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List of the best movies of 1954, with movie trailers when available. Film legends Paul Newman and Jack Lemmon made their big screen debuts in 1954. These top movies of 1954 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 1954. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1954 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1954 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This is a list that features movies like Rear Window and On the Waterfront.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1954?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1954?"

1954 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1954. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1954 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". ...more

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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1954
On the Waterfront Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon ...more

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Dial M for Murder Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland Dial M for Murder is a 1954 3-D American crime thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings. The screenplay and the ...more

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Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese Jidaigeki adventure film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in 1587 during the Warring States Period of Japan. It follows ...more

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A Star Is Born Judy Garland, Amanda Blake, Laurindo Almeida A Star Is Born is a 1954 American musical film written by Moss Hart, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and directed by George Cukor. Hart's screenplay was an adaptation of the original 1937 ...more

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La Strada Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart La Strada is a 1954 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini from his own screenplay co-written with Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano. The film portrays a brutish strongman and the ...more

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more

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Creature from the Black Lagoon Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 monster horror 3-D film in black-and-white, directed by Jack Arnold and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno and Whit ...more

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The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American drama film set during World War II, directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Stanley Kramer. It stars Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and ...more

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Sabrina Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor's play Sabrina Fair. It stars Humphrey ...more

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Sansho the Bailiff Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyōko Kagawa, Eitarō Shindō Sansho the Bailiff is a 1954 Japanese period film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Based on a short story of the same name by Mori Ōgai, it tells the story of two aristocratic children sold into ...more

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Black Widow Ginger Rogers, Gene Tierney, George Raft Black Widow is a 1954 DeLuxe Color mystery film in CinemaScope, with elements of film noir, written, produced and directed by Nunnally Johnson and starring Van Heflin, Ginger Rogers, Gene ...more

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The Dam Busters Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave The Dam Busters is a British Second World War war film starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd and directed by Michael Anderson. The film recreates the true story of Operation Chastise when ...more

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Track of the Cat Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Tab Hunter Track of the Cat is a 1954 film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright. The film is based on a 1949 adventure novel of the same name by Walter Van Tilburg ...more

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Executive Suite Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Shelley Winters Executive Suite is a 1954 MGM drama film depicting the internal struggle for control of a furniture manufacturing company after the unexpected death of the company's CEO. The film stars William ...more

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Phffft Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday Phffft is a 1954 black-and-white romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, and Jack Carson, and features Kim Novak in a small but notable role. The picture was written by George ...more

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River of No Return Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun River of No Return is a 1954 American Western film directed by Otto Preminger and starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. The screenplay by Frank Fenton is based on a story by Louis Lantz, ...more

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. It was the first CinemaScope science fiction film and ...more

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Hobson's Choice Charles Laughton, John Mills, John Laurie Hobson's Choice is a 1954 romantic comedy film directed by David Lean. It is based on the play of the same name by Harold Brighouse. It stars Charles Laughton in the role of Victorian bootmaker ...more

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Suddenly Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, Paul Frees Suddenly is a 1954 American film noir thriller directed by Lewis Allen with a screenplay written by Richard Sale. The drama features Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason and Nancy ...more

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The Barefoot Contessa Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien The Barefoot Contessa is a 1954 drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz about the life and loves of fictional Spanish sex symbol Maria Vargas. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Ava ...more

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Magnificent Obsession Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead Magnificent Obsession is a 1954 Universal-International Technicolor romantic feature film directed by Douglas Sirk; starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The screenplay was written by Robert ...more

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The Bridges at Toko-Ri Grace Kelly, Mickey Rooney, William Holden The Bridges at Toko-Ri is a film from 1954 that was directed by Mark Robson and was based on the novel by James Michener about a U.S. Navy pilot assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended ...more

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The Country Girl Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, William Holden The Country Girl is a 1954 American drama film directed by George Seaton and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and William Holden. Adapted by George Seaton from Clifford Odets' 1950 play of the ...more

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Johnny Guitar Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Royal Dano Johnny Guitar is a 1954 American Republic Pictures western drama film starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, and Scott Brady. The screenplay was based upon a novel by Roy ...more

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Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan ...more

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Les Diaboliques Simone Signoret, Michel Serrault, Paul Meurisse Les Diaboliques, released as Diabolique in the United States and variously translated as The Devils or The Fiends, is a 1955 French black-and-white psychological thriller feature film directed ...more

