Best 1950s Films

The 1950s brought us the baby boom, post-war prosperity, Rock and Roll, and a lot of good movies, including Ben-Hur, Cinderella, Rear Window, On the Waterfront and Many more. This is our selection of the best 1950s films of all time!


This timeline assembles all of the best movies from the 1950s. These include all the winners of the Best Picture Oscar, as well as others noted for their critical reception, financial success, and lasting status.

The 1950s really began to capitalize on the film medium. With industry booming after World War II, films began to branch out, and we got a slew of what we would not call blockbusters, films with huge budgets that still hold up today.

We hope you enjoy this dive into film history. Film historians should enjoy this compilation of influential, popular, and critically acclaimed films. Enjoy!

As always, if you see something you think we should add or change, give us a shout out in the comment section below. And if you liked this timeline, you might like some of our others, such as the Shakespeare timeline.

And if you see any film you think we should add, don’t hesitate to let us know!

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