TOP TEN FILMS OF THE 1950s

1959

1. THE 400 BLOWS (François Truffaut)
2. ANATOMY OF A MURDER (Otto Preminger)
3. RIO BRAVO (Howard Hawks)
4. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. DAY OF THE OUTLAW (Andrè De Toth)
6. RIDE LONESOME (Budd Boetticher)
7. SOME LIKE IT HOT (Billy Wilder)
8. ROOM AT THE TOP (Jack Clayton)
9. HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR (Alain Resnais)
10. PICKPOCKET (Robert Bresson)

Honorable Mention: IMITATION OF LIFE (Sirk); WARLOCK (Dmytryk)

Notable Shorts: ALL THE BOYS ARE CALLED PATRICK (Godard); WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING (Brakhage)

1958
1. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. TOUCH OF EVIL (Orson Welles)
3. THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (Akira Kurosawa)
4. MAN OF THE WEST (Anthony Mann)
5. MURDER BY CONTRACT (Irving Lerner)
6. BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE (Budd Boetticher)
7. THE MUSIC ROOM (Satyajit Ray)
8. GUNMAN'S WALK (Phil Karlson)
9. THE LINEUP (Don Siegel)
10. TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN (Joseph H. Lewis)

Honorable Mention: None

Notable Shorts: A Movie (Conner); LE CHANT DU STYRENE (Resnais)

1957
1. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Alexander Mackendrick)
2. PATHS OF GLORY (Stanley Kubrick)
3. THE TALL T (Budd Boetticher)
4. THRONE OF BLOOD (Akira Kurosawa)
5. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (David Lean)
6. THE SEVENTH SEAL (Ingmar Bergman)
7. THE CRANES ARE FLYING (Mikhail Kalatozov)
8. A FACE IN THE CROWD (Elia Kazan)
9. NIGHT OF THE DEMON (Jacques Tourneur)
10. 12 ANGRY MEN (Sidney Lumet)

Honorable Mention: MEN IN WAR (Mann); NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (Fellini); PLUNDER ROAD (Cornfield); WILD STRAWBERRIES (Bergman); WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? (Tashlin)

Notable Shorts: LES MISTONS (François Truffaut)

1956
1. A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson)
2. THE SEARCHERS (John Ford)
3. THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
4. SEVEN MEN FROM NOW (Budd Boetticher)
5. THE WRONG MAN (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. BIGGER THAN LIFE (Nicholas Ray)
7. THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT (Frank Tashlin)
8. FRIENDLY PERSUASION (William Wyler)
9. BOB LE FLAMBEUR (Jean-Pierre Melville)
10. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Don Siegel)

Honorable Mention: APARAJITO (Ray); THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Hitchcock); WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (Lang); WRITTEN ON THE WIND (Sirk)

Notable Shorts: None

1955
1. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Nicholas Ray)
2. THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (Anthony Mann)
3. ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (Douglas Sirk)
4. LOLA MONTES (Max Ophüls)
5. THE COURT JESTER (Melvin Frank and Norman Panama)
6. RUN FOR COVER (Nicholas Ray)
7. DIABOLIQUE (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
8. TO CATCH A THIEF (Alfred Hitchcock)
9. THE BIG COMBO (Joseph H. Lewis)
10. BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (John Sturges)

Honorable Mention: KISS ME DEADLY (Aldrich); THE LADYKILLERS (Mackendrick); SMILES ON A SUMMER NIGHT (Bergman); TROUBLE WITH HARRY (Hitchcock)

Notable Shorts: BLINKITY BLANK (McLaren); NIGHT AND FOG (Resnais)

1954
1. SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa)
2. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock)
3. ON THE WATERFRONT (Elia Kazan)
4. JOHNNY GUITAR (Nicholas Ray)
5. THE RAID (Hugo Fregonese)
6. RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 (Don Siegel)
7. DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD (Richard Quine)
8. THE FAR COUNTRY (Anthony Mann)
9. TRACK OF THE CAT (William A. Wellman)
10. A STAR IS BORN (George Cukor)

Honorable Mention: CRIME WAVE (De Toth); DIAL M FOR MURDER (Hitchcock); HOBSON'S CHOICE (Lean); SILVER LODE (Dwan); VERA CRUZ (Aldrich)

Notable Shorts: None

1953
1. PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (Samuel Fuller)
2. WAGES OF FEAR (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
3. THE BIG HEAT (Fritz Lang)
4. THE NAKED SPUR (Anthony Mann)
5. BLOWING WILD (Hugo Fregonese)
6. THE BAND WAGON (Vincente Minnelli)
7. THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE... (Max Ophuls)
8. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Howard Hawks)
9. STALAG 17 (Billy WIlder)
10. THE MAN BETWEEN (Carol Reed)

Honorable Mention: TOKYO STORY (Ozu)

Notable Shorts: DAYBREAK EXPRESS (Pennebaker); DUCK AMUCK (Jones), DUCK DODGERS IN THE 24 1/2TH CENTURY (Jones), EAUX D'ARTIFACE (Anger)

1952
1. IKIRU (Akira Kurosawa)
2. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (Stanely Donen and Gene Kelly)
3. FORBIDDEN GAMES (Rene Clement)
4. THE NARROW MARGIN (Richard Fleischer)
5. UMBERTO D. (Vittorio de Sica)
6. BEND OF THE RIVER (Anthony Mann)
7. THE LUSTY MEN (Nicholas Ray)
8. THE CRIMSON PIRATE (Robert Siodmak)
9. MOULIN ROUGE (John Huston)
10. SON OF PALEFACE (Frank Tashlin)

Honorable Mention: None

Notable Shorts: RABBIT SEASONING (Chuck Jones)


1951
1. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. SUSANA (Luis Buñuel)
3. ACE IN THE HOLE (Billy Wilder)
4. THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (Christian Nimby & Howard Hawks)
5. THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (Charles Chricton)
6. ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Clyde Geronimi)
7. THE STEEL HELMET (Samuel Fuller)
8. THE PROWLER (Joseph Losey)
9. CRY DANGER (Robert Parrish)
10. THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (Alexander Mackindrick)

Honorable Mention: none

Notable Shorts: DRIP-ALONG DAFFY (Chuck Jones); PEN POINT PERCUSSION (Norman McLaren)

Most Overrated: THE AFRICAN QUEEN (Huston)

1950
1. SUNSET BOULEVARD (Billy Wilder)
2. IN A LONELY PLACE (Nicholas Ray)
3. STARS IN MY CROWN (Jaques Tourneur)
4. THE FURIES (Anthony Mann)
5. NIGHT AND THE CITY (Jules Dassin)
6. GUN CRAZY (Joseph H. Lewis)
7. RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa)
8. ALL ABOUT EVE (Joesph L. Maniewicz)
9. BROKEN ARROW (Delmer Daves)
10. PANIC IN THE STREETS (Elia Kazan)

Honorable Mention: THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (Huston); THE BARON OF ARIZONA (Fuller); CAGED (Cromwell); THE FLAME AND THE ARROW (Tourneur); THE GUNFIGHTER (King); LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (Melville); SIDE STREET (Mann)