50s The Best 1950s Alien Movies  

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In the 1950s, sci-fi films were made with low budgets and B-movie stars because no one thought that they would ever make a big profit. While this did put monetary restrictions on filmmakers, it also allowed them the freedom to do whatever they wanted with the films. Because they were not backed by major studios, many of the best '50s alien movies were total DIY masterpieces in their own right. 
 

On this list of '50s alien movies, you’ll find classics like, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Forbidden Planet and It Came From Outer Space. At the time, many of these films were created in response to the conformity and anxiety of the 1950s. With increasing tension building about the atomic bomb's recent creation, people began looking to the cinema to validate their fears about an impending apocalypse. The Day the Earth Stood Still even featured an alien race urging the American public to destroy their atomic bombs. Alien films, in particular, were very popular due to the recent 1947 incidents that happened in Roswell, New Mexico. 
 

Vote up the best '50s alien 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 Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, ...more

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H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Gene Barry, Ann Robinson The War of the Worlds is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The ...more

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Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas Nayfack, directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren ...more

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Don Siegel, and starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. The film ...more

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The Thing from Another World James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman The Thing from Another World is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film produced by Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, released by RKO Pictures, and directed by ...more

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It Came from Outer Space Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, the first in the 3-D process from Universal-International. It was produced by William Alland, directed by Jack ...more

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This Island Earth Russell Johnson, Faith Domergue, Coleman Francis This Island Earth is a 1955 American science fiction film directed by Joseph M. Newman. It is based on the novel of the same name by Raymond F. Jones which was originally published in the ...more

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Invaders from Mars Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke, Leif Erickson Invaders from Mars is a 1953 American science fiction film independently produced by Edward L. Alperson Jr., directed by William Cameron Menzies, and developed from a scenario by Richard Blake ...more

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It! The Terror from Beyond Space Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer, Richard Benedict It! The Terror from Beyond Space is an independently made 1958 American black and white science fiction film produced by Robert Kent, directed by Edward L. Cahn, and starring Marshall Thompson, ...more

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Quatermass 2 Sid James, Brian Donlevy, Bryan Forbes Quatermass II is a 1957 sci-fi-horror film written by Val Guest and Nigel Kneale and directed by Val Guest.

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Invasion of the Saucer Men is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1950s Alien Movies
Pamela Preston added Invasion of the Saucer Men Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Gloria Castillo Invasion of the Saucer Men is a 1957 sci-fi horror and comedy film starring Steven Terrell and Gloria Castillo and personally produced by James H. Nicholson for his American International ...more

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I Married a Monster from Outer Space Maxie Rosenbloom, Bess Flowers, Tom Tryon I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a 1958 American black-and-white science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Gene Fowler Jr. and starring Tom Tryon and Gloria ...more

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The Angry Red Planet Jack Kruschen, Les Tremayne, J. Edward McKinley Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Angry Red Planet is a 1959 science fiction film starring Gerald Mohr and directed by Ib Melchior. Melchior was only given 10 days and a budget of $200,000 to make the film. The shortened ...more

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The Man from Planet X William Schallert, Robert Clarke, Margaret Field Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Man From Planet X is a 1951 American science fiction film. starring Robert Clarke, Margaret Field and William Schallert. It was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.

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The Mysterians Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa The Mysterians, released in Japan as Chikyū Bōeigun, is a 1957 Science fiction Tokusatsu film directed by Ishirō Honda and produced & released by Toho Studios. It is notable for being the ...more

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The 27th Day Gene Barry, George Voscovec, Valerie French The 27th Day is a 1957 American science fiction film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Helen Ainsworth, directed by William Asher, and starring Gene Barry, Valerie French, George Voskovec, and ...more

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Quatermass and the Pit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1950s Alien Movies
SuzanneCooke added Quatermass and the pit Julian Glover, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions it is a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like ...more

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Plan 9 from Outer Space Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction thriller film released by Distributors Corporation of America. The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by ...more

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Rocketship X-M Lloyd Bridges, Hugh O'Brian, Noah Beery Rocketship X-M is a 1950 American black-and-white science fiction film from Lippert Pictures, the first outer space adventure of the post-World War II era. The film was produced and directed by ...more

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The Trollenberg Terror Forrest Tucker, Warren Mitchell, Janet Munro The Trollenberg Terror is both a 1956 "Saturday Serial" ITV UK television programme and a 1958 independently made black-and-white British science fiction film. Both versions were ...more

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Devil Girl from Mars Hazel Court, John Laurie, Adrienne Corri Devil Girl from Mars is a 1954, independently made, UK black-and-white science fiction film produced by Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger, directed by David MacDonald, starring Patricia ...more

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Warning from Space Isao Yamagata, Shozo Nanbu, Bontarô Miyake Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Warning from Space or Mysterious Satellite is a Japanese science fiction tokusatsu film released in January 1956 by Daiei, and was the first Japanese science fiction film to be produced in ...more

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Invisible Invaders John Carradine, John Agar, Jean Byron Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Invisible Invaders is a 1959 science fiction film starring John Agar and John Carradine. It was produced by Robert E. Kent, directed by Edward L. Cahn and written by Samuel Newman.

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Teenagers From Outer Space (1959) Tom Graeff, Thomas Lockyer, King Moody Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Director starring . Aliens in jump suits want to use Earth as a breeding ground for Gargons, which are yabbies that grow to ginogorous proportions! But the young rebel alien Derek hates this ...more