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1950- Cinderella*

1951- The Day the Earth Stood Still

1952- Nothing.

1953- The Roman Holiday

1954- The Seven Samurai

1955- Nothing.

1956- Nothing.

1957- What's Opera, Doc?

1958- Elevator to the Gallows

1959- Sleeping Beauty

Best

1950- Cinderella*

1951- Strangers on a Train

1952- Nothing.

1953- The Roman Holiday

1954- The Seven Samurai

1955- Nothing.

1956- Nothing.

1957- The Seventh Seal/12 Angry Men

1958- Elevator to the Gallows

1959- North by Northwest

*by default

Honorable Mentions: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Touch of Evil (1958)

If you couldn't tell from my list, I have probably seen fewer films from this decade than any other. I have seen Singin' in the Rain, Oklahoma!, and The King and I (from 1952, 1955, and 1956) but not with adult eyes. The best film I've seen from this decade is either The Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, or 12 Angry Men.

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1950- Sunset Boulevard

1951- Rashomon

1952- n/a

1953- n/a

1954- Rear Window

1955- The Dam Busters

1956- The Searchers

1957- 12 Angry Men

1958- Vertigo

1959- North by Northwest

In strong contention for 1957 are also Bridge on the River Kwai and Paths of Glory

First year with gaps for me. It's not that I've never seen anything from those years it's just that seeing one film doesn't qualify it as the best of that year.

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1950- Sunset Boulevard/All About Eve

1951- A Streetcar Named Desire

1952- Singin In the Rain

1953- Roman Holiday

1954- Rear Window

1955- Rebel Without a Cause

1956- Forbidden Planet

1957- The Bridge on the River Kwai

1958- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

1959- Some Like It Hot

Not quite any gaps for me. It's worth pointing out that 1950 (Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve) are the other two components of my three favorite movies of all time. Most other years didn't have something big fighting with it for the top spot.

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Favorite:

1950-Rashomon

1951-The African Queen

1952-High Noon

1953-Shane

1954-Seven Samurai

1955-Night of the Hunter

1956-And God Created Woman

1957-Paths of Glory (probably me favorite movie of all time)

1958-Touch of Evil

1959-House on Haunted Hill

Best:

1950-Rashomon

1951-Strangers on a Train

1952-The Snows of Kilimanjaro

1953-Wages of Fear

1954-Rear Window

1955-The Man with the Golden Arm

1956-The Searchers

1957-The Seventh Seal

1958-The Hidden Fortress

1959-Rio Bravo

*1954 was by far the hardest year with Sabrina, Godzilla and Creature from the Black Lagoon all trailing these.

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Favorite

1950 - In a Lonely Place

1951 - Detective Story

1952 - The Bad and the Beautiful

1953 - The Hitch-Hiker

1954 - Johnny Guitar

1955 - Rebel Without a Cause

1956 - Kanal

1957 - Sweet Smell of Success

1958 - Bonjour Tristesse

1959 - Rio Bravo

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1950-Rashomon
1951-Alice in Wonderland
1952-High Noon
1953-Roman Holiday
1954-Sabrina/Godzilla
1955-Night of the Hunter
1956-Forbidden Planet
1957-The Seventh Seal
1958-Vertigo
1959-North By Northwest

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