Film The Best Movies of 1952  

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List of the best movies of 1952, with movie trailers when available. Vivacious vixens Brigitte Bardot and Anne Bancroft made their debuts in 1952. These top movies of 1952 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 1952. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1952 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1952 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This list below has a variety of movies in it, from Singin' in the Rain to High Noon.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1952?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1952?"

1952 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1952. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1952 aren't just one persons opinion.

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High Noon Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper. In nearly real time, the film tells the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by ...more

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Scaramouche Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Stewart Granger Scaramouche is a 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor romantic adventure film based on the 1921 novel Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini as well as the 1923 film version starring Ramón ...more

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Othello Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Hilton Edwards Othello is a 1952 drama film based on the Shakespearean play, made by Mercury Productions Inc. and Les Films Marceau and distributed by United Artists when released in the United States in 1955. ...more

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Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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Umberto D Memmo Carotenuto, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lamberto Maggiorani Umberto D. is a 1952 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. Most of the actors were non-professional, including Carlo Battisti, who plays the title role of Umberto Domenico ...more

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The Devil Makes Three Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli, Richard Egan The Devil Makes Three is a 1952 thriller film set in post-World War II Germany, starring Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli and Richard Egan.

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Europe '51 Ingrid Bergman, Giulietta Masina, Alexander Knox Europe '51 is a 1952 Italian neorealist film directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman and Alexander Knox.

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Le Plaisir Peter Ustinov, Jean Gabin, Anton Walbrook Le Plaisir, also known by its English title House of Pleasure, is a 1952 French comedy-drama anthology film directed by Max Ophüls adapting three stories by Guy de Maupassant. Le Plaisir ...more

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Don't Bother to Knock Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Richard Widmark Don't Bother to Knock is a 1952 American thriller film starring Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe, directed by Roy Ward Baker. The screenplay was written by Daniel Taradash, based on the novel ...more

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Clash by Night Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan Clash by Night is a 1952 American drama film with some film noir aspects, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes. The ...more

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The Quiet Man John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank ...more

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The Belle of New York Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn, Vera-Ellen The Belle of New York is a 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Hollywood musical comedy film set in New York circa 1900 and stars Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Alice Pearce, Marjorie Main and Keenan Wynn, with ...more

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The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men Richard Todd, Peter Finch, Michael Hordern The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men is a 1952 live action Disney version of the Robin Hood legend made in Technicolor and filmed in Buckinghamshire, England. It was written by Lawrence ...more

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To Live Takashi Shimura, Makatari Fujiwara, Minoru Chiaki Ikiru is a 1952 Japanese film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film examines the struggles of a minor Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning. The script was partly ...more

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Way of a Gaucho Gene Tierney, Rory Calhoun, Richard Boone Way of a Gaucho is a 1952 American western film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Gene Tierney, Rory Calhoun and Richard Boone. It was based on a novel by Herbert Childs. The film failed ...more

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Carrie Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Eddie Albert Carrie is a 1952 feature film based on the novel Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. Directed by William Wyler, the film stars Jennifer Jones in the title role and Laurence Olivier as Hurstwood. ...more

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Viva Zapata! Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn, Jean Peters Viva Zapata! is a 1952 biographical film starring Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by John Steinbeck, using as a guide Edgcomb Pinchon's book, Zapata the ...more

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5 Fingers Michael Rennie, Danielle Darrieux, Walter Hampden 5 Fingers, known also as Five Fingers, is a 1952 American spy film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Otto Lang. The screenplay by Michael Wilson was based on the book Operation ...more

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Sudden Fear Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Mike Connors Sudden Fear is a 1952 American thriller film noir directed by David Miller, and starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance in a tale about a successful woman who marries a murderous man. The ...more

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On Dangerous Ground Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond On Dangerous Ground is a 1951 film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by John Houseman. The screenplay was written by A. I. Bezzerides based on the novel Mad with Much Heart, by Gerald ...more

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Another Man's Poison Bette Davis, Emlyn Williams, Gary Merrill Another Man's Poison is a 1951 British drama film directed by Irving Rapper and starring Bette Davis, Gary Merrill and Emlyn Williams. The screenplay by Val Guest is based on the play Deadlock ...more

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Forbidden Games Philippe de Chérisey, Jacques Marin, Brigitte Fossey Forbidden Games, is a 1952 French war drama film directed by René Clément and based on François Boyer's novel, Jeux interdits. While not initially successful in France, the ...more

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Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick Dinah Shore, Alan Young, Adele Jergens Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick was a 1952 'hillbilly' movie made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Claude Binyon and produced by William Perlberg and George Seaton. It is based on a 1919 play by ...more

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Scandal Sheet Donna Reed, Harry Morgan, Broderick Crawford Scandal Sheet is a 1952 black-and-white film noir directed by Phil Karlson. The film is based on the novel The Dark Page by Samuel Fuller, who himself was a newspaper reporter before his career ...more

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Captain Pirate Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina, Ted de Corsia Captain Pirate is a 1952 American action/adventure film directed by Ralph Murphy, starring Louis Hayward and Patricia Medina, and produced by Harry Joe Brown. The swashbuckler was based on the ...more

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Hangman's Knot Lee Marvin, Donna Reed, Randolph Scott Hangman's Knot is a 1952 American Western film written and directed by Roy Huggins and starring Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, and Claude Jarman, Jr. The film is about a group of Confederate ...more

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Somebody Loves Me Betty Hutton, Adele Jergens, Ralph Meeker Somebody Loves Me is a 1952 film starring Betty Hutton.

