Thursday, September 10, 2009

What's your favorite movie...

...of the 1950s?

If you don't have one, get rental suggestions from the answers.


Erik L. said...

"Seven Samurai"

Mamie said...

I'm definitely not an expert. I've seen only a handful of films but I LOVED All That Heaven Allows. I watched it in my melodrama class, along with Far From Heaven and Stella Dallas.

Anonymous said...

Seven Samurai as well. It's one of my favorites movies of any decade.

adelutza said...

It's three-way tie for me :Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve and Some Like It Hot.

NicksFlickPicks said...

The Earrings of Madame de..., with runners-up Diary of a Country Priest, Sanshô the Bailiff, Singin' in the Rain, Vertigo, and Imitation of Life

J.L said...

All About Eve, Sunset Blvd., From Here to Eternity, The Earrings of Madame De..., Sommarnattens Leende, The Seventh Seal etc.

Rae Kasey said...

Strangers On a Train and Some Like It Hot.

Michael Parsons said...

All About Eve. Easy one for me

Peter Chan said...

A Streetcar Named Desire

Glendon said...

12 Angry Men

Lev Lewis said...

Most likely "Diary of a Country Priest".

Univarn said...

I hate to be generic but since it's rather big and on my website I can't go against Seven Samurai. Though Ikiru and Bridge on the River Kwai are very close in my top 10 of all time, and of course Harvey is always great fun!

A.A. said...

Easy : The Night of the Hunter! It's also one of my all-time favorites.

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Zach Murphy said...

There are so many, but I would have to go with On The Waterfront.

Joe said...

Touch of Evil

Europa '51 and Some Came Running would contend.

Kurtis O said...

All About Eve. And forget the '50s -- it's one of my all-time faves.


bbrown -- some came running really? I never quite understood the appeal of that one.

many of you -- i like the seven samurai but it's not even my favorite Kurosawa

I think mine is probably Singin' in the Rain with runner up honors going out to Sunset Blvd. But i could be swayed towards others. If I'm being honest I'd say the 50s are my favorite film decade even though that's not the "correct" choice. Aren't we supposed to love the 70s most?

Stéphane said...

All About Eve, hands down. One of the most literate scripts of all time. Sunset Boulevard and Some Like It Hot are no slouches either. Guilty pleasure? An American in Paris - especially on Blu Ray...

Curtis said...

I'll try to say any that have already been mentioned;
"From Here to Eternity", "The Bad Seed", "Suddenly, Last Summer", and "Giant".

Fernando Moss said...


Lorenzo said...

1. Some like it hot
2. Written on the wind
3. All about Eve
4. Singin' in the rain
5. Rear window

But I need to watch Rebel without a cause again, it's been years...

Notas Sobre Creación Cultural e Imaginarios Sociales said...

"A Streetcar Named Desire" bar none. It's my favorite film of all times!

Flosh said...


ShoNuff Lives said...

all about eve
sunset boulevard
to catch a thief
the man who knew too much
operation petticoat
auntie mame
a place in the sun
on the waterfront

David Coley said...

It's probably not my favorite of the 50s, all said and done, but for some reason the first movie that popped into my head is the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I think it's just fantastic. I realize it doesn't match Seven Samurai or Vertigo, but thought it was worth mentioning. If only it had been allowed to keep its original ending...

Michael C. said...

Nights of Cabiria.

If I attempt to explain about how and why I love it so much I'll start gushing endless paragraphs full of weepy, awestruck reverence and I'll never get back to work, so I'll just leave it at that.

Nights of Cabiria.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely enjoyed "All About Eve", "Rear Window", "From Here to Eternity", "Vertigo", "Singin' In the Rain", and "Streetcar Named Desire"

Deborah said...

Singing in the Rain

Additional favorites:
Sunset Boulevard
The African Queen
The Thing from Another World
Rio Grande
The Naked Spur
A Star is Born
To Catch a Thief
Desk Set
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Bell, Book & Candle

The Pretentious Know it All said...

Imitation of Life.

Gets me every time.

Dave said...

It's between Rear Window and Singin' in the Rain for me... my head says the former, but I think my heart is going with the latter.

Krauthammer said...

The 50s may be my favorite decade for a variety of reasons, but here are a few:

Ace in the Hole
All the Heaven Allows
Cairo Station
Kiss Me Deadly
The Man from Laramie
Night of the Hunter
Rebel Without a Cause
Wild Strawberries
The Bigamist
Nights of Cabiria
A Place in the Sun

And many more, oh so many more.

John T said...

Streetcar-it's the movie that made me fall in love with movies. There is few that compare, and the acting & writing are better than anything else out there.

D.P.D. said...

My Top 20:

12 Angry Men (S.Lumet)
The 400 Blows (F.Truffaut)
Diary Of A Country Priest (R.Bresson)
Forbidden Games (R.Clement)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (A.Resnais)
Mon Oncle (J.Tati)
Pather Panchali (S.Ray)
Rashomon (A.Kurosawa)
Rear Window (A.Hitchcock)
Rififi (J.Dassin)
The Seventh Seal (I.Bergman)
La Strada (F.Fellini)
A Streetcar Named Desire (E.Kazan)
Sunset Boulevard (B.Wilder)
Tokyo Story (Y.Ozu)
Touch Of Evil (O.Welles)
Ugetsu (K.Mizoguchi)
Vertigo (A.Hitchcock)
The Wages Of Fear (H.Clouzot)
Wild Strawberries (I.Bergman)

Rick Schoen said...

My favorite movie of all time, A Star is Born.

