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. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  6. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray a // USA)
  7. Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  8. Night and the City (Jules Dassin // USA)
  9. Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis // USA)
  10. The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston // USA)
  11. Portrait of Madame Yuki (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  12. Wagon Master (John Ford // USA)
  13. 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); 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. Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  11. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan // USA)
  12. Summer Interlude (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  13. Awaara (Raj Kapoor // India)
  14. Othello (Orson Welles // France, Italy, Morocco)
  15. The African Queen (John Huston // USA)
  16. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise // USA)
  17. On Dangerous Ground (Nicholas Ray // USA)
  18. Miss Oyu (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli); Ginza Cosmetics (Mikio Naruse); The Lady of Musashino (Kenji Mizoguchi); The Steel Helmet (Samuel Fuller)The Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger)

1952

3

  1. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  2. The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi // 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)

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. Summer with Monika (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  7. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller // USA)
  8. I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  9. Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  10. The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophüls // France, Italy)
  11. Él (Luis Buñuel // Mexico)
  12. Shane (George Steven // USA)
  13. Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg // Japan)
  14. 99 River Street (Phil Karlson // USA)
  15. Roman Holiday (William Wyler // USA)
  16. A Japanese Tragedy (Keisuke Kinoshita // Japan)
  17. The Sun Shines Bright (John Ford // USA)
  18. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann // USA)
  19. 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); I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock); The Love of a Woman (Jean Grémillon)

Out of the List:

Terminal Station (Vittorio De Sica)

1954

5

  1. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  2. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  3. La Strada (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  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. The Barefoot Contessa (Joseph L. Mankiewicz // USA)
  18. Godzilla (Ishiro Honda // Japan)
  19. 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. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray // USA)
  10. Lola Montès (Max Ophüls // France)
  11. All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk // USA)
  12. The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick // UK)
  13. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich // USA)
  14. Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  15. To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  16. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Luis Buñuel // Mexico)
  17. Dreams (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  18. Kokoro (Kon Ichikawa // 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); 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. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray // India)
  6. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick // USA)
  7. Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi // Japan)
  8. Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (Yuzo Kawashima // Japan)
  9. The Searchers (John Ford // USA)
  10. Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville // France)
  11. The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  12. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  13. Merry-Go-Round (Fábri Zoltán // Hungry)
  14. Crazed Fruit (Ko Nakahira // Japan)
  15. Sudden Rain (Mikio Naruse // Japan)
  16. Professor Hannibal (Fábri Zoltán // Hungry)
  17. Early Spring (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  18. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel // USA)
  19. All the World’s Memory (Alain Resnais // France)
  20. The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock // USA)
  21. Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Flowing (Mikio Naruse); 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

8

  1. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  2. Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini // Italy)
  3. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  4. Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  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. A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (Yuzo Kawashima // Japan)
  13. Il Grido (Michelangelo Antonioni // Italy)
  14. The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean // USA)
  15. Tokyo Twilight (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  16. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur // USA)
  17. 3:10 to Yuma (Delmer Daves // USA)
  18. Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray // France, USA)
  19. Letter from Siberia (Chris Marker // France)

Honorable Mention:

An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey); Black River (Masaki Kobayashi); The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold); The Lower Depths (Akira Kurosawa // Japan); 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. Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle // France)
  9. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks // USA)
  10. Enjo (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  11. Giants and Toys (Yasuzo Masumura // Japan)
  12. Brink of Life (Ingmar Bergman // Sweden)
  13. Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine // Egypt)
  14. The Ballad of Narayama (Keisuke Kinoshita // Japan)
  15. Equinox Flower (Yasujiro Ozu // Japan)
  16. Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli // Italy)
  17. The Rickshaw Man (Hiroshi Inagaki // Japan)
  18. The Magician (Ingmar Bergman // Seden)
  19. The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa // Japan)
  20. Dracula (Terence Fisher // USA)

Honorable Mention:

Endless Desire (Shohei Imamura);  The Lovers (Louis Malle); Moi, un noir (Jean Rouch); A Night to Remember (Roy Ward Baker); A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk)

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. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson // France)
  10. Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk // USA)
  11. Nazarin (Luis Buñuel // Mexico)
  12. Kaagaz Ke Phool (Guru Dutt // India)
  13. Shadows (John Cassavetes // USA)
  14. Fires on the Plain (Kon Ichikawa // Japan)
  15. Ballad of a Soldier (Grigori Chukhrai // Soviet Union)
  16. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks // USA)
  17. Il Generale Della Rovere (Roberto Rossellini // Italy)
  18. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger // USA)
  19. The Bridge (Bernhard Wicki // Germany)
  20. India: Matri Bhumi (Roberto Rossellini // Italy, France)
  21. Room at the Top (Jack Clayton // UK)
  22. Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus // Brazil)
  23. A Town of Love and Hope (Nagisa Oshima // Japan)

Honorable Mention:

Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson); Odd Obsession (Kon Ichikawa)Sapphire (Basil Dearden)
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