The Best Films of the 1950's

Too many Hitchcock films? Well your going to have to live with it. Because the 50's were dominated by some his best films. Films that were a great inspiration and continuing to define cinema till this day. But the 50's weren't only about Hitch. The 1950's were also a time with a much different focus than ours. With aliens, unlikely heroes and an intense and rebellious youth being right at the forefront.

the best films of the 1950's

  1. Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock trailer

  2. 12 Angry Men (1957) by Sidney Lumet trailer

  3. Tokyo Story (1953) by Yasujirô Ozu trailer

  4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) by Robert Wise trailer

  5. Rear Window (1954) by Alfred Hitchcock trailer

  6. Strangers on a Train (1951) by Alfred Hitchcock trailer

  7. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) by Elia Kazan trailer

  8. Paths of Glory (1957) by Stanley Kubrick trailer

  9. North by Northwest (1959) by Alfred Hitchcock trailer

  10. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) by Nicholas Ray trailer

honorable mentions in alphabetical order:

  • Ben-Hur (1959) by William Wyler trailer

  • Dial M for Murder (1954) by Alfred Hitchcock trailer

  • High Noon (1952) by Fred Zinnerman trailer

  • La Strada (1954) by Federico Fellini trailer

  • Limelight (1952) by Charlie Chaplin trailer

  • Night and Fog (1955) by Alain Resnais trailer

  • Some Like it Hot (1959) by Billy Wilder trailer

  • The Bridge on River Kwai (1957) by David Lean trailer

  • The Seven Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa trailer

  • Witness for the Prosecution (1957) by Billy Wilder trailer

P.S. As always this an ever-evolving list. I haven't seen all the films of the 1950's and there are many more I still wish to see. So even if some are not on the list, that doesn't mean they won't be later or that they don't deserve to be.

updated as of May 28, 2014

list by Paul Katsaros

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