My Top 20 by Year - 1954

by miran_kor | last updated - 15 Jul 2015 | Public

Under construction and always in progress.

The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).

Out of (only) 81 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb). (Jul 2015)

Notes:

  • Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
  • TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
  • My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
  • Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
  • When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.


Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing TV = TV viewing PC = download OL = online viewing VHS = VHS viewing

Yet to see (among many):

Magnificent Obsession (Sirk, 1954) Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers, Mizoguchi, 1954) Human Desire (Lang, 1954) Bangiku (Late Chrysanthemums, Naruse, 1954) Yama no oto (The Sounds from the Mountains, Naruse, 1954) Carmen Jones (Preminger, 1954) I oraia ton Athinon (The Beauty of Athens, Tsiforos, 1954) Nijushi no hitomi (Twenty-Four Eyes, Kinoshita, 1954) Miyamoto Musashi (Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto, Inagaki, 1954) Crime Wave (De Toth, 1954) The Far Country (A. Mann, 1954) The High and the Mighty (Wellman, 1954) Track of the Cat (Wellman, 1954) Tiefland (Lowlands, Riefenstahl, 1954) Magiki polis (The Magic City, Koundouros, 1954) Gojira (Godzilla, Honda, 1954) Father Brown (Hamer, 1954) Riot in Cell Block 11 (Siegel, 1954)

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1. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

38 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney, Katy Kadell

Votes: 1,384

OL. 10/10.

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 254,061 | Gross: $0.27M

Cinema. 10/10.

3. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

8.4
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 11,347

PC. 9/10.

4. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.1
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 49,706

VHS.

5. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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88 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 113,179 | Gross: $9.60M

Cinema.

6. The Gold of Naples (1954)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) loosing... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Eduardo De Filippo, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 1,095

Cinema.

7. I'm Cold (1954)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.3
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Chilly Willy is freezing in his igloo home (he lives in Coldernell, Alaska) and burning everything he owns in the fireplace to keep warm. He notices an ad for the local fur factory and ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 113

OL.

8. Captain Hareblower (1954)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.5
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Bugs will not bend to the threats of Pirate (Yosemite) Sam.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 270

OL.

9. Thursday's Children (1954)

Approved | 21 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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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, Kent. The hearing-handicapped children are ... See full summary »

Directors: Lindsay Anderson, Guy Brenton | Star: Richard Burton

Votes: 245

PC.

10. Lu tempu di li pisci spata (1955)

10 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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A documentary of Sicilian men spear fishing and women doing laundry.

Director: Vittorio De Seta

Votes: 178

OL. 9/10.

11. Jazz Dance (1954)

22 min | Documentary, Short, Music

7.0
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Roger Tilton wrote (what little there is in this mostly unrehearsed short), directed and produced this short subject shot in the Central Plaza Dance Hall in New York City. It is a frenzied,... See full summary »

Director: Roger Tilton | Stars: Jimmy McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Willie 'The Lion' Smith

Votes: 81

OL. 8/10.

12. Senso (1954)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Massimo Girotti, Heinz Moog

Votes: 4,762

Cinema.

13. Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)

82 min | Comedy, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Lilia Prado, Carlos Navarro, Fernando Soto, Agustín Isunza

Votes: 1,046

PC.

14. Journey to Italy (1954)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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100 Metascore

An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Maria Mauban, Anna Proclemer

Votes: 6,468

PC.

15. Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson

Votes: 5,163

PC.

16. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

7.5
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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.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,391

PC.

17. The River and Death (1954)

91 min | Drama

7.0
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A useless and bloody vendetta has been going on for ages between two families in this mexican village. Men, sons, have killed each other for generations, for a so-called conception of honor... See full synopsis »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Columba Domínguez, Miguel Torruco, Joaquín Cordero, Jaime Fernández

Votes: 544

PC.

18. Dov'è la libertà...? (1954)

TV-PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A barber, murderer because of jealousy, spends twenty years in jail. He cannot, however adjust himself to a changed world and to the hypocracy of his own relatives and decides to return ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Totò, Vera Molnar, Nyta Dover, Franca Faldini

Votes: 343

Cinema.

19. Die letzte Brücke (1954)

102 min | Drama, War

7.4
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A German nurse gets sent to the front because she gives medical aid to a wounded Serbian partisan during World War II.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki, Barbara Rütting, Carl Möhner

Votes: 281

OL.

20. A Star Is Born (1954)

Approved | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.8
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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.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

Votes: 11,561 | Gross: $14.93M

TV. 8/10.