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Moulin Rouge Zsa Zsa Gábor, José Ferrer, Peter Cushing Moulin Rouge is a 1952 British drama film directed by John Huston, produced by John and James Woolf for their Romulus Films company and released by United Artists. The film is set in Paris in ...more

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Million Dollar Mermaid Esther Williams, Walter Pidgeon, Victor Mature Million Dollar Mermaid is a 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer biographical musical film of the life of Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Arthur ...more

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The Lusty Men Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward, Arthur Kennedy The Lusty Men is a 1952 western film made by Wald-Krasna productions and RKO Radio Pictures. The film stars Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, and Arthur Hunnicutt. It was directed ...more

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Rancho Notorious Marlene Dietrich, Jack Elam, Arthur Kennedy Rancho Notorious is a 1952 Western film shot in Technicolor, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Marlene Dietrich as the matron of a criminal hideout called Chuck-a-Luck. Arthur Kennedy and Mel ...more

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Bend of the River James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Harry Morgan Bend of the River is a 1952 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, and Rock Hudson. Based on the 1952 novel Bend of the Snake by ...more

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Carson City Raymond Massey, Randolph Scott, George Cleveland Carson City is a 1952 American Western film starring Randolph Scott, Lucille Norman, and Raymond Massey. Based on a story by Sloan Nibley, the film is about a railroad construction engineer ...more

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The Marrying Kind Charles Bronson, Judy Holliday, Aldo Ray The Marrying Kind is a film directed by George Cukor, starring Aldo Ray and Judy Holliday. Other cast members include John Alexander, Charles Bronson, Peggy Cass, Barry Curtis, Tom Farrell, ...more

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Kansas City Confidential Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Coleen Gray Kansas City Confidential is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam. The film was ...more

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Son of Paleface Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Roy Rogers Son of Paleface is a 1952 Western comedy film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Bob Hope, Jane Russell, and Roy Rogers. The film is a sequel to The Paleface. Written by Tashlin, Joseph ...more

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Susie the Little Blue Coupe Stan Freberg, Sterling Holloway Susie the Little Blue Coupe is an animated short film released theatrically by Walt Disney Studios on 6 June 1952. The eight-minute film was directed by Clyde Geronimi and based on an original ...more

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The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice Chikage Awashima, Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure Tea Over Rice or The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice is a 1952 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu about a wealthy middle-aged couple who have marital difficulties, and their niece who uses the ...more

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Thief of Damascus Lon Chaney, Jr., Paul Henreid Thief of Damascus is a 1952 Arabian Nights comedy/adventure Technicolor film produced by Sam Katzman, directed by Will Jason, and starring Paul Henreid, John Sutton, Jeff Donnell. The film ...more

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The Bad and the Beautiful Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon The Bad and the Beautiful is a 1952 MGM melodramatic film that tells the story of a film producer who alienates all around him. It stars Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, ...more

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The Importance of Being Earnest Michael Redgrave, Margaret Rutherford, Joan Greenwood The Importance of Being Earnest is a British film adaptation of the play by Oscar Wilde. It was directed by Anthony Asquith, who also adapted the screenplay, and was produced by Teddy Baird.

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Road to Bali Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby Road to Bali is a 1952 American comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. Released by Paramount Pictures on November 1, 1952, the film is the ...more

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The Big Sky Kirk Douglas, Jim Davis, Iron Eyes Cody The Big Sky is a 1952 American Western film directed by Howard Hawks, based on the novel of the same name. The cast includes Kirk Douglas, Arthur Hunnicutt, Dewey Martin and Elizabeth Threatt. ...more

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My Cousin Rachel Richard Burton, Olivia de Havilland, Audrey Dalton My Cousin Rachel is a 1952 American mystery-romance film directed by Henry Koster and starred Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire, George Dolenz and John Sutton. ...more

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O. Henry's Full House Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, Anne Baxter Full House is a 1952 film directed by Henry Hathaway.

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Monkey Business Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers Monkey Business is a 1952 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht, which stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, and Marilyn Monroe. To avoid ...more

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Ivanhoe Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders Ivanhoe is a 1952 American cinema film in color, directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman for MGM. The cast features Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George ...more

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The Crimson Pirate Christopher Lee, Burt Lancaster, Dana Wynter The Crimson Pirate is a 1952 American adventure film directed by Robert Siodmak. It stars Burt Lancaster, who also co-produced the film, as Captain Vallo, the eponymous pirate, and is set in the ...more

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The Sniper Adolphe Menjou, Richard Kiley, Frank Faylen The Sniper is a 1952 black-and-white film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry Brown, and based on a story by Edna and Edward Anhalt. The film features Adolphe Menjou, Arthur ...more

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14 Carrot Rabbit Mel Blanc 14 Carrot Rabbit is an animated cartoon short in the Looney Tunes series featuring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, directed by Friz Freleng and first released March 15, 1952. The title is a play on ...more