1950s: Looking Closer’s Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from the 1950s.  Clearly, I have a lot to learn about this decade. But give me a break, I was born in 1970 and didn’t start exploring movies much until I was in college.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.


  • Treasures: Ordet (1955), Tokyo Story (1953), Ikiru (1952), The Red Balloon (1956), One Froggy Evening (1955), The Ladykillers (1955)
  • Favorites: The Seven Samurai (1954), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Diary of a Country Priest (1951), Pather Panchali (1955), A Man Escaped (1956), Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Peter Pan (1953), Paths of Glory (1957), 12 Angry Men (1957), Rashomon (1950), The 400 Blows (1959), Lady and the Tramp (1955), The Searchers (1956), To Catch a Thief (1955), Duck Amuck (1953), Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953), Rabbit Seasoning (1952), Voyage to Italy (1954)
  • Achievements: Alice in Wonderland (1951), Some Like It Hot (1959), Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Moon is Blue (1953), White Mane (1953), The Earrings of Madame de… (1953), North by Northwest (1959), Touch of Evil (1958), Hidden Fortress (1958), The Ten Commandments (1956), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Glen or Glenda? (1953)
  • Decent / Noteworthy Films: tbd
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.