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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
  2. 7 -2

    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
  3. 15 +4

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  4. 18 -2

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  5. 23 +19

    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 32 top lists Check
  6. 12 +10

    North by Northwest

    1959, in 26 top lists Check
  7. 44 new

    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 31 top lists Check
  9. 28 +9

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 29 top lists Check
  10. 11 -3

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 33 top lists Check
  11. 20 -6

    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 33 top lists Check
  12. 34 -3

    Dial M for Murder

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
  13. 33 -1

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 30 top lists Check
  14. 26 +13

    Det sjunde inseglet

    1957 — a.k.a. The Seventh Seal, in 24 top lists Check
  15. 9 +1

    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 26 top lists Check
  16. 22 -10

    All About Eve

    1950, in 23 top lists Check
  17. 43 new

    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
  18. 25 +15

    Smultronstället

    1957 — a.k.a. Wild Strawberries, in 22 top lists Check
  19. 8 +3

    Witness for the Prosecution

    1957, in 10 top lists Check
  20. 19 -4

    Ikiru

    1952, in 22 top lists Check
  21. 36 -7

    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
  22. 49 new

    Le notti di Cabiria

    1957 — a.k.a. Nights of Cabiria, in 20 top lists Check
  23. 41 -17

    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 18 top lists Check
  24. 48 new

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    1958, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 24 +17

    Sweet Smell of Success

    1957, in 20 top lists Check
  26. 50 new

    Kumonosu-jô

    1957 — a.k.a. Throne of Blood, in 16 top lists Check
  27. 38 -11

    Umberto D.

    1952, in 14 top lists Check
  28. 35 -5

    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 23 top lists Check
  29. 32 +1

    Du rififi chez les hommes

    1955 — a.k.a. Rififi, in 17 top lists Check
  30. 46 new

    Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

    1958 — a.k.a. The Hidden Fortress, in 7 top lists Check
  31. 29 +7

    Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent...

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 17 top lists Check
  32. 21 -8

    Los olvidados

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

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
  34. 31 +3

    Ordet

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

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cranes Are Flying, in 16 top lists Check
  36. 10 -1

    Sanshô dayû

    1954 — a.k.a. Legend of Bailiff Sansho, in 20 top lists Check
  37. 14 +6

    Apur Sansar

    1959 — a.k.a. The World of Apu, in 18 top lists Check
  38. 30 +5

    Aparajito

    1956 — a.k.a. The Unvanquished, in 13 top lists Check
  39. 27 +11

    A Face in the Crowd

    1957, in 13 top lists Check
  40. 45 new

    Ballada o soldate

    1959 — a.k.a. Ballad of a Soldier, in 13 top lists Check
  41. 4 -1

    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, in 9 top lists Check
  42. 47 new

    Jalsaghar

    1958 — a.k.a. The Music Room, in 11 top lists Check
  43. 42 -19

    Bakushû

    1951 — a.k.a. Early Summer, in 7 top lists Check
  44. 3 +1

    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, in 7 top lists Check
  45. 39 -13

    Saikaku ichidai onna

    1952 — a.k.a. The Life of Oharu, in 11 top lists Check
  46. 40 -15

    The Browning Version

    1951, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 5 +2

    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
  48. 16 +2

    Tôkyô boshoku

    1957 — a.k.a. Tokyo Twilight, in 4 top lists Check
  49. 13 +8

    La grande guerra

    1959 — a.k.a. The Great War, in 6 top lists Check
  50. 37 -9

    Bienvenido Mister Marshall

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