Most Popular Feature Films Released 1952-01-01 to 1952-12-31


1. 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.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 159,717

2. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

8.0
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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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 82,303

3. The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

6.9
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In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Gilbert Roland, Angela Clarke, Frank Silvera, Jay Novello

Votes: 747

4. The Quiet Man (1952)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

Votes: 27,829

5. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.7
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The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde

Votes: 9,879 | Gross: $36.00M

6. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.3
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 44,898 | Gross: $0.06M

7. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.6
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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.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon, David Brian

Votes: 957

8. Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

Votes: 10,281

9. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 4,037

10. Limelight (1952)

Approved | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.1
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A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

Votes: 13,828

11. Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 3,511

12. The Big Trees (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Romance, Western

5.8
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A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eve Miller, Patrice Wymore, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 1,077

13. Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.9
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After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 4,314

14. Moulin Rouge (1952)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Director: John Huston | Stars: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Colette Marchand, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 3,934

15. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Unrated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell

Votes: 10,192

16. Viva Zapata! (1952)

113 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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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.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 7,765

17. The Big Sky (1952)

Approved | 140 min | Drama, Western

7.1
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The success of the journey focuses on keeping the Indian girl alive as well as themselves to complete trade with the Blackfeet.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 3,081

18. 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.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

Votes: 6,592

19. Bend of the River (1952)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.3
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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 5,889

20. 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.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire

Votes: 1,547

21. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.2
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Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

Directors: Henry King, Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Hildegard Knef

Votes: 3,768

22. Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.5
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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.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 3,037

23. Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

8.2
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92 Metascore

An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova

Votes: 17,346 | Gross: $0.07M

24. Against All Flags (1952)

83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Alice Kelley

Votes: 1,679

25. Eight Iron Men (1952)

80 min | Drama, War

6.6
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During WW2 in Italy, Sergeant Joe Mooney is leading his small squad on the front-lines but is ordered to avoid rescuing a soldier trapped in no man's land.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Bonar Colleano, Arthur Franz, Lee Marvin, Richard Kiley

Votes: 352

26. The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Richard Wattis, Michael Denison, Walter Hudd

Votes: 4,233

27. Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

7.2
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Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe

Votes: 4,314

28. Glory at Sea (1952)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.3
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The captain of a old destroyer in 1940 struggles with his crew as well as the Nazis.

Director: Compton Bennett | Stars: Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough, Sonny Tufts, James Donald

Votes: 330

29. Road to Bali (1952)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

6.8
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Two unemployed show-biz pals accept treasure-diving work in Bali for a local princess and they find treasure,love and trouble.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 3,653

30. The Pride of St. Louis (1952)

Unrated | 93 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.6
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The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru, Richard Hylton, Richard Crenna

Votes: 482

31. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

6.9
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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."

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 2,711

32. Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley

Votes: 1,916

33. Ghost Ship (1952)

Approved | 74 min | Horror

5.6
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A luxury ship is haunted by the ghosts of a crew that had disappeared off the ship years before.

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Hazel Court, Dermot Walsh, Hugh Burden, John Robinson

Votes: 271

34. Forbidden Games (1952)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, War

7.9
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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.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée, Laurence Badie

Votes: 8,718 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Scaramouche (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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18th century France. A man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 4,483

36. The Life of Oharu (1952)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

8.2
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 4,325

37. Pat and Mike (1952)

95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.0
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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.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Aldo Ray, William Ching

Votes: 4,108

38. The Narrow Margin (1952)

Not Rated | 71 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.8
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A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Gordon Gebert

Votes: 5,317

39. Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)

Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer, Shaye Cogan

Votes: 2,273

40. Europe '51 (1952)

Approved | 113 min | Drama

7.6
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Ettore Giannini, Giulietta Masina

Votes: 2,124

41. Room for One More (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

7.2
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A fairly well-to-do family takes in 2 troubled orphans since no one else will take them.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle, Randy Stuart

Votes: 1,456

42. The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 4,600

43. With a Song in My Heart (1952)

117 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.0
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Jane Froman (Susan Hayward), an aspiring songstress, lands a job in radio with help from pianist Don Ross (David Wayne), whom she later marries. Jane's popularity soars, and she leaves on a... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, David Wayne, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 1,008

44. We're Not Married! (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Victor Moore, Fred Allen

Votes: 1,373

45. The Star (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson

Votes: 2,429

46. The Las Vegas Story (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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The arrival in Las Vegas of a businessman and his glamorous wife creates a complex web of murder and deceit.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Jane Russell, Victor Mature, Vincent Price, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 667

47. Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

Approved | 99 min | Adventure

6.1
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Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix, Keith Andes

Votes: 933

48. O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

7.3
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John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

Directors: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger

Votes: 1,534

49. Casque d'Or (1952)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.9
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In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie, aka "Casque d'Or" (Golden Helmet) meets Manda, a carpenter. Her man Roland belongs ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussières

Votes: 3,604

50. Big Jim McLain (1952)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, History

5.3
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In the post-war Hawaii, House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter hunt down communists.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Wayne, Nancy Olson, James Arness, Alan Napier

Votes: 1,530