Alex’s 100 Favorite Movies of the 1950s

Alex: So our beloved circle of film nerds/experts/snobs — I refer, of course, to the voting body of the Ira Awards — are now doing a decade-by-decade round-up, starting, this year, with the 1950s. By New Year’s Day each voter was supposed to submit his own personal list of the 100 best movies of the 1950s.

I won’t bore you with the next steps — mostly because I don’t really understand them — but all of this will lead to an aggregate list, and on Ira Night 2013 (start shopping for dresses now, ladies) we’ll rank all 100 of those titles.

In the meantime, here are Aaron’s and my personal lists. Although we’re not required — we’re not even supposed — to rank the titles, we thought it would be fun to pull out our top ten anyway.

So. Without further blah-blah, here are Alex’s 100 Favorite Movies of the 1950s:

Top Ten:

1. Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi, 1954)

2. The River (Renoir, 1951)

3. The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice (Ozu, 1952)

4. Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys! (McCarey, 1958)

5. The Earrings of Madame de… (Ophuls, 1953)

6. I Confess (Hitchcock, 1953)

7. Elevator to the Gallows (Malle, 1958)

8. Kanal (Wajda, 1957)

9. Touch of Evil (Welles, 1958)

10. Ugetsu (Mizoguchi, 1953)

And the remaining 90, in alphabetical order:

3:10 to Yuma (Daves, 1957)
99 River Street (Karlson, 1953)
The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959)
All about Eve (Mankiewicz, 1950)
All that Heaven Allows (Sirk, 1955)
Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda, 1958)
The Asphalt Jungle (Huston, 1950)
Bad Day at Black Rock (J. Sturges, 1954)
The Band Wagon (Minnelli, 1953)
Bend of the River (Mann, 1952)

The Big Combo (Lewis, 1955)
Bigger than Life (N. Ray, 1956)
Bob le Flambeur (Melville, 1956)
The Big Heat (Lang, 1953)
A Catered Affair (Brooks, 1956)
Clash by Night (Lang, 1952)
The Cranes are Flying (Kalatozov, 1957)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (Arnold, 1954)
Day of the Outlaw (de Toth, 1959)
Detective Story (Wyler, 1951)

Early Spring (Ozu, 1956)
Early Summer (Ozu, 1951)
East of Eden (Kazan, 1955)
A Face in the Crowd (Kazan, 1957)
The Far Country (Mann, 1954)
Floating Clouds (Naruse, 1955)
Floating Weeds (Ozu, 1959)
The Furies (Mann, 1950)
A Generation (Wajda, 1955)
Great Day in the Morning (Tourneur, 1956)

Hiroshima Mon Amour (Resnais, 1959)
House of Bamboo (Fuller, 1955)
In a Lonely Place (N. Ray, 1950)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Siegel, 1956)
The Killing (Kubrick, 1956)
Limelight (Chaplin, 1952)
The Lusty Men (N. Ray, 1952)
A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1956)
The Man from Laramie (Mann, 1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Hitchcock, 1956)

The Naked Spur (Mann, 1953)
The Narrow Margin (Fleischer, 1952)
Night and the City (Dassin, 1950)
The Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955)
Nightfall (Tourneur, 1957)
Nights of Cabiria (Fellini, 1957)
North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 1959)
On Dangerous Ground (N. Ray, 1952)
Ordet (Dreyer, 1955)
Orpheus (Cocteau, 1950)

Pather Panchali (S. Ray, 1955)
The Phenix City Story (Karlson, 1955)
Pickpocket (Bresson, 1952)
Pickup on South Street (Fuller, 1953)
Le Plaisir (Ophuls, 1952)
Pyaasa (Dutt, 1957)
Ransom! (Segal, 1956)
Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1950)
Ride Lonesome (Boetticher, 1959)
Rififi (Dassin, 1955)

Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959)
Room at the Top (Clayton, 1959)
Sabrina (Wilder, 1954)
Seven Men from Now (Boetticher, 1956)
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
Singin’ in the Rain (Donen, 1952)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman, 1955)
Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959)
Stars in My Crown (Tourneur, 1950)
Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, 1951)

Street of Shame (Mizoguchi, 1956)
Sunset Blvd. (Wilder, 1950)
Sweet Smell of Success (Mackendrick, 1957)
The Tall T (Boetticher, 1957)
There’s Always Tomorrow (Sirk, 1956)
Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, 1957)
To Catch a Thief (Hitchcock, 1955)
Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Becker, 1954)
Viaggio in Italia (Rossellini, 1955)

I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953)
The Wages of Fear (Clouzot, 1953)
Wagon Master (Ford, 1950)
The War of the Worlds (Haskin, 1953)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (Preminger, 1950)
Wichita (Tourneur, 1957)
Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
Winchester 73 (Mann, 1950)
Witness for the Prosecution (Wilder, 1957)
Written on the Wind (Sirk, 1956)

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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