#1 12 Angry Men 1957
Life is in their hands. Death is on their minds
Director: Sidney Lumet. Cast: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Henry Fonda, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Robert Webber, Rudy Bond, James Kelly, Billy Nelson.
Overview: 12 Angry Men is the 1957 film debut for director Sidney Lumet. An interpretion from a Broadway show, this film is about 12 jurors who must decide whether an 18-year-old is guilty of killing his father.
Genres: Drama, Mystery. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: G.
#2 Seven Samurai 1954
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Katô, Isao Kimura, Keiko Tsushima.
Overview: A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.
Genres: Action, Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: Japan. Runtime: 3h 27m. Rated: NR.
#3 Rear Window 1954
Directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert Coleman. Cast: Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Judith Evelyn, Ross Bagdasarian, Georgine Darcy, Sara Berner, Frank Cady, Jesslyn Fax, Rand Harper, Irene Winston, Havis Davenport.
Overview: Jefferies has had his leg in a cast for weeks and has nothing to do but watch his neighbors from his window. His voyeurism leads him to think that he’s witnessed a murder. Together with his girlfriend Lisa and his nurse Stella they try to solve the mystery and possibly a murder.
Genres: Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: PG.
#4 Sunset Boulevard 1950
"I'm ready for my close-up!"
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper, Anna Q. Nilsson, Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, H.B. Warner.
Overview: A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 50m. Rated: NR.
#5 North by Northwest 1959
It's a deadly game of 'tag' and Cary Grant is 'it'...
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Philip Coolidge, Doreen Lang, Josephine Hutchinson, Leo G. Carroll, Philip Ober, Adam Williams, Edward Platt, Robert Ellenstein, Martin Landau, Les Tremayne, Patrick McVey.
Overview: An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: G.
#6 Paths of Glory 1957
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson, Joe Turkel, Timothy Carey.
Overview: Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.
Genres: Drama, History, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 26m. Rated: NR.
#7 The Human Condition I: No Greater Love 1959
The Immortal Story
Director: Masaki Kobayashi. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima, Sô Yamamura, Akira Ishihama, Kôji Nanbara, Seiji Miyaguchi, Tōru Abe, Masao Mishima, Eitarô Ozawa, Kôji Mitsui, Akitake Kôno, Nobuo Nakamura, Kyû Sazanka.
Overview: A Japanese pacifist and socialist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.
Genres: War, Drama, History. Country: Japan. Runtime: 3h 26m.
#8 Vertigo 1958
Alfred Hitchcock engulfs you in a whirlpool of terror and tension
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick.
Overview: An ex-police officer is asked to follow an old friends wife who thinks she is being followed by ghosts. A classic Hitchcock about a man who’s afraid of heights and a woman he must unfortunately follow to great heights.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Mystery, Romance, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 9m. Rated: PG.
#9 All About Eve 1950
It's all about women...and their men!
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates, Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter, Walter Hampden, Randy Stuart, Craig Hill, Leland Harris, Barbara White.
Overview: Aspiring actress Eve Harrington maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star Margo Channing, playwright Lloyd Richards and director Bill Sampson.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 18m. Rated: PG.
#10 Rashomon 1950
The husband, the wife...or the bandit?
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshirō Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijirô Ueda, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Katô.
Overview: In ancient Japan a crime take place as told from three different travelers who have experienced the crime: a man being killed and his wife being raped. Which if any of the stories is true? A Akira Kurosawa film about morals, truth, and communication.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 28m. Rated: NR.
#11 Singin' in the Rain 1952
Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly. Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley, Rita Moreno.
Overview: Hollywood's attempts to move from the 'silent' era to the 'Talkies' are not going as planned.
Genres: Comedy, Musical. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 43m. Rated: G.
#12 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
Be Happy in Your Work...
Director: David Lean. Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, André Morell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert, Harold Goodwin, Ann Sears, Heihachirô Ôkawa, Keiichirô Katsumoto.
Overview: A classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.
Genres: Drama, History, War. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 41m. Rated: PG.
#13 Some Like It Hot 1959
The movie too HOT for words!
