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1. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

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: 271,495 | Gross: $0.27M

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2. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 380,811 | Gross: $36.76M

Netflix

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.

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

Votes: 12,000

Netflix

4. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 123,625 | Gross: $9.60M

Netflix

5. A Story from Chikamatsu (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.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 2,878

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6. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Thriller

A tennis player frames his unfaithful wife for first-degree murder after she inadvertently hinders his plan to kill her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Votes: 134,342 | Gross: $0.01M

Netflix

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.

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

Votes: 51,689

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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.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideki Gôko, Itsuo Watanabe, Makoto Miyagawa, Takeo Terashita

Votes: 1,877

On Hulu Plus

9. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 5,637 | 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.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray

Votes: 22,023 | Gross: $21.75M

Netflix

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.

Director: James Algar | Star: Winston Hibler

Votes: 319

Amazon Instant

12. A Star Is Born (1954)

Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

89 Metascore

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: 12,658 | Gross: $14.93M

Netflix

13. Sabrina (1954)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden

Votes: 51,278

Netflix

14. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 13,301

Netflix

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.

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

Votes: 5,504

Netflix

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.

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

Votes: 5,079

Netflix

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 »

Director: Jackson Leighter | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Prince Aly Khan, Jackson Leighter, Eileen Pollock

Votes: 22

Amazon Prime

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.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Rentarô Mikuni, Kurôemon Onoe

Votes: 6,642

Hulu Plus

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.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, María Félix, Anna Amendola

Votes: 3,192

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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 »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Haruko Sugimura, Ken Uehara, Sadako Sawamura, Chikako Hosokawa

Votes: 792

Hulu Plus

21. Gojira (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 23,121 | Gross: $2.42M

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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.

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

Votes: 2,549

Amazon Prime

23. Journey to Italy (1954)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

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: 7,058

On Hulu Plus

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.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Fredric March

Votes: 3,076

Amazon Instant

25. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

75 Metascore

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 18,669

Netflix

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.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 2,589

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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.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross

Votes: 4,694

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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.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake

Votes: 7,071

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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.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 17,324

Netflix

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.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford, Michael O'Shea

Votes: 2,808 | Gross: $1.40M

Amazon Instant

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.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan

Votes: 5,702

Netflix

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.

Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas | Stars: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham

Votes: 12,701

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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.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 25,198 | Gross: $28.20M

Netflix

34. About Mrs. Leslie (1954)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

A rooming house landlady recalls her past in flashbacks.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan, Marjie Millar, Alex Nicol

Votes: 496

Amazon Prime

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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 3,211

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36. A Lesson in Love (1954)

Not Rated | 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 »

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Gunnar Björnstrand, Yvonne Lombard, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 2,163

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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.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Hideko Takamine, Akira Ishihama

Votes: 107

Hulu Plus

38. Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Not Rated | 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.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Otto Kruger

Votes: 5,082

Netflix

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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero

Votes: 7,600

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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.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Payne, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Dolores Moran

Votes: 1,343

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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 »

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring

Votes: 8,339

Amazon Instant

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 »

Director: Kôji Shima | Stars: Jun Negami, Fujiko Yamamoto, Kenji Sugawara, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 38

Hulu Plus

43. Pushover (1954)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 1,854

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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.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 21,713 | Gross: $1.30M

Netflix

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

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, Felipe de Alba, Chel López

Votes: 2,951

Netflix

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.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley

Votes: 2,048

Netflix

47. Carmen Jones (1954)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James

Votes: 3,906

Netflix

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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart

Votes: 6,621

Netflix

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.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Gig Young, Ethel Barrymore

Votes: 1,959

Netflix

50. Suddenly (1954)

Unrated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir