1950 - 1954

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1. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 186,825

2. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 136,833 | Gross: $85.00M

3. All About Eve (1950)

Passed | 138 min | Drama

98 Metascore

An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 113,289 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Harvey (1950)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Wallace Ford, William H. Lynn, Victoria Horne

Votes: 50,985

5. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

89 Metascore

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 6,359

6. Rio Grande (1950)

Passed | 105 min | Romance, Western

A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr.

Votes: 13,167

7. In a Lonely Place (1950)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 23,499

8. Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn

Votes: 4,379

9. Broken Arrow (1950)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches in Arizona territory.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget, Basil Ruysdael

Votes: 7,061

10. Winchester '73 (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, Western

The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally

Votes: 15,632

11. Three Came Home (1950)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

During Word War II, American author Agnes Newton Keith is imprisoned by the Japanese in various POW camps in North Borneo and Sarawak.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Florence Desmond, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 1,568

12. Father of the Bride (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor

Votes: 9,484

13. The Gunfighter (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Western

94 Metascore

Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker

Votes: 8,768

14. Born Yesterday (1950)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette, with unexpected results.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John

Votes: 9,360

15. Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

77 Metascore

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 4,135 | Gross: $8.00M

16. King Solomon's Mines (1950)

Passed | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

Directors: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas

Votes: 5,378

17. Halls of Montezuma (1951)

Approved | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Reginald Gardiner, Robert Wagner

Votes: 2,363

18. Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

Not Rated | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky

Votes: 3,448

19. The Men (1950)

Passed | 85 min | Drama

A paralyzed war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane, Jack Webb

Votes: 3,968 | Gross: $7.10M

20. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers

Votes: 1,025

21. Wagon Master (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Adventure, Western

Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

Votes: 3,878

22. Kim (1950)

Approved | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

During the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas, Robert Douglas

Votes: 1,646

23. Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 2,710

24. Summer Stock (1950)

Approved | 108 min | Musical, Romance

A small-town farmer, down on her luck, finds her homestead invaded by a theatrical troupe invited to stay by her ne'er-do-well sister.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 3,424

25. The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

Passed | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas, Aline MacMahon

Votes: 3,173

26. The Black Rose (1950)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, History, Romance

A disinherited 13th Century Saxon nobleman leaves Norman England with an archer friend to seek his fortune in the Far East.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cécile Aubry, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 1,686

27. Three Little Words (1950)

Passed | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby is told loosely and lightheartedly.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,499 | Gross: $2.80M

28. The Nevadan (1950)

Approved | 81 min | Western

A mysterious stranger crosses paths with an outlaw bank robber and a greedy rancher.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Forrest Tucker, Frank Faylen

Votes: 679

29. The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, John Turnbull, Richard Wattis

Votes: 1,351

30. The Glass Menagerie (1950)

Approved | 107 min | Drama

Merchant marine officer Tom Wingfield reminisces about his life in St. Louis where he had lived with his nagging mother Amanda and crippled shy sister Laura.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 945

31. No Man of Her Own (1950)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A pregnant woman adopts the identity of a railroad crash victim and starts a new life with the woman's wealthy in-laws, but is soon blackmailed by her devious ex.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Jane Cowl, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 1,677

32. At War with the Army (1950)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Mike Kellin, Jimmie Dundee

Votes: 2,001

33. Chain Lightning (1950)

Approved | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Matt Brennan runs into Jo Holloway, the Red Cross girl he romanced in Europe when he was a flyer in World War II, when he is offered a job by jet manufacturer Leland Willis as a test pilot.... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Eleanor Parker, Raymond Massey, Richard Whorf

Votes: 886

34. The Furies (1950)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Romance, Western

A firebrand heiress clashes with her tyrannical father, a cattle rancher who fancies himself a Napoleon; but their relationship turns ugly only when he finds himself a new woman.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson

Votes: 2,564

35. Tea for Two (1950)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A socialite with aspirations of a career in show business bets her wealthy uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for two days straight, hoping winning will help her fulfill her dreams.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, Eve Arden

Votes: 1,547

36. Dallas (1950)

Approved | 94 min | Romance, Western

A former Confederate officer hunting for an outlaw who wronged him finds him in Dallas, but now as a wealthy, respectable citizen.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey

Votes: 1,136

37. The Big Lift (1950)

Approved | 120 min | Drama, War

Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Paul Douglas, Cornell Borchers, Bruni Löbel

Votes: 1,286

38. Rocketship X-M (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Sci-Fi

An astronaut crew on their way to the Moon are unexpectedly propelled by gravitational forces and end up on Mars instead.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 1,982

39. Fancy Pants (1950)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Western

An American actor (Arthur Tyler) impersonating an English butler is hired by a nouveau riche woman (Effie Floud) from New Mexico to refine her husband and headstrong daughter (Aggie). The ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Bruce Cabot, Jack Kirkwood

Votes: 1,074 | Gross: $2.60M

40. Francis (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

During World War II, a junior American Army officer, Lt. Peter Stirling, gets sent to the psychiatric ward whenever he insists that an Army mule named Francis speaks to him.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Patricia Medina, Zasu Pitts, Ray Collins

Votes: 1,001

41. Branded (1950)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A gunfighter takes part in a scheme to bilk a wealthy cattle family out of half a million dollars by pretending to be their son, who was kidnapped as child.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, Robert Keith

Votes: 718

42. Quicksand (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After taking 20 dollars from his employer to go on a date with plans to repay it the next day, an auto mechanic falls into increasingly disastrous circumstances for more and more money which rapidly spirals out of his control.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates, Peter Lorre

Votes: 1,840