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Best Movies of the 1950s  

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Hitchcock. Kurosawa. Wilder. Bergman. Kubrick's first films. Film noir. Early sci-fi. The Cold War. What's not to romanticize about the 1950s? But which cinematic gems to love best? This list of the best movies of the '50s includes all of the top films from the 1950s, including some of the best movies ever featuring some of the greatest actors and actresses of all time. The greatest action films from the '50s, the best dramas of the decade, and the funniest movies from the '50s are all on this list of the top movies of the 1950s. The 1950s were a Golden age of exploring the kinds of stories films could tell. Around the world, audiences felt the lingering sting of World War II, raising questions of trust and evolving morality. From these ashes grew film noir and some of the most brutally honest pictures ever made. Remember, this is the decade that brought us Forbidden Planet, 12 Angry Men, Rear Window, and The Bridge on the River Kwai. What is the greatest movie of the 1950s? Vote and find out! If your favorite '50s film isn't on the list, please feel free to add it to the list of the best '50s films yourself. If you disagree with what others are voting up as the best movie of the decade, vote for your favorite films from the 1950s and vote down the most overrated films from the '50s.
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Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins
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Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock
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Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll
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Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef
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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Movies of the 1950s
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock
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Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon
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Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb
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William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Machiko Kyō
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Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich
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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Movies of the 1950s
Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger
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Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno
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Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden
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Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Jerry Paris
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Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley
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Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter
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Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards
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Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd
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Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson
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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore
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Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner
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Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power
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The Searchers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Movies of the 1950s
John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles
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Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine