50s movies The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s  

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The 1950s: in America, the decade is synonymous with rock 'n' roll, bobby socks, and the movies. If that last one didn't come to mind before, it certainly will after you read through this list. These are the very best Oscar nominated and winning movies of the 1950s, as ranked by you. These 1950s movies nominated for Best Picture make up a wide-ranging collection. Some are laugh-out-loud comedies, featuring legends like Gene Kelly and Spencer Tracy. Others are stirring dramas starring the likes of Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, and Audrey Hepburn. Whichever flick is your favorite, you will likely agree that these Oscar-nominated 1950s movies are some of the best films of all time.

What films will you find on this list of 1950s Best Picture winners and nominees? Gloria Swanson captivated movie-goers with her portrayal of aging movie star Norma Desmond in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. The Billy Wilder-directed film was even nominated Best Picture. Roman Holiday is another good Oscar-nominated movie from the 1950s. Best Picture winner All About Eve gave audiences an inside look at the competitive world of contemporary Hollywood. Other great films featured on this list include A Place in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Quiet Man.

Which 1950s Oscar nominee should top the list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite films a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot.

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A Streetcar Named Desire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
A Streetcar Named Desire Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden - Nominated in 1951.

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Sunset Boulevard William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson - Nominated in 1950.

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12 Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
12 Angry Men Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb - Nominated in 1957.

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All About Eve is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
All About Eve Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter - Won Best Picture in 1950.

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The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Diary of Anne Frank Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Millie Perkins - Nominated in 1959.

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Roman Holiday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert - Nominated in 1953.

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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
On the Waterfront Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger - Won Best Picture in 1954.

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The King and I Nominated in 1956.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives - Nominated in 1958.

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Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick - Nominated in 1959.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel - Nominated in 1954.

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Shane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Shane Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd - Nominated in 1953.

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
An American in Paris Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch - Won Best Picture in 1951.

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The Quiet Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Quiet Man John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald - Nominated in 1952.

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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith - Won Best Picture in 1959.

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From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
From Here to Eternity Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine - Won Best Picture in 1953.

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Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Father of the Bride Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett - Nominated in 1950.

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner - Nominated in 1956.

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High Noon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
High Noon Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef - Nominated in 1952.

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Witness for the Prosecution is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Witness for the Prosecution Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power - Nominated in 1957.

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The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer - Nominated in 1954.

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A Place in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
A Place in the Sun Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters - Nominated in 1951.

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Giant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Giant Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Dennis Hopper - Nominated in 1956.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins - Won Best Picture in 1957.

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Gigi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Gigi Eva Gabor, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan - Won Best Picture in 1958.

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Mister Roberts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Mister Roberts Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney - Nominated in 1955.

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Marty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Marty Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Jerry Paris - Won Best Picture in 1955.

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The Defiant Ones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Defiant Ones Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Lon Chaney - Nominated in 1958.

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Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Around the World in 80 Days Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich - Won Best Picture in 1956.

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Auntie Mame is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Auntie Mame Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Sandra Edwards - Nominated in 1958.

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Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Peyton Place Lana Turner, Arthur Kennedy, Lorne Greene ... Marshall Cole - Nominated in 1957.

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The Country Girl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Country Girl Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, William Holden - Nominated in 1954.

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Three Coins in the Fountain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Three Coins in the Fountain Louis Jourdan, Clifton Webb, Jean Peters - Nominated in 1954.

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The Greatest Show on Earth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Greatest Show on Earth James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope - Won Best Picture in 1952.

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Born Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Born Yesterday William Holden, Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford - Nominated in 1950.

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Friendly Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Friendly Persuasion Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins, Dorothy McGuire - Nominated in 1956.

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Ivanhoe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Ivanhoe Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders - Nominated in 1952.

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Separate Tables is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Separate Tables Rita Hayworth, David Niven, Burt Lancaster - Nominated in 1958.

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Picnic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Picnic Kim Novak, William Holden, Rosalind Russell - Nominated in 1955.

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The Nun's Story is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Nun's Story Nominated in 1959.

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Room at the Top is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Room at the Top Simone Signoret, Laurence Harvey, Hermione Baddeley - Nominated in 1959.

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The Robe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Robe Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Harry Shearer - Nominated in 1953.

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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing William Holden, Jennifer Jones, James Hong - Nominated in 1955.

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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Julius Caesar Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr, John Gielgud - Nominated in 1953.

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Quo Vadis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Quo Vadis Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Deborah Kerr - Nominated in 1951.

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King Solomon's Mines is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
King Solomon's Mines Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson - Nominated in 1950.

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Decision Before Dawn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Decision Before Dawn Richard Basehart, Hildegard Knef, Oskar Werner - Nominated in 1951.

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Sayonara is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Sayonara Marlon Brando, James Garner, Red Buttons - Nominated in 1957.

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The Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
The Rose Tattoo Nominated in 1955.

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Moulin Rouge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
Moulin Rouge Zsa Zsa Gábor, José Ferrer, Peter Cushing - Nominated in 1952.