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The Best Movies of 1952 

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Updated November 18, 2019 3.4k votes 129 voters 4.3k views 150 items

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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Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno

Released: 1952

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

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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Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1952

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

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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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Ford

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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Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan

Released: 1952

Directed by: Fritz Lang

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

Released: 1952

Directed by: Vittorio De Sica

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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Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Hilton Edwards

Released: 1952

Directed by: Orson Welles

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

Released: 1952

Directed by: George Sidney

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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Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon

Released: 1952

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

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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Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Mike Connors

Released: 1952

Directed by: David Miller

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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James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Harry Morgan

Released: 1952

Directed by: Anthony Mann

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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Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Richard Widmark

Released: 1952

Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

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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Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn, Jean Peters

Released: 1952

Directed by: Elia Kazan

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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Richard Todd, Peter Finch, Michael Hordern

Released: 1952

Directed by: Ken Annakin

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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Esther Williams, Walter Pidgeon, Victor Mature

Released: 1952

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

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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Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Eddie Albert

Released: 1952

Directed by: William Wyler

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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Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

Released: 1952

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

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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Peter Ustinov, Jean Gabin, Anton Walbrook

Released: 1952

Directed by: Max Ophüls

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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Takashi Shimura, Makatari Fujiwara, Minoru Chiaki

Released: 1952

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

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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Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Charles Bronson

Released: 1952

Directed by: George Cukor

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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Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore

Released: 1952

Directed by: Daniel Mann

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

Released: 1952

Directed by: Roberto Rossellini

Europe '51 is a 1952 Italian neorealist film directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman and Alexander Knox.
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Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond

Released: 1952

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

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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Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers

Released: 1952

Directed by: Howard Hawks

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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Zsa Zsa Gábor, José Ferrer, Peter Cushing

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Huston

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

Released: 1952

Directed by: Frank Tashlin

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