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The Best Movies of 1950 

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Updated September 23, 2019 4.7k votes 218 voters 7.6k views 101 items

List of the best movies of 1950, with movie trailers when available. Sophia Loren and the great Marlon Brando made their debuts on-screen in 1950. These top movies of 1950 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1950. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1950 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1950 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies here include everything from Sunset Boulevard to All About Eve.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1950?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1950?"

1950 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1950. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1950 aren't just one persons opinion.
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William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson

Released: 1950

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the ...more

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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson

Released: 1950

Directed by: John Ford

Rio Grande is a 1950 Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The picture is the third installment of Ford's "cavalry trilogy," following two RKO ...more

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James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

Released: 1950

Directed by: Anthony Mann

Winchester '73 is a 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, and Stephen McNally. Written by Borden Chase and Robert L. ...more

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Patrick Troughton, Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Treasure Island is a 1950 live action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions, adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island. It stars Bobby Driscoll as Jim ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter

Released: 1950

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by ...more

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James Stewart, Fess Parker, Cecil Kellaway

Released: 1950

Directed by: Henry Koster

Harvey is a 1950 film based on Mary Chase's play of the same name, directed by Henry Koster, and starring James Stewart and Josephine Hull. The story is about a man whose best friend is a pooka ...more

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Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Polly Bergen

Released: 1950

Directed by: Hal Walker

At War with the Army is a 1950 musical comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis and introducing Polly Bergen. It was filmed from July through August ...more
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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Walter Slezake

Released: 1950

Directed by: Charles Lamont

Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion is a 1950 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello.
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Gregory Peck, Karl Malden, Richard Jaeckel

Released: 1950

Directed by: Henry King

The Gunfighter is a 1950 western film starring Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell and Karl Malden. This film was directed by Henry King. It was written by screenwriters William ...more
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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore

Released: 1950

Directed by: John Huston

The Asphalt Jungle is a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston. The caper film is based on the 1949 novel of the same name by W. R. Burnett and stars an ensemble cast including Sterling Hayden, ...more
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June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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Edmond O'Brien, Beverly Garland, Neville Brand

Released: 1950

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

D.O.A., a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, is considered a classic of the genre. The frantically paced plot revolves around a doomed man's quest to find out who has poisoned ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

Released: 1950

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Father of the Bride is a 1950 American comedy film about a man trying to cope with preparations for his daughter's upcoming wedding. The movie stars Spencer Tracy in the titular role, Joan ...more

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James Arness, Ben Johnson, Ward Bond

Released: 1950

Directed by: John Ford

Wagon Master is a 1950 Western film about a Mormon pioneer wagon train to the San Juan River in Utah. The film was conceived, produced, and directed by John Ford, who is often listed among the ...more
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DavidPousak added Russ Tamblyn, Peggy Cummins, Trevor Bardette

Released: 1950

Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis

Gun Crazy is a 1950 film noir feature film directed by Joseph H. Lewis, and produced by Frank King and Maurice King. The production features Peggy Cummins and John Dall in a story about the ...more

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Roy Rogers, Gordon Jones, Noble Johnson

Released: 1950

Directed by: William Witney

North of the Great Divide is a 1950 American film starring Roy Rogers.
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Roy Rogers, William Farnum, Monte Hale

Released: 1950

Directed by: William Witney

Trail of Robin Hood is a 1950 American Trucolor film starring Roy Rogers and filmed in the San Bernardino Mountains and Big Bear Lake California. It is notable for featuring a large cast of ...more
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Lloyd Bridges, Randolph Scott, Alan Hale

Released: 1950

Directed by: Edwin L. Marin

Colt .45 is a 1950 American Western film directed by Edwin L. Marin and starring Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman, and Zachary Scott. Reissued under the title Thundercloud, the film served as the ...more
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Maureen O'Hara, Will Geer, Macdonald Carey

Released: 1950

Directed by: George Sherman

Comanche Territory is a 1950 Technicolor Western directed by George Sherman, starring Maureen O'Hara and Macdonald Carey. Jim Bowie is sent into Comanche country by the government on a mission ...more
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Alan Ladd, Milburn Stone, Charles Bickford

Released: 1950

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

Branded is a 1950 western film starring Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, and Robert Keith. It was adapted from the novel Montana Rides Again by Max Brand. A gunfighter on the run from ...more
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Glenn Ford, Claude Rains, Lloyd Bridges

Released: 1950

Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff

The White Tower is a 1950 mountain film starring Alida Valli as a woman determined to fulfil her father's dream by conquering the mountain that killed her father, and Glenn Ford as the ...more
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Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard

Released: 1950

Directed by: Jules White

Three Hams on Rye is the 125th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.
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Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard

Released: 1950

Directed by: Edward Bernds

Studio Stoops is the 126th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.
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Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas

Released: 1950

Directed by: Victor Saville

Kim is a 1950 adventure film made in Technicolor by MGM. It was directed by Victor Saville and produced by Leon Gordon from a screenplay by Helen Deutsch, Leon Gordon and Richard Schayer, based ...more
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Buster Crabbe, Tris Coffin, Tommy Farrell

Released: 1950

Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr

Pirates of the High Seas is the 44th serial released by Columbia Pictures. It starred the heroic Buster Crabbe, along with Lois Hall and Tommy Farrell, under the direction of Spencer Gordon ...more