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E. Brown, Nehemiah Persoff, Joan Shawlee, Barbara Drew, Edward G. Robinson Jr., Pat O'Brien, George E. Stone, Mike Mazurki.
Overview: Two musicians witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl as they leave on a tour. To make their getaway, they must first disguise themselves as women, then keep their identities secret and deal with the problems this brings - such as an attractive bandmate rich and very determined suitor.
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Musical, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h. Rated: PG-13.
#14 Witness for the Prosecution 1957
The most electrifying entertainment of our time!
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Ian Wolfe, Torin Thatcher, Norma Varden, Una O'Connor, Francis Compton, Philip Tonge, Ruta Lee, Bess Flowers, Leoda Richards.
Overview: When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is supposed to be on a diet of bland, civil suits—but the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult.
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Crime. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m. Rated: NR.
#15 On the Waterfront 1954
Director: Elia Kazan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield.
Overview: On the Waterfront is a social criticism gangster film from director Elia Kazan, about an ex-boxer, who is part of the corruption of the trade unions for the men working on the waterfront in New York. A film about mob violence that won eight Academy Awards.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 48m. Rated: NR.
#16 Wild Strawberries 1957
Directors: Gösta Ekman, Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jullan Kindahl, Gunnar Sjöberg, Max von Sydow, Åke Fridell, Ann-Marie Wiman.
Overview: Professor of medicine Isak Borg travels to Lund University in order to receive his anniversary title. Along the road he meets strangers and relatives, and in his dreams he is confronted with his own past as well as fear of insufficiency.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 1h 31m.
#17 The Seventh Seal 1957
Director: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill, Maud Hansson, Inga Landgré, Gunnel Lindblom, Bertil Anderberg, Anders Ek, Åke Fridell, Gunnar Olsson, Erik Strandmark.
Overview: Ingmar Bergmann’s masterpiece film about confronting death. Death comes to a knight upon his arrival from battle and attempts to take him away. The knight challenges Death to a chess match as the people around them are haunted by the plague. The Seventh Seal comes from a riddle about crusaders who arrive home after a few years to find their people affected by the plague.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Indie. Country: Sweden. Runtime: 1h 32m. Rated: NR.
#18 The Wages of Fear 1953
Dynamic Tremendous Shattering
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli, Véra Clouzot, Antonio Centa, Luis De Lima, Jo Dest, Darío Moreno, William Tubbs, Grégoire Gromoff, Joseph Palau-Fabre, Darling Légitimus, François Valorbe.
Overview: In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers on the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can result in death.
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Adventure. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 11m. Rated: PG-13.
#19 Ikiru 1952
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Takashi Shimura, Shinichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Nobuo Kaneko, Bokuzen Hidari, Miki Odagiri.
Overview: Kanji Watanabe is a middle-aged man who has worked in the same monotonous bureaucratic position for decades. Learning he has cancer, he starts to look for the meaning of his life.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 23m.
#20 Touch of Evil 1958
THE STRANGEST VENGEANCE EVER PLANNED!
Director: Orson Welles. Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Valentin de Vargas, Mort Mills, Victor Millan, Lalo Rios, Michael Sargent, Phil Harvey, Joi Lansing.
Overview: Stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in Mexican border town.
Genres: Crime, Film Noir, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 46m. Rated: PG-13.
#21 The Great War 1959
Director: Mario Monicelli. Cast: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier, Folco Lulli, Vittorio Sanipoli, Romolo Valli, Mario Valdemarin, Nicola Arigliano, Livio Lorenzon, Tiberio Mitri, Carlo D'Angelo, Tiberio Murgia, Marcello Giorda, Achille Compagnoni, Geronimo Meynier.
Overview: Italy, 1916. Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca are called, as all the Italian youths, to serve the army in the WWI. They both try in every way to avoid serving the army.
Genres: Drama, Comedy, War. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 17m.
#22 Tokyo Story 1953
Director: Yasujirô Ozu. Cast: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, Sô Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake, Kyôko Kagawa, Eijirô Tôno, Nobuo Nakamura, Shirô Osaka, Hisao Toake, Teruko Nagaoka.
