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Top Films by Year (1950-1954)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1950

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Sunset Blvd.* Billy Wilder 28
2 All about Eve** Joseph L. Mankiewicz 44
3 Rashômon Akira Kurosawa 75
4 Los Olvidados Luis Buñuel 351
5 In a Lonely Place Nicholas Ray 442
6 Gun Crazy Joseph H. Lewis 536
7 The Asphalt Jungle John Huston 556
8 Orpheus Jean Cocteau 594
9 Winchester '73 Anthony Mann 752
10 Harvey Henry Koster 885
11 Cinderella Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske 996
12 Night and the City Jules Dassin 1000
13 Born Yesterday* George Cukor 1056
14 La Ronde Max Ophüls 1392
15 The Gunfighter Henry King 1488
16 D.O.A. Rudolph Maté 1651
17 Wagon Master John Ford 1886
18 Stromboli Roberto Rossellini 1946
19 Destination Moon Irving Pichel 2050
20 Un chant d'amour Jean Genet 2075
21 Rio Grande John Ford 2090
22 Broken Arrow Delmer Daves 2396

1951

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 A Streetcar Named Desire* Elia Kazan 171
2 The African Queen John Huston 195
3 The Day the Earth Stood Still Robert Wise 215
4 Strangers on a Train Alfred Hitchcock 262
5 An American in Paris** Vincente Minnelli 335
6 Diary of a Country Priest Robert Bresson 452
7 Ace in the Hole Billy Wilder 486
8 The Thing from Another World Christian Nyby 623
9 A Place in the Sun* George Stevens 632
10 The River Jean Renoir 989
11 The Man in the White Suit Alexander Mackendrick 1254
12 Scrooge Brian Desmond Hurst 1343
13 The Lavender Hill Mob Charles Crichton 1356
14 Early Summer Yasujirô Ozu 1455
15 Alice in Wonderland Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske 1684
16 The Steel Helmet Samuel Fuller 1854
17 Miracle in Milan Vittorio De Sica 1861
18 When Worlds Collide Rudolph Maté 2031
19 The Red Badge of Courage John Huston 2286

1952

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Singin' in the Rain Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly 8
2 High Noon* Fred Zinnemann 123
3 Ikiru Akira Kurosawa 235
4 Umberto D. Vittorio De Sica 435
5 The Quiet Man* John Ford 462
6 The Life of Oharu Kenji Mizoguchi 743
7 Forbidden Games René Clément 798
8 Limelight Charles Chaplin 1052
9 The Bad and the Beautiful Vincente Minnelli 1184
10 Casque d'Or Jacques Becker 1260
11 Le Plaisir Max Ophüls 1603
12 Pat and Mike George Cukor 1757
13 Rancho Notorious Fritz Lang 2107
14 Othello Orson Welles 2217
15 The Lusty Men Nicholas Ray 2256

1953

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Tokyo Story Yasujirô Ozu 73
2 The Wages of Fear Henri-Georges Clouzot 230
3 Ugetsu Kenji Mizoguchi 253
4 Roman Holiday* William Wyler 260
5 Shane* George Stevens 309
6 From Here to Eternity** Fred Zinnemann 315
7 Mr. Hulot's Holiday Jacques Tati 420
8 The Big Heat Fritz Lang 444
9 The Earrings of Madame De… Max Ophüls 493
10 The Band Wagon Vincente Minnelli 541
11 Pickup on South Street Samuel Fuller 647
12 The War of the Worlds Byron Haskin 692
13 Stalag 17 Billy Wilder 732
14 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Howard Hawks 735
15 I Vitelloni Federico Fellini 1055
16 The Naked Spur Anthony Mann 1119
17 Peter Pan Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske 1364
18 Duck Amuck Chuck Jones 1439
19 El Luis Buñuel 1759
20 The Wild One László Benedek 1809
21 House of Wax André De Toth 1829
22 The Robe* Henry Koster 1872
23 The Cruel Sea Charles Frend 1985
24 Invaders from Mars William Cameron Menzies 2039
25 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T Roy Rowland 2194
26 Kiss Me Kate George Sidney 2276
27 Calamity Jane David Butler 2288
28 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Eugène Lourié 2343
29 It Came from Outer Space Jack Arnold 2360
30 Welcome, Mr. Marshall Luis García Berlanga 2417

1954

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa 29
2 Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock 40
3 On the Waterfront** Elia Kazan 52
4 La Strada Federico Fellini 219
5 A Star Is Born George Cukor 330
6 Sansho the Bailiff Kenji Mizoguchi 406
7 Johnny Guitar Nicholas Ray 463
8 Godzilla Ishirô Honda 622
9 20,000 Leagues under the Sea Richard Fleischer 884
10 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers* Stanley Donen 890
11 Voyage in Italy Roberto Rossellini 898
12 Dial M for Murder Alfred Hitchcock 999
13 Them! Gordon Douglas 1044
14 Sabrina Billy Wilder 1153
15 The Caine Mutiny* Edward Dmytryk 1240
16 Senso Luchino Visconti 1272
17 Creature from the Black Lagoon Jack Arnold 1494
18 Carmen Jones Otto Preminger 1702
19 The Crucified Lovers Kenji Mizoguchi 1797
20 The Barefoot Contessa Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1937
21 White Christmas Michael Curtiz 2072
22 Salt of the Earth Herbert J. Biberman 2177
23 Touchez pas au grisbi Jacques Becker 2211
24 French Cancan Jean Renoir 2223

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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