The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1950s

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Vote up your favorite science fiction films that were released in the 1950s

On this list of the best 1950s sci-fi movies, you will see a significant crossover between horror and science fiction. The science fiction films of the decade contained elements of horror, and the horror films of the ‘50s often contained a sci-fi bend. A prime example of this trend is Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, which can also be found on our list of the best ‘50s horror movies.

One of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made is the 1951 classic
The Day the Earth Stood Still, the story of an alien visitor and the dire consequences that ensue. Other notable ‘50s sci-fi films on this list include The Incredible Shrinking Man, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Forbidden Planet.

Another iconic sci-fi film on this list that features elements of the horror genre is
The Blob, starring Steve McQueen. The Blob was featured at drive-in theaters around the country, and remains a popular throwback sci-fi film even to this day. Vote up the best '50s sci-fi movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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  • Forbidden Planet
    Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
  • H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds
    Gene Barry, Ann Robinson
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Byron Haskin
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Robert Wise
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  • The Thing from Another World
    James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby
  • Them!
    James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Gordon Douglas
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Don Siegel
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
    Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • The Blob
    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth
  • Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
    Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Fred F. Sears
  • It Came from Outer Space
    Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • When Worlds Collide
    Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Rudolph Maté
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
  • This Island Earth
    Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
  • 20 Million Miles to Earth
    William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Nathan Juran
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
    Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Eugène Lourié
  • The Fly
    David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Kurt Neumann
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Henry Levin
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man
    Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • Invaders from Mars
    Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Terry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda
  • It Came from Beneath the Sea
    Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Robert Gordon
  • Tarantula
    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • It! The Terror from Beyond Space
    Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
  • On the Beach
    Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Stanley Kramer
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  • The Quatermass Xperiment
    Jane Asher, Jack Warner, Dean Jagger
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Val Guest