My Favorite Movies of 1953by Girgisbond | created - 24 Sep 2013 | updated - 24 Sep 2013 | Public
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3. The Wages of Fear (1953)
Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
4. The Desert Rats (1953)
Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
5. Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)
Approved | 63 min | Drama, Romance
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.
6. Beat the Devil (1953)
Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
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...
8. Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953)
Approved | 81 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The wartime adventures of Scotish highland leader Rob Roy MacGregor during the reign of King George I in the 18th century.
9. Fair Wind to Java (1953)
Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 1883, an American merchant ship's captain is searching for a treasure in diamonds from a sunken Dutch ship in the vicinity of a volcanic island in the Dutch East Indies.
10. War Arrow (1953)
Approved | 78 min | Romance, War, Western
Major Howell Brady arrives in Indian Territory in hopes of recruiting peaceful, relocated Seminoles to help the army fight rampaging Kiowas.
Votes: 544 | Gross: $1.40M
12. The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Romance
Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels--a trailer. After the two are hitched, they ... See full summary »
16. Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
17. King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)
Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A half-caste British officer in 19th-century India battles the prejudices of both his Army colleagues and the local populace while trying to help put down a rebellion led by a greedy local ruler.
19. Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
Passed | 99 min | Western
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.
Votes: 1,944 | Gross: $1.45M
21. Tumbleweed (1953)
Approved | 79 min | Western
Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, hoping to persuade Aguila, the chief, to call off the attack due to ... See full summary »
22. Trouble Along the Way (1953)
Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying ... See full summary »
23. The Man from Cairo (1953)
Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An American tourist, who served in Algeria during WW2, is mistaken for an American agent hired by the French government to recover its gold reserves that went missing in the Algerian desert during the war.
26. Flight to Tangier (1953)
Approved | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama
During the Cold War, a mysterious plane, carrying $3 million, arrives at Tangier airport and various interested parties try to grab the cash.
27. Pony Express (1953)
Approved | 101 min | History, Romance, Western
Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock work to establish the Pony Express and fight Indians and California Separatists who seek to destroy it.
28. All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In the South Pacific islands, two brothers, one good and one bad, fight over the same girl and over a bag of pearls.
30. Back to God's Country (1953)
78 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In north-western Canada,in the 1870s,American schooner captain Peter Keith hopes to return to America with a cargo of furs before winter but two local crooks plan to steal Keith's cargo,boat and wife.
33. Take the High Ground! (1953)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, War
In 1953, at Fort Bliss, Texas, two former Korean War combat veterans work as drill sergeants and fall in-love with the same woman.
34. Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
Approved | 82 min | Romance, War, Western
In Post-Bellum Texas, an army captain tries to keep the peace between overtaxed, impoverished farmers and greedy carpetbaggers.
35. Off Limits (1952)
Approved | 89 min | Comedy
Wally Hogan has things going his way. He is the manager-trainer of Bullet Bradley, a fighter who has just won the lightweight championship. Life suddenly takes a not-so-happy turn, however,... See full summary »
38. Slaves of Babylon (1953)
82 min | Adventure
The Jews are taken from Jerusalem and made slaves by King Nebuchadnezzar. In the meantime Cyrus, king of the Persians, who has been living as a shepherd, is proclaimed king and defeats ... See full summary »
39. 99 River Street (1953)
Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.
40. Mogambo (1953)
Approved | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
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.
41. The Robe (1953)
Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History
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.
Votes: 7,274 | Gross: $36.00M
42. Sins of Jezebel (1953)
Approved | 74 min | Drama, History
The aging Ahab, king of Israel, comes under the influence of a young and beautiful but scheming pagan woman named Jezebel and, against the advice of his advisers and the prophet Elijah, ... See full summary »
43. Island in the Sky (1953)
Approved | 109 min | Adventure, Drama
A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.
