1950s drama films

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  1. 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men (1957)


    12 Angry Men is a 1957 American drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. Written and produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. In the United States, a verdict in most criminal trials by jury must be unanimous. The film is notable for its almost exclusive use of one set: with the exception of the film's opening, which begins outside on the steps of the courthouse followed by the judge's final instructions to the jury before retiring, a brief final scene on the courthouse steps, and two short scenes in an adjoining washroom, the entire movie takes place in the jury room. The total time spent outside the jury room is three minutes out of the full 96 minutes of the movie.

  2. 1905

    1905 (1956)


    Mother (Russian: Мать, translit. Mat, also released as 1905) is a 1955 Soviet drama film directed by Mark Donskoy and based on the eponymous novel by Maxim Gorky. It was entered into the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

  3. 1984

    1984 (1956)


    1984 is a 1956 film, based freely on the novel of the same name by George Orwell, depicting a totalitarian future society. This is the first cinema rendition of the story, directed by Michael Anderson, and featuring Edmond O'Brien as protagonist Winston Smith. Also featured are Donald Pleasence, Jan Sterling, and Michael Redgrave. Pleasence also appeared in the 1954 television version of the novel, playing the character of Syme, which for the movie was amalgamated with that of Parsons. The character O'Brien, the antagonist, was renamed "O'Connor", since the name of the main actor was Edmond O'Brien. After the customary distributor agreement expired, the movie was withdrawn from theatrical and TV distribution channels by Orwell's estate and was not obtainable legally for many years, although it has since been released in DVD format and clips have been copied to the website YouTube.

  4. -30-

    -30- (1959)


    -30- (released as Deadline Midnight in the UK) is a 1959 film starring Jack Webb and William Conrad as night managing editor and night city editor, respectively, of a fictional Los Angeles newspaper, loosely based on the real-life (and now-defunct) Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.

  5. 5 Fingers

    5 Fingers (1952)


    5 Fingers, known also as Five Fingers, is a 1952 American spy film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Otto Lang. The screenplay by Michael Wilson was based on the book Operation Cicero (Original German: Der Fall Cicero) (1950) by L.C. Moyzisch. In the film, James Mason plays Ulysses Diello (Cicero), the character based on Bazna. The rest of the cast includes Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Herbert Berghof and Walter Hampden.

  6. A Bullet for Joey

    A Bullet for Joey (1955)


    A Bullet for Joey is a 1955 film noir starring Edward G. Robinson, George Raft and Audrey Totter about a gangster who sneaks into Canada to kidnap a scientist for the communists.

  7. A Certain Smile

    A Certain Smile (1958)


    A Certain Smile is a 1958 American drama film directed by Jean Negulesco, based on the book of the same name by Francoise Sagan.

  8. A Cool Sound from Hell

    A Cool Sound from Hell (1959)

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    A Cool Sound from Hell is a 1959 film directed by Sidney J. Furie.

  9. A Cry from the Streets

    A Cry from the Streets (1958)


    A Cry from the Streets is a 1958 British drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert. It was entered into the 1st Moscow International Film Festival.

  10. A Devil of a Woman

    A Devil of a Woman (1951)


    A Devil of a Woman (German: Der Weibsteufel) is a 1951 Austrian drama film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner. It was entered into the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.

  11. A Dog's Best Friend

    A Dog's Best Friend (1959)


    A Dog's Best Friend is a 1959 American drama film directed by Edward L. Cahn and written by Orville H. Hampton. The film stars Bill Williams, Marcia Henderson, Roger Mobley, Roy Engel, Charles Cooper and Harry Dean Stanton. The film was released on December 20, 1959, by United Artists.

  12. A Doll's Dream

    A Doll's Dream (1950)


    A Doll's Dream (Norwegian: Musikk på loftet/En dukkedrøm) is a 1950 Norwegian animation film directed by Ivo Caprino. It was the first 35mm colour film made in Norway.

