The 1,000 Best Films of all Times

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The 1950s:


9.0 Orson Welles: Touch Of Evil (1958)
8.8 Alfred Hitchcock: North By Northwest (1959)
8.5 Akira Kurosawa: Ikiru/To Live (1952)
8.5 Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo (1958)
8.5 Ingmar Bergman: Det Sjunde Inseglet/ Seventh Seal (1956)
8.3 Federico Fellini: La Strada (1954)
8.0 Billy Wilder: Sunset Boulevard (1950)
8.0 Orson Welles: Mr Arkadin (1955)
8.0 Fritz Lang: The Big Heat (1953)
8.0 Akira Kurosawa: Shichinin No Samurai/ The Seven Samurai (1954)
8.0 Elia Kazan: On The Waterfront (1954)
8.0 Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window (1954)
8.0 Federico Fellini: Nights of Cabiria (1957)
8.0 Charles Chaplin: Limelight (1952)
8.0 Ingmar Bergman: Smultronstallet/ Wild Strawberries (1957)
8.0 Ingmar Bergman: Ansiktet/ Magician (1957)
8.0 Vittorio DeSica: Miracolo a Milano/ Miracle in Milan (1951)
7.9 George Stevens: Giant (1956)
7.8 Don Siegel: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
7.8 Elia Kazan: A Face in the Crowd (1957)
7.8 Alfred Hitchcock: To Catch A Thief (1955)
7.8 Vittorio DeSica: Umberto D (1955)
7.8 George Stevens: Shane (1953)
7.7 Akira Kurosawa: Rashomon (1950)
7.6 Yasujiro Ozu: Bakushu/ Early Summer (1951)
7.6 Kenji Mizoguchi: Sansho Dayu/ Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
7.6 Fritz Lang: While the City Sleeps (1956)
7.6 John Huston: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
7.6 John Huston: The African Queen (1951)
7.6 Howard Hawks: Rio Bravo (1959)
7.6 Jean-Luc Godard: A Bout de Souffle/ Breathless (1959)
7.6 Carl Theodor Dreyer: Ordet (1955)
7.5 Billy Wilder: The Big Carnival/ Ace in the Hole (1951)
7.5 Billy Wilder: Some Like It Hot (1959)
7.5 Richard Quine: Bell Book and Candle (1958)
7.5 Joseph Mankiewicz: All About Eve (1950)
7.5 Elia Kazan: Baby Doll (1956)
7.5 Henri Clouzot: Le Salaire de la Peur/ Wages of Fear (1953)
7.5 Ingmar Bergman: Sommarnattens Leende/ Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
7.5 Ingmar Bergman: Gycklarnas Afton/ Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
7.5 Robert Aldrich: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
7.4 Fred Zinnemann: High Noon (1952)
7.4 Nicholas Ray: Johnny Guitar (1954)
7.4 Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali (1955)
7.4 Satyajit Ray: Apur Sansar/ The World of Apu (1959)
7.4 Yasujiro Ozu: Tokyo Monogatari (1953)
7.4 Mario Monicelli: La Grande Guerra/ The Great War (1959)
7.4 Robert Aldrich: Vera Cruz (1954)
7.4 Satyajit Ray: Jalsaghar/ Music Room (1958)
7.3 Jacques Tourneur: Curse of the Demon (1957)
7.3 Alain Resnais: Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
7.3 Guru Dutt: Kaagaz Ke Phool/ Paper Flowers (1959)
7.3 Georges Franju: Les Yeux Sans Visage/ Horror Chamber of Dr Faustus/ Eyes Without a Face (1959)
7.3 Douglas Sirk: Written on the Wind (1956)
7.3 Richard Quine: It Happened to Jane (1959)
7.3 Otto Preminger: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
7.3 Mario Monicelli: I Soliti Ignoti/ Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
7.3 Kenji Mizoguchi: Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
7.3 Anthony Mann: The Man From Laramie (1955)
7.3 John Ford: The Searchers (1956)
7.3 Budd Boetticher: The Tall T (1957)
7.3 Robert Aldrich: Attack (1956)
7.3 Vincente Minnelli: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
7.3 Jules Dassin: Rififi (1955)
7.3 William Wyler: Desperate Hours (1955)
7.3 Henry Hathaway: Niagara (1953)
7.2 Max Ophuls: Lola Montes (1955)
7.2 Vincente Minnelli: Some Came Running (1958)
7.2 Satyajit Ray: Aparajito (1956)
7.2 Roberto Rossellini: Generale Della Rovere (1959)
7.2 Andzej Wajda: Popiol i Diament/ Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
7.2 Luchino Visconti: Senso (1954)
7.2 Francois Truffaut: Les Quatrecents Coups/ The 400 Blows (1959)
7.2 Jacques Tati: Mon Oncle/ My Uncle (1958)
7.2 Nicholas Ray: Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
7.2 Yasujiro Ozu: Tokyo Boshoku/ Tokyo Twilight (1957),
7.2 Kenji Mizoguchi: Saikaku Ichidai Onna/ Life of Oharu (1952)
7.2 Jean-Pierre Melville: Bob the Gambler (1956)
7.2 Anthony Mann: Naked Spur (1952)
7.2 Akira Kurosawa: Kakushi Toride no San-akunin/Hidden Fortress (1958)
7.2 Stanley Kubrick: Paths of Glory (1957)
7.2 Henri Clouzot: Les Diaboliques/ The Devils (1955)
7.2 John Cassavetes: Shadows (1959)
7.2 Robert Bresson: Un Condamnè à Mort s'est Echappè/ A Death-row Convict Escaped (1956)
7.2 Budd Boetticher: Ride Lonesome (1959)
7.2 Jacques Becker: Touchez Pas au Grisbi/ Grisbi (1954)
7.2 Robert Aldrich: Autumn Leaves (1956)
7.2 Vincente Minnelli: An American In Paris (1951)
7.1 Jean Renoir: The River (1951)
7.1 Max Ophuls: Madame de/ The Earrings of Madame de (1953)
7.1 Mario Monicelli: Guardie e Ladri/ Cops and Robbers (1951)
7.1 Kenji Mizoguchi: Chikamatsu Monogatari/ Crucified Lovers (1954)
7.1 Alfred Hitchcock: Stage Fright (1950)
7.1 Alfred Hitchcock: Dial M for Murder (1954)
7.1 Howard Hawks: Monkey Business (1952)
7.1 Alessandro Blasetti: Peccato Che Sia Una Canaglia/ Too Bad He's Bad (1959)
7.1 Jacques Becker: Casque d'Or (1952)
7.0 Youssef Chahine: Bab al-Hadid/ Cairo Station (1958)
7.0 Vincente Minnelli: The Bandwagon (1953)
7.0 Vincente Minnelli: Gigi (1958)
7.0 Vincente Minnelli: Brigadoon (1954)
7.0 Val Guest: Quatermass Experiment (1956)
7.0 Teinosuke Kinugasa: Jigokumen/ Gate of Hell (1954)
7.0 Stanley Kramer: Defiant Ones (1958)
7.0 Jacques Tourneur: Nightfall (1956)
7.0 Stanley Donen: Singin' In The Rain (1952)
7.0 Sidney Lumet: 12 Angry Men (1957)
7.0 Shui Hua: Linjia Puzi/ Lin Family (1959)
7.0 Shirley Clarke: Bridges Go-Round (1959)
7.0 Sam Fuller: Pickup on South Street (1953)
7.0 Roger Vadim: Et Dieu Crea la Femme/ And God Created Woman (1957)
7.0 Robert Wise: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
7.0 Rene` Clement: Jeux Interdits (1952)
7.0 Raj Kapoor: Awaara (1951)
7.0 Nicholas Ray: In A Lonely Place (1950)
7.0 Michail Kalatozov: Letjat Zuravli/ Cranes are Flying (1957)
7.0 Mervyn LeRoy: Mister Roberts (1955)
7.0 Mehboob Khan: Mother India (1957)
7.0 Masaki Kobayashi: Ningen no Joken/ Human Condition (1959)
7.0 Lev Atamanov: Snezhnaya Koroleva/ The Snow Queen (1957)
7.0 Laszlo Benedek: The Wild One (1954)
7.0 Kurt Neumann: The Fly (1958)
7.0 Kon Ichikawa: Burmese Harp/ Biruma no Tategoto (1956)
7.0 King Vidor: Man Without a Star (1955)
7.0 King Vidor: Ruby Gentry (1952)
7.0 Jules Dassin: Night and the City (1950)
7.0 Joseph Lewis: Gun Crazy (1950)
7.0 John Sturges: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
7.0 Jacqueline Audry: Olivia (1951)
7.0 Jack Arnold: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
7.0 Jack Arnold: It Came from Outer Space (1953)
7.0 Jack Arnold: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
7.0 Ishiro Honda: Gojira/ Godzilla (1954)
7.0 Ida Lupino: The Hitch-hiker (1953)
7.0 Henry King: The Gunfighter (1950)
7.0 Guru Dutt: Pyaasa/ Thirst (1957)
7.0 Grigorij Chukrai: Ballada o soldate (1959)
7.0 Gordon Douglas: Them (1955)
7.0 George Cukor: It Should Happen to You (1954)
7.0 George Cukor: A Star Is Born (1954)
7.0 Fred Wilcox: Forbidden Planet (1956)
7.0 Frank Tashlin: The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
7.0 Frank Tashlin: Hollywood or Bust (1956)
7.0 Frank Tashlin: Artists And Models (1955)
7.0 Delmer Daves: 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
7.0 Delbert Mann: Marty (1955)
7.0 David Lean: The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
7.0 Claude Autant-Lara: La Traverse` de Paris/ Four Bags Full (1956)
7.0 Chuck Jones: Duck Amuck (1953)
7.0 Charles Laughton: The Night of the Hunter (1955)
7.0 Charles Lamont: Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
7.0 Charles Crichton: Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
7.0 Bimal Roy: Madhumati (1958)
7.0 Bimal Roy: Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
7.0 Bert Gordon: Beginning of the End (1957)
7.0 Andzej Wajda: Kanal/ Dannati di Varsavia (1956)
7.0 Andrzej Munk: Eroica (1958)
7.0 Alexander Mackendrick: The Man In White Suit (1951)
7.0 Alexander Mackendrick: The Ladykillers (1955)
7.0 Alexander Mackendrick: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
7.0 Fred Zinnemann: From Here to Eternity (1953)
7.0 William Wyler: Roman Holiday (1953)
7.0 William Wyler: Detective Story (1951)
7.0 William Wyler: Ben-Hur (1959)
7.0 Robert Wise: Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
7.0 Robert Wise: Executive Suite (1954)
7.0 Billy Wilder: The Seven Year Itch (1955)
7.0 Luchino Visconti: Bellissima (1951)
7.0 Jacques Tati: Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot/ Hulot's Holidays (1953)
7.0 George Stevens: A Place In The Sun (1951)
7.0 Otto Preminger: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
7.0 Mario Monicelli: Guardie e Ladri/ Cops and Robbers (1951)
7.0 Kenji Mizoguchi: Shin Heike Monogatari/ New Tales of the Tara Clan (1955)
7.0 Anthony Mann: Winchester '73 (1951)
7.0 Anthony Mann: The Far Country (1954)
7.0 Joseph Mankiewicz: The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
7.0 Joseph Mankiewicz: People Will Talk (1951)
7.0 Louis Malle: Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud (1958)
7.0 Joseph Losey: The Prowler (1951)
7.0 Fritz Lang: Rancho Notorious (1952)
7.0 Fritz Lang: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1955)
7.0 Akira Kurosawa: Kumonosu-jo/Throne of Blood (1957)
7.0 Elia Kazan: Viva Zapata (1952)
7.0 Alfred Hitchcock: Wrong Man (1956)
7.0 Alfred Hitchcock: Strangers on a Train (1951)
7.0 Alfred Hitchcock: I Confess (1953)
7.0 Howard Hawks: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
7.0 Christian Nyby: The Thing From Another World (1951)
7.0 Pietro Germi:Un Maledetto Imbroglio (1959)
7.0 Richard Fleischer: Narrow Margin (1952)
7.0 Luis Bunuel: Los Olvidados/ The Young and the Damned (1950)
7.0 Luis Bunuel: El (1953)
7.0 Robert Bresson: Pickpocket (1959)
7.0 Budd Boetticher: Seven Men From Now (1956)
7.0 Ingmar Bergman: Sommarem med Monika/ Summer with Monica (1952)
7.0 Ingmar Bergman: Jungfrukallan/ Virgin Spring (1959)
7.0 Michelangelo Antonioni: Il Grido/ The Cry (1957)
7.0 Michelangelo Antonioni: Cronaca di Un Amore/ Story of a Love Affair (1950)
7.0 Robert Aldrich: Apache (1954)
7.0 Mehboob Khan: Mother India (1957)
7.0 Bimal Roy: Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
Only some of those rated under 7.0 are listed below. Too many to list all of them.


6.9 Billy Wilder: Stalag 17 (1953)
6.9 Federico Fellini: Lo Sceicco Bianco (1952)
6.9 Federico Fellini: I Vitelloni (1953)
6.9 Luis Bunuel: Ascent to Heaven (1952)
6.8 Elia Kazan: East of Eden (1955)
6.8 Luis Bunuel: Nazarin (1959)
6.7 Federico Fellini: Il Bidone (1955)
6.5 Luis Bunuel: Susana (1951)
6.5 Luis Bunuel: Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)
6.5 Luis Bunuel: El Bruto/ The Brute (1953)
6.5 Luis Bunuel: Criminal Life (1955)

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