1954 in film


  • 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.[1]

Top-grossing films

United States

1. Rear Window Paramount $36,764,313[2]
2. White Christmas $30,000,000[3]
3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Disney $28,200,000[4]
4. Demetrius and the Gladiators 20th Century Fox $26,000,000[5]
5. The Caine Mutiny Columbia $21,800,000[6]
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. The High and the Mighty Warner Bros. $6,850,000


International marketFilmStudioRevenueAdmissionsProduction country
France Royal Affairs in Versailles Cocinor N/A 6,986,788[7] France
Germany From Here to Eternity Columbia Pictures N/A 13,000,000[8] United States
India Nagin Filmistan $6,090,000[9][10] N/A India
Italy Ulysses Lux Film N/A 13,170,322[11] Italy
Japan What Is Your Name? Part 3 Shochiku ¥330,150,000[12] N/A Japan
Soviet Union Awaara R. K. Films $16,970,000[lower-alpha 2] in 1954


100,000,000[14] India
Spain Quo Vadis Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A 3,721,532[17] United States
United Kingdom Doctor in the House Rank Organisation N/A 12,200,000[18] United Kingdom
United States and Canada Rear Window Paramount $36,764,313[19] 50,354,700[19] United States


Category/Organization12th Golden Globe Awards
February 24, 1955
27th Academy Awards
March 30, 1955
DramaComedy or Musical
Best FilmOn the WaterfrontCarmen JonesOn the Waterfront
Best DirectorElia Kazan
On the Waterfront
Best ActorMarlon Brando
On the Waterfront
James Mason
A Star Is Born
Marlon Brando
On the Waterfront
Best ActressGrace Kelly
The Country Girl
Judy Garland
A Star Is Born
Grace Kelly
The Country Girl
Best Supporting ActorEdmond O'Brien
The Barefoot Contessa
Best Supporting ActressJan Sterling
The High and the Mighty
Eva Marie Saint
On the Waterfront
Best Screenplay, AdaptedErnest Lehman
George Seaton
The Country Girl
Best Screenplay, OriginalBudd Schulberg
On the Waterfront
Best Foreign Language FilmGenevieve
The Lady of the Camellias
No Way Back
Twenty-Four Eyes
Gate of Hell

Top ten money making stars

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.[20]

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

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

United States unless stated



















Short film series



Film debuts


  1. 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960<ref name='russia'>"Archive". Central Bank of Russia. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  2. Awaara in the Soviet Union:
  3. 35 million re-run admissions up until 1964-1966,[14] average Soviet ticket price of 25 kopecks in the mid-1960s[15]
  4. 0.9 SUR per US$ from 1961 to 1971[16]


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  3. Box Office Information for White Christmas. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  4. Box Office Information for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
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  12. キネマ旬報ベスト・テン85回全史 1924–2011. Kinema Junpo. Kinema Junposha. May 2012. p. 112. ISBN 978-4873767550.
  13. Rajagopalan, Sudha (2005). Indian Films in Soviet Cinemas: The Culture of Movie-going After Stalin. Indiana University Press. p. 86. ISBN 9780253220998. The purchase of Shree 420 (Mr 420/Gospodin 420) followed a letter from a Soveksportfil'm representative in Bombay to officials in Moscow in which the former wrote: We are in a delicate situation with Raj Kapoor. He feels he is not being offered enough for Mr 420 despite the fact that 'The Vagabond' raised 29 million roubles for the Soviet state.
  14. "You Asked It - Padmaavat Is Bigger Than Mughal E Azam?". Box Office India. 8 March 2018.
  15. Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
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