1954 List


The 1950s are a unique decade for film. The studio system was winding down following the Paramount decision, and it faced competition from TV. Meanwhile the Hays code was still in effect, but that did not restrict foreign releases. The quality of films from Japan and Italy were near their peaks, while American films were arguably at their lows, despite a few independent gems. What I found interesting when compiling this year’s list, which I consider a strong year, is that it has a high amount of Japanese films. Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Naruse, and others were cranking out amazing films, and in my opinion, Sansho the Bailiff ranks among the best Japanese films in history.

1. Sansho the Bailiff
2. On the Waterfront
3. Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
4. Senso
5. Seven Samurai
6. Journey to Italy / Voyage to Italy
7. French Cancan
8. Rear Window
9. Chikamatsu Monogatari
10. Touchez Pas Au Grisbi
11. Hobson’s Choice
12. Sound of the Mountain
13. La Strada
14. Johnny Guitar
15. Executive Suite
16. Twenty-Four Eyes
17. Late Chrysanthemums
18. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
19. Dial M For Murder
20. Sabrina
21. The Caine Mutiny

Posted on September 27, 2014, in Film, Lists. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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