Top Foreign Movies Of 50s

List of the Best Foreign Movies of 50s (1950-1959) Liked By both Critics and Users.Find Movies detail and trailer at one place. Total 38 Titles and 9022 Views.

1. Seven Samurai(1954)

Original Title: Shichinin no samurai
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Takashi Shimura , Keiko Tsushima , Yukiko Shimazaki
Tags: Violence Tough Guy Samurai Action Hero Cult Film Revenge Martial Arts Friendship
8.70    100%    97%  

2. The Seventh Seal(1957)

Original Title: Det sjunde inseglet
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Fantasy Release Date:
Country: Sweden Languages:Swedish | Latin Rating:NR
Description:A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Gunnar Björnstrand , Bengt Ekerot , Nils Poppe , Max von Sydow
Tags: Black Comedy Based On Play Medieval Times Period Piece
8.20    93%    93%  

3. Rashomon(1950)

Original Title: Rashômon
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Crime Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:In ancient Japan a crime take place as told from three different travelers who have experienced the crime: a man being killed and his wife being raped. Which if any of the stories is true? A Akira Kurosawa film about morals, truth, and communication.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Machiko Kyô , Masayuki Mori , Takashi Shimura
Tags: Samurai Multiple Perspectives Martial Arts Japanese
8.30    98%    93%  

4. The 400 Blows(1959)

Original Title: Les quatre cents coups
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Crime Release Date:
Country: France Languages:French | English Rating:NR
Description:Intensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who delves into a life of petty crime.
Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud , Claire Maurier , Albert Rémy , Guy Decomble
Tags: Coming Of Age Coming Of Age Film Cult Film Breaking The Fourth Wall Family Relationships Friendship
8.10    100%    94%  

5. Wild Strawberries(1957)

Original Title: Smultronstället
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance Release Date:
Country: Sweden Languages:Swedish | Latin Rating:UR
Description:Professor of medicine Isak Borg travels to Lund University in order to receive his anniversary title. Along the road he meets strangers and relatives, and in his dreams he is confronted with his own past as well as fear of insufficiency.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Victor Sjöström , Bibi Andersson , Ingrid Thulin , Gunnar Björnstrand
Tags: Self Discovery Black And White Black And White Film Road Movie Road Trip Voice Over Narration
8.20    95%    94%  

6. Ikiru(1952)

Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description: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.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Takashi Shimura , Shin'ichi Himori , Haruo Tanaka , Minoru Chiaki
Tags: Family Relationships Politics Voice Over Narration
8.30    100%    97%  

7. Diabolique(1955)

Original Title: Les diaboliques
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Horror|Thriller Release Date:
Country: France Languages:French | English Rating:UR
Description:The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Simone Signoret , Véra Clouzot , Paul Meurisse , Charles Vanel
Tags: Based On Novel Black And White Black And White Film
8.10    95%    93%  

8. La Strada(1954)

Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: Italy Language:Italian Rating:NR
Description:A traveling strongman, Zampano, repays the death of Rosa, his assistant, by offering the same job to little sister Gelsomina, whose mother receives compensation in return.
Director: Federico Fellini
Stars: Anthony Quinn , Giulietta Masina , Richard Basehart , Aldo Silvani
Tags: Tragedy Road Movie Innocence
8.10    97%    93%  

9. The Wages of Fear(1953)

Original Title: Le salaire de la peur
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Adventure|Thriller Release Date:
Countries: France| Italy Languages:French | English | Spanish | German | Italian | Russian Rating:NR
Description: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.
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Yves Montand , Charles Vanel , Folco Lulli , Peter van Eyck
Tags: Based On Novel Friendship Road Movie
8.10    100%    95%  

10. Tokyo Story(1953)

Original Title: Tôkyô monogatari
Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Languages:Japanese | English Rating:NR
Description:An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but the children have little time for them.
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû , Chieko Higashiyama , Setsuko Hara , Haruko Sugimura
Tags: Generation Gap Friendship Japanese
8.20    100%    93%  

11. Throne of Blood(1957)

Original Title: Kumonosu-jô
Runtime: Genres:Drama|History Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Isuzu Yamada , Takashi Shimura , Akira Kubo
Tags: Violence Samurai Based On Play Tragedy Betrayal Insanity Friendship
8.10    98%    93%  

12. Nights of Cabiria(1957)

Original Title: Le notti di Cabiria
Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Countries: Italy| France Language:Italian Rating:NR
Description:A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.
Director: Federico Fellini
Stars: Giulietta Masina , François Périer , Franca Marzi , Dorian Gray
Tags: Survival Based On Novel Heartbreak
8.10    97%    94%  

