List of American films of 1954

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Eva Marie Saint as Edie Doyle and Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront

A list of American films released in 1954.
On the Waterfront won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes/Studio
1954
3 Ring Circus Joseph Pevney Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Joanne Dru Musical comedy Paramount Pictures
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Richard Fleischer Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre Adventure Disney; based on the novel by Jules Verne; winner of 2 Academy Awards
About Mrs. Leslie Daniel Mann Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan Drama Paramount
The Adventures of Hajji Baba Don Weis John Derek, Elaine Stewart Adventure 20th Century Fox
Alaska Seas Jerry Hopper Robert Ryan, Brian Keith, Jan Sterling Crime Paramount
Apache Robert Aldrich Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire, Charles Bronson, John Dehner Western United Artists
Athena Richard Thorpe Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Virginia Gibson Musical MGM
The Atomic Kid Leslie H. Martinson Mickey Rooney, Robert Strauss, Elaine Devry Comedy Republic
Baby Buggy Bunny Charles M. Jones Mel Blanc Animated Warner Bros.
Bait Hugo Haas Cleo Moore, John Agar Drama RKO
The Barefoot Contessa Joseph L. Mankiewicz Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Rossano Brazzi, Edmond O'Brien Drama Oscar for O'Brien
Beachhead Stuart Heisler Tony Curtis, Frank Lovejoy, Mary Murphy War United Artists
Beau Brummell Curtis Bernhardt Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov Biography MGM; remake of 1924 film
Beautiful Stranger David Miller Ginger Rogers, Herbert Lom, Stanley Baker Mystery aka Twist of Fate
Before I Wake Alfred Rogell Mona Freeman, Jean Kent Mystery
Bengal Brigade Lazlo Benedek Rock Hudson, Arlene Dahl Adventure
Betrayed Gottfried Reinhardt Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Victor Mature Drama MGM
The Black Dakotas Ray Nazarro Wanda Hendrix, Gary Merrill Western Columbia
The Black Knight Tay Garnett Alan Ladd, Patricia Medina, Peter Cushing Adventure Columbia
The Black Shield of Falworth Rudolph Mate Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh Adventure Universal
Black Tuesday Hugo Fregonese Edward G. Robinson, Peter Graves Crime drama United Artists
Black Widow Nunnally Johnson Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, George Raft Mystery 20th Century Fox
Border River George Sherman Joel McCrea, Yvonne de Carlo Western Universal
The Boy from Oklahoma Michael Curtiz Will Rogers, Jr., Nancy Olson Western Warner Bros.
The Bridges at Toko-Ri Mark Robson William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney, Earl Holliman War Paramount; Oscar for Best Visual Effects
Brigadoon Vincente Minnelli Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse Musical MGM; 3 Oscar nominations
Bright Road Gerald Mayer Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte Drama MGM
Broken Lance Edward Dmytryk Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark, Katy Jurado Western 20th Century Fox; won Oscar for Best Story
Bugs and Thugs Friz Freleng Mel Blanc Animated Warner Bros.
A Bullet Is Waiting John Farrow Jean Simmons, Rory Calhoun Western

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
The Caine Mutiny Edward Dmytryk Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, Robert Francis, E.G. Marshall, Tom Tully, Jerry Paris, May Wynn, Lee Marvin War, Drama Columbia; based on Herman Wouk novel; 7 Oscar nominations
Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl Lew Landers Eva Gabor, Alan Hale, Jr. Adventure United Artists
Carmen Jones Otto Preminger Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge Musical 20th Century Fox; won Golden Globe
Carnival Story Kurt Neumann Anne Baxter, Steve Cochran Drama RKO
Casanova's Big Night Norman Z. McLeod Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Basil Rathbone Comedy Paramount
Casino Royale William H. Brown, Jr. Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre James Bond From television series Climax
Cattle Queen of Montana Allan Dwan Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan Western RKO
The Country Girl George Seaton Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden Drama Paramount; Oscars for Kelly, screenplay
Crash of Moons Hollingsworth Morse Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield Science fiction
Creature from the Black Lagoon Jack Arnold Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning Science fiction Universal; 2 sequels
Crime Wave André de Toth Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Ted de Corsia, Phyllis Kirk Crime drama Warner Bros.
Crossed Swords Milton Krims Errol Flynn, Gina Lollobrigida Swashbuckler Co-produced with Italy
Cry Vengeance Mark Stevens Mark Stevens, Skip Homeier, Martha Hyer Crime Allied Artists
Dangerous Mission Louis King Victor Mature, Piper Laurie Thriller RKO
Deadly Game Daniel Birt Lloyd Bridges, Simone Silva Crime drama
Deep in My Heart Stanley Donen José Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Walter Pidgeon Musical, Biography MGM; story of Sigmund Romberg
Demetrius and the Gladiators Delmer Daves Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft Adventure 20th Century Fox
Désirée Henry Koster Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Merle Oberon Historical 20th Century Fox
Devil May Hare Bugs Bunny Animated
Dial M for Murder Alfred Hitchcock Grace Kelly, Ray Milland, Robert Cummings, Anthony Dawson, John Williams Suspense Warner Bros.; based on play by Frederick Knott
Dixieland Droopy Animated
Dog Pounded Animation
Down Three Dark Streets Arnold Laven Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman Crime drama United Artists
Downhearted Duckling Animated
Dragnet Jack Webb Jack Webb Film noir Warner Bros.
Dragonfly Squadron Lesley Selander John Hodiak, Barbara Britton War Allied Artists
Drive a Crooked Road Richard Quine Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy Crime Columbia
Drum Beat Delmer Daves Alan Ladd, Audrey Dalton, Marisa Pavan Western Warner Bros.
Drums of Tahiti William Castle Patricia Medina, Dennis O'Keefe Adventure Columbia
Duffy of San Quentin Walter Doniger Joanne Dru, Louis Hayward Drama Warner Bros.

