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Digital Dream Door's 100 Greatest Movies of the '50s

There are a lot of movie lists at Digital Dream Door, but they're wildly variable in quality and some are easy to tear apart. This is the best of them but their 1940s list is also very strong. It's great to see a list acknowledge that there's more than one country in the world and, of course, a 1950s list would be the best place to do that. If 1939 was the Golden Year of Hollywood, then 1957 is surely the Golden Year of World Cinema.

The original version of the list can be found behind the Digital Dream Door.

The List

# Title Year Director IMDb
1 The Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa IMDb
2 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan IMDb
3 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb
4 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean IMDb
5 The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb
6 Sunset Boulevard 1950 Billy Wilder IMDb
7 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb
8 Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa IMDb
9 All About Eve 1950 Joseph L Mankiewicz IMDb
10 Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly
Stanley Donen
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11 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder IMDb
12 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb
13 Tokyo Story 1953 Yasujiro Ozu IMDb
14 Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles IMDb
15 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Elia Kazan IMDb
16 Les Diaboliques 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb
17 Rebel Without a Cause 1955 Nicholas Ray IMDb
18 The African Queen 1951 John Huston IMDb
19 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet IMDb
20 La Strada 1954 Federico Fellini IMDb
21 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler IMDb
22 Wild Strawberries 1957 Ingmar Bergman IMDb
23 The Searchers 1956 John Ford IMDb
24 High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann IMDb
25 The Night of the Hunter 1955 Charles Laughton IMDb
26 Shane 1953 George Stevens IMDb
27 The 400 Blows 1959 Francois Truffaut IMDb
28 The Ten Commandments 1956 Cecil B De Mille IMDb
29 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa IMDb
30 Strangers on a Train 1951 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb
31 Kiss Me Deadly 1955 Robert Aldrich IMDb
32 From Here to Eternity 1953 Fred Zinnemann IMDb
33 Mr Hulot's Holiday 1953 Jacques Tati IMDb
34 Scrooge 1951 Brian Desmond Hurst IMDb
35 Rififi 1955 Jules Dassin IMDb
36 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 Robert Wise IMDb
37 Roman Holiday 1953 William Wyler IMDb
38 Old Yeller 1957 Robert Stevenson IMDb
39 Early Summer 1951 Yasujiro Ozu IMDb
40 Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Otto Preminger IMDb
41 The Wages of Fear 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot IMDb
42 The Hidden Fortress 1958 Akira Kurosawa IMDb
43 A Man Escaped 1956 Robert Bresson IMDb
44 The World of Apu 1959 Satyajit Ray IMDb
45 Night and the City 1950 Jules Dassin IMDb
46 The King and I 1956 Walter Lang IMDb
47 An American in Paris 1951 Vincente Minnelli IMDb
48 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 Don Siegel IMDb
49 East of Eden 1955 Elia Kazan IMDb
50 Orphée 1950 Jean Cocteau IMDb
51 Father of the Bride 1950 Vincente Minnelli IMDb
52 Sweet Smell of Success 1957 Alexander Mackendrick IMDb
53 The Asphalt Jungle 1950 John Huston IMDb
54 The Big Heat 1953 Fritz Lang IMDb
55 Blackboard Jungle 1955 Richard Brooks IMDb
56 Sabrina 1954 Billy Wilder IMDb
57 Pather Panchali 1955 Satyajit Ray IMDb
58 Mon Oncle 1958 Jacques Tati IMDb
59 The Band Wagon 1953 Vincente Minnelli IMDb
60 Giant 1956 George Stevens IMDb
61 Marty 1955 Delbert Mann IMDb
62 Harvey 1950 Henry Koster IMDb
63 Forbidden Planet 1956 Fred M Wilcox IMDb
64 Rio Bravo 1959 Howard Hawks IMDb
65 The Thing From Another World 1951 Christian Nyby IMDb
66 Othello 1952 Orson Welles IMDb
67 Sansho the Bailiff 1954 Kenji Mizoguchi IMDb
68 Lola Montès 1955 Max Ophüls IMDb
69 A Star is Born 1954 George Cukor IMDb
70 The Life of Oharu 1952 Kenji Mizoguchi IMDb
71 Lady and the Tramp 1955 Clyde Geronimi
Wilfred Jackson
Hamilton Luske
IMDb
72 Witness for the Prosecution 1957 Billy Wilder IMDb
73 Ashes and Diamonds 1958 Andrzej Wajda IMDb
74 The Ladykillers 1955 Alexander Mackendrick IMDb
75 The Wild One 1953 Laslo Benedek IMDb
76 Throne of Blood 1957 Akira Kurosawa IMDb
77 The Killing 1956 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
78 Nights of Cabiria 1957 Federico Fellini IMDb
79 Big Deal on Madonna Street 1958 Mario Monicelli IMDb
80 In a Lonely Place 1950 Nicholas Ray IMDb
81 Umberto D 1952 Vittorio De Sica IMDb
82 A Night to Remember 1958 Roy Ward Baker IMDb
83 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
84 Johnny Guitar 1954 Nicholas Ray IMDb
85 I Want to Live! 1958 Robert Wise IMDb
86 Julius Caesar 1953 Joseph L Mankiewicz IMDb
87 Born Yesterday 1950 George Cukor IMDb
88 Room at the Top 1959 Jack Clayton IMDb
89 Cinderella 1950 Clyde Geronimi
Wilfred Jackson
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90 Show Boat 1951 George Sidney IMDb
91 Hiroshima Mon Amour 1959 Alain Resnais IMDb
92 The Seven Year Itch 1955 Billy Wilder IMDb
93 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 Michael Anderson IMDb
94 Stalag 17 1953 Billy Wilder IMDb
95 Gunfight at the OK Corral 1957 John Sturges IMDb
96 Gigi 1958 Vincente Minnelli IMDb
97 A Place in the Sun 1951 George Stevens IMDb
98 The Cranes are Flying 1957 Mikheil Kalatozishvili IMDb
99 The Diary of a Country Priest 1951 Robert Bresson IMDb
100 Night of the Demon 1957 Jacques Tourneur IMDb


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