Must-sees of 1954

by vitale-daniele | created - 24 Dec 2012 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

The titles hereby listed have been selected out of 87 1954-released works seen.

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1. A Story from Chikamatsu (1954)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, History, Romance

Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 3,290

2. Sound of the Mountain (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

An ingratiating bride develops warm ties to her father-in-law while her cold husband blithely slights her for another woman.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Sô Yamamura, Ken Uehara, Yôko Sugi

Votes: 1,371

3. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 293,068 | Gross: $0.27M

4. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 13,019

5. Senso (1954)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance

A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Massimo Girotti, Heinz Moog

Votes: 5,563 | Gross: $0.03M

6. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 132,066 | Gross: $9.60M

7. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

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

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 411,602 | Gross: $36.76M

8. Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Henry Hobson (Charles Laughton) is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson

Votes: 6,041

9. Journey to Italy (1954)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

100 Metascore

An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Maria Mauban, Anna Proclemer

Votes: 7,888

10. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

A tennis player frames his unfaithful wife for first-degree murder after she inadvertently hinders his plan to kill her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Votes: 144,699 | Gross: $0.01M

11. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 54,231

12. Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli

Votes: 6,073 | Gross: $0.13M

13. Apache (1954)

Passed | 91 min | Western

Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire, Charles Bronson

Votes: 3,644 | Gross: $6.00M

14. Late Chrysanthemums (1954)

101 min | Drama

What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Haruko Sugimura, Ken Uehara, Sadako Sawamura, Chikako Hosokawa

Votes: 843

15. An Inn at Osaka (1954)

122 min | Drama

An Inn at Osaka, rarely seen outside Japan, follows the story of an insurance company executive from Tokyo, Mr. Mito, who is demoted to the Osaka office. He takes a room at a small inn and tries to rebuild his life.

Director: Heinosuke Gosho | Stars: Shûji Sano, Nobuko Otowa, Mitsuko Mito, Hiroko Kawasaki

Votes: 150

16. A Star Is Born (1954)

Passed | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

89 Metascore

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford

Votes: 14,496 | Gross: $14.93M

17. Sabrina (1954)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden

Votes: 54,952

18. Riviera (1954)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Annamaria, an ex-prostitute, takes her young daughter from convent school with her on a summer vacation. She introduces herself like a widow just to be accepted by people in the Italy of ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Martine Carol, Raf Vallone, Mario Carotenuto, Carlo Romano

Votes: 165

19. The Country Girl (1954)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Music

A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, who he believes is the cause of all the man's problems.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross

Votes: 5,017

20. Vera Cruz (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Western

During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero

Votes: 8,360

21. Johnny Guitar (1954)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Western

83 Metascore

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady

Votes: 14,302

22. Godzilla (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 26,507 | Gross: $2.42M

23. An Inspector Calls (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each member of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her death.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Alastair Sim, Arthur Young, Olga Lindo, Brian Worth

Votes: 2,844

24. The Far Country (1954)

Approved | 97 min | Romance, Western

A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Walter Brennan

Votes: 6,094

25. The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

After a convict breaks in a psychotherapist's home, he agrees to rehabilitation rather than arrest but the therapist's wife becomes infatuated with him.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Alexis Smith, Alexander Knox, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 662

26. Miseria e nobiltà (1954)

60 min | Comedy

"Miseria e Nobiltà" tells the story of the humble families of Felice Pasquale and his colleague who are hired by a Marquis who wants to marry the daughter of a rich but simple cook, So they pose as aristocrats.

Director: Mario Mattoli | Stars: Totò, Sophia Loren, Enzo Turco, Dolores Palumbo

Votes: 1,295

27. Them! (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 18,489

28. A Lesson in Love (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After a 15-year marriage, the spouses are going to divorce, but suddenly find out that their feelings have not vanished yet.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Gunnar Björnstrand, Yvonne Lombard, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 2,520

29. Pushover (1954)

Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 2,276

30. The Woman of Rumour (1954)

83 min | Drama, Romance

Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present-day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tomoemon Otani, Yoshiko Kuga, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 878

31. Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideki Gôko, Itsuo Watanabe, Makoto Miyagawa, Takeo Terashita

Votes: 2,040

32. River of No Return (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 9,711

33. It Should Happen to You (1954)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

When a young woman with dreams of fame rents a billboard to advertise herself, her life changes overnight.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford, Michael O'Shea

Votes: 3,091 | Gross: $1.40M

34. Bow Bells (1954)

11 min | Documentary, Short

A montage of scenes from East End life set to a soundtrack of music hall songs with appropriate lyrics.

Director: Anthony Simmons

Votes: 17

35. Black Widow (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, George Raft

Votes: 2,052

36. The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family

The schoolgirls of St. Trinian's are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the headmistress' brother.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley

Votes: 2,161

37. A Drop Too Much (1954)

14 min | Short, Animation

The tragic tale of a motorcyclist who, happily on his way to meet his fiance, stops at a tavern with disastrous consequences.

Director: Bretislav Pojar

Votes: 100

38. Garden of Evil (1954)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A trio of American adventurers marooned in rural Mexico are recruited by a beautiful woman to rescue her husband trapped in a cave in Apache territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Richard Widmark, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 2,743

39. Executive Suite (1954)

Passed | 104 min | Drama

When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Fredric March

Votes: 3,286

40. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 23,907 | Gross: $1.30M

41. Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

A selfish playboy enamored by a woman he seems to hurt more than he intends begins to understand a deeper meaning to their relationship.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Otto Kruger

Votes: 5,455

42. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

75 Metascore

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 19,923



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