Best Movies of 1954

1.

Rear Window

6.9
8.5/10 IMDB

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Judith Evelyn, Ross Bagdasarian, Georgine Darcy, Sara Berner, Frank Cady ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-08-01
2.

Dial M for Murder

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

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, Leo Britt, Patrick Allen, George Leigh, Bess Flowers, Robin Hughes ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-05-29
3.

On the Waterfront

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

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, Eva Marie Saint, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield, Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1954-06-22
4.

Sabrina

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

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 goes away to Paris for two years, and returns to capture David's attention, while falling in love with Linus.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams, Martha Hyer, Joan Vohs, Marcel Dalio, Marcel Hillaire, Nella Walker ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1954-09-10
5.

The Caine Mutiny

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardize his 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, E.G. Marshall, Tom Tully, May Wynn, Katherine Warren, Lee Marvin ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1954-06-23
6.

Johnny Guitar

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

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, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Royal Dano, Frank Ferguson, Paul Fix ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1954-05-26
7.

A Star Is Born

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

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, Lucy Marlow, Amanda Blake, Irving Bacon, Hazel Shermet, Lotus Robb ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1954-10-01
8.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

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: Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Marc Platt, Jane Powell, Jacques d'Amboise, Julie Newmar, Matt Mattox, Nancy Kilgas ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1954-07-22
9.

White Christmas

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

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, Mary Wickes, John Brascia, Anne Whitfield, Bea Allen, Glen Cargyle ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1954-10-14
10.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

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, Ted de Corsia, Carleton Young, J. M. Kerrigan, Percy Helton, Ted Cooper ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1954-12-23
11.

Animal Farm

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong when corrupt pigs hijack it for their personal gain. Based on the socialist George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm”, a critique of Stalinist authoritarianism.

Starring: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham ..
Directed by: John Halas, Joy Batchelor
Release date: 1954-12-28
12.

Creature from the Black Lagoon

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

When scientists exploring the Amazon River stumble on a “missing link” connecting humans and fish, they plan to capture it for later study. But the Creature has plans of his own, and has set his sights on the lead scientist's beautiful fiancée, Kay.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva, Whit Bissell, Bernie Gozier, Henry A. Escalante, Sydney Mason, Perry Lopez ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1954-03-05
13.

Them!

5.0
7.2/10 IMDB

As a result of nuclear testing, gigantic, ferocious mutant ants appear in the American desert southwest, and a father-daughter team of entomologists join forces with the state police officer who first discovers their existence, an FBI agent and, eventually, the US Army to eradicate the menace, before it spreads across the continent, and the world.

Starring: James Whitmore, James Arness, Joan Weldon, Edmund Gwenn, Onslow Stevens, Sean McClory, Chris Drake, Sandy Descher, Don Shelton, Fess Parker ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1954-06-16
14.

The Barefoot Contessa

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Has-been director Harry Dawes gets a new lease on his career when independently wealthy Kirk Edwards hires him to write and direct a film. They go to Madrid to find Maria Vargas, a dancer who will star in the film.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring, Valentina Cortese, Rossano Brazzi, Elizabeth Sellars, Warren Stevens, Franco Interlenghi, Mari Aldon ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1954-09-29
15.

Vera Cruz

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

After the American Civil War, mercenaries travel to Mexico to fight in their revolution for money. The former soldier and gentleman Benjamin Trane meets the gunman and killer Joe Erin and his men, and together they are hired by the Emperor Maximillian and the Marquis Henri de Labordere to escort the Countess Marie Duvarre to the harbor of Vera Cruz.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero, Sara Montiel, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, George Macready, Jack Elam, James McCallion ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1954-12-25
16.

River of No Return

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

An itinerant farmer and his young son help a heart-of-gold saloon singer search for her estranged husband.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig, Murvyn Vye, Douglas Spencer, Will Wright, Don Beddoe, Arthur Shields, John Doucette ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1954-04-30
17.

The Glenn Miller Story

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

A vibrant tribute to one of America's legendary bandleaders, charting Glenn Miller's rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940s.

