Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

* Viewers: IMDB Top 250

IMDB allows its readers to vote and rank the movies they have seen.  30 of the top 100 were movies released through 1960 (the last 12 movies were tied with an 8.3 rating). Here is the list filtered for movies through 1960 along with the IMDB score for each:

  1. 12 Angry Men (8.9)
  2. Seven Samurai (8.8)
  3. Casablanca (8.7)
  4. Rear Window (8.7)
  5. Psycho (8.6)
  6. It’s A Wonderful Life (8.6)
  7. Sunset Boulevard (8.6)
  8. North by Northwest (8.5)
  9. Citizen Kane (8.5)
  10. City Lights (8.5)
  11. M (8.5)
  12. Vertigo (8.5)
  13. Paths of Glory (8.5)
  14. Modern Times (8.5)

That was the TOP TEN (with 7 movies tied with a score of 8.5) for movies released through 1960. Here are the rest of their TOP 100 movies:

  1. Double Indemnity (8.4)
  2. The Third Man (8.4)
  3. The Great Dictator (8.4)
  4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (8.4)
  5. Rashomon (8.3)
  6. Singin’ in the Rain (8.3)
  7. Bicycle Thieves (8.3)
  8. Some Like It Hot (8.3)
  9. All About Eve (8.3)
  10. Metropolis (8.3)
  11. The Bridge on the River Kwai (8.3)
  12. The Apartment (8.3)
  13. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (8.3)
  14. The Seventh Seal (8.3)
  15. On the Waterfront (8.3)
  16. The Maltese Falcon (8.3)

That was all of the movies released through 1960 that were in their ranked list (only 30 movies) – these are the movies that were given points for my movie scoring system.  Here are the rest of the movies in the IMDB TOP 250 that were released through 1960, in ranked order:

  1. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)*
  2. Rebecca (1940)
  3. The General (1926)
  4. Wild Strawberries (1957)
  5. Touch of Evil (1958)
  6. Ikiru (1952)
  7. It Happened One Night (1934)
  8. The Wages of Fear (1953)
  9. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  10. The Kid (1921)*
  11. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  12. The Gold Rush (1925)
  13. High Noon (1952)
  14. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  15. Sunrise (1927)
  16. Notorious (1946)
  17. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  18. Diabolique (1955)*
  19. Ben-Hur (1959)
  20. The Big Sleep (1946)
  21. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  22. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  23. The 400 Blows (1959)
  24. Dial M for Murder (1954)*
  25. The Killing (1956)*
  26. La Strada (1954)
  27. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
  28. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
  29. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
  30. Stalag 17 (1953)
  31. Nights of Cabiria (1957)*
  32. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  33. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  34. Rope (1948)*
  35. Roman Holiday (1953)*
  36. Tokyo Story (1953)
  37. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)*
  38. Throne of Blood (1957)*
  39. Nosferatu (1922)*

* movies that are included in my Top 200 Greatest Movies List

The full IMDB Top 250 list is available online here: IMDB Top 250

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