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
The Egyptian Michael Curtiz Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Michael Wilding, Peter Ustinov Adventure 20th Century Fox; based on the book
Elephant Walk William Dieterle Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch Adventure Paramount
Executive Suite Robert Wise William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, June Allyson, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Douglas, Shelley Winters, Louis Calhern, Nina Foch Drama 4 Oscar nominations; a rare film with no music
Flame and the Flesh Richard Brooks Lana Turner, Pier Angeli Drama MGM
Four Guns to the Border Richard Carlson Rory Calhoun, Colleen Miller, Nina Foch Western Universal
Francis Joins the WACS Arthur Lubin Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, Mamie Van Doren Comedy
The French Line Lloyd Bacon Jane Russell, Gilbert Roland Musical RKO
Garden of Evil Henry Hathaway Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Richard Widmark Western 20th Century Fox
The Glenn Miller Story Anthony Mann James Stewart, June Allyson, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Harry Morgan Biography, Musical Universal; 3 Oscar nominations
Gog Herbert L. Strock Richard Egan, Herbert Marshall Sci-fi
The Golden Mistress Abner Biberman John Agar, Rosemarie Bowe Adventure U.A.
The Good Die Young Lewis Gilbert Joan Collins, Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame Drama
Green Fire Andrew Marton Grace Kelly, Stewart Granger, Paul Douglas Adventure MGM
Gypsy Colt Andrew Marton Donna Corcoran, Ward Bond Family MGM
Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy Stop motion animation
Hell and High Water Samuel Fuller Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi Drama 20th Century Fox
Hell Below Zero Mark Robson Alan Ladd, Stanley Baker, Joan Tetzel Adventure Columbia
Hell's Half Acre John H. Auer Evelyn Keyes, Wendell Corey Crime Republic
Hell's Outpost Joseph Kane Rod Cameron, Joan Leslie Drama Republic
The High and the Mighty William Wellman John Wayne, Robert Stack, Laraine Day, Claire Trevor, Jan Sterling, Robert Newton, Sidney Blackmer, Phil Harris, Paul Fix, Doe Avedon Drama 6 Oscar nominations; won for Best Musical Score
Highway Dragnet Nathan Juran Richard Conte, Joan Bennett, Wanda Hendrix Crime drama Allied Artists
His Majesty O'Keefe Byron Haskin Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, André Morell Adventure Warner Bros.
The House in the Middle Short subject 12-minute film on Civil Defense
Human Desire Fritz Lang Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford Suspense Columbia
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome Kenneth Anger Anaïs Nin Drama 38-minute film
It Should Happen to You George Cukor Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, Jack Lemmon Comedy Lemmon's first film
Jail Bait Ed Wood Dolores Fuller, Steve Reeves Drama
Jivaro Edward Ludwig Fernando Lamas, Rhonda Fleming, Brian Keith Adventure Paramount
Johnny Dark George Sherman Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie Drama Universal
Johnny Guitar Nicholas Ray Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Ernest Borgnine, Ward Bond Western Republic
Killers from Space W. Lee Wilder Peter Graves, James Seay Sci-fi RKO
King Richard and the Crusaders David Butler Rex Harrison, Virginia Mayo, George Sanders Adventure Warner Bros.
Knock on Wood Melvin Frank, Norman Panama Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling Comedy Paramount

