Best Picture 1953

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1.
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
2.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
3.
The Big Heat (1953)
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
4.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
 
5.
The Band Wagon (1953)
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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition. (112 mins.)
 
6.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
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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. (118 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
7.
The Adultress (1953)
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A truckdriver kills the husband of the woman he loves, and becomes the object of blackmail. (102 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
8.
Peter Pan (1953)
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Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan. (77 mins.)
 
9.
Shane (1953)
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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act. (118 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
10.
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
11.
Summer with Monika (1953)
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Harry Lund is a nineteen-year-old man who meets Monika, a romantic, reckless and rebellious seventeen-year-old... (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
12.
House of Wax (1953)
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
13.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
14.
The Blue Gardenia (1953)
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A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess. (85 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
15.
Julius Caesar (1953)
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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. (120 mins.)
 
16.
Niagara (1953)
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder. (92 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
17.
Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)
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After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive. (78 mins.)
 
18.
The Bigamist (1953)
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Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating... (80 mins.)
Director: Ida Lupino
 
19.
Mogambo (1953)
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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. (116 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
20.
The Moon Is Blue (1953)
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Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections. (99 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
21.
Stalag 17 (1953)
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When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
22.
Invaders from Mars (1953)
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings. (78 mins.)
 
23.
Hondo (1953)
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector. (83 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
24.
Beat the Devil (1953)
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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... (89 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
25.
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
26.
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953 Short Film)
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Space hero Daffy battles Marvin the Martian for control of Planet X. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
27.
Man on a Tightrope (1953)
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Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain. (105 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
28.
Young Bess (1953)
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The early life of Elizabeth I, from her childhood until her accession to the throne of England in 1558. (112 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
29.
I Confess (1953)
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A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional. (95 mins.)
 
30.
Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)
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Prior to leaving by train for Paris, a married American woman tries to break off her affair with a young Italian in Rome's Stazione Termini. (90 mins.)
 
31.
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
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During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Indians and the pursuing Union troops. (99 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
32.
Titanic (1953)
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An unhappy married couple deal with their problems on board the ill-fated ship. (98 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
33.
Lili (1953)
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An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer. (81 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
34.
Flight to Tangier (1953)
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At the Tangier airport, a group of people await the arrival of a mysterious plane from behind the Iron Curtain... (90 mins.)
 
35.
Torch Song (1953)
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Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual... (90 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
36.
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
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The bane of adolescent Bart Collins' existence is the piano lessons he is forced to take under the tutelage of Dr... (89 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
37.
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 strange. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
38.
Gun Fury (1953)
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In Arizona, Frank Slayton's gang robs a stagecoach and kidnaps Ben Warren's fiancée, prompting Warren to pursue Slayton. (83 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
39.
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
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Fierce competition among sponge fishermen forces a Greek-American family to fish in the dangerous 12-mile reef area off the western coast of Florida. (102 mins.)
Director: Robert D. Webb
 
40.
The Robe (1953)
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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. (135 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster