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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.
  • 1

    Young Bess

    Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons


    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    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 England....  more
  • 2

    House of Wax

    Vincent Price, Charles Bronson


    Directed byAndré de Toth

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

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  • 3

    Roman Holiday

    Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    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. Hepburn...  more

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  • 4

    A Blueprint for Murder

    Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters


    Directed byAndrew L. Stone

    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....  more
  • 5

    Julius Caesar

    Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr


    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    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. The...  more

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  • 6

    Knights of the Round Table

    Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor


    Directed byRichard Thorpe

    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. The...  more

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  • 7


    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur


    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    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 by...  more

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  • 8

    The Wild One

    Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin


    Directed byLászló Benedek

    The Wild One is a 1953 American film directed by László Benedek and produced by Stanley Kramer. It is famed for Marlon Brando's iconic portrayal of a motorcycle gang leader Johnny Strabler, and is...  more
  • 9

    Torch Song

    Joan Crawford, Gig Young


    Directed byCharles Walters

    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 screenplay...  more
  • 10

    Street Corner

    Dora Bryan, Ronald Howard


    Directed byMuriel Box

    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
  • 11

    Invaders from Mars

    Milburn Stone, Hillary Brooke


    Directed byWilliam Cameron Menzies

    Invaders from Mars is a 1953 American science fiction film independently produced by Edward L. Alperson Jr., directed by William Cameron Menzies, and developed from a scenario by Richard Blake that...  more
  • 12

    Calamity Jane

    Doris Day, Howard Keel


    Directed byDavid Butler

    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 Jane and Wild...  more

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  • 13

    Peter Pan

    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

    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 Walt...  more

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  • 14


    Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner


    Directed byJean Negulesco

    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....  more
  • 15

    Pony Express

    Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming


    Directed byJerry Hopper

    Pony Express is a 1953 American western film directed by Jerry Hopper and starring Charlton Heston as Buffalo Bill, Forrest Tucker as Wild Bill Hickok, Jan Sterling as a Calamity Jane type character...  more
  • 16

    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds

    Gene Barry, Ann Robinson


    Directed byByron Haskin

    This film 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 film is a loose...  more
  • 17

    The Charge at Feather River

    Vera Miles, Guy Madison


    Directed byGordon Douglas

    The Charge at Feather River is a 1953 Western film directed by Gordon Douglas, was originally released in 3D with lots of arrows, lances, and other weapons flying directly at the audience in several...  more
  • 18

    Stalag 17

    William Holden, Peter Graves


    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Stalag 17 is a 1953 comedy-drama 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...  more

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  • 19


    John Wayne, James Arness


    Directed byJohn Farrow, John Ford

    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 Louis L'Amour....  more

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  • 20

    The Blue Gardenia

    Nat King Cole, Anne Baxter


    Directed byFritz Lang

    The Blue Gardenia is a 1953 black-and-white film noir directed by Fritz Lang and based on a story by Vera Caspary. It stars Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern and Raymond Burr. The first...  more
  • 21

    Kansas Pacific

    Sterling Hayden, Clayton Moore


    Directed byRay Nazarro

    Kansas Pacific is a 1953 U.S. Cinecolor western film released by Allied Artists Pictures and directed by Ray Nazarro. It stars Sterling Hayden and Eve Miller. The film offers a fictionalized account...  more
  • 22

    Last of the Pony Riders

    Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette


    Directed byGeorge Archainbaud

    Last of the Pony Riders is a 1953 action comedy film directed by George Archainbaud....
  • 23

    The Big Heat

    Lee Marvin, Glenn Ford


    Directed byFritz Lang

    The Big Heat is a 1953 film noir directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin. The film was written by former reporter Sydney Boehm, based on a serial by William P....  more

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  • 24

    The Glenn Miller Story

    James Stewart, Louis Armstrong


    Directed byAnthony Mann

    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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  • 25

    Thunder Bay

    James Stewart, Harry Morgan


    Directed byAnthony Mann

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