ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
Hollywood began its transformation to grittier more realistic filmmaking here. This truthful American classic, with Marlon Brando in his prime, is one of the top five films of the 50's. Partly thanks to its gritty approach, new audiences continue to be surprised how moving and entertaining it remains - it has aged extremely well. The supporting characters, love story and social commentary, all come together to create an emotionally charged masterpiece.
Director: Elia Kazan