Feature Film, Released between 1951-01-01 and 1951-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

8.0
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97 Metascore

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 98,176 | Gross: $8.00M

2. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.4
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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: 127,523

3. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 25,450

4. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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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: 19,461

5. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.9
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88 Metascore

A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 122,316 | Gross: $7.63M

6. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 75,832

7. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 122 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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76 Metascore

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Votes: 19,945

8. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.7
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91 Metascore

In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 70,810 | Gross: $0.54M

9. The Mob (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line?

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett

Votes: 1,378

10. An American in Paris (1951)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.2
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83 Metascore

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 30,102 | Gross: $4.50M

11. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 13,428 | Gross: $24.29M

12. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 31,130 | Gross: $3.97M

13. Decision Before Dawn (1951)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, War

7.2
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As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner, Hildegard Knef

Votes: 2,402

14. Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.7
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During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Scott Forbes

Votes: 3,187

15. The Franchise Affair (1951)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Michael Denison plays a lawyer investigating kidnapping charges against Dulcie Gray. Based on a novel of Josephine Tey.

Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Anthony Nicholls, Marjorie Fielding

Votes: 216

16. Only the Valiant (1951)

Approved | 105 min | Adventure, Western

6.5
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A despised cavalry commander is unfairly blamed by his troop for the death of a popular officer and must redeem himself in front of his men during an Indian attack on the fort.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond, Gig Young

Votes: 1,280

17. Rawhide (1951)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.1
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A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveller find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger

Votes: 2,337

18. When Worlds Collide (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.6
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As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt

Votes: 7,137

19. Soldiers Three (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

6.1
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Retired British general Brunswick reminisces about the days when he was a colonel in charge of a British Army battalion fighting against native rebels in colonial India during the late 1800s.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Stewart Granger, Walter Pidgeon, David Niven, Robert Newton

Votes: 369

20. The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Western

7.0
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In 1871 a convict escapes, with other prisoners, to kill the man that framed him, but has second thoughts after meeting the man's beautiful future wife.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Ethel Barrymore, Zachary Scott

Votes: 817

21. Along the Great Divide (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Western

6.9
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A U.S. Marshall and two deputies rescue a cattle rustler from a lynch mob led by a local cattle baron convinced that the rustler also killed his son.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,669

22. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

Votes: 12,636

23. Show Boat (1951)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Family, Musical

6.9
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The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown

Votes: 4,422

24. The Great Missouri Raid (1951)

Approved | 84 min | Western

5.8
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In this Western, the James and Younger boys ride the outlaw trail again all because of a mean Union Army Major.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Wendell Corey, Macdonald Carey, Ellen Drew, Ward Bond

Votes: 208

25. Othello (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier

Votes: 7,513

26. Royal Wedding (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.7
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A brother and sister dance act encounter challenges and romance when booked in London during the Royal Wedding.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill

Votes: 4,761

27. Miracle in Milan (1951)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 6,325

28. The River (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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The growing pains of three young women contrast with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Votes: 5,538

29. The Racket (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, Tay Garnett, Nicholas Ray, Sherman Todd | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Talman

Votes: 2,695

30. People Will Talk (1951)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Finlay Currie, Hume Cronyn

Votes: 5,738

31. The Quiet Woman (1951)

71 min | Crime, Drama

5.9
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Coastal pub proprietress is inveigled into a smuggling plot.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Derek Bond, Jane Hylton, Dora Bryan, Michael Balfour

Votes: 153

32. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

Approved | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.0
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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: 3,325

33. Detective Story (1951)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 7,127

34. Apache Drums (1951)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray, Willard Parker, Arthur Shields

Votes: 604

35. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Moultrie Kelsall

Votes: 6,058

36. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.9
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Adrien Borel

Votes: 9,973

37. Albela (1951)

Not Rated | 158 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.8
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Day-dreamer and Artist, Pyarelal, lives a poor lifestyle in Bombay with his retired dad; housewife mom; married brother, Mohan and his wife, Malti; and unmarried sister, Vimla. It is now ... See full summary »

Director: Master Bhagwan | Stars: Geeta Bali, Master Bhagwan, Badri Prasad, Sunder

Votes: 68

38. The Idiot (1951)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Hokkaido where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 4,451

39. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough

Votes: 8,771 | Gross: $0.01M

40. On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

7.1
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During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Jack Smith, Leon Ames

Votes: 2,260

41. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

7.2
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Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano

Votes: 3,983

42. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical

7.2
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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: 2,899 | Gross: $0.09M

43. Vengeance Valley (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Western

5.9
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The sons of a Colorado cattle baron, one biological and the other adopted, resent one another and fight for control of their father's cattle empire.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, Sally Forrest

Votes: 1,955

44. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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78 Metascore

Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper

Votes: 6,175

45. Early Summer (1951)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

8.2
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A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake

Votes: 7,205

46. The Enforcer (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.3
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A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.

Directors: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane

Votes: 4,357

47. Another Man's Poison (1951)

TV-G | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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A mystery writer becomes involved in a tangled web of murderous deception not unlike the plots of her novels.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steel

Votes: 2,304

48. Summer Interlude (1951)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A lonely woman recalls her first love thirteen years prior during a brief summer vacation.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin, Annalisa Ericson

Votes: 5,174

49. Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, War

6.4
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75 Metascore

Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter

Votes: 4,441

50. No Highway in the Sky (1951)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 3,244


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