Best Movies of 1952

Here are the best movies of 1952 (in order).
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
 
2.
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success. (118 mins.)
 
3.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
4.
High Noon (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
5.
The Quiet Man (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
6.
Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger. (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
 
7.
5 Fingers (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess. (108 mins.)
 
8.
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers. (78 mins.)
 
9.
Forbidden Games (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death. (86 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
10.
The Narrow Margin (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. (71 mins.)
 
11.
Sudden Fear (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
12.
Viva Zapata! (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century. (113 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
13.
Carrie (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's... (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
14.
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons. (85 mins.)
 
15.
The Star (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback. (89 mins.)
Director: Stuart Heisler
 
16.
Moulin Rouge (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. (119 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
17.
My Cousin Rachel (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty. (98 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
18.
The Promoter (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest... (85 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
19.
The Big Sky (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The success of the journey focuses on keeping the Indian girl alive as well as themselves to complete trade with the Blackfeet. (140 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
20.
The Member of the Wedding (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding. (93 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
21.
The Sniper (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant. (88 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
22.
With a Song in My Heart (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jane Froman (Susan Hayward), an aspiring songstress, lands a job in radio with help from pianist Don Ross (David Wayne)... (117 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
23.
The Medium (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Madame Flora is terrified when she perceives a supernatural presence during one of her fraudulent séances... (84 mins.)
 
24.
Pat and Mike (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her. (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
25.
Son of Paleface (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Junior Potter returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found. "Mike" is the luscious head of a gang of thieves, and Roy Barton is the federal marshal hot on her trail. (95 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
26.
Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight. (118 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
27.
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales." (112 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
28.
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud... (102 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
29.
Ivanhoe (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
30.
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle. (152 mins.)
 
31.
Affair in Trinidad (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Nightclub singer and her brother-in-law try to find her husband's killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
32.
The Pride of St. Louis (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s. (93 mins.)
Director: Harmon Jones
 
33.
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent. (115 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
34.
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (105 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
35.
Flat Top (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan. (83 mins.)
Director: Lesley Selander
 
36.
The Atomic City (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An atomic scientist's son is kidnapped by enemy agents. (85 mins.)
Director: Jerry Hopper
 
37.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro. (114 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
38.
Because You're Mine (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A famous opera singer falls for his sergeant's sister at boot camp. (103 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
39.
Just for You (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jordan Blake (a widower) is a successful Broadway Producer who has always been to busy for his children... (104 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
40.
The Merry Widow (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Operating under royal orders, a count must woo a young and wealthy widow in order to save a kingdom from bankruptcy. (105 mins.)
 
41.
The Jazz Singer (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Jerry dreams to become a famous jazz singer. But in order to accomplish that, he must defy his father, a Jewish Cantor, who is opposed to such dream as a future for his son. (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
42.
My Son John (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The Jeffersons are the ideal picture-perfect all-American family in a small town, but their eldest son John returns home after a long absence spouting views that cause them to worry he may be a Communist. (122 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey