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The Best Romance Movies of the '50s 

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Updated December 10, 2019 2.1k votes 481 voters 29.3k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite love films that were released in the 1950s

This list of 1950s romance movies features some of the finest love stories on film, whether in color or in black and white. The best '50s love movies have stood the test of time, holding up as true classics starring actors who are now legends. Two of the most popular actresses of all time make multiple appearances on this list of the greatest 1950s love movies.

What are some of the top '50s romance movies? Roman Holiday, Funny Face and Sabrina - all of which star Audrey Hepburn - are three of the best romance movies of the 1950s. If you prefer a blond bombshell as your leading lady, you'll be happy to see '50s love stories that star Marilyn Monroe like The Seven Year Itch and How to Marry a Millionaire.

The 1950s proved that cartoons can be romantic, too. The classic Disney animated films Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty both appear on this 1950s romance movies list.

How will we ever decide which '50s romance film is the best? With your votes! Vote up the best, most swoon-worthy love stories, add any 1950s romances we missed, and if you're especially well-versed in these films, rerank the whole list.
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Roman Holiday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert

Released: 1953

Directed by: William Wyler

Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. ...more

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An Affair to Remember is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning

Released: 1957

Directed by: Leo McCarey

An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and directed by Leo McCarey. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is considered one of the most romantic ...more

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden

Released: 1954

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor's play Sabrina Fair. It stars Humphrey ...more

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Pillow Talk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall

Released: 1959

Directed by: Michael Gordon

Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams. The film was ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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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How to Marry a Millionai... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable

Released: 1953

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco and produced and written by Nunnally Johnson. The film stars Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and ...more
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The Quiet Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Ford

The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank ...more

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey

Released: 1953

Directed by: Howard Hawks

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno

Released: 1956

Directed by: Walter Lang

The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the ...more

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton

Released: 1959

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

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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The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley

Released: 1951

Directed by: John Huston

The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The ...more

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Seven Brides for Seven B... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel

Released: 1954

Directed by: Stanley Donen

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more

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To Catch a Thief is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1955

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

This film is a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John Michael Hayes based on the 1952 novel of the same name by David Dodge. The film stars Cary Grant who ...more
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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1958

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was ...more

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North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

Released: 1959

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who ...more

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Funny Face is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Suzy Parker

Released: 1957

Directed by: Stanley Donen

Funny Face is a 1957 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and written by Leonard Gershe, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same ...more
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From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1953

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by ...more

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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Judy Garland, Amanda Blake, Laurindo Almeida

Released: 1954

Directed by: George Cukor

A Star Is Born is a 1954 American musical film written by Moss Hart, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and directed by George Cukor. Hart's screenplay was an adaptation of the original 1937 ...more

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Love in the Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier

Released: 1957

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Love in the Afternoon is a 1957 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder which stars Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is ...more

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A Place in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters

Released: 1951

Directed by: George Stevens

A Place in the Sun is a 1951 American drama film loosely based on the 1925 novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser and the play, also titled An American Tragedy. It tells the story of a ...more

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Giant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1956

Directed by: George Stevens

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch

Released: 1951

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more

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High Society is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby

Released: 1956

Directed by: Charles Walters

High Society is a 1956 American musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for ...more
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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Movies of the '50s
Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons

Released: 1955

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Guys and Dolls is a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. The film was made by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by MGM. It was ...more

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