1951

This is a list-in-progress of some favorite movies from 1951. The numbers are not rankings; the order is alphabetical, although the displayed form of title may not refelct this.
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1.
The African Queen (1951)
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In Africa during WWI, 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
 
2.
Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
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Johnny Regan, a U.S. citizen, goes to Mexico and takes up bullfighting as a lark, hoping to impress a Mexican beauty... (87 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
3.
Four Ways Out (1951)
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Four criminals commit a robbery at a soccer stadium, and then split up to try to hide separately from the police. (84 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
4.
Detective Story (1951)
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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
 
5.
Early Summer (1951)
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A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans. (124 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
6.
Filumena Marturano (1951)
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(98 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
Dr. Knock (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Saint-Maurice, an ordinary peaceful village, lived healthily so much so that the local doctor's practice was scant... (98 mins.)
Director: Guy Lefranc
 
9.
Laughter in Paradise (1951)
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When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in. (93 mins.)
Director: Mario Zampi
 
10.
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
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A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers. (78 mins.)
 
11.
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
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An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons. (85 mins.)
 
12.
Miracle in Milan (1951)
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An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò... (100 mins.)
 
13.
Miss Julie (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Late 19th century. The young miss Julie lives in a mansion with her father. She has recently broken... (90 mins.)
Director: Alf Sjöberg
 
14.
Miss Oyu (1951)
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Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective marriage partner, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu... (94 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
15.
Outcast of the Islands (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide and a captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post. (102 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
16.
La Poison (1951)
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Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court. (85 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
17.
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle. (69 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
18.
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
 
19.
Under the Paris Sky (1951)
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(114 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
22.
Summer Interlude (1951)
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While waiting for the night rehearsal of the ballet Swan Lake, the lonely twenty-eight year-old ballerina Marie receives a diary through the mail... (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
23.
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer. (138 mins.)
 
24.
Vengeance Valley (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The sons of a Colorado cattle baron, one biological and the other adopted, resent one another and fight for control of their father's cattle empire. (83 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe