Best Drama Movies of 1950

1.

Sunset Boulevard

6.9
8.4/10 IMDB

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1950-08-10
2.

All About Eve

5.9
8.2/10 IMDB

From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing. Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife. Only the cynical drama critic sees through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit.

Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Bates ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1950-10-06
3.

Harvey

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places.

Starring: James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway, Victoria Horne, Jesse White, William H. Lynn, Wallace Ford, Harvey ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1950-10-13
4.

In a Lonely Place

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart, Robert Warwick, Morris Ankrum, William Ching ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1950-05-17
5.

The Asphalt Jungle

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Marilyn Monroe, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1950-06-01
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6.

Gun Crazy

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Bart Tare is an ex-Army man who has a lifelong fixation with guns, he meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Starr and goes to work at a carnival. After upsetting the carnival owner who lusts after Starr, they both get fired. Soon, on Starr's behest, they embark on a crime spree for cash. Subjects of a manhunt, they are tracked by police in the hills Tare enjoyed as a boy.

Starring: Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, Russ Tamblyn, Trevor Bardette, Mickey Little ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1950-01-20
7.

Night and the City

4.8
7.9/10 IMDB

Londoner Harry Fabian is a second-rate con man looking for an angle. After years of putting up with Harry's schemes, his girlfriend, Mary, becomes fed up when he taps her for yet another loan. His latest ploy, promoting an aging Greek wrestler, goes awry when the wrestler dies and everyone points the finger at Harry. Hiding out in a riverfront barge, Harry sees his grand ambitions spiral into a nightmare of fear and desperation as the underworld closes in.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Herbert Lom, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Mike Mazurki, Charles Farrell, Alan Tilvern ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1950-04-01
8.

D.O.A.

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Frank Bigelow is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with the help of his assistant and girlfriend, Paula, begins to trace back over his last steps. As he frantically tries to unravel the mystery behind his own impending demise, his sleuthing leads him to a group of crooked businessmen and another murder.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett, William Ching, Henry Hart, Neville Brand, Laurette Luez, Jess Kirkpatrick ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1950-04-21
9.

Cyrano de Bergerac

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

José Ferrer won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portayal of the swordsman-poet using his silver tongue to woo the woman he loves for another man. Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. Although there was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, the play is a fictionalization of his life that follows the broad outlines of it. The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of twelve syllables per line, very close to the Alexandrine format, but the verses sometimes lack a caesura. It is also meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Académie française and the dames précieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene. The play has been translated and performed many times, and is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language.

Starring: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky, Ralph Clanton, Lloyd Corrigan, Virginia Farmer, Edgar Barrier, Albert Cavens, Arthur Blake ..
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1950-11-14
10.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A police detective's violent nature keeps him from being a good cop.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed, Tom Tully, Karl Malden, Ruth Donnelly, Craig Stevens, Fred Aldrich, Tom Coleman ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1950-07-07

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