Kent said...

A PLACE IN THE SUN is pure heaven

Lev Lewis said...

After additional thought I might actually have to go with "Touch of Evil".

Cengiz said...

A tie:

Sunset Blvd.


Singin' in the Rain

Liv. said...

Sunset Blvd.
it's just crazy perfect. i love it <3


favs of mine:


i know... boring classics all!

what i feel guilty i've never seen:

what i don't love as much as everyone else

Scott said...

Vertigo. I'd have thought Some Like It Hot and North By Northwest were my runners-up, but now that I've been reminded of Written on the Wind I'm not so sure.

BLH said...

My favorite is In a Lonely Place.

Besides some other Ray pictures (The Lusty Men, Johnny Guitar, Bitter Victory), the runners-up have been mentioned by others.

Andrew K. said...

Summertime and On the Waterfront

MovieNut14 said...

On the Waterfront
The Seventh Seal
The 400 Blows
12 Angry Men
Rebel Without a Cause
A Streetcar Named Desire
High Noon
From Here to Eternity

filmgeek said...

Roman Holiday

Lea said...

- Rear Window
- Some like it hot
- Singin´in the rain
- The Country Girl

and anything Grace Kelly.

Christine said...

Johnny Guitar!
Seriously, nothing even comes close in my opinion, and the 50s are my favorite American film decade.

The Awards Prognosticator said...

12 Angry Men

Andrew K. said...

Nathaniel the fifties are your most favourite decade? I don't really like the fifties. I probably need to see more films. And I hate the seventies. The sixties are my favourite... and I forgot From Here to Eternity.

Wayne B said...

"Some Like It Hot"

It's probably one of THE close-to-perfect comedies. I think I'm the only person in the world who finds the bloodtype joke funny. "Type O" "Oh?" haha gets me everytime. How Jack Lemmon didn't get his second Oscar that year is a mystery I'll never understand.

CT said...

White Christmas was my first foray in 1950s cinema, but Sunset Blvd. was an absolute revelation for me. God, William Holden. Sigh.

Sooo, my ultimate favorite would be the cross-reference of those two films: The Country Girl. Bing AND Holden?


Danny King said...

Definitely 12 Angry Men. It's also one of my all-time favorites.

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Eric Henderson said...

My favorite two not yet mentioned on this thread: MOI, UN NOIR and PICKPOCKET.

Eric Henderson said...

Oh wait. My VERY favorite movie not yet mentioned on this thread, and a very very high-ranking contender for the crown even if I was considering everything already mentioned ...


Sean said...

Ingmar Bergman's 'Wild Strawberries'

Kamila said...

"Sunset Boulevard".

Which, in my opinion, is the best movie of all time!

J.D. said...

All About Eve I guess.

I've seen more from the 50s than I thought. But still a weak amount.

Rick said...

"Rebel Without a Cause"

Billy D said...

Auntie Mame

adam k. said...

This is too hard. There are so many different kinds of movies from the 50s. All the Sirk melodramas, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Brando (Streetcar), Hitchcock, and then the ones that feel more like 40s films (All About Eve, Some Like it Hot, Sunset Boulevard, Singin' in the Rain). Even Ben Hur!

I can't decide.

Femme Fatale et Noire said...
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Femme Fatale et Noire said...

Oh, the 1950s!!!! Anything from Billy Wilder (in any decade). He's my favorite. I also enjoyed Witness for the Prosecution, Marty, Dial "M" for Murder, Rear Window, Rashomon, 12 Angry Men, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,East of Eden, North by Northwest, and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Anonymous said...

Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, Some Like It Hot, Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest or Singin in the Rain

Y Kant Goran Rite said...

The 50s wipe the floor with the 70s any day of the week.

Touch of Evil is of course the best film of the decade, with Night of the Hunter, Kiss Me Deadly, La Strada, The Seventh Seal and Sunset Boulevard following.

And I would use any opportunity to also bring up Nights of Cabiria, Some Like It Hot, All About Eve (surely among the three of four best scripts ever written?..), Throne of Blood, The Cranes Are Flying, Ikiru, The 400 Blows, Hiroshima mon amour... ... Fabulous decade it was

Anonymous said...

An Affair to Remember is worth at least one mention!


y kant -- THE CRANES ARE FLYING! god, that movie is beautiful. i'd totally forgotten about it.

Michael C. said...

I'm disappointed nobody mentioned Paths of Glory. It's my favorite Kubrick movie, easily the most underrated film he made. It baffles me how his other films are staples on the lists of the greatest but Paths of Glory can barely gets acknowledged.

seasondays said...

singing in the rain
rear window
los olvidados

Sawyer said...

Definitely The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Carl said...

It amazes me how widely appreciated the works of Hitchcock are. Not just great filmmaking, but enjoyable (which is not necessarily the same thing.) I cannot believe I still have not gotten around to seeing "Vertigo".

However, I do love me some "Forbidden Planet". Shakespeare's heroines never looked better than Anne Francis in that non-swimsuit.

El Velvet de Cierto Pelo said...

Sunset Boulevard


Rick said...

I like both the 50's and 60's movies.

Guany said...

Johnny Guitar!

Unknown said...

12 Angry Men
Seven Samurai
All that Heaven Allows
Strangers on a Train
Smiles of a Summer Night

Sorry, I couldn't possibly choose just one!

MichaelG said...

Singin' in the Rain, my all-time #1.

Bergman's Smiles of a Summer's Night is my #2 for the 50s.

Anonymous said...

From Here to Eternity

Ryan said...