50s Movies The Best Movies of 1953  

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List of the best movies of 1953, with movie trailers when available. Action hero Steve McQueen made his first appearance on the big screen in 1953. These top movies of 1953 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 1953. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1953 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1953 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List features movies like Shane, Peter Pan and more!

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1953?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1953?"

1953 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1953. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1953 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount. It was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by ...more

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Doris Day, Howard Keel, Dick Wesson Calamity Jane is a "Wild West"-themed film musical released in 1953. It is loosely based on the life of Wild West heroine Calamity Jane and explores an alleged romance between Calamity ...more

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William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger Stalag 17 is a 1953 war film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp, who come to suspect that one of their number is an informant. ...more

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Spencer Tracy, Anthony Perkins, Jean Simmons The Actress is an 1953 American comedy-drama film based on Ruth Gordon's autobiographical play Years Ago. Gordon herself wrote the screenplay. The film was directed by George Cukor and stars ...more

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June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters Niagara is an American 1953 thriller-film noir, released by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Casey Adams, and Marilyn Monroe. Unlike ...more

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Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Thelma Ritter Titanic is a 1953 American drama film directed by Jean Negulesco. Its plot centers on an estranged couple sailing on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, which took place in April 1912.

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John Wayne, James Arness, Fess Parker Island in the Sky is a 1953 American aviation adventure drama film written by Ernest K. Gann based on his 1944 novel Island in the Sky, directed by William A. Wellman, and starring and ...more

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Fred Astaire, Julie Newmar, Cyd Charisse The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin' in the Rain, as the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals, although it was only a modest box-office ...more

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Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum The War of the Worlds is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The ...more

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Clark Gable, Gene Tierney Never Let Me Go is a 1953 MGM romantic adventure film starring Clark Gable and Gene Tierney. The picture was directed by Delmer Daves, produced by Clarence Brown, from a screenplay by George ...more

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Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton Young Bess is a 1953 Technicolor biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about the early life of Elizabeth I, from her turbulent childhood to the eve of her accession to the throne of ...more

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Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones The Big Heat is a 1953 film noir directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin. It is about a cop who takes on the crime syndicate that controls his city, after the ...more

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Rhonda Fleming, Robert Ryan, William Lundigan Inferno is a 1953 American film noir drama/thriller starring Robert Ryan and Rhonda Fleming, directed by Roy Ward Baker. It was shot in Technicolor and shown in 3-D Dimension and stereophonic ...more

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Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Mae Marsh A Blueprint for Murder is a 1953 thriller film noir starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, and Gary Merrill. Andrew L. Stone wrote and directed the film.

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Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, the first in the 3-D process from Universal-International. It was produced by William Alland, directed by Jack ...more

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Anita Ekberg, Lou Costello, Harry Shearer Abbott and Costello Go To Mars is a 1953 American science fiction comedy film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. The film follows the misadventures ...more

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Last of the Pony Riders Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Kermit Maynard Last of the Pony Riders is a 1953 action comedy film directed by George Archainbaud.

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Dora Bryan, Ronald Howard, Peggy Cummins Street Corner is a 1953 British drama film. It was written by Muriel and Sydney Box and directed by Muriel. It was marketed as Both Sides of the Law in the United States. While not quite a ...more

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Alberto Sordi, Leopoldo Trieste, Franco Interlenghi I Vitelloni is a 1953 Italian comedy-drama directed by Federico Fellini from a screenplay by Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, and Tullio Pinelli. The film launched the career of Alberto Sordi, one of ...more

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Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones House of Wax is a 1953 American 3-D horror film about a disfigured sculptor who repopulates his destroyed wax museum by murdering people and using their wax-coated corpses as displays. It stars ...more

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John Wayne, James Arness, Geraldine Page Hondo is a 1953 Warnercolor 3D Western film starring John Wayne and directed by John Farrow. The screenplay is based on the July 5, 1952 Collier's short story "The Gift of Cochise" by ...more

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Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, José Torvay Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

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Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr, John Gielgud Julius Caesar is a 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of the play by Shakespeare, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the uncredited screenplay, and produced by John Houseman. ...more

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James Stewart, Louis Armstrong, Marion Ross The Glenn Miller Story is a 1954 American film about the eponymous American band-leader, directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart in their first non-western collaboration. ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. ...more

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Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation is a 1953 American comedy film directed by Charles Lamont. It is the fifth installment of Universal-International's Ma and Pa Kettle franchise starring Marjorie Main ...more

