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In the period following WWII when most of the films were idealized with conventional portrayals of men and women, young people wanted new and exciting symbols of rebellion. Hollywood responded to audience demands through the rise of the anti-hero and anti-heroines, with Marlon Brando, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe being the main stars. Studios tried to counter the rise of television through all sorts of (mostly failed) inventions like 3-D, Smell-O-Vision, and cinerama. Risks were taken with lavish, overstated, spectacular epics and musicals.

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    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 32 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, in 7 top lists Check
  4. 4 +3

    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
  5. 5 +1

    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, in 7 top lists Check
  8. 8 +3

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
  9. 9 +1

    Sanshô dayû

    1954 — a.k.a. Legend of Bailiff Sansho, in 19 top lists Check
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    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 25 top lists Check
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    Witness for the Prosecution

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
  12. 12 +10

    All About Eve

    1950, in 23 top lists Check
  13. 13 +8

    Los olvidados

    1950 — a.k.a. The Young and the Damned, in 23 top lists Check
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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 33 top lists Check
  15. 15 +4

    Ikiru

    1952, in 22 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
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    Letyat zhuravli

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cranes Are Flying, in 16 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô boshoku

    1957 — a.k.a. Tokyo Twilight, in 4 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 43 top lists Check
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    Apur Sansar

    1959 — a.k.a. The World of Apu, in 18 top lists Check
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    La grande guerra

    1959 — a.k.a. The Great War, in 6 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 25 top lists Check
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    Bakushû

    1951 — a.k.a. Early Summer, in 7 top lists Check
  24. 24 +17

    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 18 top lists Check
  25. 25 +15

    The Browning Version

    1951, in 3 top lists Check
  26. 26 +13

    Saikaku ichidai onna

    1952 — a.k.a. The Life of Oharu, in 11 top lists Check
  27. 27 +11

    Umberto D.

    1952, in 14 top lists Check
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    Bienvenido Mister Marshall

    1953 — a.k.a. Welcome Mr. Marshall, in 4 top lists Check
  29. 29 +7

    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
  30. 30 +5

    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 23 top lists Check
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    Dial M for Murder

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
  32. 32 +1

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 31 top lists Check
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    Du rififi chez les hommes

    1955 — a.k.a. Rififi, in 17 top lists Check
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    Ordet

    1955 — a.k.a. The Word, in 20 top lists Check
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    Aparajito

    1956 — a.k.a. The Unvanquished, in 13 top lists Check
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    Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent...

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
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    A Face in the Crowd

    1957, in 13 top lists Check
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    Det sjunde inseglet

    1957 — a.k.a. The Seventh Seal, in 24 top lists Check
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    Smultronstället

    1957 — a.k.a. Wild Strawberries, in 22 top lists Check
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    Sweet Smell of Success

    1957, in 20 top lists Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 32 top lists Check
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    Scrooge

    1951 — a.k.a. A Christmas Carol, in 3 top lists Check
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    Limelight

    1952, in 13 top lists Check
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    Roman Holiday

    1953, in 13 top lists Check
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    Le salaire de la peur

    1953 — a.k.a. The Wages of Fear, in 26 top lists Check
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    Chikamatsu monogatari

    1954 — a.k.a. The Crucified Lovers, in 9 top lists Check
  48. 48 new

    Les diaboliques

    1955 — a.k.a. Diabolique, in 21 top lists Check
  49. 49 new

    Nijûshi no hitomi

    1954 — a.k.a. Twenty-Four Eyes, in 4 top lists Check
  50. 50 new

    La strada

    1954 — a.k.a. La Strada, in 20 top lists Check
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