The best movies from the years 1950

List of the 10 best movies of the decade 1950, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Paths of Glory
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Paths of Glory

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uring World War I, commanding officer General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his subordinate, General Mireau (George Macready), to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas), to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.

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Rear Window
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Rear Window

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rofessional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

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The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)
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The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)

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ntensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

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The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur)
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The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur)

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n 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.

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Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari)
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Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari)

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n 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.

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The West Point Story
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The West Point Story

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Broadway director helps the West Point cadets put on a show, aided by two lovely ladies and assorted complications.

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Sunset Boulevard (Sunset Blvd.)
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Sunset Boulevard (Sunset Blvd.)

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hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

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12 Angry Men
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12 Angry Men

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he defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai)
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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai)

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veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.

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Tiger Bay
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Tiger Bay

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Polish sailor and a young British tomboy become unlikely allies after she witnesses him commit a crime of passion. With its location shooting and scenes of port city street culture, Tiger Bay presaged the cinema of the British New Wave, while Hayley Mills’ starring performance won the 12 year-old a special prize at the Berlin Film Festival and launched her career.

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