The Top 250 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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The Asphalt Jungle 1950, 112 min.

John Huston     Starring: Louis CalhernJames WhitmoreSam Jaffe

Caper    Crime Thriller    Crime

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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 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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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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Bob le Flambeur 1956, 98 min.

Jean-Pierre Melville     Starring: Gerard BuhrRoger DuchesneIsabelle Corey

Caper    Crime Drama    Crime

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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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Gun Crazy 1950, 86 min.

Joseph H. Lewis     Starring: Peggy CumminsJohn DallBerry Kroeger

Crime Thriller    Crime    Femme Fatale

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The Lavender Hill Mob 1951, 81 min.

Charles Crichton     Starring: Alec GuinnessAlfie BassStanley Holloway

Caper    Comedy    Crime

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Limelight 1952, 141 min.

Charles Chaplin     Starring: Claire BloomNigel BruceNorman Lloyd

Comedy Drama    Drama    Melodrama

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The Defiant Ones 1958, 97 min.

Stanley Kramer     Starring: Sidney PoitierTheodore BikelTony Curtis

Buddy Film    Chase Movie    Drama

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Peter Pan 1953, 74 min.

Clyde Geronimi     Starring: Bobby DriscollKathryn BeaumontHans Conried

Adventure    Animation    Family

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Duck Amuck 1953, 7 min.

Chuck Jones     Starring: Mel Blanc

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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White Christmas 1954, 120 min.

Michael Curtiz     Starring: Bing CrosbyDanny KayeRosemary Clooney

Comedy    Holiday Film    Musical

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Funny Face 1957, 103 min.

Stanley Donen     Starring: Audrey HepburnFred AstaireKay Thompson

Comedy    Musical    Musical Comedy

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Imitation of Life 1959, 125 min.

Douglas Sirk     Starring: Lana TurnerJohn GavinJuanita Moore

Drama    Family Drama    Melodrama

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House of Wax 1953, 90 min.

André De Toth     Starring: Vincent PriceFrank LovejoyPhyllis Kirk

Costume Horror    Crime    Horror

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The Naked Spur 1953, 91 min.

Anthony Mann     Starring: James StewartJanet LeighRobert Ryan

Thriller    Western

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Black Orpheus 1959, 100 min.

Marcel Camus     Starring: Breno MelloMarpessa DawnMarcel Camus

Drama    Fantasy    Foreign Language Film

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Aparajito 1956, 110 min.

Satyajit Ray     Starring: Kanu BannerjeeKaruna BannerjeePinaki Sengupta

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Family Drama

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142

What's Opera, Doc? 1957, 7 min.

Chuck Jones     Starring: Mel Blanc

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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144

The Bad Seed 1956, 129 min.

Mervyn LeRoy     Starring: Nancy KellyPatty McCormackHenry Jones

Drama    Horror    Mystery

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147

I Confess 1953, 95 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Montgomery CliftAnne BaxterKarl Malden

Crime Thriller    Crime    Film Noir

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Them! 1954, 94 min.

Gordon Douglas     Starring: James WhitmoreEdmund GwennJoan Weldon

Horror    Monster Film    Natural Horror

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149

Rio Grande 1950, 105 min.

John Ford     Starring: John WayneMaureen O'HaraBen Johnson

Action    Drama    Romance

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150

The King and I 1956, 133 min.

Walter Lang     Starring: Deborah KerrYul BrynnerRita Moreno

Based-on-Theatre    Drama    Musical Romance

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Bigger Than Life 1956, 95 min.

NIcholas Ray     Starring: James MasonBarbara RushWalter Matthau

Drama    Family Drama    Medical Drama

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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 1958, 88 min.

Nathan Juran     Starring: Kerwin MathewsKathryn GrantRichard Eyer

Action    Adventure    Family

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157

The Fly 1958, 94 min.

Kurt Neumann     Starring: David HedisonPatricia OwensVincent Price

Body Horror    Horror    Monster Film

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159

Good Morning 1959, 94 min.

