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Top Ten 1950s

This will be the last top ten off the top of my head whole decade thingies for a bit -- we need to get to real articles but I've been swamped off blog. But these discussions are fun, don't you agree? The 1950s were the first film decade I was obsessed with in that when I was first becoming interested in cinema in the mid 80s, the 50s somehow came to signify MYTHIC CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD to me, though cinema obviously stretched much much further back. So I guess I'll always be kind of attached to this decade when the movies got literally bigger (I do so prefer rectangulars to squares) and the era's stars really defined (at least for me) the concept of "Movie Star". I mean it's hard to argue with LIZ, BRANDO, CLIFT, DEAN, MONROE in all caps.

Which is why GIANT is such a perfect 1950s movie in so many ways even if it doesn't make my top ten


  1. Sunset Boulevard
  2. Singin' in the Rain
  3. A Place in the Sun
  4. A Streetcar Named Desire
  5. Night of the Hunter
  6. All About Eve
  7. Some Like it Hot
  8. Rear Window
  9. Sleeping Beauty
  10. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


ask me again tomorrow and maybe i'd vote for: All That Heaven Allows, Ben-Hur, Vertigo, Rebel Without a Cause, Imitation of Life, and A Star is Born
or maybe... Roman Holiday, Strangers on a Train, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, Breathless, Giant and From Here to Eternity ... 

What are you favorite 50s films?

Nina Foch & William Holden in "Executive Suite"Here's a few more notes from me on this CINEMASCOPE decade...

childhood favs (not all of them aged well)Brigadoon, Auntie Mame, The King and I, How to Marry a Millionaire, Kiss Me Kate, The Ten Commandments, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

underappreciated these days but that doesn't make them any less awesome: Face in the Crowd, Executive Suite, Black Orpheus, It Should Happen To You, Magnificent Obsession and Written on the Wind

I should probably rewatch: 400 Blows, High Noon, La Strada

I am not a fan of The African Queen, Gigi, or The Country Girl and I'm even cool on An American in Paris despite my beloved Gene Kelly.

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Sunset Blvd and All About Eve easily the best of the best.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrandz

Not a fan of Kubrick's early work? The Killing and Paths of Glory are both really damn good.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

You can re-watch The Apartment, but it's from 1960. You should still do it anyway...it's fantastic.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen

That's a great top ten you have there.
I'll have to think harder before I pick ten, but for number one, it's probably between The 400 Blows and Some Like It Hot for me.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

These are all my perfect 10s of the 1950s:

Wagon Master
Night and the City
Gun Crazy
Born Yesterday
The Gunfighter
September Affair
In a Lonely Place
La Ronde
Winchester '73
Sunset Blvd.
All About Eve
A Song of Love
A Place in the Sun
The Thing from Another World
The African Queen
The Day the Earth Stood Still
A Streetcar Named Desire
Strangers on a Train
An American in Paris
Moulin Rouge
Ruby Gentry
Le Plaisir
The Bad and the Beautiful
Bend of the River
The Quiet Man
High Noon
Forbidden Games
The Naked Spur
From Here to Eternity
Stalag 17
Indiscretion of an American Wife
Therese Raquin
Roman Holiday
The Earrings of Madame de...
The Wages of Fear
The Band Wagon
Tokyo Story
Salt of the Earth
Johnny Guitar
The Far Country
Seven Samurai
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
A Star Is Born
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
La strada
Rear Window
Lola Montes
Kiss Me Deadly
East of Eden
Le amiche
Smiles of a Summer Night
All That Heaven Allows
Rebel Without a Cause
The Night of the Hunter
Bigger Than Life
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Written on the Wind
The Searchers
Autumn Leaves
A Face in the Crowd
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Love in the Afternoon
Nights of Cabiria
Sweet Smell of Success
Wild Strawberries
12 Angry Men
The Seventh Seal
Peyton Place
3:10 to Yuma
Paths of Glory
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Auntie Mame
Elevator to the Gallows
The Defiant Ones
A Night to Remember
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Touch of Evil
A Summer Place
The 400 Blows
Some Like It Hot
Hiroshima, mon amour
Ballad of a Soldier
Imitation of Life
North by Northwest
Rio Bravo

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

"I am not a fan of The African Queen, Gigi, or The Country Girl and I'm even cool on An American in Paris despite my beloved Gene Kelly."

