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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.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. White Christmas Paramount Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger $30,000,000[1]
2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Walt Disney Pictures Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre $28,200,000[2]
3. Rear Window Paramount James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr $27,559,601[3]
4. Demetrius and the Gladiators 20th Century Fox Victor Mature, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine $26,000,000[4]
5. The Caine Mutiny Columbia Humphrey Bogart, Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson, José Ferrer, Robert Francis, E. G. Marshall $21,800,000[5]
6. Vera Cruz MGM Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson $11,000,000
7. Carmen Jones 20th Century Fox Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey $9,812,000
8. The Country Girl Paramount Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden $7,963,000
9. The Barefoot Contessa MGM Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien $7,298,000
10. A Star Is Born
The High and the Mighty
Warner Bros. Judy Garland, James Mason
John Wayne, Robert Stack
11. River of No Return 20th Century Fox Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe $5,766,025
12. Magnificent Obsession Universal Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson $5,200,000
13. The Long, Long Trailer MGM Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz $5,000,000
14. On the Waterfront
Columbia Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint
Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons
15. Sabrina Paramount Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
16. The Last Time I Saw Paris MGM Elizabeth Taylor
17. Dial M for Murder Warner Bros. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly
18. Living It Up Paramount Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis
19. Young at Heart Warner Bros. Frank Sinatra, Doris Day
20. It Should Happen to You Columbia Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon


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: [[Weg ohne Umkehr#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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(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

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

Notable films released in 1954

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Short film series



Film Debuts


  1. ^ Box Office Information for White Christmas. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  2. ^ Box Office Information for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  3. ^ Box Office Information for Rear Window. 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