The Best Movies of 1951

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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  • The African Queen
    1
    Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley
    64 votes
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: John Huston
    After religious spinster's (Katharine Hepburn) missionary brother is killed in WWI Africa, dissolute steamer captain (Humphrey Bogart) offers her safe passage. She's not satisfied so she persuades ...more

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  • The Red Badge of Courage
    2
    Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, John Dierkes
    39 votes
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: John Huston
    Henry Fleming (Audie Murphy) is a young Union soldier in the American Civil War. During his unit's first engagement, Henry flees the battlefield in fear. When he learns that the Union actually won ...more
  • Flying Leathernecks
    3
    John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Janis Carter
    45 votes
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Nicholas Ray
    As the new commanding officer of a squadron of Marine pilots, Maj. Daniel Kirby (John Wayne), a stern and strict leader, cannot believe the lack of discipline exhibited by the soldiers. As the men ...more

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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
    4
    Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
    65 votes
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Robert Wise
    When a UFO lands in Washington, D.C., bearing a message for Earth's leaders, all of humanity stands still. Klaatu (Michael Rennie) has come on behalf of alien life who have been watching Cold War-era ...more
  • David and Bathsheba
    5
    Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey
    34 votes
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Henry King
    King David and the beautiful Bathsheba's adulterous love risks David his throne, country and even the wrath of God. Told in occasional flashback, the film sees him conquer Goliath and lead his armies ...more

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  • That's My Boy
    6
    Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Polly Bergen
    28 votes
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Hal Walker
    That's My Boy is a 1951 film starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis and marked the first time that Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis actually had "roles" as opposed to previous efforts in which they ...more

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