1954 in film

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The year 1954 in film involved some significant events and memorable ones.


  • A reproduction of "America's First Movie Studio", Thomas Edison's Black Maria, is constructed.
  • May 12 — The Marx Brothers' Zeppo Marx divorces wife Marion Benda. The two were married in 1927.
  • September 29 — A Star is Born premieres and marks Judy Garland's comeback after her termination from her contract at MGM. An astounding success with critics and audiences, A Star is Born not only marked the first time that legendary director George Cukor had made a film musical and film that is in Technicolor and in the anamorphic widescreen format, but also it's been regarded as one of the Garland's best performances in her film career.
  • November 3 — The movie Godzilla premieres in Japan. It became a huge success and became the first in series of Godzilla movies, the longest running film series in history[citation needed].

Top-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Rear Window Paramount $36,764,313[1]
2. White Christmas Paramount $30,000,000[2]
3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Walt Disney Pictures $28,200,000[3]
4. Demetrius and the Gladiators 20th Century Fox $26,000,000[4]
5. The Caine Mutiny Columbia $21,800,000[5]
6. Vera Cruz United Artists $11,000,000
7. Carmen Jones 20th Century Fox $9,812,000
8. The Country Girl Paramount $7,963,000
9. The Barefoot Contessa United Artists $7,298,000
10. A Star Is Born
The High and the Mighty
Warner Bros. $6,850,000
11. River of No Return 20th Century Fox $5,766,025
12. Magnificent Obsession Universal $5,200,000
13. The Long, Long Trailer MGM $5,000,000
14. On the Waterfront
Columbia $4,500,000
15. Sabrina Paramount $4,000,000
16. The Last Time I Saw Paris MGM $4,000,000
17. Dial M for Murder Warner Bros. $3,000,000
18. Living It Up Paramount $2,495,000
19. Young at Heart Warner Bros. $2,500,000


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: On the Waterfront - Horizon-American, Columbia
Best Director: Elia Kazan - On The Waterfront
Best Actor: Marlon Brando - On the Waterfront
Best Actress: Grace Kelly - The Country Girl
Best Supporting Actor: Edmond O'Brien - The Barefoot Contessa
Best Supporting Actress: Eva Marie Saint - On The Waterfront

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: On the Waterfront
Best Actor: Marlon Brando - On the Waterfront
Best Actress: Grace Kelly - The Country Girl
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Carmen Jones
Best Actor: James Mason - A Star Is Born
Best Actress: Judy Garland - A Star Is Born
Best Director: Elia Kazan - On the Waterfront
Best Foreign Film: Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi), Japan
Best Foreign Film: No Way Back (Weg Ohne Umkehr), West Germany
Best Foreign Film: The Lady of the Camellias (La Mujer de las camelias), Argentina
Best Foreign Film: Genevieve, United Kingdom

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

Jigokumon 地獄門, (Gate of Hell), directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Romeo and Juliet (Romeo e Giulietta), directed by Renato Castellani, Italy / U.K.

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Hobson's Choice, directed by David Lean, United Kingdom

Top ten money making stars[edit]

Exhibitors selected the following as the Top Ten Money Making Stars of the Year in Quigley Publishing Company's annual poll. John Wayne became the first actor to regain the number one spot after losing that position.[6]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. John Wayne
2. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
3. Gary Cooper
4. James Stewart
5. Marilyn Monroe
6. Alan Ladd
7. William Holden
8. Bing Crosby
9. Jane Wyman
10. Marlon Brando

Top Western stars[edit]

The poll also revealed the top Western stars.

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Roy Rogers
2. Gene Autry
3. Rex Allen
4. Wild Bill Elliott
5. Gabby Hayes

Notable films released in 1954[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated



















Short film series[edit]



Film Debuts[edit]


  1. ^ Box Office Information for Rear Window. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  2. ^ Box Office Information for White Christmas. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  3. ^ Box Office Information for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  4. ^ Box Office Information for Demetrius and the Gladiators. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  5. ^ Box Office Information for The Caine Mutiny. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  6. ^ Weaver, William R. (January 1, 1955). "Top Ten Money Making Stars of the Year Selected by Exhibitors". Motion Picture Herald. p. 12. Retrieved April 22, 2018.