Entertainment The Best Movies of 1951  

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List of the best movies of 1951, with movie trailers when available. Famous actors and actresses like Jeff Bridges, William Shatner, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean made their big screen debuts in 1951. These top movies of 1951 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1951. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1951 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1951 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The list you're viewing contains movies like Alice in Wonderland and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1951?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1951?"

1951 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1951. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1951 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch
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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Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson, Agnes Moorehead
Show Boat is a 1951 American musical romantic drama film based on the stage musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, and the 1926 novel by Edna Ferber. This 1951 film ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll
Strangers on a Train is an American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot in the ...more

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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, William Frawley
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the team of Abbott and Costello alongside Nancy Guild. The film depicts the ...more

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Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden
A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American drama film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name. It is the story of a southern lady, Blanche Dubois, ...more

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Richard Basehart, Hildegard Knef, Oskar Werner
Decision Before Dawn is a 1951 American war film directed by Anatole Litvak, starring Richard Basehart, Oskar Werner, and Hans Christian Blech. It tells the story of the American Army using ...more

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Raymond Burr, Jim Backus, Norman Lloyd
M is a 1951 American remake of Fritz Lang's 1931 film of the same name directed by Joseph Losey. This version shifts the action from Berlin to Los Angeles and changes the killer's name from Hans ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Iron Eyes Cody
Ace in the Hole is a 1951 American film noir starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced reporter who stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper. It marked a series of firsts ...more

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Anna Magnani, Alessandro Blasetti, Walter Chiari
Bellissima is an Italian neorealism film by Italian director Luchino Visconti. The film, which is a satire of the film industry, was shot at the Cinecittà studios. Alessandro Blasetti, a ...more

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Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Everett Sloane
The Enforcer is an American 1951 black-and-white film noir co-directed by Bretaigne Windust and an uncredited Raoul Walsh, who shot most of the film's suspenseful moments, including the ending. ...more

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Cameron Mitchell, Marguerite Chapman, John Litel
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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Alan Ladd, Harry Morgan, Jack Webb
Appointment with Danger is an American crime film noir directed by Lewis Allen and written by Richard L. Breen and Warren Duff. The drama features Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart, among ...more

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Vic Damone, Jane Powell, Fernando Lamas
Rich, Young and Pretty is a 1951 musical film produced by Joe Pasternak for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Norman Taurog. It was written by Dorothy Cooper and Sidney Sheldon, starred Jane ...more

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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Setsuko Hara
The Idiot is a 1951 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Alan Napier
The Great Caruso is a 1951 biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Mario Lanza as Enrico Caruso. It was directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Joe Pasternak with Jesse L. ...more

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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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Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman, John Hoyt
When Worlds Collide is a 1951 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Rudolph Maté and starring Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, ...more

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Shelley Winters, John Garfield, Norman Lloyd
He Ran All the Way is a 1951 American crime drama film noir, directed by John Berry and featuring John Garfield, Shelley Winters and Wallace Ford. The film was Garfield's last, as accusations of ...more

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Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon
Roadblock is a 1951 American film noir starring Charles McGraw and Joan Dixon. The 73-minute crime thriller was shot on location in Los Angeles, California. The film was directed by Harold ...more

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John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone
Flying Leathernecks is a 1951 action war film directed by Nicholas Ray, produced by Edmund Grainger, and starring John Wayne and Robert Ryan. The movie details the exploits and personal battles ...more

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Raymond Massey, Randolph Scott, Adele Jergens
Sugarfoot is a 1951 western film starring Randolph Scott as Jackson 'Sugarfoot' Redan and featuring Adele Jergens and Raymond Massey. Aside from the title, the movie has nothing to do with the ...more

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Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Douglas Fowley
South of Caliente is a 1951 American film starring Roy Rogers. One highlight of the film is the gypsy dance as done by Lillian Molieri. Her husband Francisco Mayorga worked with Roy in ...more

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Gene Tierney, Thelma Ritter, Jan Sterling
The Mating Season is a 1951 classic farce with elements of screwball comedy. A film made by Paramount Pictures, it was directed by Mitchell Leisen and produced by Charles Brackett from a ...more

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Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier
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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William Schallert, Robert Clarke, Margaret Field
The Man From Planet X is a 1951 American science fiction film. starring Robert Clarke, Margaret Field and William Schallert. It was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.