Best Movies of 1951 by Rank

Rating
Rank
No
Starring
Genre
Country
Language
5 Stars
109
1
Elia Kazan
Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Rudy Bond
Drama
USA
English
5 Stars
126
2
Robert Bresson
Claude Laydu, Jean Riveyre, André Guibert, Rachel Bérendt
Drama / Religion
France
French
5 Stars
199
3
Vincente Minnelli
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch
Musical / Romance
USA
English
5 Stars
209
4
Alfred Hitchcock
Farley Granger, Robert Walker
Thriller / Film-Noir / Drama / Crime
USA
English
5 Stars
248
5
John Huston
Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn
Adventure / Romance / War / Comedy
UK / USA
English
5 Stars
338
6
Charles Crichton
Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James, Alfie Bass
Comedy / Crime / Caper
UK
English
5 Stars
365
7
George Stevens
Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor
Drama / Film-Noir / Romance
USA
English
5 Stars
449
8
Billy Wilder
Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady
Drama / Film-Noir / Comedy
USA
English
4.5 Stars
604
9
Robert Wise
Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal
Drama / Sci-Fi / Thriller / Family
USA
English
4.5 Stars
666
10
Jean Renoir
Nora Swinburne, Patricia Walters, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields, Suprova Mukerjee
Drama / Romance
France / India / USA
English
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Rating
Rank
No
Starring
Genre
Country
Language
4.5 Stars
767
11
László Benedek
Fredric March, Mildred Dunnock, Kevin McCarthy, Cameron Mitchell
Drama
USA
English
4.5 Stars
799
12
Alexander Mackendrick
Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough
Comedy / Sci-Fi / Drama
UK
English
4 Stars
1104
13
Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks
Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite
Horror / Sci-Fi
USA
English
4 Stars
1108
14
Vittorio De Sica
Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano
Drama / Fantasy / Comedy
Italy
Italian
4 Stars
1113
15
William Wyler
Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell
Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Detective
USA
English
4 Stars
1130
16
John Huston
Audie Murphy, Andy Devine, Robert Easton, Douglas Dick
War / History / Epic
USA
English
3.5 Stars
1577
17
Mervyn LeRoy
Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov, Patricia Laffan
Drama / Epic / History / Religion
USA
English
3.5 Stars
1641
18
Henry Hathaway
Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget
Film-Noir / Thriller / Drama
USA
English
3.5 Stars
1687
19
Anthony Asquith
Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick, Ronald Howard
Drama
UK
English
3.5 Stars
1757
20
Yasujiro Ozu
Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake, Ichirô Sugai
Drama / Romance
Japan
Japanese
3.5 Stars
1775
21
Albert Lewin
James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender
Drama / Mystery / Romance / Fantasy
UK
English
3.5 Stars
1787
22
Brian Desmond Hurst
Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Hordern
Fantasy / Drama / Adventure / Period Film / Family
UK
English
3.5 Stars
1802
23
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina
Adventure / Romance / Fantasy / Musical
UK
English
3.5 Stars
1805
24
Zoltan Korda
Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson, Joyce Carey
Drama
UK / South Africa
English
3.5 Stars
1884
25
Anatole Litvak
Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner
Drama / War / Thriller / Spy / Action
USA
English
3.5 Stars
1904
26
John Boulting
Robert Donat, Margaret Johnston, Maria Schell, Renée Asherson
Biography / Drama
UK
English
3.5 Stars
1966
27
Samuel Fuller
Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, James Edwards
Drama / War
USA
English
3 Stars
2133
28
Stanley Donen
Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill, Keenan Wynn
Comedy / Musical / Romance
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2156
29
Alf Sjöberg
Anita Björk, Ulf Palme, Märta Dorff, Lissi Alandh
Drama / Period Film
Sweden
Swedish
2.5 Stars
2222
30
Robert Cannon
Marvin Miller
Animation / Short / Family / Comedy
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2231
31
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Finlay Currie, Hume Cronyn, Walter Slezak
Comedy / Romance
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2267
32
Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway
Family / Animation / Musical / Fantasy / Comedy
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2302
33
Mark Robson
Arthur Kennedy, Peggy Dow, Julie Adams, James Edwards
Drama / Romance
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2317
34
Richard Thorpe
Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten, Jarmila Novotna, Richard Hageman
Biography / Drama / Music
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2340
35
Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh
Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane, Roy Roberts
Drama / Crime / Film-Noir / Gangster
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2363
36
Joseph Losey
Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren, Emerson Treacy
Crime / Film-Noir / Thriller / Drama
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2489
37
Luchino Visconti
Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renzelli
Drama
Italy
Italian
2.5 Stars
2496
38
Henry King
Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore
Drama / Romance / History / Religion / Epic
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2496
38
George Sidney
Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion
Drama / Musical / Romance / Period Film
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2511
39
Raoul Walsh
Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Moultrie Kelsall, Terence Morgan
Action / Adventure / Drama / War
UK / USA
English
2.5 Stars
2511
39
Gordon Douglas
Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican, Richard Webb
Drama / Film-Noir
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2513
40
John Cromwell, Nicholas Ray, Mel Ferrer
Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Talman, Ray Collins
Crime / Film-Noir / Drama / Gangster
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2553
41
Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre, Karl John, Helmuth Rudolph, Johanna Hofer, Renate Mannhardt
Drama / Thriller / War / Crime / Film-Noir
