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List of American films of 1950


List of American films of 1950

A list of American films released in 1950.

Fred Astaire hosted the 23rd Academy Awards ceremony on March 29, 1951, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The winner of the Best Motion Picture category was Twentieth Century-Fox's All About Eve.

The other four nominated pictures were Born Yesterday, Father of the Bride, King Solomon's Mines and Sunset Boulevard.

All About Eve was nominated for 14 Oscars, beating the previous record of Gone with the Wind (13).

Newcomer Judy Holliday won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of showgirl mistress Billie Dawn in the film version of the play Born Yesterday, a role which she had originated on Broadway. Other Best Actress nominees for that year were Bette Davis and Anne Baxter for All About Eve, Eleanor Parker for Caged and Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard.

José Ferrer won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as the title character in the film version of the 1946 Broadway play, Cyrano de Bergerac, a role which he had played on Broadway. Other nominees that year were Louis Calhern for The Magnificent Yankee, William Holden for Sunset Boulevard, James Stewart for Harvey and Spencer Tracy for Father of the Bride.

The 8th Golden Globe Awards also honored the best films of 1950. That year's Golden Globes also marked the first time that the Best Actor and Actress categories were split into Musical or Comedy or Drama. However, Best Picture remained a single category until the 9th Golden Globe Awards, when it too was split into two categories. Ferrer won the Golden Globe for Best Actor - Motion Picture - Drama, for Cyrano de Bergerac, while Fred Astaire won Best Actor - Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Three Little Words. Swanson won Best Actress - Motion Picture - Drama for Sunset Boulevard, while Holliday won for Best Actress - Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Born Yesterday. Sunset Boulevard won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

1950 also saw the film debut of several future stars, such as Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Sidney Poitier, Piper Laurie and Debbie Reynolds.


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Title Director Cast Genre Note
8 Ball Bunny Chuck Jones Looney Tunes Animation
711 Ocean Drive Joseph M. Newman Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru Drama
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Charles Lamont Abbott and Costello, Patricia Medina Comedy
All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz George Sanders Drama Academy Award for Best Picture
Ambush Sam Wood Robert Taylor, John Hodiak, Arlene Dahl Western Wood's last film
American Guerrilla in the Philippines Fritz Lang Tyrone Power, Micheline Presle War aka I Shall Return in UK
Annie Get Your Gun George Sidney Betty Hutton, Howard Keel Musical Based on 1946 musical
Armored Car Robbery Richard Fleischer Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens Film noir Among first heist films
The Asphalt Jungle John Huston Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, James Whitmore, Marilyn Monroe Film noir Based on novel of same name
At War with the Army Hal Walker Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis Musical comedy
Atom Man vs. Superman Spencer Gordon Bennet Kirk Alyn, Lyle Talbot Serial
Backfire Vincent Sherman Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo, Gordon MacRae Crime thriller
The Bandit Queen William Berke Barbara Britton, Barton MacLane Western
The Baron of Arizona Samuel Fuller Vincent Price, Ellen Drew Western
Belle of Old Mexico R. G. Springsteen Estelita Rodriguez, Robert Rockwell Musical/Comedy Republic Pictures
Big House Bunny Friz Freleng Looney Tunes Animation
The Big Lift George Seaton Montgomery Clift, Paul Douglas War Shot on location in Berlin
The Black Rose Henry Hathaway Tyrone Power, Orson Welles Historical U.S./U.K. co-production
Boobs in the Woods Robert McKimson Looney Tunes Animation
Born to Be Bad Nicholas Ray Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan Drama Based on the novel All Kneeling.
Born Yesterday George Cukor William Holden, Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford Comedy Academy Award for Best Actress
Branded Rudolph Maté Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford Western Based on novel Montana Rides Again
The Brave Engineer Jack Kinney The King's Men Animation Walt Disney. Based on life of Casey Jones
The Breaking Point Michael Curtiz John Garfield, Patricia Neal Film noir Based on novel To Have and Have Not
Bright Leaf Michael Curtiz Gary Cooper, Lauren Bacall, Patricia Neal Drama Based on 1949 novel
Broken Arrow Delmer Daves James Stewart, Jeff Chandler Western
Bushy Hare Robert McKimson Looney Tunes Animation


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Caged John Cromwell Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead Film noir Adapted from story Women Without Men
California Passage Joseph Kane Forrest Tucker, Adele Mara Western Republic Pictures
Canary Row Friz Freleng Looney Tunes Animation
Captain Carey, U.S.A. Mitchell Leisen Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix Drama Oscar for Best Song ("Mona Lisa")
The Capture John Sturges Lew Ayres, Teresa Wright Drama
Champagne for Caesar Richard Whorf Ronald Colman, Celeste Holm, Art Linkletter Comedy
Cheaper by the Dozen Walter Lang Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy Comedy Based on 1948 novel
Cinderella 3 directors Ilene Woods Animation Walt Disney
Cody of the Pony Express Spencer Gordon Bennet Jock O'Mahoney, Dickie Moore Serial
Colt .45 Edwin L. Marin Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman Western Followed by TV series
Comanche Territory George Sherman Maureen O'Hara, Macdonald Carey Western
Convicted Henry Levin Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford Film noir Based on play The Criminal Code
County Fair William Beaudine Rory Calhoun, Jane Nigh Drama Monogram
The Crime of Korea War Korean War propaganda
Crisis Richard Brooks Cary Grant, José Ferrer, Paula Raymond Drama Based on short story The Doubters
Cue Ball Cat Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Cyrano de Bergerac Michael Gordon José Ferrer, Mala Powers Drama Oscar for Best Actor
D.O.A. Rudolph Maté Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton Film noir
Dallas Stuart Heisler Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Raymond Massey Western
The Damned Don't Cry! Vincent Sherman Joan Crawford, David Brian Film noir Based on story by Gertrude Walker
Dark City William Dieterle Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott Film noir Heston's first film
A Date with Your Family Edward G. Simmel Ralph Hodges Short
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady David Butler June Haver, Gordon MacRae Musical
Desperadoes of the West Fred C. Brannon Richard Powers, Judy Clark Serial
Destination Moon Irving Pichel Dick Wesson Science fiction
Devil's Doorway Anthony Mann Robert Taylor, Louis Calhern Western
Dial 1119 Gerald Mayer Marshall Thompson, Virginia Field, Sam Levene film noir
Dopey Dicks Edward Bernds The Three Stooges Comedy
Duchess of Idaho Robert Z. Leonard Van Johnson, Esther Williams Musical
The Ducksters Charles M. Jones Looney Tunes Animation
The Eagle and the Hawk Lewis R. Foster John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Dennis O'Keefe Western
Edge of Doom Mark Robson Dana Andrews, Farley Granger Film noir
Fancy Pants George Marshall Lucille Ball, Bob Hope Comedy
Father Is a Bachelor Abby Berlin, Norman Foster William Holden, Coleen Gray Romantic comedy
Father of the Bride Vincente Minnelli Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett Comedy Remade in 1991
The File on Thelma Jordon Robert Siodmak Wendell Corey, Barbara Stanwyck Film noir
The Fireball Tay Garnett Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brien Drama
The Flame and the Arrow Jacques Tourneur Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo Adventure
Flying Disc Man from Mars Fred C. Brannon Walter Reed, Lois Collier Adventure Serial
The Flying Saucer Mikel Conrad Mikel Conrad Science fiction First film with flying saucers
For Heaven's Sake George Seaton Clifton Webb, Joan Bennett Fantasy Adapted from play May We Come In?
Fortunes of Captain Blood Gordon Douglas Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina Adventure Remake of 1935's Captain Blood
A Fractured Leghorn Robert McKimson Foghorn Leghorn Animation
The Framed Cat Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Francis Arthur Lubin Donald O'Connor, Patricia Medina Comedy Launched the Talking Mule series
Frenchie Louis King Shelley Winters, Joel McCrea Western Loosely based on Destry Rides Again
The Fuller Brush Girl Lloyd Bacon Lucille Ball Comedy Cameo by Red Skelton
The Furies Anthony Mann Walter Huston, Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey Western–Film noir Huston's last performance
The Glass Menagerie Irving Rapper Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas, Gertrude Lawrence Drama
The Golden Gloves Story Felix E. Feist James Dunn, Dewey Martin Drama
Golden Yeggs I. Freleng Looney Tunes Animation
Grandad of Races André de la Varre Art Gilmore Short Oscar for Best Short (1 Reel)
The Great Rupert Irving Pichel Jimmy Durante, Tom Drake, Terry Moore Comedy
Guilty Bystander Joseph Lerner Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson Film noir
Guilty of Treason Felix E. Feist Charles Bickford, Bonita Granville Drama Eagle-Lion Films
Gun Crazy Joseph H. Lewis Peggy Cummins, John Dall Film noir aka Deadly Is the Female
The Gunfighter Henry King Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Karl Malden Western
Gunman in the Streets Frank Tuttle Dane Clark, Simone Signoret Film noir Shot on location in Paris


