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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore
Come Back, Little Sheba is a drama film produced by Paramount Pictures which tells the story of a loveless marriage that is rocked when a young woman rents a room in the couple's house. The film ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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