My Top 50's Movies

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1.
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
“ *** ” - vigier-arthur
 
2.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ *** ” - vigier-arthur
 
3.
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
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Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter. (97 mins.)
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
4.
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
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
5.
Forbidden Games (1952)
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A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death. (86 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
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
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
7.
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
8.
El (1953)
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A husband's suave exterior unravels after his marriage, and he unleashes his paranoid and volatile temper on his wife, which escalate to more dangerous and unpredictable tantrums. (92 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
9.
Room at the Top (1959)
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An ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
10.
My Cousin Rachel (1952)
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A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty. (98 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
11.
The Adultress (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A truckdriver kills the husband of the woman he loves, and becomes the object of blackmail. (102 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ ** ” - vigier-arthur
 
12.
Rouge et noir (1954)
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It's no holds barred for Julian in pursuit of upward mobility. Although expected to channel career aspirations... (113 mins.)
 
13.
All About Eve (1950)
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
 
14.
Gervaise (1956)
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Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it... (112 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
15.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
 
16.
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
17.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
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A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. (111 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Red Inn (1951)
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A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the... (98 mins.)
 
20.
La Ronde (1950)
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An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening... (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
21.
Casque d'Or (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie... (96 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
22.
The Proud and the Beautiful (1953)
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The first to die in an epidemic of meningitis in Vera Cruz is a French tourist. His wife Nellie, detached and indifferent... (103 mins.)
 
23.
Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both... (106 mins.)
Director: Roger Vadim
 
24.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
25.
...And God Created Woman (1956)
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In sunny St. Tropez, a young sexpot loves one brother but marries the other. (95 mins.)
Director: R. Vadim
 
26.
Love Is My Profession (1958)
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Married French lawyer Andre defends succesfully the case of Yvette, who committed a robbery. He falls in love with her, but she isn't true to him. (105 mins.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
Le miroir à deux faces (1958)
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(96 mins.)
Director: André Cayatte
 
29.
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
30.
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
 
31.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
 
32.
The Truth About Bebe Donge (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Francois Donge, a wealthy manufacturer, is fighting death at hospital. He officially suffers from a food poisoning... (110 mins.)
Director: Henry Decoin
 
33.
Manèges (1950)
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After having spent all his money to fullfill the smallest wish of his wife Dora, Robert is still madly in love with her... (91 mins.)
Director: Yves Allégret
 
34.
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
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The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. (114 mins.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest... (94 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
37.
Sabrina (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
38.
Sudden Fear (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
41.
Lovers of Paris (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Young, handsome, dashing but cynical, Octave Mouret arrives in Paris, determined to conquer the belles of the capital... (115 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
42.
The Strange Madame X (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Can a person really lead a double life? It looks as though Irène can. On the one hand, she is the wife of Jacques Voisin-Larive... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon