Favourite Films of 1953

My favourite films of 1953.
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1.
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
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
The Naked Spur (1953)
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A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers. (91 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
4.
Genevieve (1953)
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It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse... (86 mins.)
Director: Henry Cornelius
 
5.
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
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Sailor of the King (1953)
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In 1940, Canadian sailor Andrew Brown is prisoner on a battle damaged German raider and he plans to delay the raider's at-sea repairs until a British naval task-force can destroy it. (83 mins.)
Director: Roy Boulting
 
8.
The Cruel Sea (1953)
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The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers. (126 mins.)
Director: Charles Frend
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
The French Line (1953)
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When her fiancé leaves her, an oil heiress takes a cruise incognito in order to find a man who will love her for herself and not for her money. (102 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
14.
Blowing Wild (1953)
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In South America, when Jeff Dawson and Dutch Peterson's oil rigs are dynamited by local bandits, the two partners resort to risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise money. (90 mins.)
Director: Hugo Fregonese
 
15.
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)
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Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England. (76 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Invaders from Mars (1953)
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings. (78 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Long Memory (1953)
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A man seeks revenge but will he destroy himself in the process? After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit... (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
 
20.
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
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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. (71 mins.)
Director: Ida Lupino
 
21.
Second Chance (1953)
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Mobster Vic Spalato's girlfriend Claire is in hiding in Mexico and she's willing to testify for a US Senate investigation committee, if she can make it back to the US alive. (82 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
22.
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
 
23.
The Big Heat (1953)
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
24.
Split Second (1953)
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Sam Hurley, "Nation's No. 1 killer" with a cold contempt for "heroes," escapes prison with two companions... (85 mins.)
Director: Dick Powell
 
25.
City Beneath the Sea (1953)
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Two American divers are distracted by fair ladies and skulduggery while trying to salvage a gold ship off Jamaica. (87 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
26.
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
 
27.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
28.
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
 
29.
The Man Between (1953)
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In the Post-World War II, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison... (100 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
30.
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