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The Best 1950s Alien Movies

Updated September 8, 2020 1.1k votes 247 voters 13.1k views23 items

List RulesVote up your favorite alien films that were released in the 1950s.

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
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from...  more

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    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds

    Gene Barry, Ann Robinson
    This film is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures,...  more

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    Forbidden Planet

    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis
    Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas...  more

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film...  more

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    It Came from Outer Space

    Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson
    It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, the first in...  more

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    The Thing from Another World

    James Arness, Paul Frees
    The Thing from Another World is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film...  more

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    Quatermass 2

    Sid James, Brian Donlevy
    Quatermass II is a 1957 sci-fi-horror film written by Val Guest and Nigel Kneale and directed...  more
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    This Island Earth

    Russell Johnson, Faith Domergue
    This Island Earth is a 1955 American science fiction film directed by Joseph M. Newman. It is...  more
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    Invaders from Mars

    Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke
    Invaders from Mars is a 1953 American science fiction film independently produced by Edward L....  more
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    It! The Terror from Beyond Space

    Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer
    It! The Terror from Beyond Space is an independently made 1958 American black and white...  more
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    The Man from Planet X

    William Schallert, Robert Clarke
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    The Man From Planet X is a 1951 American science fiction film. starring Robert Clarke,...  more
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    Rocketship X-M

    Lloyd Bridges, Hugh O'Brian
    Rocketship X-M is a 1950 American black-and-white science fiction film from Lippert Pictures,...  more
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    Invasion of the Saucer Men

    Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton
    Invasion of the Saucer Men is a 1957 sci-fi horror and comedy film starring Steven Terrell and...  more
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    The Angry Red Planet

    Jack Kruschen, Les Tremayne
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    The Angry Red Planet is a 1959 science fiction film starring Gerald Mohr and directed by Ib...  more
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    The Trollenberg Terror

    Forrest Tucker, Warren Mitchell
    The Trollenberg Terror is both a 1956 "Saturday Serial" ITV UK television programme and a 1958...  more
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    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge
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    Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction thriller film...  more

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    The Mysterians

    Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
    The Mysterians, released in Japan as Chikyū Bōeigun, is a 1957 Science fiction Tokusatsu film...  more
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    Devil Girl from Mars

    Hazel Court, John Laurie
    Devil Girl from Mars is a 1954, independently made, UK black-and-white science fiction film...  more
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    I Married a Monster from Outer Space

    Maxie Rosenbloom, Bess Flowers
    I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a 1958 American black-and-white science fiction film...  more
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    The 27th Day

    Gene Barry, George Voscovec
    The 27th Day is a 1957 American science fiction film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Helen...  more
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    Warning from Space

    Isao Yamagata, Shozo Nanbu
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    Warning from Space or Mysterious Satellite is a Japanese science fiction tokusatsu film...  more
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    Teenagers From Outer Space (1959)

    Tom Graeff, Thomas Lockyer
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    Invisible Invaders

    John Carradine, John Agar
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    Invisible Invaders is a 1959 science fiction film starring John Agar and John Carradine. It...  more

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