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1. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Votes: 265,353 | Gross: $0.27M
2. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 371,133 | Gross: $36.76M
3. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama
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.
4. On the Waterfront (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Votes: 120,726 | Gross: $9.60M
5. The Crucified Lovers (1954)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, History, Romance
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.
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6. Dial M for Murder (1954)
PG | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Votes: 130,850 | Gross: $0.01M
7. La Strada (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
8. Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
Not Rated | 156 min | Drama
Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.
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9. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 5,433 | Gross: $0.13M
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10. The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, War
When a U.S. Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.
Votes: 21,717 | Gross: $21.75M
11. The Vanishing Prairie (1954)
Approved | 71 min | Documentary, Family
Story of the American Prairie as it was when vast herds of bison and elk grazed.
12. A Star Is Born (1954)
PG | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.
Votes: 11,865 | Gross: $14.93M
13. Sabrina (1954)
Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
14. Johnny Guitar (1954)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western
After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.
15. Hobson's Choice (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
16. Senso (1954)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance
A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.
17. Champagne Safari (1954)
60 min | Documentary
Photographed and produced by both Jackson Leighter...and his wife...and, while not wishing to disillusion those who state this has only been seen at film festivals, this clinker of a ... See full summary »
18. Miyamoto Musashi (1954)
Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.
19. French Cancan (1955)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
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.
20. Bangiku (1954)
101 min | Drama
What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »
21. Gojira (1954)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
Votes: 22,370 | Gross: $2.42M
Godzilla evolved from a marine creature to a land creature 2 million years ago then lay dormant in a deep sea cave. H-bomb testing has awakened the monster. This is key to the film which is as much an expression of the Japanese nuclear experience and fears as anything else. In facts, parts of the film are almost poetic in their sad looks at destruction. A paleantologist (the great Takashi Shimura!) wants to study the monster to see how it survived the H-bomb. Another scientist has invented an "Oxygen Destroyer" that has potential to slay the beast but he is reluctant to use it for fear it will be exploited as a weapon of mass destruction.
The print looks beautiful and I think the special effects hold up well. It helps that most of Godzilla's rampages are at night and so obscure a lot of the "man in a rubber suit" effect. The score is fantastic!
22. Salt of the Earth (1954)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History
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.
23. Journey to Italy (1954)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance
An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.
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24. Executive Suite (1954)
Passed | 104 min | Drama
When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him.
25. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.
26. Crime Wave (1953)
Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.
27. The Country Girl (1954)
Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Music
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.
28. The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.
29. Them! (1954)
Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.
30. It Should Happen to You (1954)
Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance
When a young woman with dreams of fame rents a billboard to advertise herself, her life changes overnight.
Votes: 2,729 | Gross: $1.40M
31. The Far Country (1954)
Approved | 97 min | Romance, Western
A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.
32. Animal Farm (1954)
Approved | 72 min | Animation, Drama
A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.
33. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.
Votes: 24,714 | Gross: $28.20M
34. About Mrs. Leslie (1954)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A rooming house landlady recalls her past in flashbacks.
35. Human Desire (1954)
Approved | 91 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in an affair with a co-worker's wife following a murder on a train where they meet.
36. A Lesson in Love (1954)
96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient of his and Marianne has got herself involved with her former lover Carl-Adam, who's ... See full summary »
37. Somewhere Under the Broad Sky (1954)
109 min | Drama
A family in the city of Tokyo running a liquor store overcome their impotence and dysfunction as they induce an understanding through each other of how to deal with their individual problems.
38. Magnificent Obsession (1954)
Approved | 108 min | Drama, Romance
A selfish playboy enamored by a woman he seems to hurt more than he intends begins to understand a deeper meaning to their relationship.
39. Vera Cruz (1954)
Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Western
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.
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40. Silver Lode (1954)
Approved | 81 min | Western
In Silver Lode, Dan Ballard is arrested by 4 Marshals for murder and theft but he denies the charges and searches for the real culprit even as the townsfolk start abandoning him.
41. The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Approved | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards ... See full summary »
42. Konjiki yasha (1954)
95 min | Drama
Tokyo, 1890. Through avarice, a series of misunderstandings, and failures of courage, the engagement of Kan-ichi (a student) and Miya (the daughter of Kan-ichi's debtor) is canceled to ... See full summary »
43. Pushover (1954)
Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops.
44. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
G | 79 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 20,954 | Gross: $1.30M
45. Robinson Crusoe (1954)
Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama
The classic story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck
46. The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family
These schoolgirls are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the head-mistress' brother, played by Alastair Sim, who also plays the head-mistress.
47. Carmen Jones (1954)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.
48. Brigadoon (1954)
Passed | 108 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance
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.
49. Young at Heart (1954)
Approved | 117 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
The lives and romances of three sisters in a musical family; the youngest daughter's life is complicated by the subsequent arrival of a charming composer and a cynical music arranger.
50. Suddenly (1954)
Unrated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir