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Top 100 best movies from the fifties

Based on MovieMeter ratings, these are the 100 best movies from the fifties

This is a list of the best 100 movies from the fifties and highly rated on MovieMeter.

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Top 100 best movies from the fifties

1
12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men (1957)

Alternative title: Twelve Angry Men
Drama
96 minutes
3
2
Shichinin no Samurai

Shichinin no Samurai (1954)

Alternative title: Seven Samurai
Action, Drama
207 minutes
3
3
Rear Window

Rear Window (1954)

Alternative title: De Stille Getuige
Thriller, Mystery
112 minutes
3
4
North by Northwest

North by Northwest (1959)

Alternative title: De Man Die Verdwijnen Moest
Thriller
136 minutes
3
5
Ningen no Jôken

Ningen no Jôken (1959)

Alternative title: The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
Drama, War
208 minutes
3,93(203)
6
Ningen no Jôken

Ningen no Jôken (1959)

Alternative title: The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
Drama, War
181 minutes
3,91(130)
7
Vertigo

Vertigo (1958)

Alternative title: De Vrouw Die Tweemaal Leefde
Thriller, Mystery
129 minutes
3
8
Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Alternative title: Sunset Boulevard
Drama, Filmnoir
110 minutes
2
9
Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali (1955)

Alternative title: Song of the Little Road
Drama
115 minutes
3,89(189)
3
10
Du Rififi chez les Hommes

Du Rififi chez les Hommes (1955)

Alternative title: Rififi
Crime, Filmnoir
120 minutes
3,88(359)
3
11
Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Crime, Drama
116 minutes
3,87(603)
3
12
Ordet

Ordet (1955)

Alternative title: The Word
Drama
126 minutes
3,87(194)
13
Le Salaire de la Peur

Le Salaire de la Peur (1953)

Alternative title: The Wages of Fear
Thriller, Adventure
153 minutes
3,86(538)
2
14
Ikiru

Ikiru (1952)

Alternative title: Doomed
Drama
143 minutes
3,86(515)
3
15
Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life (1959)

Alternative title: Zolang Er Mensen Zijn
Drama
125 minutes
3,86(174)
16
Es Geschah am Hellichten Tag

Es Geschah am Hellichten Tag (1958)

Alternative title: It Happened in Broad Daylight
Crime, Thriller
95 minutes
3,86(144)
3
17
Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory (1957)

War, Drama
88 minutes
2
18
Un Condamné à Mort S'est Échappé ou Le Vent Souffle Où Il Veut

Un Condamné à Mort S'est Échappé ou Le Vent Souffle Où Il Veut (1956)

Alternative title: A Man Escaped
Drama, Thriller
101 minutes
3,84(352)
3
19
Le Notti Bianche

Le Notti Bianche (1957)

Alternative title: White Nights
Drama
107 minutes
3,83(154)
20
Letyat Zhuravli

Letyat Zhuravli (1957)

Alternative title: The Cranes Are Flying
Drama, Romance
97 minutes
3,82(244)
3
21
Los Olvidados

Los Olvidados (1950)

Alternative title: The Young and the Damned
Drama, Crime
85 minutes
3,82(187)
3
22
Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur (1959)

Alternative title: Ben Hur
Adventure, History
212 minutes
3
23
Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole (1951)

Alternative title: The Big Carnival
Drama, Filmnoir
111 minutes
3,81(323)
3
24
Die Brücke

Die Brücke (1959)

Alternative title: The Bridge
Drama, War
103 minutes
3,81(307)
3
25
Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Alternative title: De Maniak
Thriller, Filmnoir
101 minutes
3,80(971)
3
26
Les Diaboliques

Les Diaboliques (1955)

Alternative title: Diabolique
Mystery, Thriller
114 minutes
3,80(604)
2
27
Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Alternative title: U Spreekt met Uw Moordenaar
Crime, Thriller
105 minutes
3
28
On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront (1954)

Alternative title: De Wrede Haven
Crime, Drama
108 minutes
3,78(737)
3
29
Umberto D.