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
The Last Time I Saw Paris Richard Brooks Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor, Donna Reed Romance MGM
The Law vs. Billy the Kid William Castle Scott Brady, Betta St. John Western Columbia
A Life at Stake Paul Guilfoyle Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes, Douglas Dumbrille Film noir
Little School Mouse Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Living It Up Norman Taurog Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Janet Leigh Comedy 11th Martin and Lewis film, Paramount
The Lone Gun Ray Nazarro George Montgomery, Dorothy Malone Western United Artists
The Long, Long Trailer Vincente Minnelli Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz Comedy MGM
The Long Wait Victor Saville Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Peggie Castle Film noir United Artists
Loophole Harold Schuster Barry Sullivan, Dorothy Malone, Charles McGraw Film noir Monogram
Lucky Me Jack Donohue Doris Day, Phil Silvers Musical Warner Bros.
The Mad Magician John Brahm Vincent Price, Eva Gabor Thriller Columbia
Magic Brush Animation
Make Haste to Live William A. Seiter Dorothy McGuire, Stephen McNally Suspense Republic
Magnificent Obsession Douglas Sirk Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead, Otto Kruger, Barbara Rush Drama Remake of 1935 film; Oscar nomination for Wyman
Man with the Steel Whip Franklin Adreon Dick Simmons, Dale Van Sickel Serial Republic
Men of the Fighting Lady Andrew Marton Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Frank Lovejoy War MGM
The Miami Story Fred F. Sears Barry Sullivan, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland Crime
Miss Robin Crusoe Eugene Frenke Amanda Blake, George Nader Adventure 20th Century Fox
Monster from the Ocean Floor Wyott Ordung Anne Kimbell, Stuart Wade Science fiction
Naked Alibi Jerry Hopper Sterling Hayden, Gloria Grahame, Gene Barry Film noir Universal
The Naked Jungle Byron Haskin Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker Adventure Paramount
Night People Nunnally Johnson Gregory Peck, Broderick Crawford, Anita Bjork, Rita Gam, Walter Abel, Buddy Ebsen Drama 20th Century Fox
On the Waterfront Elia Kazan Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb Drama based on novel by Budd Schulberg; Oscars for Brando, Saint, Best Picture
The Other Woman Hugo Haas Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas Drama RKO
The Outcast William Witney John Derek, Joan Evans, Jim Davis Western Republic
Paid to Kill Montgomery Tully Dane Clark, Thea Gregory Drama
Passion Allan Dwan Cornel Wilde, Yvonne De Carlo, Raymond Burr Western RKO
Phantom of the Rue Morgue Roy Del Ruth Karl Malden, Claude Dauphin, Patricia Medina Mystery Warner Bros.; based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe
Phantom Stallion Harry Keller Rex Allen, Carla Balenda Western Republic
Phffft! Mark Robson Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson Romantic comedy Columbia
Playgirl Joseph Pevney Shelley Winters, Colleen Miller Film noir
Pride of the Blue Grass William Beaudine Lloyd Bridges, Vera Miles Drama Allied Artists
Prince Valiant Henry Hathaway James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner Adventure 20th Century Fox; based on the comic strip
Princess of the Nile Harmon Jones Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie Adventure 20th Century Fox
Prisoner of War Andrew Marton Ronald Reagan, Steve Forrest, Oscar Homolka War drama MGM
Private Hell 36 Don Siegel Ida Lupino, Howard Duff Film noir
Pushover Richard Quine Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey, Dorothy Malone Film noir Columbia; Novak's 1st film
The Raid Hugo Fregonese Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, Lee Marvin Western 20th Century Fox
Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr Suspense Universal, 4 Oscar nominations
Red Garters George Marshall Rosemary Clooney, Jack Carson, Guy Mitchell, Gene Barry Musical Paramount
Return from the Sea Lesley Selander Jan Sterling, Neville Brand Drama Allied Artists
Return to Treasure Island Ewald André Dupont Tab Hunter, Dawn Addams, Porter Hall Adventure United Artists
Rhapsody Charles Vidor Elizabeth Taylor, Vittorio Gassman Drama MGM
Ride Clear of Diablo Jesse Hibbs Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Susan Cabot, Russell Johnson Western Universal
Ring of Fear James Edward Grant Clyde Beatty, Mickey Spillane, Pat O'Brien Mystery Warner Bros.
Riot in Cell Block 11 Don Siegel Neville Brand, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon Film noir Allied Artists
River of No Return Otto Preminger Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun Western 20th Century Fox
Robinson Crusoe Luis Buñuel Dan O'Herlihy Adventure from Daniel Defoe novel
The Rocket Man Oscar Rudolph Charles Coburn, Anne Francis Comedy 20th Century Fox
Rogue Cop Roy Rowland Robert Taylor, George Raft, Janet Leigh Film noir MGM
Rose Marie Mervyn LeRoy Ann Blyth, Howard Keel Musical remake of 1928, 1936 films

