Total Nerd The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite science fiction films that were released in the 1950s

On this list of the best 1950s sci-fi movies, you will see a significant crossover between horror and science fiction. The science fiction films of the decade contained elements of horror, and the horror films of the ‘50s often contained a sci-fi bend. A prime example of this trend is Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, which can also be found on our list of the best ‘50s horror movies.


One of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made is the 1951 classic
The Day the Earth Stood Still, the story of an alien visitor and the dire consequences that ensue. Other notable ‘50s sci-fi films on this list include The Incredible Shrinking Man, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Forbidden Planet.


Another iconic sci-fi film on this list that features elements of the horror genre is
The Blob, starring Steve McQueen. The Blob was featured at drive-in theaters around the country, and remains a popular throwback sci-fi film even to this day. Vote up the best '50s sci-fi movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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Them! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

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The Thing from Another World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Thing from Another World James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman

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H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

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It Came from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
It Came from Outer Space Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock

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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Fly Vincent Price, David Hedison, Herbert Marshall

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The Incredible Shrinking Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Incredible Shrinking Man William Schallert, Paul Langton, Billy Curtis

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20 Million Miles to Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
20 Million Miles to Earth Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper, Joan Taylor

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When Worlds Collide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
When Worlds Collide Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman, John Hoyt

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This Island Earth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
This Island Earth Russell Johnson, Faith Domergue, Coleman Francis

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Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Creature from the Black Lagoon Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams

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Godzilla, King of the Monsters... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas

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Tarantula is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Tarantula Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier

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Invaders from Mars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Invaders from Mars Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke, Leif Erickson

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It Came from Beneath the Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
It Came from Beneath the Sea Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith

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Rodan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Rodan Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

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It! The Terror from Beyond Spa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
It! The Terror from Beyond Space Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer, Richard Benedict

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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
On the Beach Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Curse of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Curse of Frankenstein Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Yvette Vickers, Allison Hayes, Roy Gordon

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Destination Moon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Destination Moon Dick Wesson, Warner Anderson, John Archer

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I Married a Monster from Outer... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
I Married a Monster from Outer Space Maxie Rosenbloom, Bess Flowers, Tom Tryon

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The Deadly Mantis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Deadly Mantis Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Pat Conway

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Beginning of the End is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Beginning of the End Peter Graves, Peggie Castle, Richard Benedict

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The Beast of Hollow Mountain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Beast of Hollow Mountain Guy Madison, Patricia Medina, Eduardo Noriega

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The Monster That Challenged th... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Monster That Challenged the World Tim Holt, Hans Conried, Gordon Jones

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The Revenge of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Revenge of Frankenstein Peter Cushing, Lionel Jeffries, Arnold Diamond

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Return of the Fly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Return of the Fly Vincent Price, Dan Seymour, Brett Halsey

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Revenge of the Creature is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Revenge of the Creature Clint Eastwood, John Agar, Nestor Paiva

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Fiend Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Fiend Without a Face Marshall Thompson, Michael Balfour, Kynaston Reeves

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The Abominable Snowman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Abominable Snowman Peter Cushing, Forrest Tucker, Robert Brown

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Invisible Invaders is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Invisible Invaders John Carradine, John Agar, Jean Byron

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Monkey Business is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Monkey Business Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers

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The Mole People is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Mole People Alan Napier, John Agar, Nestor Paiva

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The Killer Shrews is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Killer Shrews Ken Curtis, James Best, Ingrid Goude

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The Creature Walks Among Us is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Creature Walks Among Us Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow, Ricou Browning

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Plan 9 from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Plan 9 from Outer Space Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Invasion of the Saucer Men is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Invasion of the Saucer Men Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Gloria Castillo

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The Giant Claw is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
The Giant Claw Mara Corday, Jeff Morrow

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1984 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
1984 Donald Pleasence, Michael Redgrave, Edmond O'Brien

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Killers from Space is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Killers from Space Peter Graves, James Seay, Steve Pendleton - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Bride of the Monster is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Bride of the Monster Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Dolores Fuller

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Not of This Earth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Not of This Earth Beverly Garland, Paul Birch, Morgan Jones

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Giant Gila Monster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies
Giant Gila Monster Fred Graham, Shug Fisher, Don Sullivan