46. The Golden Blade (1953)
Approved | 81 min | Adventure
Basra merchant Harun Al-Rashid avenges his father's murder in this adventure set in ancient Bagdad and inspired from the Arabic fairy tales of One Thousand and One Nights.
47. The Man from the Alamo (1953)
Approved | 79 min | Western
During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.
48. The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, History
Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune.
49. From Here to Eternity (1953)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War
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.
Votes: 36,659 | Gross: $30.50M
50. Arrowhead (1953)
Passed | 105 min | Drama, Romance, Western
Chief of Scouts Ed Bannon works for the US Army at Fort Clark, Texas and he dreams of aiding in bringing peace to the region, despite opposition from both the Army and the Apaches.
51. The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)
Approved | 83 min | War, Western
A former spy moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but when he gets there decides that it's not for him and tries to change his life.
52. Sailor of the King (1953)
Approved | 83 min | Action, Drama, Romance
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.
55. Return to Paradise (1953)
Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
An American drifter comes to a remote Polynesian island controlled by a Puritanical missionary and turns the social life of the island upside-down.
56. The Last Posse (1953)
Approved | 73 min | Western
When the anxiously awaited posse returns with neither prisoners nor the stolen money, we learn in flashback what happened. Having been cheated by Sampson Drune, a father and his two sons ... See full summary »
57. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
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.
Votes: 25,507 | Gross: $12.00M
58. Stalag 17 (1953)
Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War
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.
59. White Witch Doctor (1953)
Approved | 96 min | Adventure
In 1907, a nurse arrives in the Belgian Congo to work for a missionary doctor but meets a grumpy animal hunter who secretly plans to search for gold in the dangerous Bakuba tribal region.
62. Dream Wife (1953)
Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance
A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.
63. Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)
PG | 75 min | Action, Adventure
Ivory poachers, headed by Lyra the She-Devil, Vargo and Fidel, capture a native tribe to carry their loot. Tarzan intervenes and is captured. Jane is also captured and believed killed, so ... See full summary »
64. Powder River (1953)
Approved | 78 min | Western
In 1875, ex-lawman Chino Bull becomes temporary town marshal when his gold prospecting partner is robbed and killed in Powder River country but Chino runs into the murderous Logan brothers.
65. The Moon Is Blue (1953)
M | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
66. Julius Caesar (1953)
Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
68. Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
Approved | 88 min | Adventure
Barbarossa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew. On a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess, Alida. He has fallen in love with her by the time he ... See full summary »
69. Sea Devils (1953)
Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Gilliat,a fisherman/smuggler is in jail, and is offered a pardon, if he undertakes a mission to sail to France to rescue Douchette, an English agent, whose cover has been blown,and who has now been jailed. Gilliat accepts the challenge.
71. Column South (1953)
Approved | 84 min | Western
Before the Civil War, Lt. Jed Sayre's efforts to conciliate the cavalry and the Navajo are undermined by his racist C.O. and Confederate sympathizers.
75. The Lawless Breed (1953)
Not Rated | 83 min | Western
After being released from prison, former gun-fighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.
78. Destination Gobi (1953)
Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, War
In 1944, US Navy specialists run a weather station in the Gobi desert where they are harassed by Japanese warplanes but aided by local Mongol nomads.
80. Prince of Pirates (1953)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure
In a 16th century kingdom in the Netherlands, the newly crowned King Stephan concludes a secret treaty with the Spanish. This puts him at odds with his younger brother, Prince Roland, who ... See full summary »
82. Battle Circus (1953)
Approved | 90 min | Romance, War, Drama
Set in Korea and made during the war, this is the love story of a hard-bitten Army surgeon, and a new nurse ready to save the world.
83. Salome (1953)
Approved | 103 min | Drama, History
After her banishment from Rome, Jewish Princess Salome returns to her Roman-ruled native land of Galilee where prophet John the Baptist preaches against Salome's parents, King Herod and Queen Herodias.