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Popular Movies of the 1950s

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

The 50s

The 50s

Looking back at the 1950s it was a time of innocence, with "Leave It to Beaver" premiering on CBS, and cartoonist Charles Schulz introducing his "Peanuts" comic strip. The 50s is when Color Television was introduced in the U.S., and Saturday morning children's programming began. "The Wizard of Oz" aired on television for the first time and Disneyland opened to the public.

Do you remember your favorite movie of the 1950s? Here are some of the most popular movies from that decade in alphabetical order.

Popular Movies of the 1950s

12 Angry Men - (1957, Sidney Lumet) (Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall)
A Man Escaped - (1956, Robert Bresson) (Francois Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche)
A Night to Remember - (1958, Roy Ward Baker) (Kenneth More, Ronald Allen)
A Place in the Sun - (1951, George Stevens) (Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift)
A Star is Born - (1954, George Cukor) (Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson)
A Streetcar Named Desire - (1951, Elia Kazan) Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh)
All About Eve - (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz) Bette Davis, Anne Baxter)
An American in Paris - (1951, Vincente Minnelli) (Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron)
Anatomy of a Murder - (1959, Otto Preminger) (James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara)
Around the World in 80 Days - (1956, Micheal Anderson) (David Niven, Cantinflas)
Ben-Hur - (1959, William Wyler) (Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd)
Big Deal on Madonna Street - (1958, Mario Monicelli) (Vittorio Gassman, Claudia Cardinale)
Born Yesterday - (1950, George Cukor) (Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden)
Cinderella - (1950, Clyde Geronimi) (Animated, voices- Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley)
Curse of the Demon - (1957, Jacques Tourneur) (Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins)
Diabolique - (1954, Henri-Georges Clouzot) (Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot)
Early Summer (aka Bakushû) - (1951, Yasujiro Ozu) (Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu)
East of Eden - (1955, Elia Kazan) (James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey)
Father of the Bride - (1950, Vincente Minnelli) (Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor)
Forbidden Planet - (1956, Fred Wilcox) (Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen)
From Here to Eternity - (1953, Fred Zinnemann) (Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr)
Giant - (1956, George Stevens) (Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Rock Hudson)
Gigi - (1958, Vincente Minnelli) (Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier , Louis Jourdan)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - (1957, John Sturges) (Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas)
Harvey - (1950, Henry Koster) (James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow)
High Noon - (1952, Fred Zinnemann) (Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges)
Hiroshima Mon Amour - (1959, Alain Resnais) (Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada)
I Want to Live! - (1958, Robert Wise) (Susan Hayward, Theodore Bikel)
 Ikiru - (1952, Akira Kurosawa) (Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko)
In a Lonely Place - (1950, Nicholas Ray) (Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - (1956, Don Siegel) (Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter)
Johnny Guitar - (1954, Nicholas Ray) (Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden)
Julius Ceasar - (1953, Joseph L. Mankiewicz) (Marlon Brando, James Mason, Louis Calhern)
Kiss Me Deadly - (1955, Robert Aldrich) (Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Cloris Leachman)
La Strada - (1954, Federico Fellini) (Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn)
Lady and the Tramp - (1955, Clyde Geronimi) (Animated voices: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts
Lola Montes - (1955, Max Ophüls) (Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Oskar Werner)
Marty - (1955, Delbert Mann) (Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti)
Mon Oncle - (1958, Jacques Tati) (Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola)
Mr. Hulot's Holiday - (1953, Jacques Tati) (Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud)
Night and the City - (1950, Jules Dassin) (Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Hugh Marlowe)
Nights of Cabiria - (1957, Federico Fellini) (Giulietta Masina, Francois Perier)
North by Northwest - (1959, Alfred Hitchcock) (Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint)
Old Yeller - (1957, Robert Stevenson) (Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk)
On the Waterfront - (1954, Elia Kazan) (Marlon Brando, Carl Malden, Rod Steiger)
Orphee - (1950, Jean Cocteau) (Jean Marais, Francois Périer, Maria Casares)
Othello - (1952, Orson Welles) (Orson Welles, Suzanne Cloutier, Micheal MacLiammoir)
Panther Panchali - (1955, Satyajit Ray) (Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee)
Paths of Glory - (1957, Stanley Kubrick) (Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker)
