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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pat and Mike Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Charles Bronson Pat and Mike is a 1952 American romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The movie was written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, and directed by George Cukor, who also ...more

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Dreamboat Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis, Clifton Webb Dreamboat is a 1952 comedy film starring Clifton Webb as a college professor with a mysterious past.

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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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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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The Greatest Show on Earth James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope The Greatest Show on Earth is a 1952 American drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in Technicolor, and released by Paramount Pictures. Set in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum ...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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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 Narrow Margin Charles McGraw, George Chandler, Marie Windsor The Narrow Margin is a 1952 American film noir directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Earl Felton, based on an unpublished story written by Martin Goldsmith and Jack Leonard. The ...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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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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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

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Rabbit Seasoning Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Rabbit Seasoning is a 1952 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. It is the sequel to Rabbit Fire, and the second entry in the "Hunting ...more

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Limelight Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Claire Bloom Limelight is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with an appearance by Buster Keaton. In dance scenes, Bloom is doubled by ...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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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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Angel Face Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Jim Backus Angel Face is a 1953 black-and-white film noir directed by Otto Preminger. The drama, filmed on location in Beverly Hills, California, features Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons.

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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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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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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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Les Misérables Elsa Lanchester, Sylvia Sidney, Debra Paget Les Misérables is a 1952 American film adapted from the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and featured Michael Rennie as Jean Valjean, Robert ...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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Jack and the Beanstalk Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford Jack and the Beanstalk is a 1952 American family comedy film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is a comic revision of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale.

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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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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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Jolanda, the Daughter of the B... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1952
Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair Marc Lawrence, May Britt, Silvio Bagolini Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair, also known as Yolanda is a 1952 Italian film directed by Mario Soldati.

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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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Foxy by Proxy Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg Foxy by Proxy is a 1952 Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and directed by Friz Freleng. Mel Blanc voices Bugs Bunny and one of the dogs that talks in the short, while an uncredited ...more

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With a Song in My Heart Robert Wagner, Susan Hayward, Thelma Ritter With a Song in My Heart is a 1952 biographical film which tells the story of actress and singer Jane Froman, who was crippled by an airplane crash on February 22, 1943, when the Boeing 314 Pan ...more

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Macao Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Gloria Grahame Macao is a 1952 black-and-white film noir adventure film directed by Josef von Sternberg and Nicholas Ray. Producer Howard Hughes fired director von Sternberg during filming and hired Nicholas ...more

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The Las Vegas Story Vincent Price, Jane Russell, Hoagy Carmichael The Las Vegas Story is a 1952 suspense film noir starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature, directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Robert Sparks and Howard Hughes with Samuel Bischoff as the ...more

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The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima Sherry Jackson, Gilbert Roland, Frank Silvera The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima is a Warner color feature film made in 1952. It was promoted as a fact-based treatment of the events surrounding the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima in ...more

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Against All Flags Maureen O'Hara, Errol Flynn, Anthony Quinn Against All Flags is a 1952 American pirate film starring Errol Flynn as Brian Hawke, Maureen O'Hara as Prudence "Spitfire" Stevens and Anthony Quinn as Roc Brasiliano. The film's plot ...more

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Lone Star Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Lionel Barrymore Lone Star is a 1952 Western film starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Broderick Crawford, Ed Begley, and Lionel Barrymore as President Andrew Jackson. The film also marks the first screen ...more