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.
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