favorite 50's sci fi

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1.
Bride of the Monster (1955)
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A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen. (69 mins.)
 
2.
The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
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Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March... (71 mins.)
Director: Nathan Hertz
 
3.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
4.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
 
5.
Day the World Ended (1955)
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In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
6.
It Conquered the World (1956)
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A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results. (71 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
7.
The Astounding She-Monster (1957)
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A scientist and a gang that has kidnapped a rich heiress come up against a beautiful but lethal alien who has crash-landed her spaceship on Earth. (62 mins.)
Director: Ronnie Ashcroft
 
8.
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
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A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf. (76 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
 
9.
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
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Professor Frankenstein creates a hulking teenager from the body of an accident victim; his "creation" awakens and goes on a killing spree. (74 mins.)
 
10.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
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Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
 
11.
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
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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. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
12.
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
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Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs. (62 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
13.
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
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Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth. (83 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
 
14.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
15.
The Black Sleep (1956)
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Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor. (82 mins.)
Director: Reginald LeBorg
 
16.
Rocketship X-M (1950)
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An astronaut crew on their way to the Moon are unexpectedly propelled by gravitational forces and end up on Mars instead. (77 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
17.
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
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The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic. (82 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
18.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
 
19.
Godzilla (1954)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
20.
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
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In 1950s England, professor Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate. (82 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
21.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
22.
This Island Earth (1955)
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Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Newman
 
23.
The Unearthly (1957)
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Mad doctor uses patients at his isolated psychiatric institute as subjects in his attempts to create longevity by surgically installing an artificial gland in their skulls, with disastrous results. (73 mins.)
 
24.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
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Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him. (78 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
 
25.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
26.
The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)
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After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight. (74 mins.)
 
27.
Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
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A teenage couple accidentally awakens an alien after inadvertently hitting it with their car. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
 
28.
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
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A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them. (62 mins.)
 
29.
The Blob (1958)
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An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (86 mins.)
 
30.
The Killer Shrews (1959)
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On an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane. (69 mins.)
Director: Ray Kellogg
 
31.
Them! (1954)
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
32.
Tarantula (1955)
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A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants. (80 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
33.
Invasion of the Animal People (1959)
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Aliens release a furry critter in the wilds of Lapland where it takes a woman captive and threatens a group of scientists. (55 mins.)
Director: Virgil W. Vogel
 
34.
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
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Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents. (75 mins.)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
 
35.
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
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A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast. (79 mins.)
Director: Robert Gordon
 
36.
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
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When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind. (65 mins.)
Director: Nathan Hertz
 
37.
War of the Colossal Beast (1958)
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Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry. (69 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
 
38.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
39.
When Worlds Collide (1951)
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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. (83 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
40.
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
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The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
 
41.
Night of the Blood Beast (1958)
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An astronaut is killed on reentry to Earth, but his body is seeded with rapidly gestating aliens. (62 mins.)
 
42.
The Alligator People (1959)
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A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband. (74 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
43.
Beginning of the End (1957)
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Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm... (76 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
 
44.
Killers from Space (1954)
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An atomic scientist claims he was abducted by aliens after being injured in a plane crash. (71 mins.)
Director: W. Lee Wilder
 
45.
The Giant Claw (1957)
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Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture. (75 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
 
46.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
 
47.
Invaders from Mars (1953)
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings. (78 mins.)
 
48.
Kronos (1957)
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Aliens from another world send a huge robotic accumulator to invade the Earth and absorb all energy it comes in contact with. (78 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
49.
The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
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Giant mollusk monsters attack California. (84 mins.)
Director: Arnold Laven
 
50.
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
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Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community. (77 mins.)
Director: John Sherwood