Overview: An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 16m.
#23 Diabolique 1955
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard, Pierre Larquey, Michel Serrault, Thérèse Dorny, Noël Roquevert, Yves-Marie Maurin, Georges Poujouly, Georges Chamarat, Jacques Varennes.
Overview: Les Diaboliques is a mystery thriller from French director Henri-Georges Clouzot about a triangle relationship that leads to murder.The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
Genres: Foreign, Horror, Thriller. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 47m.
#24 Strangers on a Train 1951
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Patricia Hitchcock, Norma Varden, Marion Lorne, Jonathan Hale, Howard St. John, John Brown, Robert Gist, Kasey Rogers.
Overview: Strangers on a Train is a typical Hitchcock thriller with all the elements of a suspense film masterpiece: The innocent man is being chased for a crime he didn’t do.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: PG.
#25 Umberto D. 1952
Director: Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Elena Rea, Memmo Carotenuto, Ileana Simova, Alberto Albani Barbieri, Lamberto Maggiorani.
Overview: When elderly pensioner Umberto Domenico Ferrari returns to his boarding house from a protest calling for a hike in old-age pensions, his landlady demands her 15,000-lire rent by the end of the month or he and his small dog will be turned out onto the street. Unable to get the money in time, Umberto fakes illness to get sent to a hospital, giving his beloved dog to the landlady's pregnant and abandoned maid for temporary safekeeping.
Genre: Drama. Country: Italy. Runtime: 1h 31m.
#26 High Noon 1952
The story of a man who was too proud to run.
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Ian MacDonald, Eve McVeagh, Morgan Farley, Harry Shannon, Lee Van Cleef, Robert J. Wilke, Sheb Wooley.
Overview: High Noon is about a recently freed leader of a gang of bandits in the desert who is looking to get revenge on the Sheriff who put him in jail. A legendary western film from the Austrian director Fred Zinnemann.
Genre: Western. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 25m. Rated: PG.
#27 Sansho the Bailiff 1954
A film of unparalleled beauty by the great Japanese Master Kenji Mizoguchi
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Akitake Kôno, Masao Shimizu, Ken Mitsuda, Kazukimi Okuni, Yôko Kosono, Noriko Tachibana, Ichirô Sugai, Teruko Omi, Chieko Naniwa, Kikue Môri, Ryôsuke Kagawa.
Overview: In medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.
Genre: Drama. Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 4m.
#28 Nights of Cabiria 1957
Director: Federico Fellini. Cast: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi.
Overview: Cabiria is a wide-eyed waif, a streetwalker living in a poor section of Rome where she owns her little house, has a bank account, and dreams of a miracle. We follow her nights (and days): a boyfriend steals 40,000 lire from her and nearly drowns her, a movie star on the Via Veneto takes her home with him, at a local shrine she seeks the Madonna's intercession, then she meets an accountant who's seen her, hypnotized on a vaudeville stage, acting out her heart's longings. He courts her. Is it fate that led to their meeting? Is this finally a man who appreciates her for who she is?
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 1h 50m.
#29 Ace in the Hole 1951
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Lewis Martin, John Berkes, Frances Dominguez, Gene Evans, Frank Jaquet, Harry Harvey, Bob Bumpas, Geraldine Hall.
Overview: A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to revitalize his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control media circus.
Genres: Drama, Film Noir. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 51m.
#30 The Young and the Damned 1950
Director: Luis Buñuel. Cast: Alfonso Mejía, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán, Roberto Cobo, Alma Delia Fuentes, Francisco Jambrina, Jesús Navarro, Efraín Arauz, Jorge Pérez, Javier Amézcua, Mário Ramírez.
Overview: A gang of slum kids resort to deliquency as a defense against poverty and societal indifference.
Genres: Crime, Drama. Country: Mexico. Runtime: 1h 25m.
#31 La Strada 1954
Director: Federico Fellini. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani, Marcella Rovere, Livia Venturini, Gustavo Giorgi, Yami Kamadeva, Mario Passante, Anna Primula.
