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Best of 1950s

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People who added this item 1894  Average listal rating (1199 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.9 
1. 12 Angry Men (1957)


Directors: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman

Story: A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
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People who added this item 1003  Average listal rating (600 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
2. The 400 Blows (1959)


Directors: Francois Truffaut
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble

Story: Story of a misunderstood young adolescent who left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
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People who added this item 517  Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
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People who added this item 529  Average listal rating (292 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.2 
4. Diabolique (1955)


Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Story: The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
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People who added this item 34  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.2 
5. Human Desire (1954)
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People who added this item 132  Average listal rating (75 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
6. Ivan the Terrible, Part 2 (1958)


Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Serafima Birman, Pavel Kadochnikov, Mikhail Zharov

Story: As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar.
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People who added this item 253  Average listal rating (149 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
7. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)


Directors: Robert Aldrich
Cast: Ralph Meeker, Albet Dekker, Paul Stewart, Marian Carr

Story: A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."

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The Big Knife (1955)
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People who added this item 687  Average listal rating (444 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
8. The Night of the Hunter (1955)


Director: Charles Laughton
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Story: A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
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People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
9. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
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People who added this item 808  Average listal rating (508 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
10. On the Waterfront (1954)


Directors: Elia Kazan
Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Story: An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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People who added this item 203  Average listal rating (89 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
11. Orpheus (1950)


Directors: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Jean Marais, Francois Périer, María Casares, Marie Déa

Story: Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the Underworld.
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People who added this item 2283  Average listal rating (1559 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.6 
12. Rear Window (1954)


Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr

Story: A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

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Vertigo (1958)
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People who added this item 251  Average listal rating (142 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.2 
13. The Red Balloon (1956)


Directors: Albert Lamorisse
Cast: Pascal Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov, René Marion

Story: A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.
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People who added this item 1358  Average listal rating (807 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
14. The Seventh Seal (1957)


Directors: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Max von Sydow, Bengt Ekerot, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bibi Andersson

Story: A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

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Sawdust and Tinsel (1953), Wild Strawberries (1957)
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People who added this item 1647  Average listal rating (1057 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.3 
15. Some Like It Hot (1959)


Directors: Billy Wilder
Cast: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Joe E. Brown

Story: When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

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Ace in the Hole (1951), Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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People who added this item 617  Average listal rating (353 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.1 
16. La Strada (1954)


Directors: Federico Fellini
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Story: A carefree girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
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People who added this item 267  Average listal rating (170 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.2 
17. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)


Directors: Alexander Mackendrick
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Story: Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.
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People who added this item 95  Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.2 
18. The White Reindeer (1952)


Director: Erik Blomberg
Cast: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman, Jouni Tapiola

Story: A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire.
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