Here’s the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1950s.

 

  1. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
  2. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951)
  3. Tokyo Story (Yasujirō Ozu, 1953)
  4. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman, 1955)
  5. Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952)
  6. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
  7. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)
  8. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)
  9. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)
  10. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
  11. Miracle in Milan (Vittorio De Sica, 1951)
  12. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
  13. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
  14. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
  15. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)
  16. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951)
  17. The Nun’s Story (Fred Zinnemann, 1959)
  18. The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophüls, 1953)
  19. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
  20. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)
  21. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
  22. Forbidden Games (René Clément, 1952)
  23. A Star Is Born (George Cukor, 1954)
  24. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956)
  25. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
  26. I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini, 1953)
  27. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)
  28. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica, 1952)
  29. From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnemann, 1953)
  30. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956)
  31. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)
  32. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
  33. The Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)
  34. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
  35. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)
  36. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
  37. Baby Doll (Elia Kazan, 1956)
  38. Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953)
  39. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, 1958)
  40. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
  41. The African Queen (John Huston, 1951)
  42. The Men (Fred Zinnemann, 1950)
  43. The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
  44. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks, 1958)
  45. Shane (George Stevens, 1953)
  46. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
  47. The Golden Coach (Jean Renoir, 1952)
  48. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)
  49. Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)
  50. Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox, 1956)