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The Best '50s Space Movies 

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Updated June 15, 2019 218 votes 116 voters 3.4k views 21 items

List Rules Vote 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 Planet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Space Movies
Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

Released: 1956

Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox

Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas Nayfack, directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren ...more

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Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

Released: 1951

Directed by: Robert Wise

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, ...more

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H. G. Wells' War of the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Space Movies
Gene Barry, Ann Robinson

Released: 1953

Directed by: Byron Haskin

This film is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The film is a ...more

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Jack Kruschen, Les Tremayne, J. Edward McKinley

Released: 1959

Directed by: Ib Melchior

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Angry Red Planet is a 1959 science fiction film starring Gerald Mohr and directed by Ib Melchior. Melchior was only given 10 days and a budget of $200,000 to make the film. The shortened ...more
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Douglas Fowley, Victor Jory, Marie Windsor

Released: 1953

Directed by: Arthur Hilton

Cat-Women of the Moon is an independently made 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, produced by Jack Rabin and Al Zimbalist, directed by Arthur Hilton and starring Sonny Tufts, ...more
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Lloyd Bridges, Hugh O'Brian, Noah Beery

Released: 1950

Directed by: Kurt Neumann

Rocketship X-M is a 1950 American black-and-white science fiction film from Lippert Pictures, the first outer space adventure of the post-World War II era. The film was produced and directed by ...more
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Dick Wesson, Warner Anderson, John Archer

Released: 1950

Directed by: Irving Pichel

Destination Moon is a 1950 American Technicolor science fiction film independently produced by George Pal, directed by Irving Pichel, and starring John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, and ...more

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Zsa Zsa Gábor, Joi Lansing, Dave Willock

Released: 1958

Directed by: Edward Bernds

Queen of Outer Space is a 1958 American CinemaScope science fiction feature film starring Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, and Laurie Mitchell in a tale about a revolt against a cruel Venusian ...more

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Cameron Mitchell, Marguerite Chapman, John Litel

Released: 1951

Directed by: Lesley Selander

Flight to Mars is a 1951 American Cinecolor science fiction film, produced by Walter Mirisch for Monogram Pictures, directed by Lesley Selander, and starring Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell ...more

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Gary Clarke, Cathy Downs, K. T. Stevens

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard E. Cunha

Missile to the Moon is an independently made 1958 American black-and-white science fiction film, produced by Marc Frederic, directed by Richard E. Cunha, starring Richard Travis, Cathy Downs, ...more
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Howard Duff, Eva Bartok, Marianne Stone

Released: 1953

Directed by: Terence Fisher

Spaceways is a 1953 British-American, black and white, science fiction film co-produced by Hammer Film Productions Ltd. and Lippert Productions Inc.. Spaceways, directed by Terence Fisher, was ...more
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Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Richard Crane

Released: 1954

Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse

Manhunt in Space is a 75-minute 1954 USA science fiction film, consisting of three consecutive episodes of the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, which told a continuous story. It was released ...more
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Rosemary Clooney, Ross Martin, Vito Scotti

Released: 1955

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Conquest of Space is a 1955 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming and ...more
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Crash of the Moons Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, John Banner

Released: 1954

Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse

Crash of the Moons is a 75-minute 1954 American science fiction film, consisting of three consecutive episodes of the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, which constituted a complete story. It ...more
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Martha Hyer, Herbert Marshall, Richard Carlson

Released: 1954

Directed by: Herbert L. Strock, Richard Carlson

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Satellite in the Sky Lois Maxwell, Bryan Forbes, Kieron Moore

Released: 1956

Directed by: Paul Dickson

Satellite in the Sky is a 1956 British science fiction film. It was directed by Paul Dickson with special effects by Wally Veevers. The film was the first British science fiction film to be shot ...more
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Project Moon Base
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Isao Yamagata, Shozo Nanbu, Bontarô Miyake

Released: 1956

Directed by: Koji Shima

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Denver Pyle, Russell Hicks, Mikel Conrad

Released: 1950

Directed by: Mikel Conrad

The Flying Saucer is a 1950 independently made American black-and-white science fiction film, written by Howard Irving Young from an original story by Mikel Conrad who also produced, directed, ...more
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The Sky Calls
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Gregory Gaye, Walter Reed, Harry Lauter

Released: 1950

Directed by: Fred C. Brannon

Flying Disc Man from Mars is a 12-episode 1950 Republic film serial. This is considered a weak example of the serial medium, even compared to other post-World War II serials.