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Harriet Craig Vincent Sherman Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey Drama Based on the 1925 play Craig's Wife
Harvey Henry Koster James Stewart, Josephine Hull Fantasy Based on the 1944 play
High Lonesome Alan Le May John Drew Barrymore Western
Highway 301 Andrew L. Stone Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey Film noir
Hillbilly Hare Robert McKimson Looney Tunes Animation
The Hollywood Ten John Berry Documentary
Homeless Hare Chuck Jones Looney Tunes Animation
House by the River Fritz Lang Louis Hayward, Jane Wyatt Film noir
Hugs and Mugs Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy
Hurdy-Gurdy Hare Robert McKimson Looney Tunes Animation
I Killed Geronimo John Hoffman James Ellison, Chief Thundercloud Western
I Was a Shoplifter Charles Lamont Mona Freeman, Scott Brady, Charles Drake Crime
I'll Get By Richard Sale June Haver, William Lundigan Musical
In Beaver Valley James Algar Winston Hibler Short Oscar for Best Short (2 Reels)
In a Lonely Place Nicholas Ray Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame Film noir Adapted from 1947 novel
The Invisible Monster Fred C. Brannon Richard Webb, Aline Towne Adventure Serial
The Jackie Robinson Story Alfred E. Green Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee Biography Starring Robinson as himself
The Jackpot Walter Lang James Stewart, Barbara Hale Comedy Features a young Natalie Wood
Jerry and the Lion Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Jerry's Cousin Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Johnny One-Eye Robert Florey Pat O'Brien, Wayne Morris, Dolores Moran Crime
Julius Caesar David Bradley Harold Tasker, Charlton Heston Drama Shot in Chicago
Key to the City George Sidney Frank Morgan Romantic comedy
Kill the Umpire Lloyd Bacon William Bendix, William Frawley Comedy
The Killer That Stalked New York Earl McEvoy Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin Film noir Based on Cosmo article
Kim Victor Saville Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell Adventure Based on the novel
King Solomon's Mines Compton Bennett Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger Adventure Based on the 1885 novel
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Gordon Douglas James Cagney, Barbara Payton Drama
A Lady Without Passport Joseph H. Lewis Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak Film noir Shot in semidocumentary style
The Lawless Joseph Losey Macdonald Carey, Gail Russell Drama
A Life of Her Own George Cukor Lana Turner, Ray Milland Drama
Little Quacker Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Louisa Alexander Hall Ronald Reagan, Spring Byington Comedy Piper Laurie's film debut
Love at First Bite Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy
Love Happy David Miller Marx Brothers, Vera-Ellen, Raymond Burr Comedy Last Marx Brothers film
The Magnificent Yankee John Sturges Louis Calhern, Ann Harding Biographical Based on novel Mr. Justice Holmes
The Man Who Cheated Himself Felix E. Feist Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall film noir
The Men Fred Zinnemann Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright War Brando's film debut
Military Academy with That Tenth Avenue Gang D. Ross Lederman Stanley Clements, Danny Welton, Gene Collins Comedy drama
The Miniver Story H. C. Potter Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon Drama Sequel to Mrs. Miniver
Mister 880 Edmund Goulding Burt Lancaster, Dorothy McGuire Comedy
Montana Ray Enright Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith Western
Motor Mania Jack Kinney Goofy Animation Walt Disney
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Norman Taurog Marjorie Main, James Whitmore, Ann Dvorak Comedy
Mutiny on the Bunny Friz Freleng Looney Tunes Animation
My Blue Heaven Henry Koster Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Jane Wyatt Comedy
My Friend Irma Goes West Hal Walker Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis Comedy Sequel to My Friend Irma
Mystery Street John Sturges Ricardo Montalbán, Sally Forrest Film noir


