1951 Recap and 10 Favorites


I’ve now seen 57 films that were released in 1951.  A complete list can be found here.  A very few films were reviewed only here.  It was a good year on the high end but lacking somewhat in depth below that.

Any way,  I have fourteen 1951 films that I would call favorites.   I reluctantly left out The ProwlerThe RiverThe Man in the White Suit and The African Queen.  Another day I would probably slice and dice another way.  The ranking is fairly arbitrary as well.  Bottom line: These are all films I would watch again any time.

10.  A Christmas Carol – directed by Brian Desmond-Hurst


9.  An American in Paris – directed by Vicente Minnelli

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8. A Place in the Sun – directed by George Stevens



7.  Death of a Salesman – directed by Laslo Benedeck


6.  A Streetcar Named Desire – directed by Elia Kazan

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5.  Ace in the Hole – directed by Billy Wilder

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4.  Strangers on a Train – directed by Alfred Hitchcock


3.  The Browning Version – directed by Anthony Asquith

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2.  Early Summer – directed by Yasujiro Ozu


1. The Day the Earth Stood Still – directed by Robert Wise


5 thoughts on “1951 Recap and 10 Favorites

  1. He he, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Who would have guessed that. But you know what, it is up there for me too.It is simply a lot better than it appear to be.

    Is it just me or did you leave out many of the reviews for you top 10? I saw so few reviews for movies I was familiar with.

    Anyway, only two years do us part now:-)

    • I had a hard time deciding the ranking order but when it came to it I thought The Day the Earth Stood Still was THE iconic movie of 1951. All the films are reviewed here. If you click on the title in blue it will take you to the revies.

  2. The movies come of age. The 1951 list definitely shows how filmmakers are pushing the edges of The Production Code and offering mature stories and themes that a 12 year old might not understand or be interested in. We have returning vets and television to thank. America is growing up!

    • I agree. After living through the war and amid the Red Scare, it becomes harder and harder for the public to accept a sugar-coated version of reality. I must admit I still look back fondly at the 30’s however!

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