1950-1959

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1. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir

100 Metascore

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Votes: 26,622

2. The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels--a trailer.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 3,999

3. Ain't It Aggravatin' (1954)

Passed | 9 min | Comedy, Short

A sketch of human foibles that lead to major aggravations. Pete Smith's 'Mr. Fall Guy' Dave O'Brien has problems while attempting to park his car on a city street; he bumps cars in front of... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Sally Payne, Frank Sully

Votes: 72

4. The Lower Depths (1957)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

In a Japanese slum, various residents play out their lives, dreaming of better things or settling for their lot. Among them is a man who pines for a young woman but is stymied by her deceptive family.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Kyôko Kagawa, Ganjirô Nakamura

Votes: 4,577

5. Ikimono no kiroku (1955)

103 min | Drama

An aging Japanese industrialist becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Eiko Miyoshi

Votes: 3,951

6. Lust for Life (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

Votes: 10,205

7. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 63,697 | Gross: $0.06M

8. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 303,113 | Gross: $0.27M

9. The Idiot (1951)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama, Romance

A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Hokkaido where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 4,298

10. Rashomon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

98 Metascore

The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 145,300 | Gross: $0.10M

11. Scandal (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

A celebrity photograph sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shirley Yamaguchi, Yôko Katsuragi, Noriko Sengoku

Votes: 3,273

12. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 99,770

13. The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels--a trailer.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 3,999

14. Ain't It Aggravatin' (1954)

Passed | 9 min | Comedy, Short

A sketch of human foibles that lead to major aggravations. Pete Smith's 'Mr. Fall Guy' Dave O'Brien has problems while attempting to park his car on a city street; he bumps cars in front of... See full summary »

Director: Dave O'Brien | Stars: Pete Smith, Dave O'Brien, Sally Payne, Frank Sully

Votes: 72

15. The Lower Depths (1957)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

In a Japanese slum, various residents play out their lives, dreaming of better things or settling for their lot. Among them is a man who pines for a young woman but is stymied by her deceptive family.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Kyôko Kagawa, Ganjirô Nakamura

Votes: 4,577

16. Ikimono no kiroku (1955)

103 min | Drama

An aging Japanese industrialist becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Eiko Miyoshi

Votes: 3,951

17. Lust for Life (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

Votes: 10,205

18. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

38 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney, Katy Kadell

Votes: 1,727

19. Brink of Life (1958)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

Three women in a maternity ward reveal their lives and intimate thoughts to each other while in a maternity ward together, where they face the choice of keeping their babies or offering them for adoption.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Barbro Hiort af Ornäs

Votes: 2,350

20. Mr. Sleeman Is Coming (1957 TV Movie)

43 min | Drama

Herr Sleeman kommer (Mr. Sleeman Is Coming) is a 1917 one-act play by the Swedish author Hjalmar Bergman. The main character is an orphaned young woman who is about to be married off to an ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Naima Wifstrand, Jullan Kindahl, Max von Sydow, Yngve Nordwall

Votes: 123

21. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Romance

In Sweden at the turn of the century, members of the upper class and their servants find themselves in a romantic tangle that they try to work out amidst jealousy and heartbreak.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Margit Carlqvist

Votes: 11,812

22. Dreams (1955)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Two different women - a young photo model and her boss - dream about a happy life with beloved men. Their dreams are as different as they are.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Ulf Palme

Votes: 2,437

23. Il Bidone (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A trio of con-men led by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, Giulietta Masina, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 4,755

24. A Lesson in Love (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After a 15-year marriage, the spouses are going to divorce, but suddenly find out that their feelings have not vanished yet.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Gunnar Björnstrand, Yvonne Lombard, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 2,725

25. Dangerous Mission (1954)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Film-Noir, Mystery

A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix, Vincent Price

Votes: 560

26. Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 41,147 | Gross: $0.75M

27. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

The complicated relationships between a circus ringmaster, his estranged wife and his lover.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek

Votes: 5,718

28. Summer with Monika (1953)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

A pair of teenagers meet one summer day, start a reckless affair and abandon their families to be with one another.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, Dagmar Ebbesen, Åke Fridell

Votes: 11,980

29. The Miniver Story (1950)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

The Second World War is over, and the Miniver family is trying to keep themselves together in post-War Britain, among continuing shortages and growing tensions within the family.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Victor Saville | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Leo Genn

Votes: 699 | Gross: $2.16M

30. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Approved | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 101,820 | Gross: $8.18M

31. Sabrina (1954)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden

Votes: 56,752

32. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

100 Metascore

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 344,953 | Gross: $3.20M

33. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 155,907

34. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 287,373 | Gross: $13.28M

35. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 287,373 | Gross: $13.28M

36. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 425,655 | Gross: $36.76M

37. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 425,655 | Gross: $36.76M

38. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 55,563 | Gross: $10.25M

39. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 55,563 | Gross: $10.25M

40. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 656,461 | Gross: $4.36M

41. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 656,461 | Gross: $4.36M

42. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 117,841 | Gross: $93.60M

43. Peter Pan (1953)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

76 Metascore

Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson

Votes: 121,249 | Gross: $87.40M

44. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy