Fantasy Movies of the 50s

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1. Cinderella (1950)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 144,298 | Gross: $85.00M

2. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

68 Metascore

Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 127,712

3. Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer, Dorothy Ford

Votes: 2,813

4. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 19,521

5. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical

A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina, Ann Ayars

Votes: 2,904 | Gross: $0.09M

6. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

A young boy dreams that he is in an imaginary world where, assisted by his family's plumber, he must save other piano-playing kids like himself from the dungeons of his dictatorial piano teacher who also mind-controls his mother.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 3,777

7. Peter Pan (1953)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

76 Metascore

Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson

Votes: 125,135 | Gross: $87.40M

8. Kismet (1955)

Approved | 113 min | Adventure, Musical, Fantasy

A roguish poet is given the run of the scheming Wazir's harem while pretending to help him usurp the young caliph.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen | Stars: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray, Vic Damone

Votes: 1,339

9. Ulysses (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, History

A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano, Anthony Quinn, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 3,485

10. Carousel (1956)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

Fifteen years after his death, a carousel barker is granted permission to return to Earth for one day to make amends to his widow and their daughter.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick

Votes: 5,667

11. The Story of Mankind (1957)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The Devil and the Spirit of Man argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

Votes: 1,141

12. Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 9,561

13. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 11,863 | Gross: $6.98M

14. Tom Thumb (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

A boy, no bigger than a thumb, manages to outwit two thieves determined to make a fortune from him.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Russ Tamblyn, June Thorburn, Peter Sellers, Alan Young

Votes: 2,266

15. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

88 Metascore

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 162,462

16. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

Approved | 129 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker

Votes: 15,614 | Gross: $10.00M

17. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Les Clark, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 134,070 | Gross: $51.60M

18. Hercules (1958)

G | 107 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.

Director: Pietro Francisci | Stars: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Fabrizio Mioni, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 1,807 | Gross: $10.90M

19. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

G | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

80 Metascore

A wily old codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea

Votes: 7,056

20. Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 2,109

21. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 3,418

22. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

Approved | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

82 Metascore

A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain.

Director: Albert Lewin | Stars: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim

Votes: 3,333

23. Forever, Darling (1956)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Susan and Lorenzo have been married for over five years and they are starting to drift apart. So into her life comes an angel, which only Susan can see, to tell her that there will be ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, James Mason, Louis Calhern

Votes: 872

24. Lost Continent (1951)

Passed | 83 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Cesar Romero, Hillary Brooke, Chick Chandler, John Hoyt

Votes: 1,295

25. Lost Continent (1955)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

An Italian documentary film about maritime Southeast Asia including Borneo.

Directors: Enrico Gras, Giorgio Moser, Leonardo Bonzi | Star: George Bryan

Votes: 15

26. Ghost Chasers (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A ghost helps the Bowery Boys capture a gang of crooks led by a mad doctor.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Lloyd Corrigan, Lela Bliss

Votes: 385

27. Francis (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

During World War II, a junior American Army officer, Lt. Peter Stirling, gets sent to the psychiatric ward whenever he insists that an Army mule named Francis speaks to him.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Patricia Medina, Zasu Pitts, Ray Collins

Votes: 1,124

28. Mysterious Island (1951)

Approved | 252 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Union prisoners use a balloon to escape a Southern prison camp near the end of the Civil War and end up marooned on a mysterious volcanic island with very unusual inhabitants.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Richard Crane, Marshall Reed, Karen Randle, Ralph Hodges

Votes: 153

29. The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)

83 min | Drama

Over a period of a week the voice of God is heard on radios all over the world.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: James Whitmore, Nancy Reagan, Gary Gray, Lillian Bronson

Votes: 780

30. Son of Sinbad (1955)

PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Legendary pirate and adventurer Sinbad is in single-minded pursuit of two things: beautiful women and a substance called Greek Fire--an early version of gunpowder.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Dale Robertson, Vincent Price, Sally Forrest, Lili St. Cyr

Votes: 465 | Gross: $1.00M

31. Bobbikins (1959)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy

Parents Shirley Jones and Max Bygraves portray parents of the title character, an infant who talks like an adult.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Shirley Jones, Max Bygraves, Billie Whitelaw, Barbara Shelley

Votes: 158



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