Umberto D. (1952)

Drama
89 minutes
3,78(320)
3
30
In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Alternative title: Vreemde Ontmoeting
Drama, Filmnoir
94 minutes
3,77(384)
3
31
The Big Heat

The Big Heat (1953)

Alternative title: Tot het Bittere Einde
Filmnoir, Thriller
89 minutes
3,76(288)
3
32
Bakushû

Bakushû (1951)

Alternative title: Early Summer
Drama
124 minutes
3,76(143)
3
33
Sanshô Dayû

Sanshô Dayû (1954)

Alternative title: Sansho the Bailiff
Drama
124 minutes
3,76(131)
3
34
The Killing

The Killing (1956)

Crime, Filmnoir
85 minutes
3,75(896)
3
35
Tôkyô Monogatari

Tôkyô Monogatari (1953)

Alternative title: Tokyo Story
Drama
136 minutes
3,75(448)
2
36
Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Drama
160 minutes
3,75(432)
3
37
A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember (1958)

Drama, History
123 minutes
3,75(198)
38
Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Comedy
119 minutes
3
39
Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil (1958)

Filmnoir, Thriller
95 minutes
3,74(710)
3
40
Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud

Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud (1958)

Alternative title: Lift naar het Schavot
Thriller, Filmnoir
88 minutes
3,74(455)
3
41
The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

War, Drama
161 minutes
3
42
Kakushi-Toride no San-Akunin

Kakushi-Toride no San-Akunin (1958)

Alternative title: The Hidden Fortress
Adventure, Comedy
139 minutes
3,73(318)
3
43
Le Notti di Cabiria

Le Notti di Cabiria (1957)

Alternative title: Nights of Cabiria
Drama
110 minutes
3,73(263)
3
44
Rashômon

Rashômon (1950)

Alternative title: In the Woods
Drama, Mystery
88 minutes
3,72(813)
3
45
Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Music, Comedy
103 minutes
3,72(784)
2
46
Smultronstället

Smultronstället (1957)

Alternative title: Wilde Aardbeien
Drama
91 minutes
3,72(508)
3
47
East of Eden

East of Eden (1955)

Drama
118 minutes
3,72(381)
3
48
The Desperate Hours

The Desperate Hours (1955)

Filmnoir, Drama
112 minutes
3,72(158)
49
Kumonosu-Jô

Kumonosu-Jô (1957)

Alternative title: Throne of Blood
Drama, Action
110 minutes
3,71(299)
3
50
Kanal

Kanal (1957)

Alternative title: Kanał
Drama, War
95 minutes
3,71(100)
51
La Strada

La Strada (1954)

Alternative title: De Weg
Drama
108 minutes
3,70(493)
3
52
Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday (1953)

Romance, Comedy
118 minutes
3,70(492)
2
53
Les Quatre Cents Coups

Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959)

Alternative title: The 400 Blows
Drama
99 minutes
3,70(484)
3
54
Ugetsu Monogatari

Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)

Alternative title: Ugetsu
Drama
94 minutes
3,70(183)
3
55
The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Fantasy, Drama
81 minutes
3,69(359)
3
56
3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Alternative title: De Trein van Tien over Drie
Western
92 minutes
3,69(269)
2
57
Jeux Interdits

Jeux Interdits (1952)

Alternative title: Forbidden Games
Drama, War
86 minutes
3,69(219)
3
58
The Big Country

The Big Country (1958)

Western, Romance
165 minutes
3,69(201)
3
59
The Gunfighter

The Gunfighter (1950)

Western
85 minutes
3,69(133)
3
60
High Noon

High Noon (1952)

Alternative title: Klokslag 12
Western, Thriller
85 minutes
3,68(681)
3
61
Det Sjunde Inseglet

Det Sjunde Inseglet (1957)

Alternative title: The Seventh Seal
Drama, Fantasy
96 minutes
3,68(669)
3
62
Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo (1959)

