115 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
2.
Giant (1956)
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
3.
High Noon (1952)
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A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
4.
North by Northwest (1959)
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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. (136 mins.)
 
5.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
6.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
 
7.
The High and the Mighty (1954)
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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.)
 
8.
Auntie Mame (1958)
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An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle. (143 mins.)
Director: Morton DaCosta
 
9.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
10.
Born Yesterday (1950)
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A million dollar Tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette. (103 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
11.
Harvey (1950)
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Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows. (104 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
12.
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. (137 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
13.
The Bad Seed (1956)
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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
14.
East of Eden (1955)
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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. (115 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
15.
On the Beach (1959)
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
16.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
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Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. (108 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
17.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Raintree County (1957)
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A graduating poet/teacher falls in love with a Southern woman, and then the Civil War and her past create problems. (160 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
20.
When Worlds Collide (1951)
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As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home. (83 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
21.
Ben-Hur (1959)
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
22.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
 
23.
The Searchers (1956)
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A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
24.
Shane (1953)
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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act. (118 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
25.
The Pajama Game (1957)
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An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay rise. (101 mins.)
 
26.
The King and I (1956)
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A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
27.
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
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Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon. (103 mins.)
 
28.
Trial (1955)
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Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism. (105 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
29.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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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. (92 mins.)
 
30.
Fourteen Hours (1951)
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An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours. (92 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
31.
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
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When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet, he is forced... (91 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
32.
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
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Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners. (115 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
33.
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
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The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle. (152 mins.)
 
34.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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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. (220 mins.)
 
35.
Riding High (1950)
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A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race. (112 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
36.
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
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"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence... (86 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
37.
The Ladykillers (1955)
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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. (91 mins.)
 
38.
South Pacific (1958)
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On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission. (157 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
39.
Oklahoma! (1955)
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In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch... (145 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
40.
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
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It was Kansas City, not New Orleans. (95 mins.)
Director: Jack Webb
 
41.
Mister Roberts (1955)
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Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2. (123 mins.)
 
42.
Titanic (1953)
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An unhappy married couple deal with their problems on board the ill-fated ship. (98 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
43.
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. (91 mins.)
 
44.
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
 
45.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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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. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
46.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
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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? (160 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
47.
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
 
48.
The Robe (1953)
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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. (135 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
49.
Niagara (1953)
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder. (92 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
50.
The Last Hurrah (1958)
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Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as Mayor of of a US town for the last time. (121 mins.)
Director: John Ford