We would be besties in real life. Just sayin'.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Top 20, roughly in order:
1. Singin' in the Rain
2. Vertigo
3. Sunset Boulevard
4. A Star is Born
5. The African Queen,
6. The Bridge on the River Kwai
7. Rio Grande
8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
9. Harvey
10. Ace in the Hole
11. Man of the West
12. Touch of Evil
13. To Catch a Thief
14. High Noon
15. The Thing From Another World
16. Roman Holiday
17. An American in Paris
18. Strangers on a Train
19. Night of the Hunter
20. Desk Set

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Lipp

I love the 50's. My Top 10:

1. The Seventh Seal
2. The Seven Samurai
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai
4. Singin' in the Rain
5. A Streetcar Named Desire
6. On the Waterfront
7. Nights of Cabiria
8. All About Eve
9. Rear Window
10. Sunset Boulevard

Honorable Mentions: Vertigo, 400 Blows, La Strada, 12 Angry Men, Witness for the Prosecution, Les Diaboliques, Giant, Sweet Smell of Success, Throne of Blood, Wild Strawberries.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLuiserghio

Ahhh! So many great movies, so hard.

In no particular order:

All About Eve
La Strada
Night of the Hunter
Rear Window
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like It Hot
Strangers on a Train
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunset Boulevard

Love me some 50s Hitchcock!

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Robert - awwww. people usually hate it when i rag on African Queen (seriously ugh that movie)

Deborah -- fine list. I am realizing with shame that i have not seen a couple of those.

Joseph --- that's a lot of perfect. I guess that means you love the 50s, too?

MDA -- i have issues with Kubrick. I should probably really try to be a completist with him since he's everyone else's favorite (if their favorite isn't Hitchcock.)

March 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nat: Agreed on Gigi. It's just so bleeping CREEPY.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Some like it Hot is about as close to a perfect film as it gets.

Such a terrific decade. Thanks for this post.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

1. Singin’ in the Rain
2. The Seventh Seal
3. Seven Samurai
4. The Night of the Hunter
5. Some Like it Hot
6. The Bridge on the River Kwai
7. East of Eden
8. Rashomon
9. Strangers on a Train
10. Floating Weeds

With apologies to: Vertigo, the 400 Blows, Rebel WIthout a Cause, Tokyo Story, A Streetcar Named Desire

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoe K

The 50's were amazing years for film. Just going with the nominees for Best Picture, you get many of my all time favorites:

All About Eve
Born Yesterday
Sunset Boulevard
High Noon
The Quiet Man
Roman Holiday
The Caine Mutiny
Auntie Mame
Mister Roberts

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

The '50s were really fantastic between the big Hollywood epics, classic B-films by hungry directors and the golden age of film in places like France and Japan. Narrowing this list down to 10 is difficult and I know I'm forgetting something....

1. Vertigo
2. Rashomon
3. Rear Window
4. Tokyo Story
5. Night of the Hunter
6. Ikiru
7. Touch of Evil
8. The Wages of Fear
9. The Quiet Man
10. High Noon

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterW.J.

I feel relieved that I have seen almost every film on your list, 'cause I really dont know so much about films in the 50's I haven't seen yet A Place in the Sun & Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and I'm gonna watch Giant after you mentioned it.

My Top 10

1. All About Eve - Joseph L. Mankiewicz
2. Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
3. The Night of the Hunter - Charles Laughton
4. Rear Window - Alfred Hitchcock
5. El - Luis Buñuel
6. Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa
7. 12 Angry Men - Sidney Lumet
8. A Streetcar Named Desire
9. Sunset Blvd. - Billy Wilder
10. Le Ballon Rouge - Albert Lamorisse

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChecko

Top 12, in the order they're coming to me right now:

- The 400 Blows
- Sunset Boulevard
- Rear Window
- Pather Panchali
- All About Eve
- La Strada
- Singin' in the Rain
- Pickpocket
- On the Waterfront
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- Night of the Hunter
- Touch of Evil

Apologies to: Tokyo Story. Umberto D. Imitation of Life. In a Lonely Place. Diabolique. Strangers on a Train.

