Here’s part 2 of 50 films of the 1950s!
26. “Rio Bravo” (1959)
My favorite John Wayne movie and Dean Martin as a cowboy actually works well. 50s teen idol Ricky Nelson also plays a cowboy and he’s not bad either.
27. “Richard III” (1955)
Laurence Olivier best Shakespearean actor his time plays Richard III and the film of course is based on the play.
28. “Roman Holiday” (1953)
Audrey Hepburn plays a princess who is bored with life and decides to go out on her own where she finds love, Gregory Peck plays her love interest.
29. “Smiles of the Summer Night” (1955)
Ingmar Bergman though has many dramatic ones, he did make some humorous ones in his own way and this is one of them. “Smiles of the Summer Night,” is a five star elegant comedy that is a boudoir farce.
30. “La Strada” (1954)
Anthony Quinn starred in this Fellini Italian classic about a circus strongman and the woman that fell in love with him even with his brutality but that changes when she meets an acrobat. Yes the circus can be this dramatic.
31. “Umberto D” (1955)
“Umberto D,” is a classic Vittorio De Sica masterpiece simply about a retired civil servant trying to maintain some sort of dignity and life for himself on his meager government pensions.
32. “Vertigo” (1958)
James Stewart shined in this Hitchcock thriller, he played a cop who’s afraid of heights and is on the job to protect a woman who isn’t all there but he loves her. Well she commits suicide and it just so happens he finds another that reminds him of that woman and he becomes a little controlling/cuckoo. It’s a Stewart role that you won’t see often.
33. The Wages of Fear” (1953)
This masterpiece of suspense pits four seedy men against the challenge of driving tow nitroglycerin-laden trucks over treacherous Central American mountain roads. I know to some this sounds like a reality TV show.
34. “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950)
This caper noir is one of the finer caper films and one of the better dramatic ones. It’s about a heist that goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.
35. “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)
The Universal Monster that I personally think is the oddest looking one. A group of people go to the Amazon River where they are attacked by this fish monster.
36. “Dracula” (1958)
Christopher Lee as Dracula is just as exciting as Bela Lugosi. Van Helsing and Harker have a plan to destroy Dracula but things get hairy when Harker is captured.
37. “The Fly” (1958)
Based on a short story this sci-fi masterpiece shows us what not to do with a transporter. A scientist is changed into a fly and his wife tries to explain the whole story Vincent Price’s character.
38. “The Hidden Fortress” (1958)
Now Back to Akira Kurosawa again with this samurai film. Two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. Really good film and I thank TCM for having the Akira Kurosawa marathon for his birthday.
39. “Beat the Devil” (1954)
Beat the Devil was very funny and enjoyable Bogart film that was directed by John Huston. It’s a comedy and basically makes fun of the films that Bogart and Huston did together like Key Largo and The Maltese Falcon, it’s a satire.
40. “The Big Heat”
Best part in this noir gem is when Lee Marvin got coffee in his face and I know that may sound morbid but it was payback what he did to his girl. The plot line is like this a man his hunting down thugs who put a bomb in his car that killed his wife instead of him.
41. “Alexander the Great” (1956)
If you thought that Oliver Stone’s Alexander was terrible (I kind of liked it) then this historical film is more up your alley and it has Richard Burton as Alexander. Burton does well as Alexander and better than Farrell.
42. “The Desperate Hours” (1955)
Bogart again and this time he’s a con who breakout of jail and uses a home of a suburban couple to do his dirty work.
43. “The Lady Killers” (1955)
A British comedy about bumbling thieves who figure that they have to kill their landlord.
44. “Lavender Hill Mob” (1951)
Another funny British comedy about a meek bank clerk who joins an eccentric neighbor to steal gold and smuggle them out of the country as mini Eiffel towers.
45. “All about Eve” (1950)
Bette Davis’ famous line “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” just makes me laugh so hard when I read or hear it. Davis had that sarcasm to her that made her the star of her day. A classic story of ambition and betrayal are the fine lines in this classic film.
46. “Ballad of a Soldier” (1959)
This Russian war film shows about human compassion and the effects of war. A young soldier doesn’t want the medal that he’s earned, he just wants to go home and fix his mother’s roof. While on the way he falls in love and helps people on the way home. It’s a dramatic look of Russian during World War II.
47. “Othello” (1952)
Orson Welles directs and stars at the main character Othello in this film based on the play by Shakespeare.
48. “Mon Oncle” (1958)
Monsieur Hulot goes to his sister’s house and just can’t quite fit in the technology-driven world they live in. Hulot tries to teach his nephew about the real world without machines.
49. “White Nights” (1957)
This Italian film is about a humble clerk who courts this woman who night and night awaits for her lover. No this isn’t just a romance either this is an excellent piece of cinematography from Luchino Visconti.
50. “A Man Escaped” (1956)
French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape but his plans go on hold when another cell mate comes and it’s the question should he tell him about his plans?
So when you’re wondering what kind of films came out in the fifties, there is your answer! Happy viewing!
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