Must-sees of 1953

The titles hereby listed have been chosen amongst a selection of 76 works.
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1.
Ugetsu (1953)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
2.
Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
I Vitelloni (1953)
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A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. (107 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
The Big Heat (1953)
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
11.
Gion bayashi (1953)
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In the post-war, the sixteen year-old teenager Eiko seeks out the geisha Miyoharu in the district of Gion... (85 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
12.
White Mane (1953)
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In the Camargue, France, a young boy bonds with a white haired horse that escaped from ranchers. (47 mins.)
 
13.
Angel Face (1953)
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Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne. (91 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
14.
Little Fugitive (1953)
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A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits. (80 mins.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Love Letter (1953)
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This valiant melodrama is the brilliant debut as a moviemaker of the great Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka... (98 mins.)
Director: Kinuyo Tanaka
 
18.
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
 
19.
El (1953)
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A husband's suave exterior unravels after his marriage, and he unleashes his paranoid and volatile temper on his wife, which escalate to more dangerous and unpredictable tantrums. (92 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
20.
Wife (1953)
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Tokyo. Mihoko and Toichi Nakagawa's ten year marriage is crumbling out of inertia. Each knows the other isn't happy... (89 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
21.
Dangerous Crossing (1953)
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When a beautiful bride boards an ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy. (75 mins.)
 
22.
Older Brother, Younger Sister (1953)
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In Older Brother, Younger Sister, director Mikio Naruse's adaptation of an oft-filmed popular novel by Saisei Murô... (86 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
23.
Crime Wave (1953)
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Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter. (73 mins.)
Director: André De Toth
 
24.
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
 
25.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
26.
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
 
27.
The Lady Without Camelias (1953)
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A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films. (101 mins.)
 
28.
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus... (93 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
29.
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
 
30.
Gate of Hell (1953)
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (86 mins.)
 
31.
Bow Bells (1953 Documentary)
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A montage of scenes from East End life set to a soundtrack of music hall songs with appropriate lyrics. (11 mins.)
Director: Anthony Simmons
 
32.
Husband and Wife (1953)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
33.
Empty Eyes (1953)
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A young and shy girl Celestina arrives from her small home village to Rome to become a housemaid. Her... (98 mins.)
 
34.
Where Chimneys Are Seen (1953)
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Where Chimneys Are Seen focuses primarily on the interconnected lives of two couples in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Senju, a poor industrial section of Tokyo. (108 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
35.
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
 
36.
Statues also Die (1953 Documentary)
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A documentary of black art. (30 mins.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
A Japanese Tragedy (1953)
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Alternating in time, between the end of World War II and 1953, Haruko, a widow, does what she can to keep her daughter Utako and son Seiichi safe... (116 mins.)
 
39.
I vinti (1953)
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Three stories of well-off youths who commit murders. In the French episode a group of high school students kill one of their colleagues for his money... (110 mins.)
 
40.
Hokusai (1953 Documentary)
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A documentary about the life and art of wood-block artist Katsushika Hokusai. (23 mins.)