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

20. East of Eden


best 50s movies
Director – Elia Karzan
Cast – James Dean, Julie Haris

IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 86%

Box Office – $5 million
Awards – Academy Awards for Best Supporting actress

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 10 April 1955

Plot – ITS COMPLICATED. (Read on IMDB and you will know why)

19. The African Queen


best 50s movies
Director – John Huston
Cast – Humphery Bogart, Katherine Hepburn

IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $10 Million
Awards – Oscar for Best Actor

Genre – Adventure, Romance
Release Date – 26 august 1951

Plot – A riverboat captain is forced by a woman to attack enemies during world war 1.

18. The Day The Earth Stood Still


best 50s movies
Director – Robert Wise
Cast – Michael Rennie, Hugh Marlowe

IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%

Box Office – $1.8 million
Awards – None

Genre – Sci Fi
Release Date – 25 december 1951

Plot – An alien tries to warn the people of earth.

17. Roman Holiday


best 50s movies
Director – William Wyler
Cast – Dalton Trumbo, Ian Mclellan Hunter

IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $12 million
Awards – 3 Oscars Best Actress, Costume design, Writing

Genre – Comedy, Romance
Release Date – 27 august 1953

Plot – A royal princess falls in love with a journalist.

16. All About Eve


best 50s movies
Director – Joseph L Mankiewicz
Cast – Bette Davis, Anne baxter

IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $8.4 million
Awards – 6 Oscars Best Picture, supporting actor, costume design, director, screenplay, sound recording.

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 13 october 1950

Plot – An old actress tries to give break to a struggling actress.

15. Paths Of Glory


best 50s movies
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Cast – Kirk DOuglas, Ralph Meeker

IMDB Rating – 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%

Box Office – $900 K
Awards – None

Genre – War
Release Date – 25 December 1957

Plot – A commanding officer must defends his soldier against the general.

14. On the Waterfront


best 50s movies
Director – Elia Kazan
Cast – Marlon Brando, Karl Malden

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $9.6 million
Awards – 8 Oscars including best picture, actor, director

Genre – Crime, Thriller
Release Date – 28 July 1954

Plot – A fighter tries to fight against corruption.

13. Rebel Without a Cause


best 50s movies
Director – Nicholas Ray
Cast – James Dean, Natalie wood

IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%

Box Office – $4.5 million
Awards – None

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 27 October 1955

Plot – A rebellious young man makes both friends and enemies in a new town.

12. A Streetcar Named Desire


best 50s movies
Director – Elia Kazan
Cast –

IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $8 million
Awards – 4 Oscars including best actress

Genre – Drama
Release Date – 18 September 1951

Plot – A man fights against his brother in law after he moves in with him.

11. The Bridge on River Kwai


best 50s movies
Director – David Lean
Cast – William Holden, Jack Hawkins

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%

Box Office – $30 million
Awards – 7 Oscars

Genre – War, Adventure
Release Date – 14 december 1957

Plot – A british officer tries to destroy a bridge during world war 2.

10. Singin in the Rain


best 50s movies
Director – Gene Kelly
Cast – Gene Kelly, Donald O Connor

IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $12.4 million
Awards – None

Genre – Romance, Comedy
Release Date – 11 April 1952

Plot – A film that shows how silent movies transitioned to sound cinema.

9. Ben-Hur


best 50s movies
Director – William Wyler
Cast – Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 86%

Box Office – $146 Million
Awards – 11 Oscars

Genre – Adventure, History
Release Date – 18 November 1959

Plot – A jewish prince is sent to prison and he must come out of it.

8. Some like it hot


best 50s movies
Director – Billy Wilder
Cast – Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis

IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%

Box Office – $40 Million
Awards – Won 1 Oscar

Genre – Comedy
Release Date – 29 March 1959

Plot – Two male disguise as female and join an all female band.

7. Seven Samurai


best 50s movies
Director – Akira Kurosawa
Cast – Toshiro Mifune

IMDB Rating – 8.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $2.3 million
Awards – None

Genre – Adventure, Drama
Release Date – 26 April 1954

Plot – Seven unemployed samurais pledge to save a village from bandits.

6. The Searchers


best 50s movies
Director – John Ford
Cast – John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter

IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $3.75 million
Awards – None

Genre – Adventure, Western
Release Date – 16 May 1956

Plot – A war veteran tries to save his niece from henchmen in wild west.

5. Rear Window


best 50s movies
Director – Alfred Hitchcock
Cast – James Stewart, Grace Kelly

IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $36 Million
Awards – None

Genre – Mystery, Thriller
Release Date – 1 September 1954

Plot – A photographer who is wheelchair bound witness a murder.

4. Vertigo


best 50s movies
Director – Alfred Hitchcock
Cast – James Stewart

IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%

Box Office – $7.4 million
Awards – None

Genre – Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Release Date – 9 May 1958

Plot – A detective who was hired to spy his friend’s wife falls in love with her.

3. 12 Angry Men


best 50s movies
Director – Sidney Lumet
Cast – Henry fonda

IMDB Rating – 8.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $2 million
Awards – None

Genre – Mystery, Crime
Release Date – 10 April 1957

Plot – A jury reconsider the judgement when he believe that the boy is wrongly convicted.

2. North by Northwest


best 50s movies
Director – Alfred Hitchcock
Cast – Cary Grant, Eva Marie saint

IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%

Box Office – $9.8 million
Awards – None

Genre – Adventure, Thriller
Release Date – 28 July 1959

Plot – A journalist is msitaken as a government spy while he try to uncover the truth behind this identity crisis.

1. Sunset Blvd.


best 50s movies
Director – Billy Wilder
Cast – William Holden, Gloria Swanson

IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Box Office – $5 million
Awards – 3 Oscars

Genre – Film-Noir
Release Date – 10 August 1950

Pilot – A silent film star tries to regain his fan following but her old age and arrogance come in her way.

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.