13. The Hidden Fortress(1958)

Original Title: Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Comedy|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Minoru Chiaki , Kamatari Fujiwara , Susumu Fujita
Tags: Violence Samurai Martial Arts
8.10    100%    93%  

14. Hiroshima Mon Amour(1959)

Original Title: Hiroshima mon amour
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|History Release Date:
Countries: France| Japan Languages:English | French | Japanese Rating:NR
Description:A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.
Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Emmanuelle Riva , Eiji Okada , Stella Dassas , Pierre Barbaud
Tags: Survival World War Two Cult Film Nonlinear Timeline Interracial Love
8.00    100%    89%  

15. Rififi(1955)

Original Title: Du rififi chez les hommes
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: France Languages:English | Italian | French Rating:NR
Description:Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...
Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Jean Servais , Carl Möhner , Robert Manuel , Janine Darcey
Tags: Heist Betrayal
8.20    94%    95%  

16. Umberto D.(1952)

Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: Italy Language:Italian Rating:NR
Description:A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Carlo Battisti , Maria Pia Casilio , Lina Gennari , Ileana Simova
8.20    97%    93%  

17. Pather Panchali(1955)

Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: India Language:Bengali Rating:NR
Description:Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.
Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Kanu Bannerjee , Karuna Bannerjee , Chunibala Devi , Uma Das Gupta
Tags: Coming Of Age Based On Novel Black And White Family Relationships Childhood
8.50    98%    94%  

18. Elevator to the Gallows(1958)

Original Title: Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Thriller|Crime Release Date:
Country: France Languages:French | German Rating:NR
Description:A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.
Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeanne Moreau , Maurice Ronet , Georges Poujouly , Yori Bertin
Tags: Investigation Neo Noir Based On Novel Black And White Film Friendship
8.00    93%    91%  

19. Ugetsu(1953)

Original Title: Ugetsu monogatari
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Fantasy|War|Mystery Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:AP
Description:In the civil wars of 16th century Japan, two ambitious peasants want to make their fortunes. The potter Genjuro intends to sell his wares for vast profits in the local city, while his brother-in-law Tobei wishes to become a samurai.
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Machiko Kyô , Mitsuko Mito , Kinuyo Tanaka , Masayuki Mori
Tags: Samurai Based On Novel Civil War Tragedy
8.20    100%    94%  

20. Pickpocket(1959)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Crime Release Date:
Country: France Language:French Rating:NR
Description:Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.
Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: Martin LaSalle , Marika Green , Jean Pélégri , Dolly Scal
Tags: Based On Novel Black And White Detective Friendship Voice Over Narration
7.80    97%    86%  

21. Mon Oncle(1958)

Runtime: Genre:Comedy Release Date:
Countries: France| Italy Language:French Rating:PA
Description:With many idea rich comic situations French director Jacques Tati uses his poetic ways and knowledge of the discrepancy between heart and technique to tell a gentle business satiric tale that won him the Oscar for best foreign film in 1959.
Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jean-Pierre Zola , Adrienne Servantie , Lucien Frégis , Betty Schneider
Tags: Family Relationships Satire
7.80    92%    89%  

22. Los Olvidados(1950)

Original Title: Los olvidados
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Crime Release Date:
Country: Mexico Language:Spanish Rating:NR
Description:A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others...
Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Estela Inda , Miguel Inclán , Alfonso Mejía , Roberto Cobo
Tags: High School Revenge Friendship
8.30    94%    95%  

23. A Man Escaped(1956)

Original Title: Un condamné à mort s'est échappé
Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|Thriller Release Date:
Country: France Languages:French | German Rating:NR
Description:French Resistance activist Andre Devigny is imprisoned by the Nazis, and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape. Then, on the same day, he is condemned to death, and given a new cellmate. Should he kill him, or risk revealing his plans to someone who may be a Gestapo informer?
Director: Robert Bresson
Stars: François Leterrier , Charles Le Clainche , Maurice Beerblock , Roland Monod
Tags: World War Two Escape Plan Voice Over Narration
8.20    100%    93%  

24. I Vitelloni(1953)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Comedy Release Date:
Countries: Italy| France Language:Italian Rating:NR
Description:A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.
Director: Federico Fellini
Stars: Franco Interlenghi , Alberto Sordi , Franco Fabrizi , Leopoldo Trieste
Tags: Coming Of Age Family Relationships Friendship Voice Over Narration
8.00    100%    90%  

25. The Cranes Are Flying(1957)

Original Title: Letyat Zhuravli
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|War Release Date:
Country: Soviet Union Language:Russian Rating:NR
Description:Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova , Aleksey Batalov , Vasiliy Merkurev , Aleksandr Shvorin
Tags: World War Two Black And White Based On Play Heartbreak True Love
8.30    95%    94%  

