Best Movies of 1954

1.

Rear Window

6.9

Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-08-01
2.

On the Waterfront

5.9

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1954-06-22
3.

Dial M for Murder

5.9

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan—to frame her for murder instead.

Starring: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-05-29
4.

Sabrina

5.5

Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work -- busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play -- technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for work, spends all his time entertaining, and has been married and divorced three times. Meanwhile, Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who has been infatuated with David all her life, but David hardly notices her -- "doesn't even know I exist" -- until she goes away to Paris for two years, and returns an elegant, sophisticated, beautiful woman. Suddenly, she finds that she has captured David's attention, but just as she does so, she finds herself falling in love with Linus, and she finds that Linus is also falling in love with her.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1954-09-28
5.

The Caine Mutiny

5.5

When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, Robert Francis, José Ferrer
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1954-06-23
6.

Johnny Guitar

5.5

On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar, a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in town that results in a man's death, Emma Small, Vienna's rival, rallies the townsfolk to take revenge on Vienna's saloon – even without proof of her wrongdoing.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, Sterling Hayden, Ernest Borgnine, John Carradine
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1954-05-26
7.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

5.4

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Starring: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1954-07-22
8.

White Christmas

5.3

Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. In time they befriend and become romantically involved with the beautiful Haynes sisters who comprise a sister act.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1954-10-14
9.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

5.2

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1954-12-23
10.

Them!

5.1

Nuclear tests in the desert result in the growth of gigantic mutant ants who menace cities in the American south-west as a team of investigators and the army search for a way to control their spread in this Cold War-era monster film.

Starring: James Whitmore, James Arness, Joan Weldon, Edmund Gwenn, Onslow Stevens
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1954-06-16
11.

Creature from the Black Lagoon

5.0

A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1954-03-05
12.

A Star Is Born

4.8

A movie star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford, Tommy Noonan
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1954-09-29
13.

Bugs and Thugs

4.0
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When Bugs calls a cab he doesn't know it's the getaway car for a couple of bankrobbers (he does know the capital of Nevada).
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1954-03-13
14.

Hobson's Choice

3.9
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Henry Hobson owns and tyrannically runs a successful Victorian boot maker’s shop in Salford, England. A stingy widower with a weakness for overindulging in the local Moonraker Public House, he exploits his three daughters as cheap labour. When he declares that there will be ‘no marriages’ to avoid the expense of marriage settlements at £500 each, his eldest daughter Maggie rebels.
Starring: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda De Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1954-04-19
15.

Salt of the Earth

3.9

The issues the miners strike for include equity in wages with Anglo workers, and health and safety issues.Ramon Quintero helps organize the strike, but at home he treats his wife,Esperanza Quintero,as a second class citizen.Esperanza who is pregnant with their third child,is usually passive but she changes her attitude when the men are forced to end their picketing by a Taft-Hartley Act injuction.

Starring: Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacón, Will Geer, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams
Directed by: Herbert J. Biberman
Release date: 1954-03-14
16.

The Gold of Naples

3.9
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Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) loosing her husband's ring ; the funeral of a dead child ; the gambler Count Prospero B. defeated by a kid ; the unexpected and unusual wedding of Teresa, a prostitute ; the "professor" Ersilio Micci, a "wisdom seller".
Starring: Sophia Loren, Silvana Mangano, Eduardo De Filippo, Totò, Paolo Stoppa
Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
Release date: 1954-12-03
17.

It Should Happen to You

3.9

Gladys Glover has just lost her modeling job when she meets filmmaker Pete Sheppard shooting a documentary in Central Park. For Pete it's love at first sight, but Gladys has her mind on other things, making a name for herself. Through a fluke of advertising she winds up with her name plastered over 10 billboards throughout city.

Starring: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford, Michael O'Shea, Vaughn Taylor
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1954-01-18
18.

The Country Girl

3.9

The 1954 musical film based on the play by the same name. Actress Grace Kelly won an Academy Award for Best Actress. The film tells the story of an ex-theater actor who is given one more chance to star in a musical yet his alcoholism may prevent it from happening.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross, Gene Reynolds
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1954-05-17
19.

Executive Suite

3.8

When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice-presidents vie to see who will replace him.

Starring: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, June Allyson, Walter Pidgeon
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1954-05-06
20.

The Long, Long Trailer

3.8

A newly wed couple, Tacy and Nicky, travel in a trailer for their honeymoon. The journey is a humorous one that could end up destroying their marriage.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Gladys Hurlbut, Keenan Wynn, Marjorie Main
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1954-02-18

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