  13. A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd (1957)


    A Face in the Crowd is a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by Budd Schulberg, based on his short story "Your Arkansas Traveler", part of his 1953 short story collection, Some Faces in the Crowd..

  14. A Farewell to Arms

    A Farewell to Arms (1957)


    A Farewell to Arms is a 1957 American DeLuxe Color CinemaScope drama film directed by Charles Vidor. The screenplay by Ben Hecht, based in part on a 1930 play by Laurence Stallings, was the second feature film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1929 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. It was the last film produced by David O. Selznick. An earlier film version, A Farewell to Arms starred Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes.

  15. A Free Woman

    A Free Woman (1954)


    Una donna libera (internationally released as A Free Woman) is a 1954 Italian drama film directed by Vittorio Cottafavi. In 2008 the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved.

  16. A Geisha

    A Geisha (1953)


    A Geisha (祇園囃子 Gion Bayashi, or Gion Festival Music) is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, centred on life in post-war Gion (Kyoto) through the relationship between an established geisha, Miyoharu, and teenaged Eiko, who pleads with Miyoharu to take her on as an apprentice or maiko. The film is based on the novel by Matsutarō Kawaguchi, who also produced the screenplay.

  17. A Girl in Black

    A Girl in Black (1956)


    A Girl in Black (Greek: Το Κορίτσι με τα Μαύρα) is a 1956 Greek dramatic film by the Cypriot director Michael Cacoyannis starring Dimitris Horn and Ellie Lambeti. The film takes place on the Greek island of Hydra, where two Athenian visitors become entangled in local feuds after one of them falls in love with a local girl.

  18. A Hatful of Rain

    A Hatful of Rain (1957)


    A Hatful of Rain is a 1957 dramatic film. The movie was a rarity for its time, in its frank depiction of the effects of morphine addiction. It is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the effects of morphine on an addict and his family.

  19. A Kid for Two Farthings

    A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)


    A Kid For Two Farthings is a 1955 film, directed by Carol Reed. The screenplay was adapted by Wolf Mankowitz from his own novel of the same name.

  20. A Life at Stake

    A Life at Stake (1954)


    A Life at Stake is a 1954 American film noir directed by Paul Guilfoyle. It stars Angela Lansbury and Keith Andes.

  21. A Life of Her Own

    A Life of Her Own (1950)


    A Life of Her Own is a 1950 American melodrama film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart focuses on an aspiring model who leaves her small town in the Midwest to seek fame and fortune in New York City. The film was produced by Voldemar Vetluguin and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

  22. A Lion Is in the Streets

    A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)


    A Lion Is in the Streets is a 1953 drama film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring James Cagney as a southern politician loosely based on Huey Long. Cagney's brother William was the producer, while his younger sister Jeanne was a member of the cast. The screenplay was based on a 1945 book by Adria Locke Langley. The film is compared to the similar 1949 film All the King's Men, featuring Broderick Crawford in an Academy Award-winning performance.

  23. A Man Called Peter

    A Man Called Peter (1955)


    A Man Called Peter is a 1955 American drama film directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Todd. The film is based on the life of preacher Peter Marshall, who served as Chaplain of the United States Senate and pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC before his early death. It is adapted from the 1951 biography of the same name, written by his widow Catherine Marshall.

  24. A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped (1956)


    A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth (French: Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut) is a 1956 French film directed by Robert Bresson. It is based on the memoirs of André Devigny, a prisoner of war held at Montluc prison during World War II. The protagonist of the film is called Fontaine. The second part of the title comes from the Bible, John 3:8, and in English it is worded this way only in the Authorized King James Version (more recent translations using words like "wants" (which is the title in French) or "pleases" instead of "listeth"). Bresson, like Devigny and the character Fontaine, was imprisoned by Nazis as a member of the French Resistance.

  25. A Man of Straw

    A Man of Straw (1958)


    A Man of Straw (Italian: L'uomo di paglia) is a 1958 Italian drama film directed by Pietro Germi. It was entered into the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.

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