Alternative title: Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo
Western, Drama
141 minutes
3,68(644)
3
63
Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Filmnoir, Drama
96 minutes
3,68(318)
3
64
A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Drama, Romance
122 minutes
3,68(159)
3
65
Last Train from Gun Hill

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

Western, Drama
98 minutes
3,68(144)
3
66
The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Drama, Filmnoir
93 minutes
3,67(599)
3
67
All about Eve

All about Eve (1950)

Drama
138 minutes
3,67(504)
3
68
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Alternative title: Kat op een Heet Zinken Dak
Drama
108 minutes
3,67(392)
3
69
The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Filmnoir, Crime
112 minutes
3,67(284)
3
70
Stalag 17

Stalag 17 (1953)

Comedy, War
120 minutes
3,66(577)
2
71
The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Alternative title: De Tien Geboden
Drama, Adventure
220 minutes
3,66(566)
2
72
Giant

Giant (1956)

Drama, Western
201 minutes
3,66(279)
3
73
Limelight

Limelight (1952)

Comedy, Drama
137 minutes
3,65(227)
3
74
Journal d'un Curé de Campagne

Journal d'un Curé de Campagne (1951)

Alternative title: Diary of a Country Priest
Drama
115 minutes
3,65(140)
3
75
Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy (1950)

Alternative title: Deadly Is the Female
Filmnoir, Crime
86 minutes
3,65(133)
3
76
Bigger Than Life

Bigger Than Life (1956)

Alternative title: De Deur naar de Afgrond
Drama
95 minutes
3,64(111)
77
Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Alternative title: Een Kwade Dag voor Black Rock
Mystery, Thriller
81 minutes
3,63(258)
3
78
All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Drama, Romance
89 minutes
3,63(179)
79
The Nun's Story

The Nun's Story (1959)

Drama
149 minutes
3,63(154)
80
Night and the City

Night and the City (1950)

Crime, Filmnoir
101 minutes
3,63(134)
81
The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones (1958)

Drama, Thriller
97 minutes
3,62(195)
82
Apur Sansar

Apur Sansar (1959)

Alternative title: The World of Apu
Drama
105 minutes
3,62(100)
83
Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street (1953)

Filmnoir, Thriller
80 minutes
3,61(209)
3
84
Ohayô

Ohayô (1959)

Alternative title: Good Morning
Comedy, Drama
94 minutes
3,60(143)
3
85
Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Crime, Filmnoir
94 minutes
3,60(129)
3
86
Orphée

Orphée (1950)

Alternative title: Orpheus
Fantasy
95 minutes
3,60(101)
87
Rebel without a Cause

Rebel without a Cause (1955)

Drama, Romance
111 minutes
3,59(733)
3
88
Winchester '73

Winchester '73 (1950)

Western
92 minutes
3,59(219)
3
89
Written on the Wind

Written on the Wind (1956)

Alternative title: Duistere Driften
Drama
99 minutes
3,59(159)
90
The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Drama, Scifi
92 minutes
3,58(463)
2
91
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Horror, Scifi
80 minutes
3,58(422)
3
92
Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar (1954)

Western
110 minutes
3,57(241)
3
93
Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Alternative title: Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly
Filmnoir
106 minutes
3,57(241)
3
94
A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Alternative title: Tramlijn Begeerte
Drama
122 minutes
3,56(432)
1
95
I Vitelloni

I Vitelloni (1953)

Drama, Comedy
109 minutes
3,56(190)
96
Bellissima

Bellissima (1951)

Drama
115 minutes
3,56(128)
3
97
The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall (1956)

Filmnoir, Drama
109 minutes
3,56(125)
98
The Searchers

The Searchers (1956)

Alternative title: De Woestijnhavik
Western, Drama
119 minutes
3,54(586)
1
99
Shane

Shane (1953)

Drama, Western
118 minutes
3,54(304)
3
100
The Man from Laramie

The Man from Laramie (1955)

Western
103 minutes
3,54(192)
3