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Sabaka Frank Ferrin Boris Karloff, June Foray Adventure United Artists
Sabrina Billy Wilder Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden Romantic comedy Paramount; 6 Oscar nominations; remade in 1995
Salt of the Earth Herbert J. Biberman Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer Drama subject of One of the Hollywood Ten
Saskatchewan Raoul Walsh Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish Western Universal
Satan's Waitin' Friz Freleng Looney Tunes Animation
Secret of the Incas Jerry Hopper Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Nicole Maurey Adventure Paramount
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Stanley Donen Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn, Jeff Richards, Julie Newmar, Ruta Lee Musical MGM; 5 Oscar nominations
The Shanghai Story Frank Lloyd Ruth Roman, Edmond O'Brien Drama Republic
She Couldn't Say No Lloyd Bacon Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons Comedy Bacon's final film
Shield for Murder Edmond O'Brien Edmond O'Brien, Marla English, John Agar Film noir United Artists
Sign of the Pagan Douglas Sirk Jack Palance, Jeff Chandler Adventure Universal
Silent Raiders Richard Bartlett Richard Bartlett War
The Silver Chalice Victor Saville Paul Newman, Virginia Mayo Drama Warner Bros.; first film for Newman
Silver Lode Allan Dwan Dan Duryea, John Payne, Lizabeth Scott Western RKO
Sitting Bull Sidney Salkow Dale Robertson, Mary Murphy Western United Artists
Smarty Cat Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
The Snow Creature W. Lee Wilder Paul Langton Science fiction
Stamp Day for Superman George Reeves Short subject made by U.S. Treasury Dept.
A Star Is Born George Cukor Judy Garland, James Mason, Charles Bickford, Jack Carson, Tommy Noonan Musical remake of 1937 film; 6 Oscar nominations; remade in 1976
The Steel Cage Walter Doniger Maureen O'Sullivan, Lawrence Tierney Drama United Artists
The Student Prince Richard Thorpe Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, Louis Calhern, Edmund Gwenn Musical MGM; vocals by Mario Lanza; based on the operetta
Suddenly Lewis Allen Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, Nancy Gates Crime drama United Artists
Susan Slept Here Frank Tashlin Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis Romantic comedy RKO; Powell's final film
Tanganyika André de Toth Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, Howard Duff Action Universal
Target Earth Sherman Rose Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley Sci-fi Allied Artists
Taza, Son of Cochise Douglas Sirk Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Rex Reason Western Universal
Tennessee Champ Fred M. Wilcox Shelley Winters, Keenan Wynn Drama MGM
Them! Gordon Douglas James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn Science fiction Warner Bros.
There's No Business Like Show Business Walter Lang Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor, Dan Dailey, Johnnie Ray Musical 20th Century Fox; 3 Academy Award nominations
This Is My Love Stuart Heisler Linda Darnell, Faith Domergue Drama
Three Coins in the Fountain Jean Negulesco Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Rossano Brazzi Drama 20th Century Fox; Oscars for Cinematography and Song
Three Hours to Kill Alfred L. Werker Dana Andrews, Donna Reed Western
Three Young Texans Henry Levin Jeffrey Hunter, Keefe Brasselle, Mitzi Gaynor Western 20th Century Fox
Top Banana Alfred E. Green Phil Silvers, Rose Marie Musical based on stage musical
Track of the Cat William Wellman Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright Adventure Warner Bros.
Trader Tom of the China Seas Franklin Adreon Harry Lauter, Lyle Talbot Serial
Valley of the Kings Robert Pirosh Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker Adventure MGM
The Vanishing Prairie Documentary Academy Award winner
Vera Cruz Robert Aldrich Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine, Cesar Romero, Sara Montiel, Denise Darcel Western United Artists
War Arrow George Sherman Maureen O'Hara, Jeff Chandler Western Universal
The Weak and the Wicked J. Lee Thompson Glynis Johns, Diana Dors Drama
White Christmas Michael Curtiz Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen, Danny Kaye, Dean Jagger Musical Paramount; title song by Irving Berlin originally in 1942's Holiday Inn
The White Orchid William Lundigan, Peggie Castle Adventure United Artists
Witness to Murder Roy Rowland Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders Suspense United Artists
Woman's World Jean Negulesco Clifton Webb, June Allyson, Van Heflin Drama 20th Century Fox
World for Ransom Robert Aldrich Dan Duryea, Gene Lockhart Drama Allied Artists
Wyoming Renegades Fred F. Sears Phil Carey, Gene Evans, Martha Hyer Western Columbia
The Yellow Tomahawk Lesley Selander Rory Calhoun, Peggie Castle Western United Artists
Young at Heart Gordon Douglas Doris Day, Frank Sinatra Musical, Drama Warner Bros.

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