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10 Great Movie Classics of the 1950's

Updated on June 27, 2008

The Asphalt Jungle ~ 1950

All About Eve ~ 1950

A Streetcar Named Desire ~ 1951

An American in Paris ~ 1951

A Place in the Sun ~ 1951

Singin' in the Rain ~ 1952

Roman Holiday ~ 1953

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ~ 1953

Rear Window ~ 1954

Rebel without a Cause ~ 1955

1. The Asphalt Jungle ~ 1950 John Huston directed this MGM classic with precision to story-line. A crime-drama that takes special care in painting specific characters that are rich with detail. Bonds are formed between the crooked criminals and the hierarchy between gang members. Dialogue is superb and acting is outstanding. Marilyn Monroe makes a brief debut in one of her earliest film roles.

2. All About Eve ~ 1950 All about Eve is a 1950's dark drama that was actually taken from a short-story featured in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1946. Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders star in this Oscar winner for best picture. A high-end Hollywood story of sorts that takes you on a man-stealing adventure. Marilyn Monroe also makes a dazzling cameo in this film, which is nothing short of perfection. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy ride."

3. A Street Car Named Desire ~ 1951 Vivian Leigh, Marlon Brando and Karl Malden star in this Tennessee Williams play adaptation. A brilliant film that has more of a "stage" feel then the usual films of this era. Vivian Leigh won an Oscar for best actress along side Karl Malden for best supporting actor. Marlon Brando was overshadowed by Humphrey Bogart who won for "African Queen" that year.

4. An American in Paris ~ 1951 Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron bring this film to glorious life with magical choreography and a Parisian backdrop. Kelly plays a broke but optimistic artist who falls for the beautiful and very sexy Leslie Caron. A definite highlight is the effervescent dance sequence to "Our love is here to stay", filmed on the bank of the Seine River.

5. A Place in the Sun ~ 1951 A Place in the Sun showcases an incredible cast that includes Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters and Raymond Burr. Dark in style, this film pays particular attention to body language. A deep sense of longing between the main characters is undeniable. The Oscar went to George Stevens for best director and Michael Wilson and Harry Brown for best screenplay.

6. Singin' in the Rain ~ 1952 How could anyone not have experienced "Singin' in the Rain"? One of the greatest Hollywood musicals of all time. Exquisite and joyfully portrayed in every frame. Somehow, this film went unnoticed at the Academy Awards that year, which proved later to many, the film was way ahead of it's time.

7. Roman Holiday ~ 1953 Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn star in one of the most romantic films of the decade. Charmingly displaying the romance of how opposites truly can attract. The Academy obviously agreed, rewarding this film with ten Academy Award nominations. Audrey Hepburn, who was a newcomer, won that year for best actress.

8. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ~ 1953 Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe star in this quirky comedy farce about bagging a sugar-daddy and the rules of engagement. Funny, sexy, glamorous and smart. A definite must-see for any true Marilyn Monroe fan.

9. Rear Window ~ 1954 Alfred Hitchcock outdid himself with this brilliant psycho-thriller. Intrigue meets dark obsession. James Stewart and Grace Kelly are superb in their respective roles as a couple obsessed with watching their murderous neighbor played by the incomparable Raymond Burr.

10. Rebel Without a Cause ~ 1955 James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo star in this agonizingly seductive story of tragic young love. When Dean's character (Jim Stark) screams "You're tearing me apart" to his self-involved parents, you literally feel his pain. Nicholas Ray was nominated for best screenplay. Sal Mineo was nominated for best supporting actor and Natalie Wood for best supporting actress.


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