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King Richard and the Crusaders Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Laurence Harvey King Richard and the Crusaders is a 1954 historical drama film made by Warner Bros. It was directed by David Butler and produced by Henry Blanke from a screenplay by John Twist based on Sir ...more

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It Should Happen to You Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday, John Saxon It Should Happen to You is a romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday and Peter Lawford, and notable as the first major screen appearance of Jack Lemmon, who was then an aspiring young actor. ...more

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The High and the Mighty John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor The High and the Mighty is a 1954 American "disaster" film directed by William A. Wellman and written by Ernest K. Gann who also wrote the novel on which his screenplay was based. The ...more

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The Egyptian Gene Tierney, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov The Egyptian is an American 1954 DeLuxe Color epic film made in CinemaScope by 20th Century Fox, directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It is based on Mika Waltari's novel ...more

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Woman's World Lauren Bacall, Fred MacMurray, June Allyson Woman's World, also known as A Woman's World, is a 1954 Technicolor drama film about corporate America. Three men compete for the top job at a large company.

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Living It Up Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Janet Leigh Living It Up is a 1954 film comedy starring the team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and released by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by Norman Taurog and produced by Paul Jones. The ...more

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White Christmas Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film ...more

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Malaga Maureen O'Hara, Macdonald Carey, Binnie Barnes Malaga is a 1954 British film starring Maureen O'Hara as a former O.S.S. James Bond-type secret agent and Macdonald Carey as a smuggler. It was directed by Richard Sale on location in Malaga and ...more

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The Student Prince John Williams, Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth The Student Prince is a 1954 CinemaScope color film musical featuring, as the credits read, "the singing voice of Mario Lanza". Lanza had become embroiled in a bitter dispute with ...more

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Private Hell 36 Ida Lupino, Dorothy Malone, Dean Jagger Private Hell 36 is a 1954 black-and-white film noir, directed by Don Siegel. It features Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, among others. The picture was one of the last feature-length ...more

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Rogue Cop Janet Leigh, Anne Francis, Robert Taylor Rogue Cop is a 1954 film noir directed by Roy Rowland, based on the novel by William P. McGivern, and starring Robert Taylor, Janet Leigh, and George Raft.

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Vera Cruz Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, and featuring Denise Darcel, Sara Montiel, Cesar Romero, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Jack ...more

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The Last Time I Saw Paris Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Eva Gabor The Last Time I Saw Paris is a 1954 romantic drama made by MGM. It is loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Babylon Revisited." It was directed by Richard Brooks, ...more

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Garden of Evil Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Rita Moreno Garden of Evil is a Western film about three somewhat disreputable 19th-century soldiers of fortune, played by Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark, and Cameron Mitchell, who are hired by a woman, ...more

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Apache Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson, Jean Peters Apache is a 1954 Western film starring Burt Lancaster.

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Carnival Story Anne Baxter, George Nader, Steve Cochran Carnival Story is a 1954 film directed by Kurt Neumann, produced by Frank King and Maurice King, starring Anne Baxter and Steve Cochran, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Sometimes this film ...more

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Elephant Walk Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Finch, Dana Andrews Elephant Walk is a 1954 Paramount Pictures film, directed by William Dieterle, and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch and Abraham Sofaer. It is based upon the novel Elephant ...more

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Demetrius and the Gladiators Anne Bancroft, Julie Newmar, Ernest Borgnine Demetrius and the Gladiators is a fictional 1954 sword-and-sandal drama film and a sequel to The Robe. The picture was made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Frank ...more

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Broken Lance Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark Broken Lance is a 1954 Western film made by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Sol C. Siegel. The movie stars Spencer Tracy and features Robert Wagner, Jean Peters ...more

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Désirée Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Merle Oberon Désirée is a 1954 historical film biography made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Henry Koster and produced by Julian Blaustein from a screenplay by Daniel Taradash, based ...more

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Baby Buggy Bunny Mel Blanc Baby Buggy Bunny is a Merrie Melodies animated short film directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese in 1954. The story is about a dwarf gangster named "Babyface" Finster ...more

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Brigadoon Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson Brigadoon is a 1954 MGM musical feature film made in CinemaScope and Ansco Color based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. The film was directed by ...more

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Cattle Queen of Montana Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck, Jack Elam Cattle Queen of Montana is a 1954 American Western film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. The supporting cast includes Jack Elam, Chubby Johnson, and Morris ...more