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. 9 -

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
  2. 15 -

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  3. 42 -

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
  4. 19 -

    Letyat zhuravli

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cranes Are Flying, in 16 top lists Check
  5. 5 -

    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
  6. 30 -

    Smultronstället

    1957 — a.k.a. Wild Strawberries, in 22 top lists Check
  7. 13 -

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  8. 38 -

    Ballada o soldate

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