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 has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.