fantasy movies The Best '50s Fantasy Movies  

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The best '50s fantasy movies are all about using your imagination to transport you to another time and place. Several Disney fantasy titles came out in the 1950s, such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Alice in Wonderland. In Peter Pan, three ordinary children named Wendy, Michael, and John are transported to Neverland, a place where children never grow up. Alice in Wonderland allows viewers to follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into a topsy-turvy universe, where Cheshire cats disappear and rabbits have tea parties and pocket watches. 
 

Bell, Book, and Candle tells the story of a witch who falls for a mortal, keeping up with the theme of fantasy mixed with reality. Likewise, Disney’s Cinderella explores the idea of using magic to help make all of your dreams come true. Brigadoon tells the story of a small Scottish town that only appears once every hundred years. And don’t miss Journey to the Center of the Earth… exciting, but not the best locale for your next vacation.
 

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Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based primarily on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ...more

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Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the ...more

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Sleeping Beauty Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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Journey to the Center of the Earth Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth was directed by Henry ...more

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Bell, Book and Candle James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 American romantic comedy Technicolor film directed by Richard Quine, based on the successful Broadway play by John Van Druten, which stars James Stewart and Kim ...more

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Darby O'Gill and the Little People Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Estelle Winwood Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a 1959 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Jimmy O'Dea, in a tale about a wily Irishman and his ...more

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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher, Kathryn Crosby The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a 1958 Technicolor fantasy film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Charles H. Schneer and directed by Nathan H. Juran. This was the first of three Sinbad feature ...more

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Hans Christian Andersen Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, John Qualen Hans Christian Andersen is a 1952 Hollywood musical film directed by Charles Vidor, with lyrics and music by Frank Loesser. The story was by Myles Connolly, screenplay written by Moss Hart and ...more

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Brigadoon Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson Brigadoon is a 1954 MGM musical feature film made in CinemaScope and Ansco Color based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. The film was directed by ...more

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Carousel Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Gene Lockhart Carousel is a 1956 film adaptation of the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name which, in turn, was based on Ferenc Molnár's non-musical play Liliom. The 1956 ...more

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The Red Balloon Renaud Séchan, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov The Red Balloon is a 1956 fantasy featurette directed by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. The thirty-four minute short, which follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a ...more

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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a 1956 American science fiction film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Charles H. Schneer and Sam Katzman, directed by Fred F. Sears, and starring Hugh Marlowe ...more

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The Seventh Seal Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Set in Denmark during the Black Death, it tells of the journey of a medieval knight and a game of ...more

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It Came from Beneath the Sea Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith It Came from Beneath the Sea is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction and giant monster film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer, directed by Robert ...more

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Road to Bali Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Road to Bali is a 1952 American comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. Released by Paramount Pictures on November 1, 1952, the film is the ...more

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Ugetsu Kinuyo Tanaka, Machiko Kyō, Eitarô Ozawa Ugetsu or Ugetsu Monogatari is a 1953 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi and based on stories in Ueda Akinari's book of the same name. It is a ghost story and an example ...more

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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T George Chakiris, Hans Conried, Tony Butala The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. is a musical fantasy film, the only feature film written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was responsible for the story, screenplay and lyrics. It was directed by Roy ...more

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Miracle in Milan Paolo Stoppa, Francesco Golisano, Arturo Bragaglia Miracle in Milan is a 1951 Italian film directed by Vittorio de Sica. The screenplay was co-written by Cesare Zavattini, based on his novel Totò il Buono. The picture stars Francesco ...more

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The Tales of Hoffmann Pamela Brown, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann The Tales of Hoffmann is a 1951 British film adaptation of Jacques Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann, written, produced and directed by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ...more

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Black Orpheus Marpessa Dawn, Marcel Camus, Breno Mello Black Orpheus is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus and starring Marpessa Dawn and Breno Mello. It is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de ...more