The best movies from the years 1950 in genre Drama

List of the best movies from the years 1950, in genre Drama. Order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Pather Panchali
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Pather Panchali

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ometime in the early years of the century, a boy, Apu, is born to a poor Brahmin family in a village in Bengal. The father, a poet and priest, cannot earn enough to keep his family going. Apu's sister, Durga, is forever stealing guavas from the neighbour's orchards. All these add to the daily struggles of the mother's life, notwithstanding her constant bickering with old aunt who lives with the family.

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On the Waterfront
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On the Waterfront

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erry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

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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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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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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 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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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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