No, I haven't forgotten about Vertigo.

I'm also not a big fan of The African Queen, and Gigi leaves me cold. Haven't seen The Country Girl.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert A.

Last month I saw Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for the first time and I was grinning my head off through the whole thing. I'm sure they still make fun movies these days (though I'm having trouble thinking of a recent one off the top of my head), but do they make any that are as much fun as that?

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCash

Love these lists, looking forward to when you have a chance to do the 40's-a decade of so many great films as was the 60's. That said a top 10 of the 50's is an impossible task! The best I could get down to was a top 25 and I had to leave off so many, I just went with the ones I watch more frequently than others.

Top 25-The top 5 are probably my favorites, at least today but I love them all:

A Star is Born
Woman's World
The Big Heat
The President's Lady
White Christmas
Auntie Mame
All About Eve
East of Eden
With a Song in My Heart
Sunset Blvd.
The Searchers
Some Like It Hot
Rear Window
From Here to Eternity
Pillow Talk
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
North by Northwest
A Night to Remember
Love Me or Leave Me
A Face in the Crowd
Strangers on a Train
Witness for the Prosecution

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

In rough order...

North by Northwest
Funny Face
A Star is Born
Tokyo Story
Imitation of Life
A Place in the Sun
To Catch a Thief
Nights of Cabiria
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Oh, I forgot about Umberto D. I definitely want to add that and make my list a top 11.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Love your list, although I like EVE more than BOULEVARD, and I'd probably have some of the following on there:


Oddly, posted TODAY a piece about the top 10 box office hits of March 19, 1958. Here:

Maybe PATHS OF GLORY, too.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErik

On the Waterfront
All About Eve
Sunset Boulevard
Some Like it Hot
A Streetcar Named Desire
In a Lonely Place
Anatomy of a Murder
Rio Bravo
Pickup on South Street

Others: Rebel Without a Cause, Bigger Than Life, Rear Window, The Killing, 12 Angry Men, Paths of Glory, Ace in the Hole, Kiss Me Deadly, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, All that Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, 3:10 to Yuma, The Furies, The Searchers, Bad Day at Black Rock, Johnny Guitar, The Steel Helmet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Tales of Hoffmann, and A Face in the Crowd

Ballad of a Soldier
The 400 Blows
Seven Samurai
Lola Montes
Sansho, the Baliff
Bob le Flambeur
The Earrings of Madame De....
Ivan the Terrible Part II
La Strada

Others: Stray Dog, Rashomon, Throne of Blood, Ashes and Diamonds, Samurai Trilogy, La Ronde, Les Enfants Terribles, A Generation, Nights of Cabiria, Umberto D., Night & Fog, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Ikiru, The Seventh Seal, and Diabolique

Confession: Bored by Ozu and I really do not care for Bergman's 50s work aside from the obvious choice of The Seventh Seal.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

So happy to see The Quiet Man on so many lists. I think that movie is very underrated.
My top 10 in no particular order
The Quiet Man
Singin' in the Rain
On the Waterfront
All About Eve
Rear Window
Strangers on a Train
Dial M for Murder
12 Angry Men

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershawshank

Like all decades, so tough. In no order...

Seven Samurai
A Streetcar Named Desire
The 400 Blows
Tokyo Story
Rear Window
The Seventh Seal
12 Angry Men
Paths of Glory

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ

1. Ben-Hur
2. All About Eve
3. Shane
4. The Bridge On the River Kwai
5. Strangers On a Train
6. Gone to Earth
7. Sunset Blvd.
8. A Streetcar Named Desire
9. Funny Face
10. The Searchers

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

So hard! I have a lot of beloved '50s films so here goes fifteen:

In a Lonely Place (quintessential Bogart and a million times better than African Queen, though I don't hate that one)

Pal Joey (mostly for Sinatra/Hayworth- gorgeous and sexy, you just have to ignore the ending)

Written on the Wind

Sweet Smell of Success

Life of Oharu (any Mizoguchi but this one is particularly haunting)

Night of the Hunter

Touch of Evil

North by Northwest

The Court Jester

Some Like It Hot

Singin' In the Rain

Ace in the Hole

Rebel without a Cause

All About Eve

Nights of Cabiria

These are fun but they make me crazy with what I forgot or excluded. (Sorry, How to Marry a Millionaire!)