Starring: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Barton MacLane, Sig Ruman, Irving Bacon, James Bell, Kathleen Lockhart ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1954-01-04
18.

The Far Country

4.4
7.1/10 IMDB

In 1896, Jeff Webster sees the start of the Klondike gold rush as a golden opportunity to make a fortune in beef...and woe betide anyone standing in his way! He drives a cattle herd from Wyoming to Seattle, by ship to Skagway, and (after a delay caused by larcenous town boss Gannon) through the mountains to Dawson. There, he and his partner Ben Tatum get into the gold business themselves. Two lovely women fall for misanthropic Jeff, but he believes in every-man-for-himself, turning his back on growing lawlessness...until it finally strikes home.

Starring: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan, John McIntire, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Morgan, Steve Brodie, Connie Gilchrist, Robert J. Wilke ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1954-02-12
19.

Brigadoon

4.1
6.8/10 IMDB

Americans Jeff and Tommy, hunting in Scotland, stumble upon a village - Brigadoon. They soon learn that the town appears once every 100 years in order to preserve its peace and special beauty. The citizens go to bed at night and when they wake up, it's 100 years later. Tommy falls in love with a beautiful young woman, Fiona, and is torn between staying or going back to his hectic life in New York.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Barry Jones, Elaine Stewart, Hugh Laing, Albert Sharpe, Virginia Bosler, Jimmy Thompson, Tudor Owen ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1954-09-08
20.

Ulysses

4.0
6.6/10 IMDB

A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Rossana Podestà, Silvana Mangano, Franco Interlenghi, Sylvie, Elena Zareschi, Evi Maltagliati, Ludmilla Dudarova, Tania Weber ..
Directed by: Mario Camerini
Release date: 1954-10-06
21.

Hobson's Choice

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

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, Richard Wattis, Derek Blomfield, Helen Haye, Joseph Tomelty, Julien Mitchell ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1954-04-19
Best Movies of 1954 : Bugs and Thugs
22.

Bugs and Thugs

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

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
Best Movies of 1954 : Bewitched Bunny
23.

Bewitched Bunny

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

Bugs must rescue Hansel and Gretel from Witch Hazel's clutches.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1954-07-24
Best Movies of 1954 : An Inspector Calls
24.

An Inspector Calls

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Based on a famous stage play and set in the year 1912, an upper crust family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has died in suspicious circumstances. It seems that any or all of them could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them?

Starring: Alastair Sim, Jane Wenham, Brian Worth, Eileen Moore, Olga Lindo, Arthur Young, Bryan Forbes, George Woodbridge, Barbara Everest, Charles Saynor ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1954-03-16
Best Movies of 1954 : Baby Buggy Bunny
25.

Baby Buggy Bunny

3.8
7.8/10 IMDB

Baby-Faced Finster robs a bank, but the baby carriage with the money in it goes down Bugs' rabbit hole.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1954-12-18
26.

Salt of the Earth

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.

Starring: Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacón, Will Geer, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams, David Sarvis, Clinton Jencks, Virginia Jencks, Henrietta Williams, Ernesto Velázquez ..
Directed by: Herbert J. Biberman
Release date: 1954-03-14
27.

Executive Suite

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

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, Shelley Winters, Paul Douglas, Louis Calhern, Dean Jagger, Nina Foch ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1954-04-30
Best Movies of 1954 : Stop! Look! and Hasten!
28.

Stop! Look! and Hasten!

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

A Burmese tiger trap, a pop-up steel wall, a motorcycle, and a box of Acme-brand leg-building vitamins can't help the Coyote (Eatibus anythingus) catch the Road Runner (Hot Rodicus supersonicus).

Starring: Paul Julian ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1954-08-13
29.

The Country Girl

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

An ex-theater actor 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, Jacqueline Fontaine, Eddie Ryder, Robert Kent, John W. Reynolds, George Chakiris ..
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1954-12-15
Best Movies of 1954 : Woman's World
30.

Woman's World

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Needing to fill the position of general manager of his company, and believing that an executive's wife is crucial to her husband's success, auto industry mogul Gifford brings three couples to New York to size up: Jerry and Carol: he hard-driven and self-reliant, she willing to use her beauty to further her husband's career; Sid and Elizabeth, he ulcer-ridden and torn between achieving success and restoring their troubled marriage, she positive that his job will kill him, but gamely agreeing to play the good wife for the duration; and down-to-earth Bill, whose good-natured Katie fears that his promotion would spell the end of their idyllic familiy existence.

Starring: Clifton Webb, June Allyson, Cornel Wilde, Lauren Bacall, Fred MacMurray, Van Heflin, Arlene Dahl, Elliott Reid, Margalo Gillmore, Alan Reed ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1954-09-30
Best Movies of 1954 : Devil May Hare
31.

Devil May Hare

3.7
7.6/10 IMDB

The Tasmanian Devil is on the loose. Bugs offers to help him find his dinner.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1954-06-19
32.

It Should Happen to You

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

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, Connie Gilchrist, Walter Klavun, Whit Bissell, Constance Bennett, Ilka Chase ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1954-01-15
33.

Human Desire

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet just returning to his railroad engineer's job, boards at the home of co-worker Alec Simmons and is charmed by Alec's beautiful daughter. He becomes attracted immediately to Vicki Buckley, the sultry wife of brutish railroad supervisor Carl Buckley, an alcoholic wife beater with a hair-trigger temper and penchant for explosive violence. Jeff becomes reluctantly drawn into a sordid affair by the compulsively seductive Vicki. After Buckley is fired for insubordination, he begs her to intercede on his behalf with John Owens, a rich and powerful businessman whose influence can get him reinstated.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan, Kathleen Case, Peggy Maley, Diane DeLaire, Grandon Rhodes ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1954-08-05
34.

Riot in Cell Block 11

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.

Starring: Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon, Robert Osterloh, Paul Frees, Don Keefer, Alvy Moore, Dabbs Greer, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1954-02-18
35.

Magnificent Obsession

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speedboat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips, who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people, and when Merrick learns of the doctor's way of life-- That is, to selflessly give of himself and his finances, in secret-- Bob attempts it in a ham-handed way. From then on, the lives of Helen Phillips and Bob Merrick intersect, first in tragedy, then in love.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Agnes Moorehead, Otto Kruger, Gregg Palmer, Sara Shane, Paul Cavanagh, Judy Nugent, Richard H. Cutting ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1954-08-07
36.

The Long, Long Trailer

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

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, Moroni Olsen, Christopher Olsen, Bert Freed, Madge Blake, Walter Baldwin ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1954-02-19
Best Movies of 1954 : Flame and the Flesh
37.

Flame and the Flesh

3.6
5.7/10 IMDB

American woman in Europe romanced by local gigolo; problems ensue.

Starring: Lana Turner, Pier Angeli, Carlos Thompson, Bonar Colleano, Rosalie Crutchley, Peter Illing, Eric Pohlmann ..
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1954-05-05
38.

Pushover

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A police detective falls for the bank robber's girlfriend he is supposed to be tailing.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Philip Carey, Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone, E.G. Marshall, Allen Nourse, Marion Ross, James Anderson, Joe Bailey, Tony Barrett ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1954-07-21
39.

Knock On Wood

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has failed with another love affair. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his two dolls become mean and jealous. Morgan's dollmaker Papinek is a member of a spy ring who has stolen the secret plans for the top-secret Lafayette airplane. Since Morgan is leaving for Zurich the same night, he decides to hide the secret plan in the heads of the dolls.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling, Torin Thatcher, David Burns, Leon Askin, Abner Biberman, Gavin Gordon, Otto Waldis, Steven Geray, Diana Adams ..
Directed by: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
Release date: 1954-04-06
40.

Shield for Murder

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A crooked detective masterminds a robbery then fights to keep his money.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Marla English, John Agar, Emile Meyer, Carolyn Jones, Claude Akins, Lawrence Ryle, Herbert Butterfield, Hugh Sanders, William Schallert ..
Directed by: Howard W. Koch, Edmond O'Brien
Release date: 1954-08-27
41.

