1954 Recap and 10 Favorites List

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I have now seen 55 films that were released in 1954.  The complete list can be found here.  The year is known as one of the best in film history and is very strong on the top end.  Oddly enough, however, I had to dip down into the films I rated 8/10 to complete my list of favorites and there were less films than usual available for me to view.  I could not find Becker’s Touche pas au Grisbi for a rewatch.  If I had it likely would have made my favorites list.  On to 1955!

10.  Sabrina – directed by Billy Wilder

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9.,  The Caine Mutiny – directed by Edward Dmytryk

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8.  Twenty-Four Eyes – directed by Keisuke Kinoshita

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7.  Gojira – directed by Ishirô Honda

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6. French Cancan – directed by Jean Renoir

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5.  Hobson’s Choice – directed by David Lean

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4.  La Strada – directed by Federico Fellini

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3. Rear Window – directed by Alfred Hitchcock

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2.  On the Waterfront – directed by Elia Kazan

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  1.   Seven Samurai – directed by Akira Kurosawa

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11 thoughts on “1954 Recap and 10 Favorites List

  1. I have been travelling for the past two weeks, so there is a bit of catching up to do. I see you finished 54, so congratulations are due.
    I was surprised by your statement that you had to dip down to fill in top ten, so I checked out the list and I have to agree. Though there are some of the List movies I would have included instead of your picks It is only the five top or so on my list that I would call actually great. A little surprised Sansho did not make it and I would probably have Sabrina in my top five.

    • Today, they would be: On the Waterfront; Rear Window; The Caine Mutiny; Sabrina; The Glenn Miller Story; The Country Girl; Young at Heart; Them!; and Dial M for Murder. Johnny Guitar and a Star Is Born should probably be included in a list of best American films of 1954 but these are my favorites I would say. What our yours?

      • I know Rear Window, Sabrina, and The County Girl would be at the top. I either know them well or have seen them recently and know they hold up I need to revisit On the Waterfront and The Caine Mutiny, though doubtless I would put them in the top ten. A sentimental favorite is White Christmas. I would include it, with explanation. Then, I see what you mean. A lot of the “big” pictures were splashy to compete with television, were popular in 1954, but don’t stand the test of time. Maybe there isn’t always a best ten?

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