REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies of the 1950s

RANKING THE DECADE’S BEST: FROM OSCAR MOVIES TO BLOCKBUSTERS

Walk down memory lane… And let the movie nerd debate begin.

REWIND-1950s

Let’s REWIND to the 1950s…
with this EPIC edition of REWIND & RANK!

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These are personal TOP 10s ranking Oscar-nominated movies right alongside popcorn-munching blockbusters, indie films, b-movies, and cult classics. You never know, you might even uncover a hidden gem or two.

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The 1950s have some all-time greats of cinema. There are some truly legendary films that premiered in the decade. The #1 movie for the 50s was THE TEN COMMANDMENTS with $43 million (not adjusted for inflation). My Notable Must-Watch list is filled with films that have withstood the test of time. Every year (up to today) there are several must-see movies that slipped through the cracks for me. The further back we REWIND history, the more films I need to see.

If you review movies from the 1950s, leave a LINK to your site in the comments below.

My TOP 10 is followed by HONORABLE MENTIONS and the Best of ART VS POPCORN.

Let’s dig in…


THE TOP 10

10. GIANT (1956)

9. VERTIGO (1958)

8. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

7. DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)

6. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)

5. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)

4. REAR WINDOW (1954)

#1 movie of 1954 – $36.7 million

3. SCROOGE (1951)

2. THE SEARCHERS (1956)

1. SEVEN SAMURAI (1954)


HONORABLE MENTIONS

listed alphabetically

THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD / ALICE IN WONDERLAND / CINDERELLA / CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON / GODZILLA / HORROR OF DRACULA / INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS / THE KILLING / NORTH BY NORTHWEST / OLD YELLER / PETER PAN / PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE / SEVENTH SEAL / SLEEPING BEAUTY


MY MUST-WATCH LIST

notable films listed by year

1950

ALL ABOUT EVE / THE ASPHALT JUNGLE / THE BLACK ROSE / DESTINATION MOON / FATHER OF THE BRIDE / HARVEY / IN A LONELY PLACE / KING SOLOMON’S MINES (#1 movie at the box office with $9.9 million) / NIGHT & THE CITY / LOS OLVIDADOS (THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED) / ORPHEUS / PANIC IN THE STREETS / PREHISTORIC WOMEN / RASHOMON / RIO GRANDE / SEVEN DAYS TO NOON / STAGE FRIGHT / SUNSET BOULEVARD / TREASURE ISLAND / WINCHESTER ’73


1951

ACE IN THE HOLE / THE AFRICAN QUEEN / AN AMERICAN IN PARIS / AWAARA / THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILLDETECTIVE STORY / THE IDIOT / THE LAVENDER HILL MOB / THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT / MIRACLE IN MILAN / A PLACE IN THE SUN / THE PROWLER / QUO VADIS (#1 at the box office with $11.9 million) / THE STEEL HELMET / STRANGERS ON A TRAIN / THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD / WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE


1952

5 FINGERS / AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD / AGAINST ALL FLAGS / ANGEL FACE / THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL / BEND OF THE RIVER / THE BIG SKY / DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK / EUROPE ’51 / FANFAN LA TULIPE / FORBIDDEN GAMES (JEUX INTERDITS) / THE GOLDEN COACH / THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (#1 movie – $14 million) / HIGH NOON / IKIRU (TO LIVE) / IVANHOE / THE LIFE OF OHARU / LIMELIGHT / THE LUSTY MEN / MACAO / MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID / MONKEY BUSINESS / MOULIN ROUGE / THE NARROW MARGIN / ONE SUMMER OF HAPPINESS / PHONE CALL FROM A STRANGER / RANCHO NOTORIOUS / THE QUIET MAN / SAILOR BEWARE / SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN / SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO / THE SOUND BARRIER / THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD & HIS MERRIE MEN / SUDDEN FEAR / THE THIEF / THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO / UMBERTO D.


1953

THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T / THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS / BEAT THE DEVIL / THE BIG HEAT / A BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER / CALAMITY JANE / FEAR & DESIRE / FROM HERE TO ETERNITY / GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES / THE HITCH-HIKER / HONDO / HOUSE OF WAX / HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE / I CONFESS / INVADERS FROM MARS / IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE / JEOPARDY / JULIUS CEASAR / MOGAMBO / THE MOON IS BLUE / MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY / THE NAKED SPUR / NIAGARA / PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET / THE ROBE (#1 movie – $17.5 million) / ROMAN HOLIDAY / SALOME / SHANE / STALAG 17 / SUMMER WITH MONIKA / TITANIC / TOKYO STORY / TORCH SONG / UGETSU MONOGATARI / I VITELLONI / THE WAGES OF WAR / THE WAR OF THE WORLDS / THE WILD ONE


1954

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA / ANIMAL FARM / THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA / THE BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI / BRIGADOON / BROKEN LANCE / THE CAINE MUTINYCARMEN JONES / THE COUNTRY GIRL / CRIME WAVE / THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS / DEMETRIUS & THE GLADIATORS / THE EGYPTIAN / GARDEN OF EVIL / THE HIGH & THE MIGHTY / HOBSON’S CHOICE / HUMAN DESIRE / JIGOKUMON (GATE OF HELL) / JOHNNY GUITAR / JOURNEY TO ITALY / KNOCK ON WOOD / THE NAKED JUNGLE / RIVER OF NO RETURN / ROMEO & JULIET / SABRINA / SALT OF THE EARTH / SANSHO THE BAILIFF / SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS / SILVER LODE / A STAR IS BORN / LA STRADA / THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN / TRACK OF THE CAT / TWENTY-FOUR EYES / VERA CRUZ / WHITE CHRISTMAS


1955

ARTISTS & MODELS / BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK / BATTLE CRY / THE BIG COMBO / BLACKBOARD JUNGLE / TO CATCH A THIEF / CINERAMA HOLIDAY (#1 movie – $10 million) / THE COURT JESTER / THE COURT-MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL / THE DAM BUSTERS / DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER / THE DESPERATE HOURS / LES DIABOLIQUES / EAST OF EDEN / GUYS & DOLLS / TO HELL & BACK / I’LL CRY TOMORROW / IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA / KILLER’S KISS / KISS ME DEADLY / THE LADYKILLERS / LAND OF THE PHARAOHS / LOLA MONTES / THE MAN FROM LARAMIE / THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM / MARTY / MR. ARKADIN / THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER / NIGHT & FOG / NOT AS A STRANGER / OKLAHOMA! / PATHER PANCHALI / THE PHENIX CITY STORY / THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENTRICHARD III / RIFIFI / THE ROSE TATTOO / THE SEA CHASE / THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH / SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT / TARANTULA! / TRIAL / WE’RE NO ANGELS


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