Most Popular Feature Films Released 1951-01-01 to 1951-12-31


1. 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.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 84,639 | Gross: $8.00M

2. 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.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 105,644

3. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.8
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 68,245

4. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 20,832

5. Strangers on a Train (1951)

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

8.0
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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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 106,250 | Gross: $7.63M

6. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.9
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In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 62,177 | Gross: $0.54M

7. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve...

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 16,158

8. An American in Paris (1951)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.2
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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 24,581 | Gross: $4.50M

9. The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, War

7.5
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A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, James Edwards

Votes: 2,945

10. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.2
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72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 21,665 | Gross: $3.97M

11. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 122 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Votes: 16,486

12. Quo Vadis (1951)

Approved | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 10,943 | Gross: $24.29M

13. Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

7.1
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A young boy starts at Rugby boarding school. He is tormented by Flashman, the school bully.

Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, James Hayter, John Charlesworth

Votes: 280

14. Othello (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier

Votes: 5,893

15. As Young as You Feel (1951)

Unrated | 77 min | Comedy

6.6
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A 65-year-old printer hatches an elaborate scheme to avoid forced retirement.

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Monty Woolley, Thelma Ritter, David Wayne, Jean Peters

Votes: 792

16. When Worlds Collide (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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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.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt

Votes: 5,727

17. M (1951)

88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.9
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In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel, Luther Adler

Votes: 1,055

18. Man in the Saddle (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Romance, Western

6.4
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A private deadly feud ensues when ruthless wealthy rancher Will Isham attempts a takeover of small rancher Owen Merritt's land and marries Owen's old flame, Laure Bidwell.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie, Ellen Drew, Alexander Knox

Votes: 793

19. Show Boat (1951)

Approved | 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.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown

Votes: 3,831

20. Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Moultrie Kelsall

Votes: 5,203

21. Love Nest (1951)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Two married New Yorkers purchase an old, run-down building full of colorful tenants.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay, Marilyn Monroe

Votes: 866

22. Die Sünderin (1951)

83 min | Drama

6.8
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Marina, a prostitute, lives with the unsuccessful artist Alexander. He suffers from a brain tumor that threatens to make him blind. In order to finance an operation Marina takes up her old profession.

Director: Willi Forst | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Gustav Fröhlich, Robert Meyn, Änne Bruck

Votes: 234

23. Meet Me After the Show (1951)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

6.4
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Delilah Lee is the star of husband Jeff Ames' Broadway show when she starts to suspect he has been exchanging more than contracts with the show's vampish backer. Alimony and amnesia become the order of the day.

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Betty Grable, Macdonald Carey, Rory Calhoun, Eddie Albert

Votes: 141 | Gross: $2.61M

24. Royal Wedding (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.7
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Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books them in London for the same period as the Royal Wedding. They travel by ship where ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill

Votes: 3,868

25. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

7.7
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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.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass

Votes: 10,415

26. I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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In Pittsburgh, PA, an F.B.I. agent works to undermine the Communist party, but his brothers and his teenage boy thinks he's a real Red.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican

Votes: 539

27. People Will Talk (1951)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Finlay Currie, Hume Cronyn

Votes: 4,721

28. No Highway in the Sky (1951)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 2,577

29. The Texas Rangers (1951)

Approved | 74 min | Western

6.1
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It's 1874 and the Texas Rangers have been reorganized. But Sam Bass has assembled a group of notorious outlaws into a gang the Rangers are unable to cope with. So the Ranger Major releases ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: George Montgomery, Gale Storm, Jerome Courtland, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 179

30. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.4
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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.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough

Votes: 7,215 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Rawhide (1951)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.1
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A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveler find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,745

32. Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, War

6.7
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During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Scott Forbes

Votes: 2,566

33. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical

7.4
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A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina, Ann Ayars

Votes: 2,180 | Gross: $0.09M

34. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

8.0
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Adrien Borel

Votes: 7,441

35. Smart Alec (II) (1951)

58 min | Crime, Drama

6.1
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A bizarre attempt at a humorous murder mystery. A fat rich man snoozing on a balcony is bludgeoned to death while the Smart Alec of the title has one of the dumbest alibis ever. Antics from... See full summary »

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Peter Reynolds, Leslie Dwyer, Edward Lexy, Kynaston Reeves

Votes: 28

36. Death of a Salesman (1951)

115 min | Drama

7.4
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An over-the-hill salesman faces a personal turning point when he loses his job and attempts to make peace with his family.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Fredric March, Mildred Dunnock, Kevin McCarthy, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 692

37. Fourteen Hours (1951)

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

7.2
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An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget

Votes: 1,712

38. Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

5.3
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College prof Peter Boyd tries to salvage his professional and personal reputation by using a lab chimp to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak, Lucille Barkley

Votes: 754

39. Westward the Women (1951)

Not Rated | 118 min | Western, Drama

7.6
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A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson, John McIntire

Votes: 2,069

40. Susana (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

7.3
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An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for very, very wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly nice and decent family. Little by little, ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Rosita Quintana, Fernando Soler, Víctor Manuel Mendoza, María Gentil Arcos

Votes: 1,488

41. Distant Drums (1951)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, Western

6.5
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After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Richard Webb, Ray Teal

Votes: 1,329

42. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper

Votes: 4,757

43. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

7.3
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Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano

Votes: 3,340

44. Detective Story (1951)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 5,684

45. The River (1951)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Votes: 4,566

46. David and Bathsheba (1951)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.1
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After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore

Votes: 1,588

47. The Idiot (1951)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 3,629

48. Early Summer (1951)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

8.3
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A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake

Votes: 5,170

49. Apache Drums (1951)

Approved | 76 min | Western

6.2
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A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray, Willard Parker, Arthur Shields

Votes: 452

50. The Whip Hand (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.9
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Matt Corbin, a vacationing magazine writer, takes a fishing trip to Minnesota, and stumbles across a lake in which all the fish have mysteriously died. The locals are tight-lipped about it,... See full summary »

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Carla Balenda, Elliott Reid, Edgar Barrier, Raymond Burr

Votes: 418