IMDb's 1950s Top 50

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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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  1. 5 -

    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, in 9 top lists Check
  2. 7 -

    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, in 7 top lists Check
  3. 10 -

    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 25 top lists Check
  4. 20 +1

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

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 17 top lists Check
  5. 21 -1

    Letyat zhuravli

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cranes Are Flying, in 16 top lists Check
  6. 23 -

    La grande guerra

    1959 — a.k.a. The Great War, in 6 top lists Check
  7. 39 -1

    Ballada o soldate

    1959 — a.k.a. Ballad of a Soldier, in 14 top lists Check
  8. 41 -

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
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