The Million Pound Note

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

An impoverished American sailor is fortunate enough to be passing the house of two rich gentlemen who have conceived the crazy idea of distributing a note worth one million pounds. The sailor finds that whenever he tries to use the note to buy something, people treat him like a king and let him have whatever he likes for free. Ultimately, the money proves to be more troublesome than it is worth when it almost costs him his dignity and the woman he loves.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Ronald Squire, Joyce Grenfell, Maurice Denham, Reginald Beckwith, Brian Oulton, John Slater, Wilbur Evans, Hartley Power, George Devine ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1954-01-07
Best Movies of 1954 : The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
42.

The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Lord Shiva wakes. A convocation of magicians in the guise of figures from mythology; a masquerade party at which Pan is the prize. The wine of Hecate is poured: Pan's cup is poisoned by Shiva. Kali blesses the assembly as a bacchic rite ensues.

Starring: Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney, Katy Kadell, Renate Druks, Anaïs Nin, Paul Mathison, Curtis Harrington, Kenneth Anger, Peter Loome ..
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Release date: 1954-03-29
Best Movies of 1954 : King of the Coral Sea
43.

King of the Coral Sea

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A body is found floating in the Torres Strait and pearler Ted King is asked to investigate. He discovers the murder is connected to a people smuggling ring and involves one of his men, Yusep. He is helped by Peter Merriman, the playboy owner of King's company who romances King's daughter Rusty. Yusep kidnaps Rusty but Merriman and King rescue her.

Starring: Chips Rafferty, Ilma Adey, Rod Taylor, Reg Lye, Charles Tingwell ..
Directed by: Lee Robinson
Release date: 1954-08-12
44.

Demetrius and the Gladiators

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

The story picks up at the point where "The Robe" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus' former slave Demetrius seeks to prevent this, and catches the eye of Messalina, wife to Caligula's uncle Claudius. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith.

Starring: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft, Jay Robinson, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Egan, Barry Jones, Charles Evans ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1954-06-16
45.

The Egyptian

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and tragedies are played against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty. As Sinuhe is drawn into court intrigues he learns the answers to the questions he has sought since his birth.

Starring: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Peter Ustinov, Edmund Purdom, Michael Wilding, Bella Darvi, Judith Evelyn, Henry Daniell, John Carradine ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1954-08-25
Best Movies of 1954 : The Mad Magician
46.

The Mad Magician

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Don Gallico is an inventor of stage magic effects who aspires to become a star in his own right. Just before his first performance his act is shut down by capricious manager Ross Ormond who wants Gallico's brilliant buzz saw effect for the act of The Great Rinaldi, an established star. With this defeat, and the humiliation of having already lost his wife Claire to Ormond, Gallico decides it is time to take matters into his own hands.

Starring: Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, John Emery, Donald Randolph, Lenita Lane, Patrick O'Neal, Jay Novello, Corey Allen, Conrad Brooks ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1954-05-19
47.

Broken Lance

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in prison. Matt dies from a stroke partly caused by his rebellious sons and when Joe gets out he plans revenge.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark, Katy Jurado, Hugh O'Brian, Eduard Franz, Earl Holliman, E.G. Marshall, Carl Benton Reid ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1954-09-25
Best Movies of 1954 : Drive a Crooked Road
48.

Drive a Crooked Road

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A mechanic gets caught up with the mob when he falls for a gangster's girlfriend.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Kelly, Harry Landers, Jerry Paris, Paul Picerni, Dick Crockett ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1954-03-10
49.

The Naked Jungle

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.

Starring: Eleanor Parker, Charlton Heston, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad, Romo Vincent, Douglas Fowley, John Dierkes, Leonard Strong, Norma Calderón ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1954-03-03
50.

Silver Lode

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Ned McCarty, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000. Ballard seeks to stall McCarty while tracking down evidence that will prove his innocence.

Starring: John Payne, Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Dolores Moran, Emile Meyer, Robert Warwick, John Hudson, Harry Carey, Jr., Alan Hale Jr., Stuart Whitman ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1954-07-23

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