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAR

A first list few would argue with, but I can't understand your lack of love for 'The African Queen'. I must say I'm also baffled by the appreciation for 'Vertigo', what am I missing?! Anyway, as a Brit I present you with an all British top ten (off the top of my head) 'The Green Man', 'The Lady Killers', 'Genevieve', 'The Blue Lamp', 'Doctor in the House', 'Sailor Beware' (Peggy Mount not Martin & Lewis), 'Richard III', 'The Naked Truth', 'Room at the Top' & 'Yield to the Night'.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoe U.K.

ughhh it's really my favorite decade Nathaniel, so many greats

My favorite American '50s would have to be:
1. Vertigo- Hitchcock
2. The Night of the Hunter - Laughton
3. All About Eve - Mankiewicz
4. Pickup on South Street - Fuller
5. Imitation of Life - Sirk
6. Sunset Boulevard - Wilder
7. Baby Doll - Kazan
8. On the Waterfront - Kazan
9. The Girl Can't Help It - Tashlin
10. Rear Window - Hitchcock

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean D

The Searchers

A Face in the Crowd

All About Eve

Witness for the Prosecution

The Bad Seed

12 Angry Men

The Caine Mutiny

The Three Faces of Eve

Some Like it Hot

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKBJr.

Two words:

Tokyo Story.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Bengal

1. Singin' in the Rain
2. Seven Samurai
3, Tokyo Story
4. Sweet Smell of Success
5. Vertigo
6. Touch of Evil
7. Ugetsu
8. Ordet
9. Throne of Blood
10. The Night of the Hunter

Apologies to: Sunset Blvd., All That Heaven Allows, Pickpocket, Gojira (yes, seriously, I love it), Wild Strawberries

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEdwin

@Joe U.K. I like the ones on your list I've seen, and also like A Christmas Carol (Alastair Sim), The Belles of St. Trinians, Hobson's Choice, The Admirable Crichton, A Touch of Larceny.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteradri

I love the musicals of the 1950s. My favorites are Funny Face, The Bandwagon, Daddy Long Legs, and Singing in the Rain. For great dancing, I also like Tales of Hoffman, and Kiss Me Kate & Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (story: ick). I also like Chaplin and Keaton in Limelight.

The1950s were so great for Akira Kurosawa films, Hitchcock (my favorite era of his films), Tennessee Williams films, Audrey Hepburn films, and Ingmar Bergman (my 2 favorites of his are The Seventh Seal, and Smiles of A Summer's Night).

I also like some of the 50s noirs: In A Lonely Place, No Man of Her Own, Beat The Devil, The Big Heat, Bad Day at Black Rock, Desire Under the Elms.

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteradri

My Favorites... as of right now. ;)

1. Some Like it Hot (Infinitely re-watchable!)
2. Rear Window ("Reading from top to bottom: Lisa - Carol - Fremont.")
3. Sunset Boulevard (And not just because it has a monkey funeral.)
4. Singin' In the Rain
5. Night of the Hunter (That scene! Shelley Winters in the car... in the river! Creeps me out every time. Also a sentimental choice: my dad's favorite flick.)
6. Streetcar Named Desire (mmm... Stanley)
7. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (mmm... Brick)
8. Bridge on the River Kwai
9. Vertigo
10. Les Diaboliques

It pains me to leave off: On the Waterfront, Harvey, North by Northwest, Sabrina, All About Eve, Roman Holiday and Witness for the Prosecution and Touch of Evil and Sleeping Beauty

Worth watching: Three Coins in the Fountain

Not seen: A Place in the Sun, Strangers on a Train, Gigi (Creepy weird, huh? maybe I'll skip it) among many others

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

chrono order, as usual:

All About Eve
Sunset Blvd.
Singin' in the Rain
Tokyo Story
The Seven Samurai
La Strada
Wild Strawberries
Some Like It Hot

With a very special shout.out to Chuck Jones' animated short 'Duck Amuck'.

