Best Movies of 1950

by terrence-gale | created - 11 Feb 2014 | updated - 01 Mar 2014 | Public

Here are the best movies of 1950.

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1. All About Eve (1950)

Passed | 138 min | Drama

98 Metascore

An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 111,748 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 183,999

3. Born Yesterday (1950)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette, with unexpected results.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John

Votes: 9,236

4. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 148,165 | Gross: $0.45M

5. Harvey (1950)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Wallace Ford, William H. Lynn, Victoria Horne

Votes: 50,614

6. Adam's Rib (1949)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell

Votes: 18,165

7. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 134,634 | Gross: $85.00M

8. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A major heist goes off as planned, until bad luck and double crosses cause everything to unravel.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore

Votes: 22,151

9. Father of the Bride (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor

Votes: 9,372

10. The Gunfighter (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Western

94 Metascore

Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker

Votes: 8,514

11. Caged (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby, Hope Emerson

Votes: 3,205

12. Bitter Rice (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Two criminals on the run end up working in a rice field and decide to recruit other workers for their next robbery.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone

Votes: 3,252

13. Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

Not Rated | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky

Votes: 3,381

14. No Way Out (1950)

Passed | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Sidney Poitier

Votes: 3,958

15. The Furies (1950)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Romance, Western

A firebrand heiress clashes with her tyrannical father, a cattle rancher who fancies himself a Napoleon; but their relationship turns ugly only when he finds himself a new woman.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson

Votes: 2,509

16. Panic in the Streets (1950)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance

Votes: 6,466

17. Broken Arrow (1950)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches in Arizona territory.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget, Basil Ruysdael

Votes: 6,947

18. Trio (1950)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

Three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, "The Verger", "Mr. Know-All", and "The Sanatorium" are introduced by the author.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Harold French | Stars: James Hayter, Kathleen Harrison, Felix Aylmer, Lana Morris

Votes: 599

19. The Men (1950)

Passed | 85 min | Drama

A paralyzed war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane, Jack Webb

Votes: 3,926 | Gross: $7.10M

20. Mister 880 (1950)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Gentle romantic comedy about a Secret Service Agent trying to catch a cold case counterfeiter and a United Nations translator.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Edmund Gwenn, Dorothy McGuire, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 1,176

21. Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

77 Metascore

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 4,066 | Gross: $8.00M

22. Mystery Street (1950)

Passed | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A small town policeman is assisted by a Harvard professor when a human skeleton is found on a Massachusetts beach.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Bruce Bennett, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 2,500

23. The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

Passed | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas, Aline MacMahon

Votes: 3,138

24. Three Little Words (1950)

Passed | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby is told loosely and lightheartedly.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,481 | Gross: $2.80M

25. The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

89 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz, Philip Ober

Votes: 529

26. The Walls of Malapaga (1949)

89 min | Drama, Romance

A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean Gabin, Isa Miranda, Vera Talchi, Andrea Checchi

Votes: 638

27. King Solomon's Mines (1950)

Passed | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

Directors: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas

Votes: 5,315

28. Our Very Own (1950)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Gail discovers the shocking news that she is adopted during a heated argument with her sister, Joan. With the reluctant support of her adoptive parents and baby sister, Penny, Gail goes in ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Ann Blyth, Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Jane Wyatt

Votes: 453

29. No Sad Songs for Me (1950)

Approved | 88 min | Drama

Mary Scott learns she only has ten months to live before dying of an incurable disease. She manages to keep the news from her husband, Brad and daughter, Polly. She tries to make every ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, Wendell Corey, Viveca Lindfors, Natalie Wood

Votes: 355

30. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, History, Romance

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 6,413 | Gross: $28.80M

31. I'll Get By (1950)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Updated version of "Tin Pan Alley" concerns two songwriters and their romantic entanglements with the pretty pair of sisters helping them plug their songs.

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: June Haver, William Lundigan, Gloria DeHaven, Dennis Day

Votes: 97

32. That Forsyte Woman (1949)

Passed | 113 min | Drama, Romance

Love among the Forsytes is strange, full of tradition, melancholy and gold digging in this film treatise on Victorian-age rigidity and vestiges of a flawed society.

Director: Compton Bennett | Stars: Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young

Votes: 1,042

33. When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, War

Willie Kluggs enters the service with hopes of going overseas, but his uncanny marksmanship keeps him at home as a shooting instructor... much to his embarrassment.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend, William Demarest

Votes: 581

34. The Red Danube (1949)

Passed | 119 min | Drama, Romance, War

Shortly after the end of World War II, British Colonel Michael 'Hooky' Nicobar is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is to aid the Soviet authorities to repatriate ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Ethel Barrymore, Peter Lawford, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 479

35. Louisa (1950)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

To her family's discomfiture, grandmother Louisa starts dating two men...a grocer and her son's boss.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Charles Coburn, Ruth Hussey, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 249

36. Destination Moon (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

After their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. This time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson

Votes: 3,399 | Gross: $5.00M

37. The Toast of New Orleans (1950)

Approved | 97 min | Musical

Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza, David Niven, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 519

38. The Black Rose (1950)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, History, Romance

A disinherited 13th Century Saxon nobleman leaves Norman England with an archer friend to seek his fortune in the Far East.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cécile Aubry, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 1,662

39. Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1949)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A group of agents in the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the C.I.A.) are sent to France, during World War II, to knock out the French railroad system and, in accomplishing ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix, Francis Lederer, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 372

40. Singing Guns (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Notorious stagecoach robber Rhiannon is unintentionally appointed as deputy when he saves the sheriff's life and must wear two hats between his new job that he enjoys and his old occupation that he misses.

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Vaughn Monroe, Ella Raines, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

Votes: 194

41. Wabash Avenue (1950)

Approved | 92 min | Musical

Andy Clark discovers he was cheated out of a half interest in partner Mike's business, now a thriving dance hall in 1892 Chicago. Unable to win it back, Andy schemes to make Mike's position... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Phil Harris, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 220 | Gross: $2.04M

42. The West Point Story (1950)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Music

A Broadway director helps the West Point cadets put on a show, aided by two lovely ladies and assorted complications.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 1,068



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