Feature Film, Released between 1953-01-01 and 1953-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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78 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 127,850

2. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.6
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85 Metascore

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 43,604 | Gross: $30.50M

3. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid

Votes: 31,993 | Gross: $12.00M

4. Peter Pan (1953)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.3
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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: 127,369 | Gross: $87.40M

5. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

7.6
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80 Metascore

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 37,190 | Gross: $20.00M

6. The Band Wagon (1953)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.5
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93 Metascore

A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray

Votes: 10,164

7. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but receive little attention.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 53,659

8. The War of the Worlds (1953)

G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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78 Metascore

A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 32,821 | Gross: $4.36M

9. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 54,928

10. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.0
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84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 51,163

11. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Army dispatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate

Votes: 9,649

12. Calamity Jane (1953)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.3
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The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey

Votes: 8,692

13. House of Wax (1953)

GP | 88 min | Horror

7.1
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 16,331 | Gross: $23.75M

14. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 23,814

15. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

6.8
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In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 9,354 | Gross: $36.00M

16. The Wild One (1953)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin

Votes: 14,705

17. Fear and Desire (1953)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama, Thriller, War

5.5
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Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Stephen Coit

Votes: 10,282

18. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne

Votes: 20,610

19. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 10,462

20. Summer with Monika (1953)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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A pair of teenagers meet one summer day, start a reckless affair and abandon their families to be with one another.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, Dagmar Ebbesen, Åke Fridell

Votes: 12,903

21. Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.0
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An unhappily married couple struggle to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated ship.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton

Votes: 6,298 | Gross: $4.91M

22. Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.1
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An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and two gangsters looking for some money owed to them.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 5,629

23. Paratrooper (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, War

5.9
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In 1940, an American claiming to be Canadian volunteers for the British Army's paratroop school.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Alan Ladd, Leo Genn, Susan Stephen, Harry Andrews

Votes: 597 | Gross: $1.75M

24. I Vitelloni (1953)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 16,262 | Gross: $0.10M

25. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 7,588

26. Niagara (1953)

Not Rated | 92 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.0
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter

Votes: 14,927

27. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.3
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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 21,027 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Glen or Glenda (1953)

PG | 65 min | Drama

4.2
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A psychiatrist tells the stories of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda) and a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell

Votes: 8,006

29. Pickup on South Street (1953)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.7
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 13,034

30. Beat the Devil (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley

Votes: 8,231

31. It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strangely.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 8,621

32. Mogambo (1953)

Approved | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.7
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On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Donald Sinden

Votes: 7,540

33. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.3
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson

Votes: 7,212

34. I Confess (1953)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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A priest, who comes under suspicion for murder, cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne

Votes: 19,196

35. Gun Fury (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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In Arizona, Frank Slayton's gang robs a stagecoach and kidnaps Ben Warren's fiancée, prompting Warren to pursue Slayton.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Philip Carey, Roberta Haynes

Votes: 1,351

36. The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié | Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 7,021 | Gross: $5.00M

37. The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Western

6.0
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An undercover government agent battles insurrectionists whose want Southern California to secede and become a slave state.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Randolph Scott, Patrice Wymore, Dick Wesson, Philip Carey

Votes: 546

38. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

7.4
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation and accidentally, but good-naturedly, causes havoc.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla, Valentine Camax

Votes: 16,905

39. Project Moon Base (1953)

Approved | 63 min | Sci-Fi

3.2
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A saboteur posing as a scientist strives to destroy the world's first space station.

Director: Richard Talmadge | Stars: Donna Martell, Hayden Rorke, Ross Ford, Larry Johns

Votes: 1,012

40. Bright Road (1953)

Approved | 68 min | Drama, Music

6.7
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Based on the story, See How They Run (The Ladies' Home Journal June 51), and subsequently won that year's Christopher award. The story was written by Mary Elizabeth Vroman, a 4th generation... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn, Harry Belafonte, Barbara Randolph

Votes: 588

41. Lili (1953)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.4
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An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Votes: 3,273

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

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

6.8
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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: 3,806

43. The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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When an aristocratic woman known only as "Madame de . . ." sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband in order to pay some debts, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 8,906

44. The Golden Mask (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

5.4
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A British Museum archaeologist is searching for an ancient golden mask buried in a Roman tomb in Algeria but tomb robbers follow the academic in the hope of stealing the precious relic.

Director: Jack Lee | Stars: Van Heflin, Wanda Hendrix, Eric Portman, Charles Goldner

Votes: 196

45. Phantom from Space (1953)

Approved | 73 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.2
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When an asteroid crashes, the search begins to track down the mysterious aliens.

Director: W. Lee Wilder | Stars: Ted Cooper, Rudolph Anders, Noreen Nash, James Seay

Votes: 1,132

46. The Desert Rats (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Votes: 4,586

47. Mesa of Lost Women (1953)

Approved | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

2.8
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A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.

Directors: Ron Ormond, Herbert Tevos | Stars: Jackie Coogan, Allan Nixon, Richard Travis, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 1,409

48. Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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An ex-football coach is hired by a small Catholic college to train its football team in the hopes of winning games and making money to save the school from bankruptcy.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Wayne, Donna Reed, Charles Coburn, Tom Tully

Votes: 1,658

49. Knights of the Round Table (1953)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Anne Crawford

Votes: 3,357

50. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

7.5
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The complicated relationships between a circus ringmaster, his estranged wife and his lover.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek

Votes: 6,098


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