The Top 100 Movies of the 1950s

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Seven Samurai 1954, 207 min.

Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Toshirô MifuneMinoru ChiakiTakashi Shimura

Action    Drama    Ensemble Film

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North by Northwest 1959, 136 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Cary GrantEva Marie SaintJames Mason

Chase Movie    Mystery    Romance

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Touch of Evil 1958, 95 min.

Orson Welles     Starring: Charlton HestonJanet LeighOrson Welles

Crime    Film Noir    Mystery

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Sunset Blvd. 1950, 110 min.

Billy Wilder     Starring: William HoldenGloria SwansonNancy Olson

Drama    Femme Fatale    Film Noir

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On the Waterfront 1954, 108 min.

Elia Kazan     Starring: Marlon BrandoKarl MaldenLee J. Cobb

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Ace in the Hole 1951, 111 min.

Billy Wilder     Starring: Kirk DouglasRobert ArthurJan Sterling

Black Comedy    Comedy Drama    Drama

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The Searchers 1956, 119 min.

John Ford     Starring: John WayneJeffery HunterVera Miles

Epic    Revisionist Western    Western

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In a Lonely Place 1950, 94 min.

Nicholas Ray     Starring: Humphrey BogartGloria GrahameFrank Lovejoy

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Rio Bravo 1959, 141 min.

Howard Hawks     Starring: John WayneAngie DickinsonDean Martin

Buddy Film    Traditional Western    Western

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Rififi 1955, 122 min.

Jules Dassin     Starring: Jean ServaisCarl MohnerRobert Manuel

Caper    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Stalag 17 1953, 120 min.

Billy Wilder     Starring: Robert StraussHarvey LembeckOtto Preminger

Comedy Drama    Drama    Ensemble Film

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Roman Holiday 1953, 118 min.

William Wyler     Starring: Audrey HepburnGregory PeckEddie Albert

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

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Ugetsu 1953, 94 min.

Kenji Mizoguchi     Starring: Masayuki MoriMachiko KyôKinuyo Tanaka

Costume Romance    Drama    Fantasy

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Harvey 1950, 104 min.

Henry Koster     Starring: James StewartJosephine HullPeggy Dow

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy    Comedy of Manners

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Rebel Without a Cause 1955, 111 min.

Nicholas Ray     Starring: James DeanNatalie WoodSal Mineo

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Family Drama

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A Face in the Crowd 1957, 125 min.

Elia Kazan     Starring: Andy GriffithAnthony FranciosaPatricia Neal

Drama    Media Satire    Satire

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The Big Heat 1953, 89 min.

Fritz Lang     Starring: Alexander ScourbyLee MarvinGlenn Ford

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Sabrina 1954, 113 min.

Billy Wilder     Starring: Humphrey BogartAudrey HepburnWilliam Holden

Comedy Drama    Romance    Romantic Comedy

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East of Eden 1955, 115 min.

Elia Kazan     Starring: Julie HarrisJames DeanRaymond Massey

Americana    Drama    Family Drama

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The Asphalt Jungle 1950, 112 min.

John Huston     Starring: Louis CalhernJames WhitmoreSam Jaffe

Caper    Crime Thriller    Crime

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The Quiet Man 1952, 129 min.

John Ford     Starring: John WayneVictor McLaglenBarry Fitzgerald

Comedy Drama    Drama    Romance

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Marty 1955, 91 min.

Delbert Mann     Starring: Ernest BorgnineBetsy BlairJerry Paris

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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Giant 1956, 201 min.

George Stevens     Starring: Elizabeth TaylorRock HudsonJames Dean

Americana    Drama    Romance

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Shane 1953, 118 min.

George Stevens     Starring: Alan LaddJean ArthurVan Heflin

Western

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Pickpocket 1959, 75 min.

Robert Bresson     Starring: Martin LasalleMarika GreenJean Pélégri

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Winchester '73 1950, 92 min.

Anthony Mann     Starring: Dan DuryeaJames StewartShelley Winters

Drama    Western

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Godzilla 1954, 98 min.

Ishirô Honda     Starring: Akira TakaradaMomoko KochiAkihiko Hirata

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Horror

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All That Heaven Allows 1955, 89 min.

Douglas Sirk     Starring: Jane WymanRock HudsonAgnes Moorehead

Drama    Melodrama    Romance

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An Affair to Remember 1957, 119 min.

Leo McCarey     Starring: Cary GrantDeborah KerrCharles Watts

Comedy Drama    Drama    Melodrama

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A Star Is Born 1954, 181 min.

George Cukor     Starring: Judy GarlandJames MasonJack Carson

Drama    Marriage Drama    Musical Drama

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Orpheus 1950, 95 min.

Jean Cocteau     Starring: Jean MaraisFrançois PerierMaria Casarés

Drama    Fantasy    Foreign Language Film

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Gun Crazy 1950, 86 min.

Joseph H. Lewis     Starring: Peggy CumminsJohn DallBerry Kroeger

Crime Thriller    Crime    Femme Fatale

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