26. Sansho the Bailiff(1954)

Original Title: Sanshô dayû
Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:In medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka , Yoshiaki Hanayagi , Kyôko Kagawa , Eitarô Shindô
Tags: Violence Family Relationships Slavery Compassion
8.40    100%    95%  

27. Ordet(1955)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Fantasy Release Date:
Country: Denmark Language:Danish Rating:NR
Description:People believe in the dead Christ, but not in the living.
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Hanne Aagesen , Kirsten Andreasen , Sylvia Eckhausen , Birgitte Federspiel
Tags: Family Relationships Based On Play Insanity
8.20    100%    91%  

28. Smiles of a Summer Night(1955)

Original Title: Sommarnattens leende
Runtime: Genres:Romance|Comedy Release Date:
Country: Sweden Language:Swedish Rating:AP
Description:It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current wife Anne Egerman's two-year marriage has not yet been consummated. Fredrik wants ...
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Ulla Jacobsson , Eva Dahlbeck , Harriet Andersson , Margit Carlqvist
7.90    100%    89%  

29. Forbidden Games(1952)

Original Title: Jeux interdits
Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|History Release Date:
Country: France Language:French Rating:NR
Description:A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death.
Director: René Clément
Stars: Georges Poujouly , Brigitte Fossey , Amédée , Laurence Badie
Tags: World War Two Based On Novel Family Relationships Childhood Innocence
8.00    100%    92%  

30. The World of Apu(1959)

Original Title: Apur Sansar
Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: India Languages:Bengali | English Rating:NR
Description:Apu is a jobless ex-student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding....
Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee , Sharmila Tagore , Alok Chakravarty , Swapan Mukherjee
Tags: Based On Novel Insanity
8.30    100%    94%  

31. Aparajito(1956)

Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: India Languages:Bengali | English Rating:NR
Description:The Unvanquished is the second part of the Bangladesh Apu film series about a boy named Apu who gets a scholarship to study at a College in Calcutta. His mother is alone and torn between wanting him to be successful and not wanting him to leave her alone.
Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Kamala Adhikari , Lalchand Banerjee , Kali Bannerjee , Kanu Bannerjee
Tags: Based On Novel Family Relationships
8.20    94%    93%  

32. Orpheus(1950)

Original Title: Orphée
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Fantasy|Romance Release Date:
Country: France Language:French Rating:UR
Description:A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.
Director: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Jean Marais , François Périer , María Casares , Marie Déa
8.00    96%    89%  

33. Ballad of a Soldier(1959)

Original Title: Ballada o Soldate
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|War Release Date:
Country: Soviet Union Language:Russian Rating:NR
Description:Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.
Director: Grigoriy Chukhray
Stars: Vladimir Ivashov , Zhanna Prokhorenko , Antonina Maksimova , Nikolay Kryuchkov
Tags: World War Two Falling In Love Road Movie
8.10    100%    93%  

34. The Unknown Soldier(1955)

Original Title: Tuntematon sotilas
Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Country: Finland Language:Finnish Rating:NA
Description:It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the ...
Director: Edvin Laine
Stars: Kosti Klemelä , Heikki Savolainen , Reino Tolvanen , Veikko Sinisalo
Tags: Tough Guy World War Two Based On Novel Prisoner Of War Friendship
7.90    NA    91%  

35. Early Summer(1951)

Original Title: Bakushû
Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:A family chooses a match for their 28-year-old daughter Noriko, but she surprisingly has her own plans.
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Setsuko Hara , Chishû Ryû , Chikage Awashima , Kuniko Miyake
8.20    100%    92%  

36. The Life of Oharu(1952)

Original Title: Saikaku ichidai onna
Runtime: Genre:Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka , Tsukie Matsuura , Ichirô Sugai , Toshirô Mifune
Tags: Samurai Female Protagonist Based On Novel Falling In Love Japanese
8.20    100%    89%  

37. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love(1959)

Original Title: Ningen no jôken
Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|History Release Date:
Country: Japan Languages:Japanese | Mandarin Rating:NR
Description:A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai , Michiyo Aratama , Chikage Awashima , Ineko Arima
Tags: Concentration Camp World War Two Escape From Prison Based On Novel Japanese
8.60    89%    95%  

38. The Burmese Harp(1956)

Original Title: Biruma no tategoto
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Music|War Release Date:
Country: Japan Languages:Japanese | English Rating:NR
Description:In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni , Shôji Yasui , Jun Hamamura , Taketoshi Naitô
Tags: Based On Book World War Two Japanese
8.10    91%    93%  

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