Most Popular Feature Films Released 1953-01-01 to 1953-12-31


1. Shane (1953)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 29,626 | Gross: $9.00M

2. 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.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson

Votes: 95,529 | Gross: $87.40M

3. The Naked Spur (1953)

Passed | 91 min | Thriller, Western

7.4
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A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 8,146

4. Roman Holiday (1953)

Passed | 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.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 107,220

5. So Big (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.0
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After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden, Nancy Olson, Steve Forrest

Votes: 476

6. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.7
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In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 35,703

7. The Master of Ballantrae (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, History

6.6
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Two noble Scottish brothers deliberately take opposite sides when Bonnie Prince Charlie returns to claim the throne of Scotland in order to preserve the family fortune.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Roger Livesey, Anthony Steel, Beatrice Campbell

Votes: 1,108

8. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid

Votes: 24,465

9. The Magnetic Monster (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Sci-Fi

5.9
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Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner Dan Forbes are sent to a local hardware store where they find a strong magnetic field... See full summary »

Directors: Curt Siodmak, Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Richard Carlson, King Donovan, Jean Byron, Harry Ellerbe

Votes: 771

10. The War of the Worlds (1953)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 26,663

11. The Band Wagon (1953)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray

Votes: 7,902

12. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 30,934

13. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne

Votes: 16,458

14. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 38,296

15. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, War

8.0
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When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 44,719

16. House of Wax (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 12,505 | Gross: $23.75M

17. The Wild One (1953)

Approved | 79 min | Drama

6.9
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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin

Votes: 11,991

18. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 8,369

19. Calamity Jane (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.3
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The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey

Votes: 6,638

20. Niagara (1953)

Approved | 92 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.1
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter

Votes: 11,686

21. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié | Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 5,191 | Gross: $5.00M

22. Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 4,556

23. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 17,805

24. It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.6
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A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strangely.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 6,370

25. Mogambo (1953)

Approved | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.7
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On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Donald Sinden

Votes: 6,067

26. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

6.8
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In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 7,012 | Gross: $36.00M

27. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson

Votes: 5,639

28. Fear and Desire (1953)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama, Thriller, War

5.6
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Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Stephen Coit

Votes: 5,875

29. Summer with Monika (1953)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Harry Lund is a nineteen-year-old man who meets Monika, a romantic, reckless and rebellious seventeen-year-old, and they fall in love. They leave their families and jobs in their small town... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, Dagmar Ebbesen, Åke Fridell

Votes: 8,315

30. Man on a Tightrope (1953)

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

7.1
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Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 732

31. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate

Votes: 7,193

32. Ugetsu (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 15,419 | Gross: $0.01M

33. The French Line (1953)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.2
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When her fiancé leaves her, an oil heiress takes a cruise incognito in order to find a man who will love her for herself and not for her money.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Jane Russell, Gilbert Roland, Arthur Hunnicutt, Mary McCarty

Votes: 399

34. Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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An unhappily married couple struggle to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated ship.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton

Votes: 5,114

35. Knights of the Round Table (1953)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Anne Crawford

Votes: 2,638

36. The Long, Long Trailer (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels--a trailer. After the two are hitched, they ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 3,300

37. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave her as a wedding gift: she needs money to cover her debts. The general secretly buys ... See full summary »

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 6,729

38. I Confess (1953)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne

Votes: 15,336

39. Glen or Glenda (1953)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

4.1
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A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell

Votes: 6,908

40. Beat the Devil (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley

Votes: 6,499

41. Innocents in Paris (1953)

102 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an early 1950's weekend in Paris. The Scotsman in his kilt, the elderly lady painter, the international negotiator, and the pretty ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: Alastair Sim, Ronald Shiner, Claire Bloom, Margaret Rutherford

Votes: 214

42. The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr

Votes: 3,553

43. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

7.6
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla, Valentine Camax

Votes: 13,143

44. The Slasher (1953)

Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.0
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The life of a juvenile delinquent is threatened by his own incessant desire for trouble.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: James Kenney, Joan Collins, Betty Ann Davies, Robert Ayres

Votes: 143

45. Angel Face (1953)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 5,291

46. Destination Gobi (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.4
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In 1944, US Navy specialists run a weather station in the Gobi desert where they are harassed by Japanese warplanes but aided by local Mongol nomads.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Widmark, Don Taylor, Max Showalter, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 661

47. I Vitelloni (1953)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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87 Metascore

A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 11,198 | Gross: $0.10M

48. Walking My Baby Back Home (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Musical

6.9
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World War II veteran Clarence "Jigger" Millard forms a band with several other former GIs. The band fails to take off and he is forced to join a minstrel show headed by Colonel Wallace. He soon falls for Wallace's niece Chris Hall.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Janet Leigh, Buddy Hackett, Lori Nelson

Votes: 87

49. Paratrooper (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, War

6.0
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In 1940, an American claiming to be Canadian volunteers for the British Army's paratroop school.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Alan Ladd, Leo Genn, Susan Stephen, Harry Andrews

Votes: 479

50. 99 River Street (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen

Votes: 1,680