The Fifties

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront was directed by Elia Kazan, written by Budd Schulberg, and scored by Leonard Bernstein. The film starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, and Eva Marie Saint opened to commercial and critical success in 1954. IT received twelve Academy Award nominations and eight wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. In 1989, On the Waterfront was one of the first 25 films to be deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Directed by
Elia Kazan

Marlon Brando
Karl Malden
Lee J. Cobb
Rod Steiger
Pat Henning
Eva Marie Saint