The next five: Renoir's The Golden Coach, de Sica's Umberto D., Hitch's Rear Window, Laughton's The Night of the Hunter and Ozu's Good Morning.
What a decade of great films by great filmmakers...

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

People look to the '70s as the best decade of American filmmaking, but I say it was the 1950s!

Rebel Without a Cause would be my #1, but then we'd have to go to "All About Eve", "Sunset Blvd", "Rashamon", "Ace in the Hole", "A Place in the Sun", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "An American in Paris", "Singin' in the Rain", "The Card", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "Niagara", "On the Waterfront", "Rear Window", "Les Diaboliques", "Night and Fog", "Rififi", "To Catch a Thief", "East of Eden", "The Killing", "12 Angry Men", "Wild Strawberries", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "A Night to Remember", "Some Come Running", "Anatomy of a Murder", and "Suddenly Last Summer". Er...

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

Oh boy.

1. All About Eve
2. The Seventh Seal
3. A Streetcar Named Desire
4. Some Like It Hot
5. 12 Angry Men
6. North By Northwest
7. The Court Jester
8. Rebel Without a Cause
9. East of Eden
10. Singin' in the Rain

Also: Anatomy of a Murder, Born Yesterday, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dial M for Murder, Giant, La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, On the Waterfront, Pillow Talk, A Place in the Sun, The Quiet Man, Rear Window, Roman Holiday, Sleeping Beauty, A Star is Born, Strangers on a Train, Tokyo Story, Vertigo, White Christmas, Wild Strawberries

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

Why can't it be the top twenty? Anyway, my go at it:

All About Eve
Hiroshima, Mon Amour
Some Like It Hot
The Seventh Seal
Les Diaboliques
Singing in the Rain
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Tokyo Story

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

My faves:
A Streetcar Named Desire
Rear Window

The rest of my Faves:

Sunset Boulevard
A Place in the Sun
All About Eve
Strangers on a Train
Imitation of Life
Suddenly, Last Summer

I still have to see many more.

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

a) This decade deserves a top 20.
b) No foreign movies at all, Nathaniel? Not a single one? The 50's in Japan is MAGICAL.
c) I could make my top ten from Ford, Hitchcock and Ozu only, but I won't repeat any director.

1 - The Searchers, John Ford, USA
2 - Ordet, Carl Th. Dreyer, Denmark
3 - A Man Escaped, Robert Bresson, France
4 - Hiroshima Mon Amour, Alain Resnais, France
5 - Tokyo Twilight, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
6 - Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock, USA
7 - Sunset Blvd., Billy Wilder, USA
8 - The Tarnished Angels, Douglas Sirk, USA
9 - Violent Summer, Valerio Zurlini, Italy
10 - The Crimson Kimono, Samuel Fuller, USA

11 - The Life of Oharu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
12 - The Man From Laramie, Anthony Mann
13 - The 400 Blows, François Truffaut, France
14 - The Burmese Harp, Kon Ichikawa, Japan
15 - Roman Holiday, William Wyler, USA
16 - Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
17 - White Nights, Luchino Visconti, Italy
18 - Rio Bravo, Howard Hawks, USA
19 - Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, John Huston, USA
20 - Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I guess it's time for me to finally see A Streetcar Named Desire!!!

My all time favorite is "All about Eve", so there is no way any other movie of the 1950s have a chance for the gold. I also love "Sunset Boulevard" - I remeber watching it for the first time, it gave me a new image to early Hollywood. "The African Queen" is not a gret movie but i liked Hepburn. I'm a fan of "Rear Window" but don't get the excitment about "Vertigo". Movies I also enjoyed: "Night of the Hunter", "Singin in the rain" and "Roman Holiday".

