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Top Films of the 1950s (#1-100)

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Singin' in the Rain 1952 Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly 8
2 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder 9
3 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock 14
4 Sunset Blvd. 1950 Billy Wilder 28
5 The Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa 29
6 The Searchers 1956 John Ford 32
7 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock 36
8 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock 40
9 All about Eve 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz 44
10 The 400 Blows 1959 François Truffaut 48
11 The Night of the Hunter 1955 Charles Laughton 50
12 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan 52
13 Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles 63
14 Tokyo Story 1953 Yasujirô Ozu 73
15 Rashômon 1950 Akira Kurosawa 75
16 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean 83
17 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet 103
18 The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman 116
19 High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann 123
20 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick 132
21 Rebel without a Cause 1955 Nicholas Ray 134
22 Pather Panchali 1955 Satyajit Ray 155
23 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler 157
24 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Elia Kazan 171
25 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 Don Siegel 178
26 Wild Strawberries 1957 Ingmar Bergman 182
27 Rio Bravo 1959 Howard Hawks 187
28 The African Queen 1951 John Huston 195
29 Sweet Smell of Success 1957 Alexander Mackendrick 198
30 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 Robert Wise 215
31 La Strada 1954 Federico Fellini 219
32 The Wages of Fear 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot 230
33 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa 235
34 Ugetsu 1953 Kenji Mizoguchi 253
35 Roman Holiday 1953 William Wyler 260
36 Strangers on a Train 1951 Alfred Hitchcock 262
37 Hiroshima mon amour 1959 Alain Resnais 279
38 Diabolique 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot 286
39 Shane 1953 George Stevens 309
40 Kiss Me Deadly 1955 Robert Aldrich 311
41 From Here to Eternity 1953 Fred Zinnemann 315
42 A Star Is Born 1954 George Cukor 330
43 An American in Paris 1951 Vincente Minnelli 335
44 Los Olvidados 1950 Luis Buñuel 351
45 The Ladykillers 1955 Alexander Mackendrick 366
46 Forbidden Planet 1956 Fred M. Wilcox 368
47 Pickpocket 1959 Robert Bresson 374
48 The World of Apu 1959 Satyajit Ray 384
49 Ordet 1955 Carl Theodor Dreyer 390
50 Night and Fog 1955 Alain Resnais 399
51 Nights of Cabiria 1957 Federico Fellini 400
52 Sansho the Bailiff 1954 Kenji Mizoguchi 406
53 Mr. Hulot's Holiday 1953 Jacques Tati 420
54 The Ten Commandments 1956 Cecil B. DeMille 429
55 Umberto D. 1952 Vittorio De Sica 435
56 In a Lonely Place 1950 Nicholas Ray 442
57 The Big Heat 1953 Fritz Lang 444
58 Shadows 1959 John Cassavetes 445
59 A Man Escaped 1956 Robert Bresson 450
60 Diary of a Country Priest 1951 Robert Bresson 452
61 The Quiet Man 1952 John Ford 462
62 Johnny Guitar 1954 Nicholas Ray 463
63 Imitation of Life 1959 Douglas Sirk 471
64 Rififi 1955 Jules Dassin 472
65 Ace in the Hole 1951 Billy Wilder 486
66 The Earrings of Madame De… 1953 Max Ophüls 493
67 Ashes and Diamonds 1958 Andrzej Wajda 513
68 Throne of Blood 1957 Akira Kurosawa 530
69 Witness for the Prosecution 1957 Billy Wilder 534
70 Gun Crazy 1950 Joseph H. Lewis 536
71 The Band Wagon 1953 Vincente Minnelli 541
72 Aparajito 1956 Satyajit Ray 543
73 The Killing 1956 Stanley Kubrick 547
74 The Asphalt Jungle 1950 John Huston 556
75 Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Otto Preminger 561
76 East of Eden 1955 Elia Kazan 563
77 Orpheus 1950 Jean Cocteau 594
78 Godzilla 1954 Ishirô Honda 622
79 The Thing from Another World 1951 Christian Nyby 623
80 A Place in the Sun 1951 George Stevens 632
81 An Affair to Remember 1957 Leo McCarey 634
82 Pickup on South Street 1953 Samuel Fuller 647
83 All That Heaven Allows 1955 Douglas Sirk 654
84 Horror of Dracula 1958 Terence Fisher 690
85 The War of the Worlds 1953 Byron Haskin 692
86 Written on the Wind 1956 Douglas Sirk 714
87 Stalag 17 1953 Billy Wilder 732
88 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 Howard Hawks 735
89 The Life of Oharu 1952 Kenji Mizoguchi 743
90 Mon Oncle 1958 Jacques Tati 749
91 Winchester '73 1950 Anthony Mann 752
92 Giant 1956 George Stevens 765
93 Bad Day at Black Rock 1955 John Sturges 777
94 Forbidden Games 1952 René Clément 798
95 Gigi 1958 Vincente Minnelli 836
96 Lady and the Tramp 1955 Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske 858
97 Curse of the Demon 1957 Jacques Tourneur 860
98 Smiles of a Summer Night 1955 Ingmar Bergman 864
99 The Incredible Shrinking Man 1957 Jack Arnold 872
100 20,000 Leagues under the Sea 1954 Richard Fleischer 884
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