by Johnny Punish

Attention VT readers!  It’s been a long haul of foreign policy, military affairs, and all the other intense stuff for adults. But today, you deserve a break!  In fact, it’s time for a little “sharpen the saw” relief.  So get on that cozy couch,  fire up some popcorn, and check this stuff out!  Roll em!

Oh but first, my criteria? For the Top Ten , super simple.

I just asked, “What movies could I watch over and over and over again and still get amazing entertainment pleasure?”

Now that’s easy! Roll ’em!

1. The Court Jester (1955)

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king. This is outrageously too much fun. Danny Kaye’s is brilliant; the best movie of a fantastic amazing movie career. He was Jim Carrey before Jim Carrey. Fun songs, quotable, and silly fun. Love it! I could watch this movie over and over again. Sweet! Director: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama. Starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, and Basil Rathbone.

2. Guys and Dolls (1955)

In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. Sinatra and Brando fought on set cause Sinatra wanted the lead. But you could not tell because this movie is pure fun musical magic. From start to finish, it’s just a super fun ride New York 50s style. Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, and Frank Sinatra.

3. The Ten Commandments (1956)

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. Need a biblical epic? Here you go! Heston is Moses! The cast amazing! Big Movie! And don’t miss Edward G. Robinson with his ‘yeah see” swag as an Egyptian slave master. Super Movie Classic! Director: Cecil B. DeMille. Starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, and Anne Baxter.

4. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).
Voted the worst movie of all time by almost everybody which makes it a super cool fun trip down WTF! I love this flick for all its craziness. Ed Wood simply kicks ass! I love the hubcaps as flying saucers and the cheap plywood posing as an airplane cockpit. And what’s with the English Medieval costumes for the aliens? WTF! Come on! Classic! Funny! Love this flick! Director, writer: Edward D. Wood Jr. Starring Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Bela Lugosi

5. Ben Hur (1959)

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. Juda Ben Hur is probably the best sandal holy land classic of all time. So epic! Big huge honored movie! Must See Movie Experience! Director William Wyler. Starring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Jean Simmons

6. White Christmas (1954)

A successful song-and-dance team becomes romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. What an ensemble of super fun. This is a true feel-good movie for the holidays or any time. Sisters is such a great song! The whole movie is clever and sweet! Love the ladies in this. Of course, Kaye and Crosby are classic. Love it. Director Michael Curtiz. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.

7. Godzilla (1954)

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. Is there anything better than the original Japanese Godzilla? Best monster ever! This is better than all the other 20 Godzilla movies. So check this one out and get some real 50s cinema kitch! Director: Ishirô Honda. Starring Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada.

8. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney. Super well-done thriller drama. High-level acting from the great Charles Laughton and mysterious Marlene Dietrich! The huge twists and betrayals make this a must-see movie. Compelling! Director: Billy Wilder. Starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

9. The Blob (1958)

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. The blob represents the 50s decades-long fetish with sci-fi horror that was bold, big, and packing the movie houses with crazed teens looking for a good time with a date. What a cool movie! Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. Starring Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe.

10. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1954)

Singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei’s fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russel are a tour de force. What a fun ride into icon-o-Ville! Director: Howard Hawks Writers: Charles Lederer (screenplay), Joseph Fields (based on the musical comedy by), 1 more credit » Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn |

What are your favorite movies?  Post your comments below!

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  1. 1957 The Bridge On The River Kwai. One of the top 10 “war” movies ever made. The genius of David Lean on full display. Yup, a war movie with no battle scenes and no female characters.

    • 1959 The Nun’s Story. Great work by Audrey Hepburn on a subject never previously explored. Crumbling Catholicism and the true nature of the spiritual life. 1953 From Here To Eternity. Another great “war” movie that avoids John Wayne patriotism and deals with real people caught in conflict started by others. Sinatra, Lancaster and Kerr are great in this one.

    • Bridge On The River Kwai, that is indeed a classic! But, the final act was a battle scene. The British Nurse (romantic interest) and the village women bearers carrying the gear were a handful of female characters…Bridges of Toki-Ri was a timely one as well, and both were in recently historical memory of movie goers back in the day…

    • Yup. Bill Holden hits home runs in both “Bridge” movies. A great actor. Lean followed Bridge with Lawrence of Arabia sans female characters and a controversial portrayal of Lawrence. When the rumblings started, he decided to film the great romantic novel Dr. Zhivago and the rest is cinematic history. Dr. Z also established Rod Steiger as the best character actor of his generation.

  2. Nice list Johnny. Me I was mostly into Film Noir from the 50s like Sunset Blvd couldn’t stand musicals with the exception of Guys and Dolls. Frankie could sure act. Loved Marilyn Monroe in anything but my favorite was Misfits but that doesn’t make it on the 50s list. Plan 9 I didn’t see until Elvira introduced it 👀 and the movie was so bad that it was good🤣

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