20 all time great monster / sci-fi movies from the 50's & 60's.

These 20 fantastic movies are just a few that were responsible for my love of monster & sci-fi movies and helped ignite the imagination of many of today's great writers and directors in these fields. If you haven't seen any of the movies listed & if you enjoy some of the older sci-fi movies, then I encourage you to see them as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed.
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1.
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
“ The world is about to end from the collision of a massive asteroid and there is only a short time to save as many people as possible. Who gets saved and who dies? ” - blueseadh
 
2.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
“ The original Frankenstein is a great movie but in my opinion this second Frankenstein movie is much better. ” - blueseadh
 
3.
The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
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Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus... (96 mins.)
“ Dinosaurs and cowboys, what else can a person ask for in a movie. ” - blueseadh
 
4.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
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Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet. (110 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
“ Earth sends a crew to explore Mars and they crash on the planet. Do they have the skills to survive? This is one of my all time favorite movies and watching it as a child always stimulated my imagination of flying off into space and exploring distant worlds. What a great movie. ” - blueseadh
 
5.
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
“ Due to an unforeseen accident a man is shrinking in size, smaller and smaller until he is seen as a snack by everything in the basement. Will he survive his new world. ” - blueseadh
 
6.
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
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A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream. (100 mins.)
“ This is a great movie about a group of doctors that are shrunk down to microscopic size and injected into the body of a critically injured scientist in hopes of saving his life. This is a fantastic movie that hasen't lost a thing even in today's age. ” - blueseadh
 
7.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
“ This is just one of many great Jules Verne movies. A scientist, one of his students, a women, and a man that doesn't speek english take a journey through the top of a volcano to the center of the earth. They encounter many hazards of all kinds along the way including dinosaurs. Will they make it to there goal, and if so, will they make it home? ” - blueseadh
 
8.
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
“ Jaws with two legs and can walk on land. ” - blueseadh
 
9.
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
“ This is the first "The Thing" movie that started it all. The story line is a little different from the following two that were made but it is still a great movie. It is without a doubt one of my top 5 all time movies. ” - blueseadh
 
10.
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.)
“ For a movie that was made in the late 50's, this one is in color and for its time the special effects are great. It stars a very young Leslie Nielsen and the first of its kind robot, Robby. Don't miss this one. ” - blueseadh
 
11.
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
“ This was one of the first creature movies where insects grew to monstrous size and started destroying everything in their path, all because of radiation from atomic experiments that were preformed in the day. This one is about giant ants and is one of the best ones made. ” - blueseadh
 
12.
Mysterious Island (1961)
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During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island. (101 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
“ This is another great Jules Verne story turned into a movie. A group of people stranded on an island have to survive giant birds, crabs, bees and an active volcano, and that is just the start. ” - blueseadh
 
13.
The Magic Sword (1962)
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The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, embarks on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard. (80 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ This one is on my list because it evokes great memories from my childhood. It is about mythical monsters and noble knights of yesteryear. It stars Basil Rathbone as the evil sorcerer Lodac in the movie. Basil Rathbone also played in the 1938 Robin Hood movie as Sir Guy of Gisborne. ” - blueseadh
 
14.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
“ Another great movie made in the early 50's that was made in color. This is really a fantastic movie for its time and if you haven't seen it, this is one to put on top of the list. ” - blueseadh
 
15.
The Birds (1963)
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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ A Alfred Hitchcock film. Is there anything else that needs to be said. I remember when this movie came out on TV as a child. I told my parents that I was old enough to watch it alone. It didn't take long for me to run into their room and sit between them to finish watching it. Great movie. ” - blueseadh
 
16.
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
“ There have been several remakes of this movie through the years but I still feel that this one is the best. The story line is basically the same and this movie does a great job of creating suspense. ” - blueseadh
 
17.
The Fly (1958)
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A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (94 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
“ Vincent Price plays one of the lead rolls in this great movie of science gone wrong. Like the remake, a scientist has turned himself into a half man / half fly creation by accident. This original version rely's more on suspense for the horror than the remake. ” - blueseadh
 
18.
The Time Machine (1960)
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A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. (103 mins.)
Director: George Pal
“ This is a great H.G. Wells story about a scientist that is morning his lost love and decides to take a trip back in time. Can he survive and will he return. A great movie in color with some fun special effects for the time. ” - blueseadh
 
19.
The Blob (1958)
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An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (86 mins.)
“ This movie stars a very young Steve McQueen in one of his very first rolls as an actor. Very worth watching. ” - blueseadh
 
20.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
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When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war. (88 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
“ There were several Sinbad movies made in the late 50's and early 60's but I think this one is the best of them all. They are all good and worth seeing. These movies utilized the talents of Ray Harryhousen, the pioneer of stop motion special effects. ” - blueseadh