Last Updated on 22 January 2024

I searched far and wide for lists of best 50s movies of all time. Criteria included the movies being ranked, not just listed, and generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like Ranker.com).

I was able to find 17 lists. I took the 17 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. I ended up averaging the rankings each movie got (there were 268 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that movie was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The movies that were on the most lists (out of 17) were:

  • Sunset Blvd. (1950) – 16 lists
  • 12 Angry Men (1957) – 16 lists
  • Rear Window (1954) – 14 lists
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – 14 lists
  • Some Like It Hot (1959) – 14 lists
  • Vertigo (1958) – 13 lists
  • Seven Samurai (1954) – 13 lists
  • Paths of Glory (1957) – 13 lists
  • Tokyo Story (1953) – 13 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created:

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