Most Popular Feature Films Released 1950-01-01 to 1959-12-31


1. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Writer: Reginald Rose | Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

Unrated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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99 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

3. Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western

8.0
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A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.

Writers: Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett, B.H. McCampbell | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson

4. Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Approved | 82 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.8
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American G.I.s who trespass on a Hindu ceremony are hunted down by a beautiful woman who has the power to transform herself into a cobra.

Writers: Jerry Davis, Cecil Maiden, Richard Collins | Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Marshall Thompson, Kathleen Hughes

5. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Writers: Lew Wallace, Karl Tunberg | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

6. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Writers: Orson Welles, Whit Masterson | Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

7. Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

Writers: Richard Brooks, Evan Hunter | Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes

8. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.4
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Writers: Alec Coppel, Samuel A. Taylor, Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

9. My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Mystery, Romance, Drama

7.2
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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.

Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Daphne Du Maurier | Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire

10. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.2
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Writers: Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson | Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

11. Rear Window (1954)

Approved | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Writers: John Michael Hayes, Cornell Woolrich | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

12. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

8.3
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When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Writers: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, Robert Thoeren, Michael Logan | Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

13. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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76 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Writers: Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton, Dalton Trumbo | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

14. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

8.0
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Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Writers: Tennessee Williams, Oscar Saul | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

15. The Proud Rebel (1958)

Approved | 103 min | Western

6.9
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A Confederate veteran living in the Yankee North struggles with his son's shock induced muteness and the hate of the Northerners.

Writers: Joseph Petracca, Lillie Hayward, James Edward Grant | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland, Dean Jagger, David Ladd

16. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.4
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Writer: Ernest Lehman | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

17. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

7.8
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A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Writers: Stewart Stern, Irving Shulman, Nicholas Ray | Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

18. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

19. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

8.5
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A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr. | Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

20. Sabrina (1954)

Unrated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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72 Metascore

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Writers: Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, Ernest Lehman | Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden

21. The Searchers (1956)

Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Alan Le May | Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

22. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Writer: Ingmar Bergman | Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

23. Brigadoon (1954)

Passed | 108 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

6.9
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Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

Writer: Alan Jay Lerner | Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart

24. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Writers: Davis Grubb, James Agee | Directors: Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Terry Sanders | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

25. Peter Pan (1953)

Approved | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.3
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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.

Writers: J.M. Barrie, Ted Sears, Erdman Penner, Bill Peet, Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, Ralph Wright, William Cottrell | Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson

26. Cinderella (1950)

Approved | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

Writers: Charles Perrault, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Winston Hibler, Homer Brightman, Harry Reeves, Ken Anderson, Joe Rinaldi | Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

27. The Ten Commandments (1956)

Approved | 220 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Writers: Dorothy Clarke Wilson, J.H. Ingraham, A.E. Southon, Æneas MacKenzie, Jesse Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss, Fredric M. Frank | Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

28. The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Western

7.1
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In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.

Writers: Frank D. Gilroy, Russell Rouse | Director: Russell Rouse | Stars: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford, Russ Tamblyn

29. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

Writers: John Michael Hayes, David Dodge | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

30. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

7.6
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Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Writers: Halsted Welles, Elmore Leonard | Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

31. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.2
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88 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Writers: Budd Schulberg, Malcolm Johnson | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

32. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.4
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Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Writers: Lewis Carroll, Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, William Cottrell, Dick Kelsey, Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, Del Connell, Tom Oreb, John Walbridge | Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

33. Paths of Glory (1957)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, War

8.5
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham, Jim Thompson, Humphrey Cobb | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

34. Tom Thumb (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

6.5
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The Forest Queen grants the wish of Jonathan, the woodcutter, and his wife, Anna.

Writers: Ladislas Fodor, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm | Director: George Pal | Stars: Russ Tamblyn, June Thorburn, Peter Sellers, Alan Young

35. Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in ... See full summary »

Writers: Lamar Trotti, Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey | Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn

36. The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure

7.0
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An Englishman vacationing in a Ruritarian kingdom is recruited to impersonate his cousin, the soon-to-be-crowned king when the monarch is drugged and kidnapped.

Writers: John L. Balderston, Noel Langley, Wells Root, Anthony Hope, Edward E. Rose, Donald Ogden Stewart | Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer

37. Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.2
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.

Writer: Frederick Knott | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

38. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Approved | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

Writers: Erdman Penner, Charles Perrault, Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta | Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

39. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Thriller, Western

8.1
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89 Metascore

A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

Writers: Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

40. Rashomon (1950)

Unrated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Writers: Ryûnosuke Akutagawa, Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

41. All About Eve (1950)

Approved | 138 min | Drama

8.3
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

42. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.4
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In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Writers: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley, Stephen Vincent Benet | Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

43. Giant (1956)

Approved | 201 min | Drama

7.7
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Writers: Edna Ferber, Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat | Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

44. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.3
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Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei's fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Writers: Charles Lederer, Joseph Fields, Anita Loos | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid

45. Show Boat (1951)

Passed | 108 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.0
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The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.

Writers: John Lee Mahin, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, Edna Ferber | Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown

46. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Writers: John Steinbeck, Paul Osborn | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

47. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.1
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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.

Writers: Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde, Whitfield Cook, Patricia Highsmith | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

48. Ivanhoe (1952)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.8
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A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Writers: Noel Langley, Æneas MacKenzie, Marguerite Roberts | Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

49. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.8
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Writers: Daniel Mainwaring, Jack Finney | Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

50. The Fly (1958)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

Writers: James Clavell, George Langelaan | Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall