Top 100 Best 50s Movies

Greatest Films of the 1950s

Back in the 1950s, there were many reasons why people found cinema as one of the most relaxing method of enjoyment. By then the world had seen two world wars and people wanted to go into peace. Thanks to the advancement in technology and the use of that technology in making movies that resulted in the new world cinema. Big Film studios and film makers were interested in using more and more technology in the feature films. Alien Invasion and extra terrestrial life were hot topics and any film made on these themes was a hit. Even though Film makers were using tech in movies yet no one was daring to make a superhero film. The decade saw the rise of some of the most admired actors, actresses and directors. Not only Hollywood, but the films of world cinema were also doing good. Believe it or not but Indian movies of that time were widely praised by International critics. Indian film Mother India even got an Oscar Nomination. Indian film Director Satyajit ray directed the famous Apu trilogy in the 1950s decade. It was due to that trilogy that Satyajit ray was honored Posthumous Academy award in 1991. Among the actors, the most well known names were – Humphery Bogart, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, James Dean,Jack Lemmon, Alec Guiness, Charlton Heston, Paul Newman and Spencer Tracy. Among the actresses, the most admired and loved ones were – Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn,Audrey Hepburn,Grace Kelly, Eva Marie Saint,Ingrid Bergman,Elizabeth Taylor and of course the most loved woman of the century Marilyn Monroe. Though these actors and actresses had a huge fan following at that time but what really made them stars were the classic directors of that time. The 50s saw the most reputed and most respected directors of all time. It included – Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, David Lean, William Wyler, John Ford, Fred Zinnemann, John Huston, Carol Reed,Elia Kazan, Satyajit Ray and George Stevens.

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Apart from the the classic sci fi films released in 1950s, the decade is also known for giving evergreen drama films and war movies. The decade also focused on the romance genre and delivered some of the best romantic movies. The thriller, mystery and suspense genre was mastered and ruled by late Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Several Pre-Historic and historical drama films were able to win audience not only at box office but were also able to break records at the academy Awards. Here is the list of 100 most classic films released in the 1950s decade. Enjoy reading the list and if you think that we missed any classic 50s movies then feel free to share it with us in the comment section below.

100. Around the World in 80 Days
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99. Show Boat
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98. Room at the Top
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97. Seven Year Itch
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96. In a Lonely Place
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95. Julius Ceasar
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94. The Lady killers
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93. A Star is Born
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92. Lola Montes
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91. Johnny Guitar
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90. Born Yesterday
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89. A Night to Remember
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88. I want to Live
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87. Harvey
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86. Forbidden Planet
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85. Rio Bravo
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84. Othello
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83. Lady and the Tramp
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82. The Thing
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81. Mother India
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80. The Band Wagon
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79. Mon Oncle
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78. Pather Panchali
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77. Fires on the plain
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76. A Face in the crowd
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75. The Hidden Fortress
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74. Old Yeller
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73. Anatomy of a Murder
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72. A Christmas Carol
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71. Stalag 17
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70. The Cranes are Flying
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69. Dial M for Murder
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68. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday
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67. Cinderella
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66. The World Of Apu
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65. The Killing
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64. Ballad of Soldier
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63. Kiss Me Deadly
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62. The Ten Commandments
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61. Shane
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60. Throne of Blood
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59. The night of the Hunter
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58. The 400 Blows
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57. A Man Escaped
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56. The King and I
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55. La Strada
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54. The Great War
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53. Guys and Dolls
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52. Ugetsu
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51. The Wild One
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50. Nights of Cabiria
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49. Ace in the hole
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48. An Affair to Remember
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47. Marty
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46. The Diary of Anne Frank
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45. Rififi
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44. The Young and the Damned
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43. Strangers on a Train
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42. Sweet Smell Of Success
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41. Umberto D.
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40. Sabrina
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39. Tokyo Story
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38. Diabolique
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37. Porgy and Bess
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36. The Caine Mutiny
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35. Sansho the Bailiff
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34. Touch of Evil
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33. Gigi
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32. Lust For Life
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31. The Seventh Seal
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30. Ikiru
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29. A Place in the sun
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28. High Noon
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27. Wild Strawberries
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26. The Wages of Fear
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25. From Here to Eternity
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24. To Catch a Thief
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23. Witness for the prosecution
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22. Rashomon
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21. An American In Paris
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20. East of Eden
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19. The African Queen
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18. The Day The Earth Stood Still
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17. Roman Holiday
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16. All About Eve
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15. Paths Of Glory
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14. On the Waterfront
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13. Rebel Without a Cause
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12. A Streetcar Named Desire
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11. The Bridge on River Kwai
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10. Singin in the Rain
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9. Ben-Hur
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8. Some like it hot
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7. Seven Samurai
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6. The Searchers
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5. Rear Window
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4. Vertigo
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3. 12 Angry Men
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2. North by Northwest
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1. Sunset Blvd.
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So which of the above mentioned movies did you liked the most? Have you seen all of them? Who was your favorite actor in 50s? what about Director and actress? Shout out loud about them here.

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