Feeling like you want to travel to the 50s? Well if you don’t have a time machine watching 50s cinema is probably safer and easier. Here is a list of 50 films that were made in the 50s! Let’s begin with Part 1, the first 25:
1. “Rebel without a Cause” (1955)
The quintessential James Dean film that showed that teens aren’t happy go lucky like in most films earlier they were shown as. Nicholas Ray directed this classic.
2. “The Wild One” (1953)
Forget about the Godfather Brando was cool way back in the 50s. While I write this I think how he wore those sunglasses and rode that triumph motorcycle. He played a motorcycle gang leader who disturbs a small town.
3. “On the Waterfront” (1954)
Back to Brando, another of his cool performances this time it’s in “On the Waterfront.” This classic is about a fed up dock worker who fights the underworld.
4. “Giant” (1956)
Rock Hudson, James Dean, and Elizabeth Taylor shine in this epic film about Texas Ranchers. FYI this is my favorite Dean film.
5. “The Seventh Seal” (1957)
A symbolic film about a knight (Max Von Sydow) comes back from the crusades and plays chess with death. One thing about this film that I like is the scenery of Medieval Sweden.
6. “Ashes and Diamonds” (1958)
A resistant fighter on a mission to kill a soviet leader second guesses about his mission and war. I recommend as if you have to see on one Polish film in your life this one has to be it.
7. “The Seven Samurai” (1954)
This Japanese classic is about a town is being terrorized by bandits so the town decides to call on seven samurais. It’s where Magnificent Seven got their idea from.
8. “The Journey” (1959)
A thriller and a drama about the Soviet occupied Budapest. Yul Brynner in one of his finer roles played a Soviet Solider who pays the price of love. It’s a lesser known role and to me I rather watch this than The King and I.
9. “The Ten Commandments” (1956)
I make sure that every Easter I watch it and still to this day it’s a masterpiece. Charlton Heston as Moses is phenomenal and Yul Brynner as Ramses was equally phenomenal. An all star cast and a good plot is the reason why it’s a classic.
10. “In a Lonely Place” (1950)
Nicholas Ray’s directs this noir that starred Bogart as a screenwriter wanted for murder. His lovely neighbor decides to help him but then she has her doubts.
11. “The Robe” (1953)
A biblical epic film with Richard Burton and Victor Mature. “The Robe,” was Lloyd C. Douglas novel.
12. “Them” (1954)
Giant Ants attack California and it’s up to scientists and the army to save the day. Another fifties Drive in Theater classic that is now a cult classic for audiences today.
13. “Strangers on a Train” (1951)
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder. Intense film made by the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock.
14. “The Blob” (1958)
A cult classic that is fun to watch and hey it has Steve McQueen as the main star. The Blob is that film you just have to see once.
15. “The Brothers Karamazov” (1958)
IF you don’t feel like reading the book (which I would it’s very good) then watch the movie but beware of the differences so go read the book! The Karamazov’s are a Russian family that has a lot of skeletons in their closets.
16. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957)
British war film directed by David Lean that for a personal story here my grandmother she told me she saw this in theaters and I think that’s really neat. Anyways it’s about a general who after settling his differences with a Japanese POW camp commander, co-operates to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors though they’re going to destroy. One of the best war films out there.
17. “Le Beau Serge” (1958)
Francois goes back to his village and notices a big change in his old friend Serge who is now a drunkard. So Francois tries to help him and find out what happened to his dear friend.
18. “Les Diaboliques” (1955)
A cruel headmaster gets his when his mistress and docile wife plot to kill him though irony happens when the body disappears. A well done French thriller and skip the remake with Sharon Stone please.
19. “Elevator to the Gallows” (1958)
Julien loves Florence but she has a husband, so Julian decides to kill her husband. He plans to kill him as if the husband decided to do it himself. It goes well until Julien forgets the rope. Louis Malle directed this intense thriller. The soundtrack of this movie is one of the best!
20. “Gojira” (1954)
Godzilla, where would be without you? The ultimate monster movie and really for that time the effects were very good.
21. “High Noon” (1952)
Gary Cooper plays a Marshall who is compelled personally to face an enemy but finds that his own town refuses to help him.
22. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956)
BEWARE OF THE PODS! A sci-fi great about when you fall asleep these alien pods take over your body. I still get the shivers when I watch it.
23. “Lust for Life” (1956)
Kirk Douglas plays the tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh in this film about the artist’s life. It shows how his life is a little depressing and how his brother stands behind him.
24. “The Night of the Hunter” (1955)
Robert Mitchum is just plain insane in this thriller. He played a fake preacher who doesn’t mind murdering to get what he wants especially when money is involved. He goes to this small town and terrorizes two children all for money. Mitchum’s role should have gotten him an Oscar at least.
25. “Night and the City” (1950)
A British noir about a man who thinks he’s always ahead but in reality he’s always tripping. Richard Widmark is the star.
So that was Part 1 of 50 movies of the 1950s! Happy Viewing!