50s The Best Movies of 1954  

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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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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. Originally released by Paramount ...more
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On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1954
Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger
On the Waterfront is a 1954 American 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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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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Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland
This film is a 1954 3-D American thriller film in Warnercolor directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings. The screenplay and the successful stage play ...more
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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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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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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.
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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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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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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno
Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese Jidaigeki adventure film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven ronin to combat bandits ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, William Conrad
The Naked Jungle is a 1954 film directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. Telling the story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation, it was ...more
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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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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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Shelley Winters, Alan Ladd, Hugh O'Brian
Saskatchewan is a 1954 fictional American Northern/ western Technicolor film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Alan Ladd and Shelley Winters. The film was shot in Banff National Park, ...more
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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.