Entertainment The Best Movies of 1950  

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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
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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Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter
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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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Warden, James Whitmore
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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DavidPousak added Russ Tamblyn, Peggy Cummins, Trevor Bardette
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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James Arness, Ben Johnson, Ward Bond
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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James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis
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
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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Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett
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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June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton
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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Jennifer Jones, Hugh Griffith, Cyril Cusack
Gone to Earth is a film by the British-based director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It stars Jennifer Jones, David Farrar and Cyril Cusack and features Esmond Knight. The ...more
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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson
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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Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Ruby Dee
No Way Out is a 1950 black-and-white American film noir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and starring Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally and Sidney Poitier, who portrays a doctor ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Machiko Kyō
Rashomon is a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, working in close collaboration with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. It stars Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori ...more
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Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains, Maureen O'Sullivan
Where Danger Lives is a 1950 film noir thriller directed by John Farrow. The film stars Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, and Claude Rains. At the time, Domergue was the latest of Howard Hughes' ...more
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Debbie Reynolds, Fred Astaire, Red Skelton
Three Little Words is a 1950 American musical film biography of the Tin Pan Alley songwriting partnership of Kalmar and Ruby and stars Fred Astaire as lyricist Bert Kalmar, Red Skelton as ...more
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Gene Tierney, Karl Malden, Dana Andrews
Where the Sidewalk Ends is a 1950 American film noir directed and produced by Otto Preminger. The screenplay for the film was written by Ben Hecht, and adapted by Robert E. Kent, Frank P. ...more
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Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson
The Furies is a 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, and Walter Huston in his last film performance. In 2008, the film was released ...more
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Keenan Wynn, Betty Hutton, Howard Keel
Annie Get Your Gun is a 1950 American musical comedy film loosely based on the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The Metro Goldwyn Mayer release, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a ...more
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Louis Hayward, Dona Drake, George Macready
Fortunes of Captain Blood is a 1950 adventure film directed by Gordon Douglas.
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Montgomery Clift, Paul Douglas, Cornell Borchers
The Big Lift is a 1950 drama film shot in black-and-white on location in the city of Berlin, Germany, that tells the story of "Operation Vittles", the 1948–1949 Berlin Airlift, through ...more
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Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey, Allyn Joslyn
Harriet Craig is a 1950 American drama film starring Joan Crawford. The screenplay by Anne Froelick and James Gunn was based upon the 1925 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Craig's Wife, by George ...more
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Jack Palance, Richard Widmark, Barbara Bel Geddes
Panic in the Streets is a 1950 film noir directed by Elia Kazan. It was shot exclusively on location in New Orleans, Louisiana and features numerous New Orleans citizens in speaking and ...more
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Gene Tierney, Richard Widmark, Herbert Lom
Night and the City is a 1950 British film noir directed by Jules Dassin and starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney and Googie Withers. It is based on the novel of the same name by Gerald Kersh. ...more
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Linda Darnell, Joseph Cotten, Jeff Chandler
Two Flags West is a 1950 Western drama set during the American Civil War, directed by Robert Wise and starring Joseph Cotten, Jeff Chandler, Linda Darnell, and Cornell Wilde. The opening credits ...more
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Nancy Reagan, Ann Sothern, John McIntire
Shadow on the Wall is a 1950 psychological thriller film starring Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau and Nancy Davis. It is based on the novel Death in the Doll's House by Lawrence P. ...more