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100 Best Movies of the 1950s On Netflix (2020) Popular Classics

60. Throne of Blood


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Director – Akira Kurosawa
Cast – Shinobu Hashimoto, Isuzu Yamada

IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $20 K
Awards – None

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 15 January 1957

Plot – Throne of Blood is Kurosawa’s adaption of William Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth in Japanese style.

59. The night of the Hunter


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Director – Charles Laughton
Cast – Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters

IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $795 K
Awards – None

Genre – Film Noir
Release Date – 26 July 1955

Plot – A man marries a widow only to find $10 K stash hidden by her late husband.

58. The 400 Blows


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Director – Francios Truffaut
Cast – Jean-Pierre Leaud, Albert Remy

IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $30.7 Million
Awards – None

Genre – Drama, Crime
Release Date – 16 November 1959

Plot – A rebelious teen boy finds himself caught in a life that he never actually wanted.

57. A Man Escaped


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Director – Robert Bresson
Cast – Francois Leterrier

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $1 Million
Awards – None

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 11 November 1956

Plot – A prisoner of war tries to escape the german prison camp during world war 2.

56. The King and I


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Director – Walter Lang
Cast – Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner

IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%

Box Office – $21.3 Million
Awards – 5 Oscars (Best Actor, Best Art direction, best Costume, best music and Best Sound recording).

Genre – Musical, Drama
Release Date – 29 June 1956

Plot – A young widow becomes a live-in governess for a King.

55. La Strada


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Director – Federico Fellini
Cast – Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn

IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Box Office – $2 Million
Awards – Academy Award for Best Foreign Film

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 22 September 1954

Plot – A young girl is sold by her mother to a circus where she experience a horrible life.

54. The Great War (la Grande Guerra)


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Director – Mario Monicelli
Cast – Alberto Sordi, Romolo Valli

IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%

Box Office – $1 Million
Awards – None

Genre – War, Comedy
Release Date – 21 December 1959

Plot – A comical recount of Italy’s war declaration against Austria in World War 1.

53. Guys and Dolls


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Director – Joseph L mankiewicz
Cast – Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra

IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%

Box Office – $20 Million
Awards – None

Genre – Comedy, Musical
Release Date – 3 November 1955

Plot – A gambler falls for a women who he was supposed to con and dupe.

52. Ugetsu


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Director – Kenji Mizoguchi
Cast – Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $1 Million
Awards – None

Genre – War, Fantasy
Release Date – 26 March 1953

Plot – Set during Japanese civil war, a man falls for a beautiful spirit and follows her orders abandoning his wife and son.

51. The Wild One


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Director – Laszlo Benedek
Cast – Marlon Brando

IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 81%

Box Office – $2 Million
Awards – None

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 11 February 1954

Plot – Two rival gangs fight against each other thereby disturbing town’s peace and harmony.

50. Nights of Cabiria


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Director – Federico Fellini
Cast – Giuellta Masina

IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Box Office – $1 Million
Awards – Academy Award for Best Foreign Film

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 10 May 1957

Plot – A heartbreaking story of a h@rlot who is looking for true love.

49. Ace in the hole


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Director – Billy Wilder
Cast – Kirk Douglas

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%

Box Office – $1.3 Million
Awards – None

Genre – Film Noir
Release Date – 14 June 1951

Plot – A journalist tries to resurrect his career by covering a story of a man stuck in a hole.

48. An Affair to Remember


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Director – Leo Mccarey
Cast – Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr

IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 62%

Box Office – $3.8 Million
Awards – None

Genre – Romance
Release Date – 19 July 1957

Plot – A woman falls in love with a mysterious man who promises to meet her in next six months.

47. Marty


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Director –
Cast –

IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $2 Million
Awards – 4 Oscars (Best Actor, Director, Screenplay and Picture)

Genre – Drama, Romance
Release Date – 10 June 1955

Plot – A butcher and a teacher falls in love with each other.

46. The Diary of Anne Frank


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Director – George Stevens
Cast – Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut

IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 76%

Box Office – $2.3 Million
Awards – 2 Oscars (Best supporting actress, best art direction)

Genre – Biography, war
Release Date – 18 March 1959

Plot – The heartbreaking story of Anne frank during world war 2.

45. Rififi


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Director – Jules Dassin
Cast – Jean Servais

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%

Box Office – $200 K
Awards – None

Genre – Crime, Thriller
Release Date – 5 June 1956

Plot – Four men tries to rob a jewellery shop which is impossible to do.

44. The Young and the Damned


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Director – Luis Bunuel
Cast – Alfonso Mejia

IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%

Box Office – $100 K
Awards – None

Genre – Crime, Drama
Release Date – 24 March 1952

Plot – A young innocent boy is lured to the depths of crime by his neighborhood.

43. Strangers on a Train


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Director – Alfred Hitchcock
Cast – Ruth Roman, Farley Granger

IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $2 Million
Awards – None

Genre – Film Noir
Release Date – 30 June 1951

Plot – A psychopath forces a tennis player who he meet on a train to murder a person he hates. In return he will also kill the person she hates.

42. Sweet Smell Of Success


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Director – Alexander Mackendrick
Cast – Burt Lancaster

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $2.2 million
Awards – None

Genre – Film Noir
Release Date – 4 july 1957

Plot – A journalist destroy the reputation of a man who is dating his sister.

41. Umberto D.


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Director – Vittorio De sica
Cast – Carlo Battisti

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Box Office – $100 K
Awards – None

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 7 November 1955

Plot – A old man leaves no stone unturned to survive in rome along with his dog.