Year Best

Year Best: 1950s

1950

1

  1. Los Olvidados (Luis Buñuel // Mexico)
  2. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder // USA)
  3. Orpheus (Jean Cocteau // France)
  4. All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz // USA)
  5. Till We Meet Again (Tadashi Imai // Japan)
  6. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  7. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray a // USA)
  8. Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  9. Night and the City (Jules Dassin // USA)
  10. Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis // USA)
  11. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston // USA)
  12. Portrait of Madame Yuki (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  13. Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann // USA)
  14. La Ronde (Max Ophüls // France)
  15. Harvey (Henry Koster // USA)
  16. Wagon Master (John Ford // USA)
  17. No Way Out (Joseph L. Mankiewicz // USA)
  18. The Furies (Anthony Mann // USA)
  19. Un chant d’amour (Jean Genet // France)

Honorable Mention:

Les Enfants Terribles (Jean-Pierre Melville)The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini);  Stars in My Crown (Jacques Tourneur);  Story of a Love Affair (Michelangelo Antonioni);  To Joy (Ingmar Bergman)Variety Lights (Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada)

Out of the List:

The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz)

 

1951

2

  1. Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder // USA)
  2. Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  3. Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson // France)
  4. The River (Jean Renoir // France)
  5. Repast (Mikio Naruse // Japan)
  6. A Place in the Sun (George Steven // USA)
  7. The Browning Version (Anthony Asquith // UK)
  8. Miracle in Milan (Vittorio De Sica // Italy)
  9. Bellissima (Luchino Visconti // Italy)
  10. Summer Interlude (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  11. Awaara (Raj Kapoor // India)
  12. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan // USA)
  13. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  14. Othello (Orson Welles // France, Italy, Morocco)
  15. Miss Julie (Alf Sjöberg // Sweden)
  16. The African Queen (John Huston // USA)
  17. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise // USA)
  18. On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray // USA)
  19. Miss Oyu (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli);  Edward and Caroline (Jacques Becker);  Ginza Cosmetics (Mikio Naruse);  The Lady of Musashino (Kenji Mizoguchi);  The Man in the White Suit (Alexander Mackendrick);  The Steel Helmet (Samuel Fuller);  The Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)

 

1952

1

  1. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  2. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  3. Lightning (Mikio Naruse // Japan)
  4. Limelight (Charles Chaplin // USA)
  5. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly // USA)
  6. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann // USA)
  7. Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica // Italy)
  8. The Quiet Man (John Ford // USA)
  9. Forbidden Games (René Clément // France)
  10. The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray // USA)
  11. Le Plaisir (Max Ophüls // France)
  12. Europe ’51 (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  13. Mother (Mikio Naruse // Japan)
  14. The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli // USA)
  15. Casque d’Or (Jacques Becker // France)
  16. Children of Hiroshima (Kaneto Shindo // Japan)
  17. Beauties of the Night (René Clair // France)
  18. Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (Yasujirō Ozu // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

The Golden Coach (Jean Renoir);  Le grand Méliès (Georges Franju);  The Importance of Being Earnest (Anthony Asquith);  Park Row (Samuel Fuller);  Scandal Sheet (Phil Karlson);  Secrets of Women (Ingmar Bergman)

 

1953

4

  1. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  2. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot // France)
  3. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati // France)
  4. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  5. The Big Heat (Fritz Lang // USA)
  6. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller // USA)
  7. I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  8. Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  9. The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophüls // France, Italy)
  10. Él (Luis Buñuel // Mexico)
  11. Shane (George Steven // USA)
  12. Where Chimneys Are Seen (Heinosuke Gosho // Japan)
  13. Summer with Monika (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  14. Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa // Japan)
  15. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (Luis García Berlanga // Spain)
  16. Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder // USA)
  17. Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg // Japan)
  18. 99 River Street (Phil Karlson // USA)
  19. Roman Holiday (William Wyler // USA)
  20. A Japanese Tragedy (Keisuke Kinoshita // Japan)
  21. The Sun Shines Bright (John Ford // USA)
  22. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann // USA)
  23. A Geisha (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli);  The Blue Gardenia (Fritz Lang);  Do Bigha Zamin (Bimal Roy);  Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa);  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks);  Hiroshima (Hideo Sekigawa);  The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino);  I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock);  The Love of a Woman (Jean Grémillon)

Out of the List:

Terminal Station (Vittorio De Sica)

1954

1

  1. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  2. La Strada (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  3. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  4. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  5. On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan // USA)
  6. Chikamatsu monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  7. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  8. Twenty-Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita // Japan)
  9. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray // USA)
  10. An Inn at Osaka (Heinosuke Gosho // Japan)
  11. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk // USA)
  12. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Jacques Becker // France)
  13. Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  14. Senso (Luchino Visconti // Italy)
  15. French Cancan (Jean Renoir // France)
  16. Sound of the Mountain (Mikio Naruse // Japan)
  17. Salt of the Earth (Herbert J. Biberman // USA)
  18. Hobson’s Choice (David Lean // UK)
  19. The Barefoot Contessa (Joseph L. Mankiewicz // USA)
  20. Godzilla (Ishiro Honda // Japan)
  21. Riot in Cell Block 11 (Don Siegel // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Human Desire (Fritz Lang);  Late Chrysanthemums (Mikio Naruse);  Sabrina (Billy Wilder);  Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Hiroshi Inagaki);  A Star Is Born (George Cukor);  Thursday’s Children (Lindsay Anderson, Guy Brenton);  The Woman in the Rumor (Kenji Mizoguchi)

 

1955

6

  1. Ordet (Carl Th. Dreyer // Denmark)
  2. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton // USA)
  3. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray // India)
  4. Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse // Japan)
  5. Rififi (Jules Dassin // France)
  6. Night and Fog (Alain Resnais // France)
  7. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot // France)
  8. East of Eden (Elia Kazan // USA)
  9. She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemums (Keisuke Kinoshita // Japan)
  10. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray // USA)
  11. Lola Montès (Max Ophüls // France)
  12. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk // USA)
  13. The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick // UK)
  14. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Luis Buñuel // Mexico)
  15. Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem // Spain)
  16. Bad Day at Black Rock (John Sturges // USA)
  17. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich // USA)
  18. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  19. To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  20. Taira Clan Saga (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  21. The Man from Laramie (Anthony Mann // USA)
  22. Water-mirror of Granada (José Val del Omar // Spain)
  23. Kokoro (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  24. Marital Relations (Shiro Toyoda // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

Le amiche (Michelangelo Antonioni);  Il bidone (Federico Fellini);  The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis);  Devdas (Bimol Ray);  A Generation (Andrzej Wajda);  Les maîtres fous (Jean Rouch);  La Pointe-Courte (Agnès Varda);  Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (Hiroshi Inagaki)Summertime (David Lean);  The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock)

 

1956

7

  1. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson // France)
  2. The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse // France)
  3. Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray // USA)
  4. Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk // USA)
  5. The Mystery of Picasso (Henri-Georges Clouzot // France)
  6. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray // India)
  7. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick // USA)
  8. Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  9. Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (Yuzo Kawashima // Japan)
  10. The Searchers (John Ford // USA)
  11. Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville // France)
  12. Main Street (Juan Antonio Bardem // Spain)
  13. The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  14. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  15. Merry-Go-Round (Fábri Zoltán // Hungry)
  16. Crazed Fruit (Ko Nakahira // Japan)
  17. Sudden Rain (Mikio Naruse // Japan)
  18. Professor Hannibal (Fábri Zoltán // Hungry)
  19. Early Spring (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  20. A Moment in Love (Shirley Clarke // USA)
  21. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel // USA)
  22. All the World’s Memory (Alain Resnais // France)
  23. The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  24. Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Farewell to Dreams (Keisuke Kinoshita);  Flowing (Mikio Naruse);  The Harder They Fall (Mark Robson);  I Will Buy You (Masaki Kobayashi);  Jubal (Delmer Daves);  Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (Hiroshi Inagaki);  Sunday in Peking (Chris Marker);  The Thick-Walled Room (Masaki Kobayashi)

 

1957

1

  1. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  2. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  3. Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  4. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  5. The Cranes Are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov // Soviet Union)
  6. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet // USA)
  7. Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick // USA)
  8. Pyaasa (Guru Dutt // India)
  9. Kanal (Andrzej Wajda // Poland)
  10. Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick // USA)
  11. Le Notti Bianche (Luchino Visconti // Italy)
  12. Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder // USA)
  13. A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (Yuzo Kawashima // Japan)
  14. Il Grido (Michelangelo Antonioni // Italy)
  15. The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean // USA)
  16. Tokyo Twilight (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  17. A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan // USA)
  18. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur // USA)
  19. 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves // USA)
  20. Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray // France, USA)
  21. Letter from Siberia (Chris Marker // France)

Honorable Mention:

An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey);  Black River (Masaki Kobayashi);  Decision at Sundown (Budd Boetticher);  Eight Hours of Terror (Seijun Suzuki);  Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller);  The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold);  The Lower Depths (Akira Kurosawa);  The Tall T (Budd Boetticher);  The Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk // USA)

 

1958

9

  1. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles // USA)
  2. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  3. Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda // Poland)
  4. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati // France)
  5. The Music Room (Satyajit Ray // India)
  6. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (Sergei M. Eisenstein // Soviet Union)
  7. Some Came Running (Vincente Minnelli // USA)
  8. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks // USA)
  9. Enjo (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  10. Giants and Toys (Yasuzo Masumura // Japan)
  11. Equinox Flower (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  12. Anticipation of the Night (Stan Brakhage // USA)
  13. The Magician (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  14. Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine // Egypt)
  15. The Ballad of Narayama (Keisuke Kinoshita // Japan)
  16. Le Beau Serge (Claude Chabrol // France)
  17. Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle // France)
  18. A Movie (Bruce Conner // USA)
  19. Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli // Italy)
  20. The Rickshaw Man (Hiroshi Inagaki // Japan)
  21. Modigliani of Montparnasse (Jacques Becker // France)
  22. The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  23. Ice Cold in Alex (J. Lee Thompson // UK)
  24. Stakeout (Yoshitaro Nomura // Japan)
  25. The Defiant Ones (Stanley Kramer // USA)
  26. The Big Country (William Wyler // USA)
  27. The Noose (Wojciech Has // Poland)
  28. Dracula (Terence Fisher // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Brink of Life (Ingmar Bergman);  Endless Desire (Shohei Imamura);  The Last Day of Summer (Tadeusz Konwicki);  The Lovers (Louis Malle);  Murder by Contract (Irving Lerner);  Moi, un noir (Jean Rouch);  A Night to Remember (Roy Ward Baker);  A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk);  Underworld Beauty (Seijun Suzuki);  Yahudi (Bimal Roy)

 

1959

10

  1. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut // France)
  2. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais // France)
  3. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder // USA)
  4. Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray // India)
  5. The Human Condition Part I&II (Masaki Kobayashi // Japan)
  6. Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  7. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  8. Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  9. Night Train (Jerzy Kawalerowicz // Poland)
  10. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson // France)
  11. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk // USA)
  12. Nazarin (Luis Buñuel // Mexico)
  13. Kaagaz Ke Phool (Guru Dutt // India)
  14. Shadows (John Cassavetes // USA)
  15. Fires on the Plain (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  16. Ballad of a Soldier (Grigori Chukhrai // Soviet Union)
  17. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks // USA)
  18. Il Generale Della Rovere (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  19. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger // USA)
  20. The Nightingale’s Prayer (Henry Barakat // Egypt)
  21. The Bridge (Bernhard Wicki // Germany)
  22. Les Cousins (Claude Chabrol // France)
  23. Day of the Outlaw (André De Toth // USA)
  24. India: Matri Bhumi (Roberto Rossellini // Italy, France)
  25. Room at the Top (Jack Clayton // UK)
  26. Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus // Brazil)
  27. A Town of Love and Hope (Nagisa Oshima // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller);  I’m All Right Jack (John Boulting);  Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson);  Odd Obsession (Kon Ichikawa);  Sapphire (Basil Dearden);  Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

Advertisements

One thought on “Year Best: 1950s

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s