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1950s: Ranked

The most successful decade for Hollywood, as well as the starting point for many influential and acclaimed directors.

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  • Vertigo

    1

  • In a Lonely Place

    2

  • The Searchers

    3

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    4

  • The Night of the Hunter

    5

  • Rio Bravo

    6

  • North by Northwest

    7

  • Touch of Evil

    8

  • The Young and the Damned

    9

  • Johnny Guitar

    10

  • Kiss Me Deadly

    11

  • Rear Window

    12

  • Pather Panchali

    13

  • Some Like It Hot

    14

  • The 400 Blows

    15

  • Shadows

    16

  • A Star Is Born

    17

  • On Dangerous Ground

    18

  • Some Came Running

    19

  • Pickup on South Street

    20

  • Imitation of Life

    21

  • Little Fugitive

    22

  • East of Eden

    23

  • The Wages of Fear

    24

  • Sunset Boulevard

    25

  • Forty Guns

    26

  • 7 Men from Now

    27

  • The Ladykillers

    28

  • Bitter Victory

    29

  • Forbidden Planet

    30

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    31

  • Ace in the Hole

    32

  • Bigger Than Life

    33

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    34

  • The Big Heat

    35

  • Paths of Glory

    36

  • Wild Strawberries

    37

  • The Naked Spur

    38

  • Ashes and Diamonds

    39

  • Harvey

    40

  • The Fly

    41

  • Them!

    42

  • Ride Lonesome

    43

  • The Bad and the Beautiful

    44

  • Park Row

    45

  • On the Waterfront

    46

  • The War of the Worlds

    47

  • Hollywood or Bust

    48

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    49

  • Dial M for Murder

    50

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man

    51

  • Throne of Blood

    52

  • Umberto D.

    53

  • Journey to Italy

    54

  • Witness for the Prosecution

    55

  • Diabolique

    56

  • Rebel Without a Cause

    57

  • The River

    58

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    59

  • Gun Crazy

    60

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    61

  • Nightfall

    62

  • Forbidden Games

    63

  • The Gunfighter

    64

  • Angel Face

    65

  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

    66

  • Flying Leathernecks

    67

  • La Strada

    68

  • Animal Farm

    69

  • Ikiru

    70

  • To Catch a Thief

    71

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    72

  • The Steel Helmet

    73

  • The Man from Laramie

    74

  • The Ten Commandments

    75

  • Party Girl

    76

  • The Seventh Seal

    77

  • The Barefoot Contessa

    78

  • Alice in Wonderland

    79

  • The Tall T

    80

  • Rashomon

    81

  • Orpheus

    82

  • Born Yesterday

    83

  • Sabrina

    84

  • The African Queen

    85

  • A Face in the Crowd

    86

  • While the City Sleeps

    87

  • The Hidden Fortress

    88

  • Ben-Hur

    89

  • The Lusty Men

    90

  • Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

    91

  • Beat the Devil

    92

  • Mon Oncle

    93

  • Mr. Arkadin

    94

  • Death in the Garden

    95

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    96

  • Ballad of a Soldier

    97

  • Seven Samurai

    98

  • Run of the Arrow

    99

  • Night of the Demon

    100