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The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s

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The 1950s: in America, the decade is synonymous with rock 'n' roll, bobby socks, and the movies. If that last one didn't come to mind before, it certainly will after you read through this list. These are the very best Oscar nominated and winning movies of the 1950s, as ranked by you. These 1950s movies nominated for Best Picture make up a wide-ranging collection. Some are laugh-out-loud comedies, featuring legends like Gene Kelly and Spencer Tracy. Others are stirring dramas starring the likes of Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, and Audrey Hepburn. Whichever flick is your favorite, you will likely agree that these Oscar-nominated 1950s movies are some of the best films of all time.

What films will you find on this list of 1950s Best Picture winners and nominees? Gloria Swanson captivated movie-goers with her portrayal of aging movie star Norma Desmond in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. The Billy Wilder-directed film was even nominated Best Picture. Roman Holiday is another good Oscar-nominated movie from the 1950s. Best Picture winner All About Eve gave audiences an inside look at the competitive world of contemporary Hollywood. Other great films featured on this list include A Place in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Quiet Man.

Which 1950s Oscar nominee should top the list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite films a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot.

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    The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    Nominated in 1956.

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    All About Eve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    All About Eve

    Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis

    Released1950

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Won Best Picture in 1950.

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    Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Sunset Boulevard

    William Holden, Buster Keaton

    Released1950

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Nominated in 1950.

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    12 Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    12 Angry Men

    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman

    Released1957

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Nominated in 1957.

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    Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Won Best Picture in 1959.

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    The Quiet Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    The Quiet Man

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1952

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Nominated in 1952.

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    The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden

    Released1957

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Won Best Picture in 1957.

  • 8
    The King and I is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    The King and I

    Nominated in 1956.

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    The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    The Diary of Anne Frank

    Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn

    Released1959

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Nominated in 1959.

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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Nominated in 1958.

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    From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    From Here to Eternity

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster

    Released1953

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    Won Best Picture in 1953.

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    A Streetcar Named Desire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh

    Released1951

    Directed byElia Kazan

    Nominated in 1951.

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    Roman Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Roman Holiday

    Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck

    Released1953

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Nominated in 1953.

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    Shane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Shane

    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur

    Released1953

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Nominated in 1953.

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    High Noon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    High Noon

    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper

    Released1952

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    Nominated in 1952.

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    On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    On the Waterfront

    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1954

    Directed byElia Kazan

    Won Best Picture in 1954.

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    Giant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Giant

    Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean

    Released1956

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Nominated in 1956.

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    The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    The Caine Mutiny

    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin

    Released1954

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    Nominated in 1954.

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  • 19
    Mister Roberts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon

    Released1955

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

    Nominated in 1955.

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    Witness for the Prosecution is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Witness for the Prosecution

    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

    Released1957

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Nominated in 1957.

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    Seven Brides for Seven Brother is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Julie Newmar, Jane Powell

    Released1954

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Nominated in 1954.

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    Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Father of the Bride

    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy

    Released1950

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Nominated in 1950.

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    Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Anatomy of a Murder

    James Stewart, George C. Scott

    Released1959

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Nominated in 1959.

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    Auntie Mame is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    Auntie Mame

    Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker

    Released1958

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    Nominated in 1958.

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    An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s
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    An American in Paris

    Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

    Released1951

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Won Best Picture in 1951.

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