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1950s Drama Movies

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The Medium(1951)

1h 24min | Drama, Music, Horror
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Madame Flora is terrified when she perceives a supernatural presence during one of her fraudulent séances...

The Ten Commandments(1956)

G
| 3h 40min | Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 502 votes)

Escaping death, a Hebrew infant is raised in a royal household to become a prince. Upon discovery of his true heritage, Moses embarks on a personal quest to reclaim his destiny as the leader and liberator of the Hebrew people.

Ben-Hur(1959)

3h 42min | Action, Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 928 votes)

In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. Three years later and freed by a grateful Roman galley commander whom he has rescued from drowning, he becomes an expert charioteer for Rome, all the while plotting to return to Judea, find and rescue his family, and avenge himself on his former friend. All the while, the form and work of Jesus move in the background of his life...

12 Angry Men(1957)

NR
| 1h 37min | Drama
4.3/5 (with 2,860 votes)

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

All About Eve(1950)

2h 19min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 536 votes)

From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing. Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife. Only the cynical drama critic sees through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit.

Godzilla(1954)

3.8/5 (with 290 votes)

Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by Dr. Yemani soon discover something far more devastating than imagined in the form of a 50 meter tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well.

Sunset Boulevard(1950)

PG
| 1h 50min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 864 votes)

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Ikiru(1952)

2h 23min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 338 votes)

Kanji Watanabe is a middle-aged man who has worked in the same monotonous bureaucratic position for decades. Learning he has cancer, he starts to look for the meaning of his life.

Witness for the Prosecution(1957)

NR
| 1h 56min | Drama, Mystery, Crime
4.2/5 (with 426 votes)

When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is supposed to be on a diet of bland, civil suits—but the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult.

The Seventh Seal(1957)

NR
| 1h 36min | Fantasy, Drama
4.1/5 (with 1,028 votes)

When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof and his wife, Mia, and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.

The 400 Blows(1959)

NR
| 1h 39min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 724 votes)

For young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel, life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene, trying to plan for a better life. When one of their schemes goes awry, Antoine ends up in trouble with the law, leading to even more conflicts with unsympathetic authority figures.

The Bridge on the River Kwai(1957)

PG
| 2h 41min | Drama, History, War
3.9/5 (with 706 votes)

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

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The Diary of Anne Frank(1959)

NR
| 3h | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 130 votes)

The true, harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

A Streetcar Named Desire(1951)

PG
| 2h 5min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 465 votes)

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Tokyo Story(1953)

2h 17min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 331 votes)

The elderly Shukishi and his wife, Tomi, take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi, a doctor, and their daughter, Shige, a hairdresser, don't have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko, the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.

The African Queen(1952)

3.7/5 (with 308 votes)

At the start of the First World War, in the middle of Africa’s nowhere, a gin soaked riverboat captain is persuaded by a strong-willed missionary to go down river and face-off a German warship.

Animal Farm(1954)

G
| 1h 12min | Animation, Drama
3.5/5 (with 155 votes)

A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong when corrupt pigs hijack it for their personal gain.

Ace in the Hole(1951)

NR
| 1h 51min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 204 votes)

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to revitalize his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control media circus.

Rebel Without a Cause(1955)

PG-13
| 1h 51min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 563 votes)

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local girl Judy. However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz. When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid's real troubles begin.

East of Eden(1955)

PG
| 1h 55min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 248 votes)

In the Salinas Valley in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother for the love of their father. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, how to get ahead in business and in life, and how to relate to his estranged mother.

Summer with Monika(1953)

1h 36min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 109 votes)

Monika from Stockholm falls in love with Harry, a young man on holiday. When she becomes pregnant they are forced into a marriage, which begins to fall apart soon after they take up residence in a cramped little flat.

The Greatest Show on Earth(1952)

3.2/5 (with 75 votes)

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground.

Paths of Glory(1957)

NR
| 1h 28min | Drama, War
4.2/5 (with 968 votes)

A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.

Throne of Blood(1957)

1h 48min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 257 votes)

Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true, Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit's prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa's resetting of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.

Wild Strawberries(1957)

1h 31min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 549 votes)

Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden, with his pregnant and unhappy daughter-in-law, Marianne, in order to receive an honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life. These include the vivacious young Sara, a dead ringer for the doctor's own first love.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(1958)

NR
| 1h 48min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 258 votes)

An alcoholic ex-football player drinks his days away, having failed to come to terms with his sexuality and his real feelings for his football buddy who died after an ambiguous accident. His wife is crucified by her desperation to make him desire her: but he resists the affections of his wife. His reunion with his father—who is dying of cancer—jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

L'Avventura(1960)

NR
| 2h 24min | Drama, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 212 votes)

Claudia and Anna join Anna's lover, Sandro, on a boat trip to a remote volcanic island. When Anna goes missing, a search is launched. In the meantime, Sandro and Claudia become involved in a romance despite Anna's disappearance, though the relationship suffers from guilt and tension.

The Wages of Fear(1953)

PG-13
| 2h 33min | Drama, Thriller, Adventure
4.1/5 (with 273 votes)

In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers on the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can result in death.

Old Yeller(1957)

3.5/5 (with 94 votes)

Young Travis Coates is left to take care of the family ranch with his mother and younger brother while his father goes off on a cattle drive in the 1860s. When a yellow mongrel comes for an uninvited stay with the family, Travis reluctantly adopts the dog.

Giant(1956)

NR
| 3h 21min | Drama, Western
3.8/5 (with 237 votes)

"Giant" is a movie of huge scale and grandeur in which three generations of land-rich Texans love, swagger, connive and clash in a saga of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly rich oil tycoons.

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