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Nancy Goes to Rio Robert Z. Leonard Ann Sothern, Jane Powell Musical Remake of 1940's It's a Date
The Nevadan Gordon Douglas Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone Western
Never a Dull Moment George Marshall Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray Comedy Based on the 1943 novel Who Could Ask For Anything More?
The Next Voice You Hear... William A. Wellman James Whitmore, Nancy (Davis) Reagan Drama
No Man of Her Own Mitchell Leisen Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund Film noir Remade in 1996 as Mrs. Winterbourne
No Way Out Joseph L. Mankiewicz Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell Film noir Film debut of Sidney Poitier
Once a Thief W. Lee Wilder Cesar Romero, June Havoc film noir
One Too Many aka Killer with a Label Erle C. Kenton Ruth Warrick Drama
One Way Street Hugo Fregonese James Mason, Märta Torén Film noir
Our Very Own David Miller Ann Blyth, Farley Granger Drama
Outrage Ida Lupino Mala Powers, Tod Andrews Drama
Panic in the Streets Elia Kazan Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas Film noir Shot in New Orleans
Perfect Strangers Bretaigne Windust Dennis Morgan Drama
Pirates of the High Seas Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr Buster Crabbe, Lois Hall Serial
Please Believe Me Norman Taurog Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker Romantic comedy
Pop 'im Pop Robert McKimson Looney Tunes Animation
Prehistoric Women Gregg C. Tallas Laurette Luez, Allan Nixon Science Fiction Remade in 1967
Punchy Cowpunchers Edward Bernds The Three Stooges Comedy
Puny Express Walter Lantz, Dick Lundy Woody the Woodpecker Animation
Quicksand Irving Pichel Mickey Rooney, Peter Lorre Crime
Rabbit of Seville Charles M. Jones Looney Tunes Animation
Rabbit's Moon Kenneth Anger Looney Tunes Animation
Radar Secret Service Sam Newfield John Howard, Adele Jergens Action
Riding High Frank Capra Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray Comedy Remake of 1934's Broadway Bill.
Right Cross John Sturges June Allyson, Ricardo Montalbán Drama Marilyn Monroe in small role
Rio Grande John Ford John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara Western Based on story Mission With No Record
Rocketship X-M Kurt Neumann Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen Science fiction Shot in 18 days
Rocky Mountain William Keighley Errol Flynn, Patrice Wymore War
Rogues of Sherwood Forest Gordon Douglas John Derek, Diana Lynn Drama
Safety Second Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Saturday Evening Puss Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
The Scarlet Pumpernickel Charles M. Jones Looney Tunes Animation
The Second Woman James V. Kern Robert Young, Betsy Drake Film noir
The Secret Fury Mel Ferrer Claudette Colbert, Robert Ryan Film noir José Ferrer in uncredited role
Self-Made Maids Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy
September Affair William Dieterle Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten Romance
Shadow on the Wall Pat Jackson Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott Mystery Based on Death in the Doll's House
Side Street Anthony Mann Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell Film noir
Sierra Alfred E. Green Audie Murphy, Wanda Hendrix Western
Slaphappy Sleuths Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy
The Sleeping City George Sherman Richard Conte, Coleen Gray Film noir Shot in semidocumentary style
A Snitch in Time Edward Bernds The Three Stooges Comedy
So Young, So Bad Bernard Vorhaus Paul Henreid, Catherine McLeod Drama
The Sound of Fury Cy Endfield Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan Film noir aka Try and Get Me
Southside 1-1000 Boris Ingster George Tobias Film noir
The Stairs Nominated for Best Documentary Short
Stars In My Crown Jacques Tourneur Joel McCrea, Ellen Drew Western Based on novel of same name
Strife with Father Bob McKimson Merry Melodies Animation
Studio Stoops Edward Bernds The Three Stooges Comedy
Sugar Chile Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet Will Cowan Billie Holiday, Frank Robinson Short
Summer Stock Charles Walters Judy Garland, Gene Kelly Musical Garland's last MGM film
Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder William Holden, Gloria Swanson Film noir Won 3 Academy Awards


