Best 1950s Films

The 1950s brought us the baby boom, post-war prosperity, Rock and Roll, and a lot of good movies, including Ben-Hur, Cinderella, Rear Window, On the Waterfront and Many more. This is our selection of the best 1950s films of all time!

WHAT’S ON THE BEST 1950S FILMS TIMELINE?

This timeline assembles all of the best movies from the 1950s. These include all the winners of the Best Picture Oscar, as well as others noted for their critical reception, financial success, and lasting status.

The 1950s really began to capitalize on the film medium. With industry booming after World War II, films began to branch out, and we got a slew of what we would not call blockbusters, films with huge budgets that still hold up today.

We hope you enjoy this dive into film history. Film historians should enjoy this compilation of influential, popular, and critically acclaimed films. Enjoy!

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ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1950s

Film

Bill Peet
Erdman Penner
Harry Reeves
Homer Brightman
Joe Rinaldi
Ken Anderson
Perce Pearce
Ted Sears
Winston Hibler

1950-03-04

1950s

Film

Dalton Trumbo
Kurt Neumann
Orville H. Hampton

1950-05-26

1950s

Film

Ben Maddow
John Huston

1950-06-01

1950s

Film

Billy Wilder
Charles Brackett
D. M. Marshman Jr.

1950-08-10

1950s

Film

Akira Kurosawa
Shinobu Hashimoto

1950-08-25

1950s

Film

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1950-10-13

1950s

Film

Charles Lederer

1951-04-27

1950s

Film

Billy Wilder
Lesser Samuels
Walter Newman

1951-06-14

1950s

Film

Czenzi Ormonde
Raymond Chandler
Whitfield Cook

1951-06-30

1950s

Film

Tennessee Williams

1951-09-18

1950s

Film

Edmund H. North

1951-09-18

1950s

Film

Alan Jay Lerner

1951-11-11

1950s

Film

Sydney Boehm

1951-11-22

1950s

Film

James Agee
John Collier
John Huston
Peter Viertel

1951-12-26

1950s

Film

Barré Lyndon
Frank Cavett
Fredric M. Frank
Theodore St. John

1952-01-10

1950s

Film

Adolph Green
Betty Comden

1952-04-11

1950s

Film

Carl Foreman

1952-07-24

1950s

Film

Frank S. Nugent

1952-08-21

1950s

Film

Akira Kurosawa
Hideo Oguni
Shinobu Hashimoto

1952-10-09

1950s

Film

Bill Cottrell
Bill Peet
Erdman Penner
Joe Rinaldi
Milt Banta
Ralph Wright
Ted Sears
Winston Hibler

1953-02-05

1950s

Film

Henri-Georges Clouzot
Jérôme Géronimi

1953-04-22

1950s

Film

Crane Wilbur

1953-04-25

1950s

Film

Harry Essex

1953-05-27

1950s

Film

Dalton Trumbo
Ian McLellan Hunter
John Dighton

1953-07-21

1950s

Film

Daniel Taradash

1953-08-05

1950s

Film

Barré Lyndon

1953-08-13

1950s

Film

Albert Maltz
Gina Kaus
Philip Dunne

1953-09-16

1950s

Film

Kōgo Noda
Yasujirō Ozu

1953-11-03

1950s

Film

James Edward Grant

1953-11-27

1950s

Film

Akira Kurosawa
Hideo Oguni
Shinobu Hashimoto

1954-04-26

1950s

Film

Frederick Knott

1954-05-29

1950s

Film

Albert Hackett
Dorothy Kingsley
Frances Goodrich

1954-07-22

1950s

Film

Budd Schulberg

1954-07-28

1950s

Film

John Michael Hayes

1954-09-01

1950s

Film

Melvin Frank
Norman Krasna
Norman Panama

1954-10-14

1950s

Film

Ishirō Honda
Takeo Murata

1954-11-03

1950s

Film

Henri-Georges Clouzot
Jérôme Géronimi

1955-01-29

1950s

Film

Paddy Chayefsky

1955-04-11

1950s

Film

Don DaGradi
Erdman Penner
Joe Rinaldi
Ralph Wright

1955-06-22

1950s

Film

John Michael Hayes

1955-08-03

1950s

Film

Sonya Levien
William Ludwig

1955-10-11

1950s

Film

Stewart Stern

1955-10-27

1950s

Film

Ben Hecht
Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1955-11-03

1950s

Film

Daniel Mainwaring

1956-02-05

1950s

Film

Cyril Hume

1956-03-03

1950s

Film

John Michael Hayes

1956-05-16

1950s

Film

Frank Nugent

1956-05-16

1950s

Film

Ernest Lehman

1956-06-28

1950s

Film

James Poe
John Farrow
S. J. Perelman

1956-10-17

1950s

Film

Aeneas MacKenzie
Fredric M. Frank
Jack Gariss
Jesse L. Lasky Jr.

1956-11-08

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