The 2012 Ira Winners, Part 1: The Best of the 1950s.

Here are the 100 best films of the 1950s, ranked according to the judgment of our august body:

1. The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophüls, 1953)
2. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
4. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
5. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
6. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
7. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959)
8. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
9. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
10. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)

11. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)
12. Some Came Running (Vincente Minnelli, 1958)
13. Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)
14. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller, 1953)
15. Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956)
16. The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953)
17. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)
18. The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)
19. Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder, 1950)
20. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)

21. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann, 1953)
22. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)
23. Night and the City (Jules Dassin, 1950)
24. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
25. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
26. French Cancan (Jean Renoir, 1954)
27. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)
28. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
29. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
30. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)

31. Kanal (Andrzej Wajda, 1956)
32. On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray, 1952)
33. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
34. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray, 1956)
35. Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu, 1951)
36. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1951)
37. Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu, 1959)
38. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman, 1955)
39. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)
40. Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)

41. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)
42. The Man From Laramie (Anthony Mann, 1955)
43. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
44. Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1950)
45. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)
46. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)
47. Lola Montès (Max Ophüls, 1955)
48. Viaggio in Italia (Roberto Rossellini, 1953)
49. The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli, 1952)
50. Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956)

51. Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, 1958)
52. Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher, 1959)
53. Late Chrysanthemums (Mikio Naruse, 1954)
54. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston, 1950)
55. Senso (Luchino Visconti, 1954)
56. I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini, 1953)
57. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann, 1952)
58. The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)
59. A Star Is Born (George Cukor, 1954)
60. Pyaasa (Guru Dutt, 1957)

61. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1955)
62. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)
63. Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann, 1950)
64. 99 River Street (Phil Karlson, 1953)
65. Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger, 1958)
66. It’s Always Fair Weather (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1955)
67. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)
68. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
69. Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles, 1955)
70. Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953)

71. Where the Sidewalk Ends (Otto Preminger, 1950)
72.The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955)
73. Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
74. The Tall T (Budd Boetticher, 1957)
75. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Jacques Becker, 1954)
76. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
77. Wagon Master (John Ford, 1950)
78. The Girl Can’t Help It (Frank Tashlin, 1956)
79. East of Eden (Elia Kazan, 1955)
80. Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

81. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)
82. Stars in My Crown (Jacques Tourneur, 1950)
83. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)
84. The Phenix City Story (Phil Karlson, 1955)
85. Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1955)
86. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, 1957)
87. The Golden Coach (Jean Renoir, 1952)
88. Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1956)
89. 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves, 1957)
90. The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini, 1950)

91. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
92. The Big Knife (Robert Aldrich, 1955)
93. The Cranes Are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1957)
94. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
95. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)
96. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin, 1957)
97. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, 1958)
98. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1952)
99. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)
100. M. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)

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