Popiol I Diament - (1958, Andrej Wajda) (Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska)
Rashomon - (1951, Akira Kurosawa) (Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo)
Rear Window - (1954, Alfred Hitchcock) (James Stewart, Grace Kelly)
Rebel Without a Cause - (1955, Nicholas Ray) (James Dean, Natalie Wood)
Rififi (aka Du rififi chez les hommes) - (1955, Jules Dassin) (Jean Sevais, Carl Mohner)
Rio Bravo - (1959, Howard Hawks) (John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson)
Roman Holiday - (1953, William Wyler) (Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert)
Room at the Top - (1959, Jack Clayton) (Simone Signoret, Laurence Harvey)
Sabrina - (1954, Billy Wilder) (Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden)
Sansho the Bailiff (aka Sanshô dayû) - (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi) (Kinuyo Tanaka)
Scrooge (aka A Christmas Carol) - (1951, Brian Desmond Hurst) (Alastair Sim, Meryvn Johns)
Seven Samurai - (1954, Akira Kurosawa) (Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Toshiro Mifune)
Shane - (1953, George Stevens) (Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, Jean Arthur)
Show Boat - (1951, George Sidney) (Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson)
Singin' in the Rain - (1952, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly) Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds)
Some Like It Hot - (1959, Billy Wilder) (Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe)
Stalag 17 - (1953, Billy Wilder) (William Holden, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss)
Strangers on a Train - (1951, Alfred Hitchcock) (Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll)
Sunset Boulevard - (1950, Billy Wilder) (Gloria Swanson, William Holden)
Sweet Smell of Success - (1957, Alexander MacKendrick) (Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis)
The 400 Blows - (1959, François Truffaut) (Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier)
The African Queen - (1951, John Huston) (Catherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart)
The Asphalt Jungle - (1950, John Huston) (Sterling Hayden, Marilyn Monroe, James Whitmore)
The Band Wagon - (1953, Vincente Minnelli) (Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse)
The Big Heat - (1953, Fritz Lang) (Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin)
The Blackboard Jungle - (1955, Richard Brooks) (Glenn Ford, Anne Francis)
The Bridge on the River Kwai - (1957, David Lean) (Alec Guinness, William Holden)
The Cranes Are Flying (aka Letyat zhuravli) - (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov) (Tatyana Samojlova)
The Day the Earth Stood Still - (1951, Robert Wise) (Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe)
The Diary of a Country Priest - (1951, Robert Bresson) (Claude Laydu, Jean Riveyre)
The Hidden Fortress - (1958, Akira Kurosawa) (Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara)
The Killing - (1956, Stanley Kubrick) (Sterling Hayden, Vince Edwards)
The King and I - (1956, Walter Lang) (Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno)
The Ladykillers - (1955, Alexander MacKendrick) (Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers)
The Life of Oharu - (1952, Kenji Mizoguchi) (Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura)
The Night of the Hunter - (1955, Charles Laughton) (Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters)
The Searchers - (1956, John Ford) (John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Jeffery Hunter)
The Seven Year Itch - (1955, Billy Wilder) (Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewel, Robert Strauss)
The Seventh Seal -(1957, Ingmar Bergman) (Max von Sydow, Bengt Ekerot)
The Ten Commandments - (1956, Cecil B. DeMille) (Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner)
The Thing - (1951, Christian Nyby) (James Arness, Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey)
The Wages of Fear - (1953, Henri-Georges Clouzot) (Yves Montand, Charles Vanel)
The Wild One - (1953, László Benedek) (Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, Robert Keith)
The World of Apu (aka Apur Sansar) - (1959, Satyajit Ray) (Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore)
Throne of Blood - (1957, Akira Kurosawa) (Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada)
Tokyo Story - (1953, Yasujiro Ozu) Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, So Yamamura)
Touch of Evil - (1958, Orson Welles) Charlton Heston, Orson Welles)
Umberto D. - (1952, Vittorio De Sica) (Carlo Battisti, Maria-Pia Casilio)
Vertigo - (1958, Alfred Hitchcock) (James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes)
Wild Strawberries - (1957, Ingmar Bergman) (Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson)
Witness for the Prosecution - (1957, Billy Wilder) (Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich)

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Comments

May 28, 2011 7:29pm
divaonline
I can see I have my work cut out for me trying to read all the articles in this series but I can't resist. The subject is near to my heart. My favorite 50s movie was the Seven Year Itch.
May 28, 2011 9:50pm
Introspective
Hi diva, thanks and it's nice to have you back!!
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