Overview: With this poetically fabulous film classic Italian director Federico Fellini makes a world wide success of emotional melodrama and a highlight of the Italian Neo-realism movement.
Genres: Drama, Road Movie. Country: Italy. Runtime: 1h 44m.
#32 Rififi 1955
Director: Jules Dassin. Cast: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey, Magali Noël, Marie Sabouret, Robert Hossein, Claude Sylvain, Jules Dassin.
Overview: Rififi is a classic film noir with a famous 20 minute long break-in in absolute silence. A classic film noir.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Foreign. Country: France. Runtime: 2h 26m.
#33 Ben-Hur 1959
The entertainment experience of a lifetime.
Director: William Wyler. Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Frank Thring, Sam Jaffe, Ady Berber, Finlay Currie, André Morell, Terence Longdon, Lando Buzzanca, Giuliano Gemma.
Overview: Judah Ben-Hur, a Palestinian Jew, is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. He finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.
Genres: Adventure, History. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 3h 42m. Rated: G.
#34 The Night of the Hunter 1955
The wedding night, the anticipation, the kiss, the knife, BUT ABOVE ALL...THE SUSPENSE!
Director: Charles Laughton. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce, Gloria Castillo, James Griffith, Gloria Pall.
Overview: In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.
Genres: Thriller, Crime. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 33m.
#35 Ugetsu 1953
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Eitarô Ozawa, Ikio Sawamura, Mitsuko Mito, Kikue Môri, Ryôsuke Kagawa, Eigoro Onoe, Sugisaku Aoyama, Saburo Date.
Overview: In the civil wars of 16th century Japan, two ambitious peasants want to make their fortunes. The potter Genjuro intends to sell his wares for vast profits in the local city, while his brother-in-law Tobei wishes to become a samurai.
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Mystery. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 34m.
#36 The 400 Blows 1959
Angel faces hell-bent for violence.
Director: François Truffaut. Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay, Robert Beauvais, Yvonne Claudie, Pierre Repp, Guy Decomble.
Overview: Intensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 39m. Rated: NR.
#37 The Killing 1956
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor, Ted de Corsia, Joe Sawyer, James Edwards, Timothy Carey, Joe Turkel, Jay Adler, Kola Kwariani, Tito Vuolo, Dorothy Adams.
Overview: The Killing was Stanley Kubrick’s first film with a professional cast and the first time he achieved public recognition as the unconventional director he’s now known for. The story is of ex-prisoners who plan to set up a racetrack so they can live a life without monetary worries. One of the more exceptional films of the 1950’s.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film Noir. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 25m.
#38 Stalag 17 1953
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand, Sig Ruman, William Pierson, Gil Stratton, Jay Lawrence.
Overview: Stalag 17 is a war time film from director Billy Wilder set in a German prison camp. The story follows a group of Americans that want to break out.
Genres: Drama, History, Romance, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m.
#39 Sweet Smell of Success 1957
This is the story of J.J. - But not the way he wants it told
Director: Alexander Mackendrick. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Sam Levene, Barbara Nichols, Jeff Donnell, Edith Atwater, Joe Frisco, Emile Meyer.
Overview: Sweet Smell of Success is a Film Noir from American director Alexander Mackendrick. This drama tells the defamation of a media mogul against a jazz musician who wants to marry his sister.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: NR.
#40 Anatomy of a Murder 1959
Director: Otto Preminger. Cast: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Duke Ellington, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown.
Overview: Paul Biegler is a small town lawyer who until recently had been the local prosecutor and given a lack of clients, he spends a lot of time fishing. When a murder takes place in a trailer park on the outskirts of town, he is asked to defend Lt. Frederick Manion who admits to having killed Barney Quill, a local bar owner who allegedly raped his wife. He now claims temporary insanity. The case is both
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 40m.
#41 Throne of Blood 1957
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Akira Kubo, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Takashi Shimura.
Overview: Mikio and Washizu are the commanders of the 1st and 2nd Fortress under a local lord, who reigns in the Spiders' Web Castle. After defeating the lord's enemies in battle, they visit the fortress. Washizu, driven by his wife, conspires and murders the lord, becoming lord of the castle. But his evil deeds come back to haunt him.
Genres: Eastern, Foreign, History. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 49m.
#42 Dial M For Murder 1954
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson.
Overview: Inspector Hubbard has to explain an extremely tricky case of keeping Mrs. Margot Wendice from capital punishment. Hitchcock has created with this film an almost perfect Murder, and made Grace Kelly famous.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 44m. Rated: PG.
#43 Ballad of a Soldier 1959
From the very pages of life itself!
Director: Grigoriy Chukhray. Cast: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Nikolay Kryuchkov, Antonina Maksimova, Elza Lezhdey, Georgiy Yumatov, Gennadiy Yukhtin, Lev Borisov, Vladimir Pokrovskiy, Valentina Markova, Yevgeni Teterin, Yuriy Dubrovin, Leonid Chubarov.
Overview: During World War II, earnest young Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is rewarded with a short leave of absence for performing a heroic deed on the battlefield. Feeling homesick, he decides to visit his mother. Due to his kindhearted nature, however, Alyosha is repeatedly sidetracked by his efforts to help those he encounters, including a lovely girl named Shura. In his tour of a country devastated by war, he struggles to keep hope alive.
Genres: Drama, Romance, War. Country: Soviet Union. Runtime: 1h 29m.
#44 Fires on the Plain 1959
Director: Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Eiji Funakoshi, Osamu Takizawa, Mickey Curtis, Mantarô Ushio, Kyû Sazanka, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi.
Overview: An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II, Kon Ichikawa’s Fires on the Plain is a compelling descent into psychological and physical oblivion. Denied hospital treatment for tuberculosis and cast off into the unknown, Private Tamura treks across an unfamiliar Philippine landscape, encountering an increasingly debased cross section of Imperial Army soldiers, who eventually give in to the most terrifying craving of all. Grisly yet poetic, Fires on the Plain is one of the most powerful works from one of Japanese cinema’s most versatile filmmakers.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, War. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 48m.
#45 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
...Blanche, who wanted so much to stay a lady...
Director: Elia Kazan. Cast: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Rudy Bond, Nick Dennis, Peg Hillias, Wright King, Richard Garrick, Ann Dere, Edna Thomas, Mickey Kuhn, Mel Archer, Marietta Canty, John George.
Overview: A Streetcar Named Desire is the film adaptation from the play by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan. The film tells the drama story of the conflict between run down southern states and the exemplary industrial states in the north. Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 5m. Rated: PG.
#46 The Life of Oharu 1952
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshiro Mifune, Toshiaki Konoe, Kiyoko Tsuji, Hisako Yamane, Jukichi Uno, Eitarô Shindô, Akira Ôizumi, Kyôko Kusajima, Masao Shimizu, Daisuke Katô, Toranosuke Ogawa, Hiroshi Oizumi.
Overview: A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society, Kenji Mizoguchi had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in 1952. But this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the astounding Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained the director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.
Country: Japan. Runtime: 2h 28m.
#47 The Cranes are Flying 1957
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov. Cast: Tatyana Samojlova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasili Merkuryev.
Overview: Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.
Genre: Drama. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 1h 37m.
#48 Harvey 1950
Director: Henry Koster. Cast: James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway, Victoria Horne, Jesse White, William H. Lynn, Wallace Ford, Nana Bryant, Grayce Mills, Clem Bevans.
Overview: The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.
Genres: Comedy, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 44m.
#49 A Man Escaped 1957
Director: Robert Bresson. Cast: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod, Jacques Ertaud, Jean Paul Delhumeau, Roger Treherne.
Overview: French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape. Then, on the same day, he is condemned to death, and given a new cellmate. Should he kill him, or risk revealing his plans to someone who may be a Gestapo informer?
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 39m.
#50 The Burmese Harp 1956
Director: Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Jun Hamamura, Taketoshi Naitô, Shunji Kasuga, Kô Nishimura, Keishichi Nakahara.
Overview: In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Music, War. Country: Japan. Runtime: 1h 56m.
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