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Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Kathryn Grayson Kiss Me Kate is the 1953 MGM film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, it tells the tale of musical theater actors, Fred Graham and Lilli ...more

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Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan Jeopardy is a 1953 suspense film noir directed by John Sturges. The black-and-white film stars Barbara Stanwyck and Barry Sullivan as a married couple and Ralph Meeker as an escaped killer. The ...more

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Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Carmen Miranda Scared Stiff is a 1953 American musical comedy film directed by George Marshall and starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. One of the 17 movies made by the Martin and Lewis team, it was released ...more

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Romeo and Juliet Aída Villadeamigo, Susana Campos, Domingo Márquez Romeo y Julita is a 1953 Argentine film.

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Niall MacGinnis, Philip Leaver, Alexander Gauge Martin Luther is a 1953 film biography of Martin Luther. It was directed by Irving Pichel, and stars Niall MacGinnis as Luther. It was produced by Louis de Rochemont and RD-DR Corporation in ...more

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Peggie Castle, Preston Foster, Alan Reed I, the Jury is a 1953 mystery-thriller film noir, based on the novel I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane. It was directed by Harry Essex, produced by Victor Saville's company, Parklane Pictures and ...more

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Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, with ...more

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Joan Crawford, Gig Young, Harry Morgan Torch Song is a 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor romantic musical drama film starring Joan Crawford and Michael Wilding in a story about a Broadway star and her rehearsal pianist. The ...more

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Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor, Stanley Baker Knights of the Round Table is a 1953 British historical film made by MGM. Directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman, it was the first film in Cinemascope made by that studio. ...more

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Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Harry Shearer The Robe is a 1953 American Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman military tribune who commands the unit that crucifies Jesus. The film was made by 20th Century Fox and is notable ...more

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Robert Mitchum, Jack Palance, Linda Darnell Second Chance is a 1953 American color thriller, directed by Rudolph Maté. The picture, shot on location in Mexico in 3-Dimension, features Robert Mitchum, Linda Darnell, and Jack ...more

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James Cagney, Anne Francis, Barbara Hale A Lion Is in the Streets is a 1953 drama film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring James Cagney as a southern politician loosely based on Huey Long. Cagney's brother William was the producer, ...more

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Glenn Ford, Maurice Denham, Anne Vernon Time Bomb is a 1953 British-made MGM post-war thriller film written by Kem Bennett and directed by Ted Tetzlaff. It starred Glenn Ford and Anne Vernon. In the US it was released under the title ...more

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Gregory Peck, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Joyce Grenfell The Million Pound Note is a 1954 British comedy, directed by Ronald Neame and starring Gregory Peck. It is based on the Mark Twain short story, "The Million Pound Bank Note".

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Alan Ladd, Leo Genn The Red Beret is a 1953 British war film directed by Terence Young and starring Alan Ladd, Leo Genn and Susan Stephen. It is the fictitious story about an American who enlists in the British ...more

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Michael Gough, Richard Todd, Glynis Johns The Sword and the Rose is a 1953 United States family and adventure film, produced by Perce Pearce and Walt Disney and directed by Ken Annakin. The film features the story of Mary Tudor, a ...more

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James Stewart, Harry Morgan, Dan Duryea Thunder Bay is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart in their second non-western collaboration.

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Rock Hudson, Anita Ekberg, Piper Laurie The Golden Blade is an adventure film from 1953 directed by Nathan Juran and starring Rock Hudson as Harun Al-Rashid and Piper Laurie as Princess Khairuzan. It is set in ancient Bagdad and ...more

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Small Town Story is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1953
Small Town Story Donald Houston, Susan Shaw, Alan Wheatley Small Town Story is a 1953 British thriller, directed by Montgomery Tully and starring Donald Houston and Susan Shaw. The film is set in the world of association football and features ...more

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Nat King Cole, Ann Miller, Fay Wray Small Town Girl is a 1953 musical film directed by László Kardos and starring Jane Powell, Farley Granger, and Ann Miller. Busby Berkeley choreographed several dance numbers. Bobby ...more

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Jack Palance, Frances Bavier, Isabel Jewell Man in the Attic is a 1953 mystery film directed by Hugo Fregonese. It was released in the United States on December 23 by Twentieth Century Fox. The movie, based on the 1913 novel The Lodger by ...more

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Sunflower Girl Sunflower Girl is a 1953 film directed by Yasuki Chiba.