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The Best '50s Space Movies

Updated September 8, 2020 327 votes 128 voters 4.0k views21 items

List RulesVote up your favorite space films that were released in the 1950s.

The best '50s space movies play up the general feeling of Cold War Communist paranoia that seemed to pervade every fiber of the nation during that decade. Many 1950s sci-fi movies also touched on the fear induced by the creation of the atomic bomb.

Though the most famous version of H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds is the radio play created by Orson Welles (which many actually believed to be true), the version listed here is actually the very first film version. The apocalyptic alien attack in the film mirrors the feeling of impending, nuclear doom that Americans felt throughout the post-WWII era, and the alien invasion itself was meant to represent the spread of Communist alliance.

Other great space movies from this decade include The Day the Earth Stood Still, Flight to Mars, and Forbidden Planet. Vote up the best '50s space movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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  • Forbidden Planet1
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    Forbidden Planet

    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis

    Released1956

    Directed byFred M. Wilcox

    Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas...  more

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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still2
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from...  more
  • H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds3
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    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds

    Gene Barry, Ann Robinson

    Released1953

    Directed byByron Haskin

    This film is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures,...  more

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  • Cat-Women of the Moon4
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    Cat-Women of the Moon

    Douglas Fowley, Victor Jory

    Released1953

    Directed byArthur Hilton

    Cat-Women of the Moon is an independently made 1953 American black-and-white science fiction...  more
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  • Queen of Outer Space5
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    Queen of Outer Space

    Zsa Zsa Gábor, Joi Lansing

    Released1958

    Directed byEdward Bernds

    Queen of Outer Space is a 1958 American CinemaScope science fiction feature film starring Zsa...  more
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  • The Angry Red Planet6
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    The Angry Red Planet

    Jack Kruschen, Les Tremayne

    Released1959

    Directed byIb Melchior

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    The Angry Red Planet is a 1959 science fiction film starring Gerald Mohr and directed by Ib...  more
  • Flight to Mars7
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    Flight to Mars

    Cameron Mitchell, Marguerite Chapman

    Released1951

    Directed byLesley Selander

    Flight to Mars is a 1951 American Cinecolor science fiction film, produced by Walter Mirisch...  more
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  • Warning from Space8
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    Warning from Space

    Isao Yamagata, Shozo Nanbu

    Released1956

    Directed byKoji Shima

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    Warning from Space or Mysterious Satellite is a Japanese science fiction tokusatsu film...  more
  • Riders to the Stars9
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    Riders to the Stars

    Martha Hyer, Herbert Marshall

    Released1954

    Directed byHerbert L. Strock, Richard Carlson

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    Riders to the Stars is a 1954 American science fiction film that was independently produced...  more
  • Rocketship X-M10
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    Rocketship X-M

    Lloyd Bridges, Hugh O'Brian

    Released1950

    Directed byKurt Neumann

    Rocketship X-M is a 1950 American black-and-white science fiction film from Lippert Pictures,...  more
  • Crash of the Moons11
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    Crash of the Moons

    Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield

    Released1954

    Directed byHollingsworth Morse

    Crash of the Moons is a 75-minute 1954 American science fiction film, consisting of three...  more
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  • Conquest of Space12
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    Conquest of Space

    Rosemary Clooney, Ross Martin

    Released1955

    Directed byByron Haskin

    Conquest of Space is a 1955 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures,...  more
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  • Project Moon Base13
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    Project Moon Base

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  • Destination Moon14
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    Destination Moon

    Dick Wesson, Warner Anderson

    Released1950

    Directed byIrving Pichel

    Destination Moon is a 1950 American Technicolor science fiction film independently produced by...  more
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  • The Flying Saucer15
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    The Flying Saucer

    Denver Pyle, Russell Hicks

    Released1950

    Directed byMikel Conrad

    The Flying Saucer is a 1950 independently made American black-and-white science fiction film,...  more
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    Missile to the Moon

    Gary Clarke, Cathy Downs

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard E. Cunha

    Missile to the Moon is an independently made 1958 American black-and-white science fiction...  more
  • Spaceways17
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    Spaceways

    Howard Duff, Eva Bartok

    Released1953

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    Spaceways is a 1953 British-American, black and white, science fiction film co-produced by...  more
  • The Sky Calls18
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    The Sky Calls

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  • Satellite in the Sky19
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    Satellite in the Sky

    Lois Maxwell, Bryan Forbes

    Released1956

    Directed byPaul Dickson

    Satellite in the Sky is a 1956 British science fiction film. It was directed by Paul Dickson...  more
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  • Manhunt in Space20
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    Manhunt in Space

    Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield

    Released1954

    Directed byHollingsworth Morse

    Manhunt in Space is a 75-minute 1954 USA science fiction film, consisting of three consecutive...  more
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  • Flying Disc Man from Mars21
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    Flying Disc Man from Mars

    Gregory Gaye, Walter Reed

    Released1950

    Directed byFred C. Brannon

    Flying Disc Man from Mars is a 12-episode 1950 Republic film serial. This is considered a weak...  more
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