West Germany
German
2.5 Stars
2553
41
Joseph Losey
David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie
Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller / Crime
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2605
42
Budd Boetticher
Robert Stack, Joy Page, Gilbert Roland, Virginia Grey, John Hubbard, Katy Jurado
Drama / Romance / Action / Sports
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2605
42
Mitchell Leisen
Gene Tierney, John Lund, Miriam Hopkins, Thelma Ritter, Jan Sterling
Comedy
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2605
42
Gordon Parry
John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, Diana Wynyard, Hermione Baddeley
Drama / Period Film
UK
English
2.5 Stars
2649
43
Michael Curtiz
Doris Day, Danny Thomas, Frank Lovejoy, Patrice Wymore
Musical / Comedy / Biography
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2663
44
Akira Kurosawa
Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura
Drama
Japan
Japanese
2.5 Stars
2689
45
Frederick De Cordova
Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak, Lucille Barkley, Jesse White
Comedy / Romance
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2689
45
Nitin Bose
Nargis, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Nimmi, Baby Tabassum, Jal Merchant, Parikshit
Musical / Romance / Drama
India
Hindi
2.5 Stars
2689
45
Henry Hathaway
James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler, Everett Sloane
Action / Biography / Drama / War
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2689
45
Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga
Fernando Fernán Gómez, Elvira Quintillá
Comedy
Spain
Spanish
2.5 Stars
2689
45
Hal Walker
Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Mona Freeman, Don DeFore, Robert Strauss, Leif Erickson
Comedy / Musical / Romance / Adventure
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2740
46
Harry Watt
Anthony Steel, Dinah Sheridan, Harold Warrender, Meredith Edwards
Drama / Adventure
UK
English
2.5 Stars
2741
47
Gian Carlo Menotti
Marie Powers, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Leopoldo Savona, Belva Kibler, Beverly Dame
Drama / Film-Noir / Musical
Italy / USA
English
2.5 Stars
2741
47
Maurice Cloche, Ralph Smart
Vittorio Manunta, Denis O'Dea, Nerio Bernardi, Roberto Adamina, Mimo Billi
Drama
UK
English
2.5 Stars
2741
47
Pat Jackson
Googie Withers, James Donald, Godfrey Tearle, Petula Clark, Jean Anderson
Drama
UK
English
2.5 Stars
2756
48
Cab Calloway, Zulme Calloway
Cab Calloway, Zulme Calloway
Documentary / Music
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2756
48
Anthony Rizzo
Animation / Short / War
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2756
48
Frank Stauffacher
Vincent Price
Experimental / Documentary / Short
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2788
49
Georges Lacombe
Jean Gabin, Simone Valère, Gérard Oury
Drama
France
French
2.5 Stars
2788
49
Fred Zinnemann
Pier Angeli, John Ericson, Patricia Collinge, Richard Bishop
Drama
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2792
50
Anthony Mann
Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson
Adventure / Crime / Drama / Thriller / Period Film / Detective
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2792
50
Leo C. Popkin, Russell Rouse
Richard Rober, Gwendolyn Laster, Maidie Norman, George Hamilton
Drama / Film-Noir
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2797
51
Vincente Minnelli
Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke
Comedy / Romance
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Edward Bernds
Scotty Beckett, Jimmy Lydon, Don Beddoe, Gordon Jones, Patti Brady, Susan Morrow
Comedy / Comic
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Robert Parrish
Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, William Conrad, Regis Toomey
Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Charles Barton
Donald O'Connor, Helena Carter, Will Geer, John Emery, Stanley Logan
Comedy / Adventure / Musical
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Arch Oboler
William Phipps, Susan Douglas Rubes, James Anderson, Charles Lampkin, Earl Lee
Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Action
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Edward Bernds
Scotty Beckett, Jimmy Lydon, Susan Morrow, Don Beddoe, Patti Brady
Comedy / Comic
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
John Farrow, Richard Fleischer
Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt, Charles McGraw
Crime / Film-Noir / Thriller / Drama
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Edward F. Cline, Arthur Hilton
Buster Keaton, Dorothy Ford, Harold Goodwin, Marcia Mae Jones, Eleanor Keaton
Comedy
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Roy Del Ruth
Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Billy Gray, Jack Smith, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp
Comedy / Musical / Romance
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Charles A. Nichols
Animation / Comedy / Family / Short
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Henry Hathaway
Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger, Edgar Buchanan
Western
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Arthur Lubin
Ray Milland, Jan Sterling, Gene Lockhart, William Frawley, Elsie Holmes
Comedy / Family / Sports / Drama
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
John Hubley
Thurl Ravenscroft, Annette Warren
Animation / Short / Musical / Comedy
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Curtis Bernhardt
Humphrey Bogart, Märta Torén, Lee J. Cobb, Everett Sloane
Drama / Action / Romance
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Stuart Heisler
Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran, Hugh Sanders
Drama / Crime
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Animation / Family / Short / Comedy
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2807
52
Henry Levin
Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott, Terry Moore, Alexander Knox, Griff Barnett
Crime / Thriller / Film-Noir / Drama
USA
English
2.5 Stars
2844
53
Kenji Mizoguchi
Kinuyo Tanaka, Nobuko Otowa, Yuji Hori, Kiyoko Hirai, Reiko Kondo
Drama
Japan
Japanese
2.5 Stars
2860
54
Raj Kapoor
Prithviraj Kapoor, Nargis, Raj Kapoor, K.N. Singh
Drama / Family / Musical / Romance
India
Hindi
Rating
Rank
No
Starring
Genre
Country
Language