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The Best 1950s Alien Movies 

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Updated October 2, 2019 932 votes 226 voters 11.3k views 23 items

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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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Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

Released: 1951

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

Released: 1956

Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox

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Gene Barry, Ann Robinson

Released: 1953

Directed by: Byron Haskin

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Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones

Released: 1956

Directed by: Don Siegel

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James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman

Released: 1951

Directed by: Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby

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Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock

Released: 1953

Directed by: Jack Arnold

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Russell Johnson, Faith Domergue, Coleman Francis

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jack Arnold, Joseph M. Newman

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Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke, Leif Erickson

Released: 1953

Directed by: William Cameron Menzies

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Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer, Richard Benedict

Released: 1958

Directed by: Edward L. Cahn

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Released: 1957

Directed by: Edward L. Cahn

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Sid James, Brian Donlevy, Bryan Forbes

Released: 1957

Directed by: Val Guest

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Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee

Released: 1959

Directed by: Ed Wood

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Lloyd Bridges, Hugh O'Brian, Noah Beery

Released: 1950

Directed by: Kurt Neumann

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Jack Kruschen, Les Tremayne, J. Edward McKinley

Released: 1959

Directed by: Ib Melchior

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Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa

Released: 1957

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

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Maxie Rosenbloom, Bess Flowers, Tom Tryon

Released: 1958

Directed by: Gene Fowler, Jr.

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Gene Barry, George Voscovec, Valerie French

Released: 1957

Directed by: William Asher

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William Schallert, Robert Clarke, Margaret Field

Released: 1951

Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer

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Forrest Tucker, Warren Mitchell, Janet Munro

Released: 1958

Directed by: Quentin Lawrence

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John Carradine, John Agar, Jean Byron

Released: 1959

Directed by: Edward L. Cahn

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Hazel Court, John Laurie, Adrienne Corri

Released: 1954

Directed by: David MacDonald

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Tom Graeff, Thomas Lockyer, King Moody

Released: 1959

Directed by: Tom Graeff

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Isao Yamagata, Shozo Nanbu, Bontarô Miyake

Released: 1956

Directed by: Koji Shima

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