Best Movies of 1950

1.

Sunset Boulevard

6.1

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
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1950-08-10
2.

All About Eve

6.0

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
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1950-11-09
3.

Cinderella

5.9

Cinderella has faith her dreams of a better life will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother's wand, Cinderella's rags are magically turned into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball. But when the clock strikes midnight, the spell is broken, leaving a single glass slipper... the only key to the ultimate fairy-tale ending!

Starring: Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Lucille Bliss, Verna Felton, Helene Stanley
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1950-03-04
4.

Harvey

5.6

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
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1950-10-13
5.

In a Lonely Place

5.6

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
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1950-05-17
6.

The Asphalt Jungle

5.5

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
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1950-05-22
7.

Winchester '73

5.4

Lin McAdam rides into town on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown, only to find himself in a shooting competition against him. McAdam wins the prize, a one-in-a-thousand Winchester rifle, but Dutch steals it and leaves town. McAdam follows, intent on settling his old quarrel, while the rifle keeps changing hands and touching a number of lives.

Starring: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Millard Mitchell
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1950-07-12
8.

Night and the City

4.8

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
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1950-04-01
9.

Rio Grande

4.4

Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke is posted on the Texas frontier to defend settlers against depredations of marauding Apaches. Col. Yorke is under considerable stress by a serious shortage of troops of his command. Tension is added when Yorke's son (whom he hasn't seen in fifteen years), Trooper Jeff Yorke, is one of 18 recruits sent to the regiment.

Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey, Jr.
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1950-11-15
10.

Stage Fright

4.3

A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman, Michael Wilding, Richard Todd, Alastair Sim
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1950-02-23
11.

Rabbit of Seville

4.2

Behind the Hollywood Bowl stage which is playing the opera, The Barber of Seville, Bugs Bunny flees into the backstage area with Elmer Fudd in close pursuit. Seeing his opportunity to fight on his terms, Bugs raises the curtain on Elmer, trapping him on stage. As the orchestra begins playing, Bugs comes into play as the barber who is going to make sure that Elmer is going to get a grooming he will never forget.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1950-12-16
12.

Cyrano de Bergerac

4.0

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
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1950-11-14
13.

Gun Crazy

4.0
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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
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1950-01-20
14.

The Gunfighter

3.9

Gregory Peck stars as an aging notorious gunslinger, Johnny Ringo. Sick of killing he tries to avoid trouble, but when a cocksure young man named Eddie draws on him, Ringo has no choice but to kill him. Now Eddie's three brothers are after him. Ringo decides to return East to see his estranged wife and young son before the brothers catch up with him.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker, Karl Malden
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1950-06-23
15.

Annie Get Your Gun

3.9

This film adaptation of Irving Berlin's classic musical stars Betty Hutton as gunslinger Annie Oakley, who romances fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler (Howard Keel) as they travel with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Previously off target when it comes to love, Annie proves you can get a man with a gun in this battle-of-the-sexes extravaganza, which features timeless numbers like "Anything You Can Do" and "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Starring: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish, Edward Arnold
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1950-05-17
16.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

3.9

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

Starring: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed, Tom Tully
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1950-07-07
17.

The Breaking Point

3.9

Based on the Hemingway novel To Have and Have Not. A fisherman with money problems hires out his boat to transport criminals.

Starring: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernández, Wallace Ford
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1950-10-06
18.

8 Ball Bunny

3.9
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Bugs helps a penguin go home via New Orleans, Martinique, the Panama Canal and finally the South Pole. But the penguin's home is in New Jersey.
Starring: Mel Blanc, Dave Barry
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1950-07-08
19.

Three Came Home

3.9
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Starring: Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Florence Desmond, Sessue Hayakawa, Sylvia Andrew
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1950-02-20
20.

Born Yesterday

3.9

Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn.

Starring: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden, Howard St. John, Frank Otto
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1950-12-25

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