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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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    When Worlds Collide is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    When Worlds Collide

    Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman

    Released1951

    Directed byRudolph Maté

    When Worlds Collide is a 1951 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount... more on Wikipedia

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    Abbott and Costello Meet the I is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 comedy horror film directed by Charles... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    An American in Paris

    Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron

    Released1951

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    #1 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#135 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from... more on Wikipedia

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    South of Caliente is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    South of Caliente

    Roy Rogers, Dale Evans

    Released1951

    Directed byWilliam Witney

    South of Caliente is a 1951 American film starring Roy Rogers. One highlight of the film is... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Superman and the Mole Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Superman and the Mole Men

    George Reeves, Jeff Corey

    Released1951

    Directed byLee Sholem

    Superman and the Mole Men is a 1951 superhero film starring George Reeves as Superman and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Flying Leathernecks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Flying Leathernecks

    John Wayne, Robert Ryan

    Released1951

    Directed byNicholas Ray

    Flying Leathernecks is a 1951 action war film directed by Nicholas Ray, produced by Edmund... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    The Red Badge of Courage

    Audie Murphy, James Whitmore

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Red Badge of Courage is a 1951 war film made by MGM. Directed by John Huston, it was... more on Wikipedia

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    The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C.... more on Wikipedia

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    Gold Raiders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Gold Raiders

    Larry Fine, Moe Howard

    Released1951

    Directed byEdward Bernds, Walter Lang

    Gold Raiders is a 1951 comedy Western film starring George O'Brien and the Three Stooges. The... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Desert Fox: The Story of R is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

    Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke

    Released1951

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Desert Fox is a 1951 biographical film about Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in the later... more on Wikipedia

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    The Thing from Another World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    The Thing from Another World

    James Arness, Paul Frees

    Released1951

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Christian Nyby

    The Thing from Another World is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film... more on Wikipedia

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    In Old Amarillo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    In Old Amarillo

    Roy Rogers, Pierre Watkin

    Released1951

    Directed byWilliam Witney

    In Old Amarillo is a 1951 American film starring Roy Rogers.amazon_watch buy button
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    David and Bathsheba is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    David and Bathsheba

    Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward

    Released1951

    Directed byHenry King

    David and Bathsheba is a 1951 historical Technicolor epic film about King David made by 20th... more on Wikipedia
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    The Man from Planet X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    The Man from Planet X

    William Schallert, Robert Clarke

    Released1951

    Directed byEdgar G. Ulmer

    The Man From Planet X is a 1951 American science fiction film. starring Robert Clarke,... more on Wikipedia

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    Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Rawhide

    Susan Hayward, Tyrone Power

    Released1951

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Rawhide is a 1951 Western film made by Twentieth Century-Fox. It was directed by Henry... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Sugarfoot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Sugarfoot

    Raymond Massey, Randolph Scott

    Released1951

    Directed byEdwin L. Marin

    Sugarfoot is a 1951 western film starring Randolph Scott as Jackson 'Sugarfoot' Redan and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Strangers on a Train

    Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger

    Released1951

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Strangers on a Train is a 1951 American psychological thriller film noir produced and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Vengeance Valley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Vengeance Valley

    Burt Lancaster, Hugh O'Brian

    Released1951

    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    Vengeance Valley is a 1951 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, based on the novel... more on Wikipedia
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    Decision Before Dawn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Decision Before Dawn

    Richard Basehart, Hildegard Knef

    Released1951

    Directed byAnatole Litvak

    Decision Before Dawn is a 1951 American war film directed by Anatole Litvak, starring Richard... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Man with a Cloak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    The Man with a Cloak

    Barbara Stanwyck, Leslie Caron

    Released1951

    Directed byFletcher Markle

    The Man with a Cloak is a drama film directed by Fletcher Markle and starring Joseph Cotten,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Let's Make It Legal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    Let's Make It Legal

    Marilyn Monroe, Robert Wagner

    Released1951

    Directed byRichard Sale

    Let's Make It Legal is a 1951 American comedy film made by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Secret of Convict Lake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    The Secret of Convict Lake

    Gene Tierney, Glenn Ford

    Released1951

    Directed byMichael Gordon

    The Secret of Convict Lake is a 1951 American black-and-white western film starring Glenn Ford... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Flight to Mars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    That's My Boy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1951
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    That's My Boy

    Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin

    Released1951

    Directed byHal Walker

    That's My Boy is a 1951 film starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis and marked the first... more on Wikipedia
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