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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: The Nun’s Story

We continue and conclude our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 20. The Nun’s Story, 1959 Think of Audrey Hepburn and chances […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Some Like It Hot

We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 19. Some Like It Hot, 1959. “Look at that!” Jack Lemmon tells Tony […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Vertigo

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For a listing of the greatest movies of the 20s and 30s click here. 18. Vertigo, 1958 In 1962, Sight & Sound magazine, a British publication, launched a ten-yearly poll to evaluate the […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Touch of Evil

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For a listing of the greatest movies of the 20s and 30s click here. 17. Touch of Evil, 1958 In one of the most effective opening sequences ever filmed, the camera focuses in […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: The Man Who Knew Too Much

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For a listing of the greatest movies of the 20s and 30s click here. 16. The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956 In  François Truffaut’s 1967 ground-breaking interview with Alfred Hitchcock, on Hitch’s […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For a listing of the greatest movies of the 20s and 30s click here. 15. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1956. This film has no CGI. No SFX. And no gripping battle scenes […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Ordet

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For a complete listing of the greatest movies of the 20, 30s and 40s, click here. 14. Ordet (English: The Word), 1955. On a rural Danish farm, a young man gets up from his bed in the middle of the night, wanders outside, […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Night of the Hunter

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For a complete listing of the greatest movies of the 20, 30s and 40s, click here. 13. Night of the Hunter, 1955 Night of the Hunter, more than any other movie I have ever seen, succeeds brilliantly in evoking the terrors of childhood. […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Rear Window, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Seven Samurai

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For a complete listing of the greatest movies of the 20, 30s and 40s, click here. 10. Rear Window, 1954 Photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies (James Stewart) breaks his legs while photographing a car racing accident. Now, he is confined in his Greenwich Village […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Shane, The Big Heat, Ugetsu

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For a complete listing of the greatest movies of the 20, 30s and 40s, click here. 7. Shane, 1953. The gunshots in Shane are unlike any other gunshots in Hollywood history. They are heart-stopping thunderbolts, from either heaven or hell. Shane, a mysterious […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Ace in the Hole, The Bad and the Beautiful, Singin’ in the Rain

We continue our survey of the twenty greatest movies of the 1950s. For a complete listing of the greatest movies of the 20, 30s and 40s, click here. 4. Ace in the Hole, 1951 A hand-embroidered motto, “Tell the Truth” sits as a dusty epitaph on the newsroom wall of an inconsequential Albuquerque newspaper where […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Sunset Boulevard, Rashomon, Strangers on a Train

Call me lazy. Or indecisive. But Seraphic Secret has not updated our Greatest Movies list of each decade for far too long.  We’ve covered silent films, the 1930s, and finally the 1940s. It’s time to head into the 50s. This was an interesting decade. Hollywood’s studio system was a wheezing dinosaur. Television was thought to […]

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