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersteolicious

I'm not sure, only that Vertigo and All about Eve would be my #1 and #2. :) Also Some Like It Hot and Streetcar would be on the list. :)

1. Vertigo
2. Rashomon
3. All about Eve
4. Some Like It Hot
5. La Strada
6. Sunset Blvd.
7. 12 Angry Men
8. Nights of Cabiria
9. Seven Samurai
10. Rear Window

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdinasztie

Great lists - mine would vary from day to day too. I see the 50s as the decade of those great dramas - the Tennessee Williams adaptations, Kazan and Kramer films, SEPARATE TABLES, I WANT TO LIVE, SUNSET BOULEVARD & ALL ABOUT EVE, A STAR IS BORN etc, as well as the Epic decade, and the Musical decade, and the Cinemascope decade. My childhood favourites at Sunday matinees were items like BRIGADOON, ITS ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, THE BANDWAGON, DESIGNING WOMAN, LES GIRLS, THE PAJAMA GAME, PAL JOEY, THE RELUCTANT DEUBTANTE, WOMAN'S WORLD, BOY ON A DOLPHIN, LEGEND OF THE LOST, HOUSEBOAT etc. Cary with Grace, Ingrid, Sophia, Deborah. Peck with Jean Simmons, Ava, Audrey ... and those costume dramas like THE EGYPTIAN, THE PRODIGAL, QUENTIN DURWARD, MOONFLEET, THE VIKINGS and of course BEN HUR.

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael O'Sullivan

Of course you're not a fan of "The Country Girl". Is anyone a fan of 'The Country Girl'? it's a terrible film.

But beyond that - a fabulous decade.

My favourites:
1. Touch of Evil
2. The Night of the Hunter
3. Kiss Me Deadly
4. La Strada
5. Sunset Boulevard
6. The Seventh Seal
7. All About Eve
8. Some Like It Hot
9. Throne of Blood
10. Nights of Cabiria

And all of those films rank among my top 30 of all time.

Honourable mentions would include:
Forbidden Games
Singin' in the Rain
The Cranes Are Flying
The Wages of Fear
The Searchers
The Killing
etc etc etc

I think literally a fifth of my Top 100 list is made up of movies from the 50s. It's Hollywood's last Great decade (I do love the 70s, but it's a more measured love) and on top of that, it's when European and Japanese cinema started to really take off - what with Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa all churning out masterpieces at the same time.

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergoran

Oh and I love your mention of "It Should Happen to You". Yes, it's technically a minor film but it's a joy from start to finish. And you can never truly havew a discussion about the screen's great actresses without spending a quarter of your time just talking about Judy Holliday.

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergoran

Why we as a society try to create lists is just silly to me. There is no way you can limit a list for an entire decade by just 10 movies. It would be hard in some cases make choices for just a year. Today it would be easy but back in the 30's, 40's, and 50's movie making was non stop. With that said to go out of the way to knock a movie as good as The African Queen is about as silly as a list limited to only 10. I wouldn't even try. Joseph has the right idea but I see movies on everyone's list that would be impossible to omit. A list would have to start with at least 100. Limiting it to 10 is just impossible because so many great movies that are all 10's were made. I do love the website and anyone that sheds light on the classic is ok with me. The topic does create a lively debate and my comments are not to knock the author of the site in the least. I just think in my opinion naming just 10 great movies cannot be done even if you've only seen half of the movies that everyone has listed.

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

My Top 10 at the moment would be:

1. 12 Angry Men
2. Singin In The Rain
3. Stalag 17
4. The Night of the Hunter
5. On The Waterfront
6. Rashomon
7. North by Northwest
8. Ben-Hur
9. Roman Holiday
10. Dial M for Murder

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

As of today:

1. Night of the Hunter
2. Ugetsu
3. Sansho the Bailiff
4. Touch of Evil
5. Some Like It Hot
6. The Searchers
7. Vertigo
8. The Wages of Fear
9. Nights of Cabiria
10. Imitation of Life

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikadzuki

1. All About Eve

and I'll think of the rest when I get time. #1 was easy. :)

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

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