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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    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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    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, in 9 top lists Check
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    Sanshô dayû

    1954 — a.k.a. Sansho the Bailiff, in 20 top lists Check
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    Apur Sansar

    1959 — a.k.a. The World of Apu, in 19 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
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    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
  10. 10 +1

    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 25 top lists Check
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    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
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    Witness for the Prosecution

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 26 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
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    Ikiru

    1952, in 22 top lists Check
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    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 23 top lists Check
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    Ordet

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

    1950 — a.k.a. The Young and the Damned, in 23 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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    Letyat zhuravli

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

    1956 — a.k.a. The Unvanquished, in 13 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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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 33 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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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 32 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
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    Dial M for Murder

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    Smultronstället

    1957 — a.k.a. Wild Strawberries, in 22 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
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    A Face in the Crowd

    1957, in 13 top lists Check
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    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 18 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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    Umberto D.

    1952, in 14 top lists Check
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    Saikaku ichidai onna

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

    1951 — a.k.a. Early Summer, in 7 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô boshoku

    1957 — a.k.a. Tokyo Twilight, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Browning Version

    1951, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ballada o soldate

    1959 — a.k.a. Ballad of a Soldier, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
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    Sweet Smell of Success

    1957, in 20 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
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    Le salaire de la peur

    1953 — a.k.a. The Wages of Fear, in 24 top lists Check
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    Kumonosu-jô

    1957 — a.k.a. Throne of Blood, in 17 top lists Check
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    Le notti di Cabiria

    1957 — a.k.a. Nights of Cabiria, in 19 top lists Check
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    Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

    1958 — a.k.a. The Hidden Fortress, in 7 top lists Check
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    Limelight

    1952, in 13 top lists Check
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    Scrooge

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