Yasujirô Ozu     Starring: Kuniko MiyakEiko MiyoshiChishu Ryu

Comedy Drama    Domestic Comedy    Drama

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162

D.O.A. 1950, 83 min.

Rudolph Maté     Starring: Edmond O'BrienPamela BrittonLuther Adler

Drama    Film Noir    Mystery

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Pillow Talk 1959, 102 min.

Michael Gordon     Starring: Tony RandallThelma RitterDoris Day

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy    Comedy of Errors

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164

Rabbit of Seville 1950, 7 min.

Chuck Jones

Animation    Cartoon    Musical

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Written on the Wind 1956, 99 min.

Douglas Sirk     Starring: Rock HudsonLauren BacallRobert Stack

Drama    Family Drama    Melodrama

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171

Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century 1953, 7 min.

Chuck Jones     Starring: Mel Blanc

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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The Gunfighter 1950, 85 min.

Henry King     Starring: Gregory PeckHelen WestcottKarl Malden

Drama    Outlaw    Western

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178

The Wild One 1953, 79 min.

Laslo Benedek     Starring: Marlon BrandoMary MurphyRobert Keith

Biker Film    Drama    Outlaw

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The Blob 1958, 86 min.

Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.     Starring: Steve McQueenAneta CorsautEarl Rowe

Horror    Monster Film    Sci-Fi Horror

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The River 1951, 99 min.

Jean Renoir     Starring: Arthur ShieldsEsmond KnightThomas E. Breen

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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183

High Society 1956, 111 min.

Charles Walters     Starring: Frank SinatraBing CrosbyCeleste Holm

Comedy    Musical    Musical Comedy

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185

One Froggy Evening 1955, 7 min.

Chuck Jones     Starring: Bill Roberts

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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Desk Set 1957, 103 min.

Walter Lang     Starring: Dina MerrillJoan BlondellKatharine Hepburn

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy    Romance

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190

Rabbit Seasoning 1952, 7 min.

Chuck Jones     Starring: Mel Blanc

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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193

Stage Fright 1950, 110 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Jane WymanMarlene DietrichRichard Todd

Crime    Film Noir    Mystery

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194

Shadows 1959, 87 min.

John Cassavetes     Starring: Ben CarruthersLelia GoldoniHugh Hurd

Drama    Ensemble Film    Psychological Drama

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The Desperate Hours 1955, 112 min.

William Wyler     Starring: Arthur KennedyMartha ScottFredric March

Crime Thriller    Crime    Drama

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Some Came Running 1958, 137 min.

Vincente Minnelli     Starring: Frank SinatraArthur KennedyMartha Hyer

Americana    Drama    Family Drama

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204

Baby Doll 1956, 114 min.

Elia Kazan     Starring: Karl MaldenCarroll BakerEli Wallach

Based-on-Theatre    Black Comedy    Comedy Drama

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The Steel Helmet 1951, 85 min.

Samuel Fuller     Starring: Robert HuttonRichard LooSteve Brodie

Anti-War Film    Combat Films    Drama

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206

La Ronde 1950, 97 min.

Max Ophüls     Starring: Anton WalbrookSimone SimonSimone Signoret

Comedy    Comedy of Manners    Drama

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207

Killer's Kiss 1955, 67 min.

Stanley Kubrick     Starring: Frank SilveraPhil StevensonDavid Vaughan

Crime Thriller    Crime    Film Noir

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Vera Cruz 1954, 94 min.

Robert Aldrich     Starring: Gary CooperDenise DarcelCesar Romero

Buddy Film    Outlaw    Western

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213

We're No Angels 1955, 106 min.

Michael Curtiz     Starring: Humphrey BogartAldo RayPeter Ustinov

Based-on-Theatre    Buddy Film    Comedy

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Mr. Arkadin 1955, 93 min.

Orson Welles     Starring: Orson WellesMichael RedgravePatricia Medina

Crime Thriller    Crime    Mystery

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217

Bus Stop 1956, 96 min.

Joshua Logan     Starring: Marilyn MonroeDon MurrayArthur O'Connell

Comedy    Drama    Melodrama

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Senso 1954, 118 min.

Luchino Visconti