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Tarzan and the Slave Girl Lee Sholem Lex Barker, Vanessa Brown Adventure
Tea for Two David Butler Doris Day, Gordon MacRae Musical–Comedy Based on musical No, No Nanette
Tension John Berry Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse Film noir
The Texan Meets Calamity Jane Ande Lamb Evelyn Ankers Western Ankers' last appearance for 10 years
Texas Tom Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Three Came Home Jean Negulesco Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles Drama In public domain
Three Hams on Rye Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy
Three Little Words Richard Thorpe Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen Musical Astaire won first Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Three Secrets Robert Wise Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, Ruth Roman Drama
A Ticket to Tomahawk Richard Sale Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Rory Calhoun Western comedy
The Titan: Story of Michelangelo Robert J. Flaherty Fredric March Documentary Oscar for Best Documentary Feature
To Please a Lady Clarence Brown Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck Drama
The Toast of New Orleans Norman Taurog Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza Musical
Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
The Torch Emilio Fernández Paulette Goddard, Pedro Armendáriz, Gilbert Roland Romantic American version of the classic Mexican Enamorada (1946)
Treasure Island Byron Haskin Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton Adventure Walt Disney
Triple Crossed Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy
Two Flags West Robert Wise Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell War
Two Weeks with Love Roy Rowland Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalbán Musical Based on story by John (Francis) Larkin
Under My Skin Jean Negulesco John Garfield, Micheline Presle Drama Based on Hemingway short story
The Underworld Story Cy Endfield Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm Film noir
Union Station Rudolph Maté William Holden, Barry Fitzgerald Film noir Based on novel Nightmare in Manhattan
Vendetta Mel Ferrer George Dolenz Crime Based on 1840 novella Colomba
Wabash Avenue Henry Koster Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Phil Harris Musical
Wagon Master John Ford Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr. Western Followed by TV series Wagon Train
Walk Softly, Stranger Robert Stevenson Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Spring Byington Drama
Watch the Birdie Jack Donohue Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl, Ann Miller Comedy
The West Point Story Roy Del Ruth James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Doris Day Musical
What's Up Doc? Robert McKimson Looney Tunes Animation
When Willie Comes Marching Home John Ford Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet Comedy
Where Danger Lives John Farrow Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue Drama Domergue's film debut
Where the Sidewalk Ends Otto Preminger Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill Film noir Based on novel Night Cry
The White Tower Ted Tetzlaff Glenn Ford, Alida Valli Adventure Based on novel of same name
Why Korea? Edmund Reek Joe King Documentary Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject
Winchester '73 Anthony Mann James Stewart, Dan Duryea, Shelley Winters Western Early roles for Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis
With These Hands Jack Arnold Sam Levene Documentary
The Wizard of Oz (TV special) Burr Tillstrom Short Adaptation using puppets
Woman in Hiding Michael Gordon Ida Lupino, Stephen McNally, Howard Duff film noir
Woman on the Run Norman Foster Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe Film noir
The Yellow Cab Man Jack Donohue Red Skelton, Gloria DeHaven Comedy
Young Man with a Horn Michael Curtiz Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Kirk Douglas Drama Based on autobiography

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