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


1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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99 Metascore

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: 174,310 | Gross: $8.82M

2. 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: 10,846

3. 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: 10,556 | Gross: $36.00M

4. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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89 Metascore

A town marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

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

Votes: 85,512 | Gross: $9.45M

5. 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: 29,459 | Gross: $10.55M

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: 48,880 | Gross: $0.06M

7. Against All Flags (1952)

Approved | 84 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: 1,821

8. Bend of the River (1952)

Approved | 91 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: 6,388

9. The Wild North (1952)

97 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

6.6
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In the Canadian mountains, a trapper goes on the run accused of a crime, and is pursued by a rugged and determined lawman.

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Stewart Granger, Wendell Corey, Cyd Charisse, Morgan Farley

Votes: 544

10. Limelight (1952)

G | 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: 14,779 | Gross: $1.00M

11. 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: 10,805

12. Viva Zapata! (1952)

Not Rated | 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: 8,336

13. 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: 7,002

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: 4,167 | Gross: $11.81M

15. 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: 18,538 | Gross: $0.07M

16. 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: 1,154

17. The Narrow Margin (1952)

Not Rated | 71 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.7
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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: 5,678

18. 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: 1,806

19. 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: 4,715

20. 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: 3,445

21. 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: 3,251

22. 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: 3,963 | Gross: $18.05M

23. The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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During the 1700s, pirate Captain Vallo seizes a British warship and gets involved in various money-making schemes involving Caribbean rebels led by El Libre, British envoy Baron Jose Gruda and a beautiful courtesan named Consuelo.

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

Votes: 4,834

24. 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: 2,194

25. 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: 2,834

26. 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: 4,426

27. 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.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer

Votes: 2,737

28. 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: 3,734

29. The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.9
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Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch, James Hayter

Votes: 954 | Gross: $4.58M

30. 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: 4,733

31. 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: 1,669

32. 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: 4,632

33. 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: 2,645

34. Le Plaisir (1952)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Three separate stories about the same thing: pleasure.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Simone Simon, Claude Dauphin

Votes: 3,337

35. 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: 4,364

36. The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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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: 4,431

37. 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: 4,735

38. 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: 3,795

39. Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)

105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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While waiting on a delayed flight, David Trask, who has left his unfaithful wife, meets three of his fellow passengers. When the aircraft crashes, he is one of few survivors, and sets out to resolve their unfinished business.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Bette Davis, Shelley Winters, Gary Merrill, Michael Rennie

Votes: 1,613

40. Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy

7.2
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An aging heir-less millionaire wants to leave his fortune to the unsuspecting family of his first love but not before testing his prospective heirs by living with them under the guise of a poor boarder.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn, Gigi Perreau

Votes: 1,013

41. Pony Soldier (1952)

Approved | 82 min | Western

6.0
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In 1876, a Canadian North West Mounted Police Constable must obtain the release of white hostages captured by the Cree tribes that are raiding Montana from their Canadian reservation.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Tyrone Power, Cameron Mitchell, Thomas Gomez, Penny Edwards

Votes: 484

42. The Cimarron Kid (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Western

6.5
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Unjustly accused of robbing the train he was riding home, Bill Doolin re-joins his old gang, participates in other robberies and becomes a wanted outlaw.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Audie Murphy, Beverly Tyler, James Best, Yvette Duguay

Votes: 596

43. Room for One More (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

7.2
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A fairly well-to-do family takes in two troubled orphans.

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

Votes: 1,592

44. Carrie (1952)

118 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and ... See full summary »

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins, Eddie Albert

Votes: 1,759

45. This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)

Approved | 100 min | Drama

5.6
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A tough lady gangster learns that she will be totally blind within a week. She seeks help from the one eye surgeon who may be able to save her sight. In the process, he also causes her to ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Joan Crawford, Dennis Morgan, David Brian, Richard Webb

Votes: 530

46. The Stranger in Between (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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Violent fugitive and mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars, Kay Walsh

Votes: 665

47. Macao (1952)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.7
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Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?

Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 2,244

48. Rancho Notorious (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Western

7.0
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After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer, Gloria Henry

Votes: 3,234

49. Carbine Williams (1952)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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David Marshall Williams is sent to a prison farm where he works in the tool shop and eventually develops the precursor of the famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in WWII.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Hagen, Wendell Corey, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 1,482

50. Casque d'Or (1952)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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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: 3,896