Aaron’s 100 Favorite Movies of the 1950s

Aaron: Leave it to Alex to format his list in a special way that looks good and would take me an hour to replicate. Alex, you love, er, gilding lilies. So here is my list. I think we have a lot in common, and there are very few movies on your list that I don’t like (most of the ones you have that I don’t are ones that I haven’t seen, others are ones that just missed my 100).

Aaron’s Top Ten Films of the 1950s

1 Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
2 In a Lonely Place (N. Ray, 1950)
3 The River (Renoir, 1951)
4 Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
5 Pather Panchali (S. Ray, 1955)
6 The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959)
7 Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955)
8 Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959)
9 Written on the Wind (Sirk, 1956)
10 A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1956)

And the rest of ’em, in alphabetical order:

3:10 to Yuma (Daves, 1957)
99 RIver Street (Karlson, 1953)
All About Eve (Mankiewicz, 1950)
Angel Face (Preminger, 1952)
Anatomy of a Murder (Preminger, 1959)
Aparajito (Ray, 1956)
Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda, 1958)
Asphalt Jungle (Huston, 1950)
Bad and the Beautiful, The (Minnelli, 1952)
Band Wagon, The (Minnelli, 1953)

Bend of the River (Mann, 1952)
Big Combo, The (Lewis, 1955)
Big Heat, The (Lang, 1953)
Big Knife, The (Aldrich, 1955)
Bigger than Life (Ray, 1956)
Bob le Flambeur (Melville, 1956)
Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger, 1958)
Broken Arrow (Mann, 1950)
Casque D’Or (Becker, 1952)
Catered Affair, A (Brooks, 1956)

Clash by Night (Lang, 1952)
Cranes are Flying, The (Kalatozov, 1957)
Diary of a Country Priest (Bresson, 1951)
Earrings of Madame de…, The (Ophüls, 1953)
East of Eden (Kazan 1955)
Elevator to the Gallows (Malle, 1958)
Face in the Crowd, A (Kazan, 1957)
Far Country, The (Mann, 1954)
Floating Weeds (Ozu, 1959)
Forty Guns (Fuller, 1957)

French Cancan (Renoir, 1954)
Girl Can’t Help It, The (Tashlin, 1956)
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Resnais, 1959)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Siegel, 1956)
Jet Pilot (von Sternberg/Furthman/Ray, 1949-57)
Johnny Guitar (Ray, 1954)
Journey in Italy (Rossellini, 1954)
Kanal (Wajda, 1957)
Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, 1955)
Life of Oharu, The (Mizoguchi, 1952)

Lola Montès (Ophüls, 1955)
Lusty Men, The  (Ray, 1952)
Man From Laramie, The (Mann, 1955)
Mon Oncle (Tati, 1958)
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Tati, 1953)
Murder by Contract (Lerner, 1958)
Naked Spur, The (Mann, 1954)
Narrow Margin, The (Fleischer, 1952)
Niagara (Hathaway, 1953)
Night and the City (Dassin, 1950)

Nightfall (Tourneur, 195
Nights of Cabiria (Fellini, 1957)
North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 1959)
On Dangerous Ground (Ray, 1952)
Ordet (Dreyer, 1955)
Pickpocket (Bresson, 1959)
Pickup on South Street (Fuller, 1953)
Plasir, Le (Ophüls, 1951)
Ransom! (Segal, 1956)
Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1950)

Rebel Without a Cause (Ray, 1955)
Ride Lonesome (Boetticher, 1959)
Rififi (Dassin, 1955)
Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi, 1954)
Sawdust and Tinsel (Bergman, 1953)
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
Seven Year Itch, The (Wilder, 1955)
Shane (Stevens, 1953)
Singin’ in the Rain (Donnen, 1952)
Some Came Running (Minnelli, 1958)

Some Like it Hot (Wilder, 1959)
Stalag 17 (Wilder, 1953)
Stars in My Crown (Tourneur, 1950)
Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, 1951)
Sunset Blvd. (Wilder, 1950)
Sweet Smell of Success (Mackendrick, 1957)
Tall T, The (Boetticher, 1957)
There’s Always Tomorrow (Sirk, 1956)
Touch of Evil (Welles, 1958)
Touchez pas au Grisbi (Becker, 1954)

Ugetsu (Mizoguchi, 1953)
Umberto D. (De Sica, 1952)
Vitelloni, I (Fellini, 1953)
Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
Wages of Fear, The (Clouzot, 1953)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (Preminger, 1950)
Wichita (Tourneur, 1955)
Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Tashlin, 1957)
World of Apu, The (Ray, 1959)

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About Aaron & Alex

We're two highly opinionated, movie-going, liberal, cynical, (single) New York Jews who like to bitch about movies.
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