Best Picture 1951

by logandarko | created - 20 Mar 2011 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

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1. The River (1951)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

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: 4,707

2. Bellissima (1951)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renzelli

Votes: 3,188

3. Strangers on a Train (1951)

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

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: 109,071 | Gross: $7.63M

4. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

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: 7,744

5. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

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: 87,107 | Gross: $8.00M

6. Cielo negro (1951)

113 min | Drama

A woman who works as employee in a fashion store has to care for her ill mother. At the same time she falls in love with a bohemian man.

Director: Manuel Mur Oti | Stars: Susana Canales, Fernando Rey, Luis Prendes, Teresa Casal

Votes: 153

7. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Romance

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: 17,068

8. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

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: 4,975

9. David and Bathsheba (1951)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

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: 1,670

10. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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: 69,626

11. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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: 108,923

12. Surcos (1951)

104 min | Drama

The struggles of a Spanish family as it emigrates from the country to Madrid circa 1950.

Director: José Antonio Nieves Conde | Stars: Luis Peña, María Asquerino, Francisco Arenzana, Marisa de Leza

Votes: 387

13. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

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: 63,714 | Gross: $0.54M

14. Show Boat (1951)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Family, Musical

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: 3,919

15. Westward the Women (1951)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

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: 2,192

16. Variety Lights (1950)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises.

Directors: Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Peppino De Filippo, Carla Del Poggio, Giulietta Masina, John Kitzmiller

Votes: 2,236

17. Detective Story (1951)

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

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: 5,889

18. The Prowler (1951)

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

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren

Votes: 2,201

19. Awaara (1951)

82 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Raju lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raju's mother out of the house years ago. Raju shacks up with a Dacoit (... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Nargis, Raj Kapoor, K.N. Singh

Votes: 2,902

20. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 11,455 | Gross: $24.29M

21. Othello (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

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: 6,171

22. Decision Before Dawn (1951)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, War

As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner, Hildegard Knef

Votes: 1,955

23. An American in Paris (1951)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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: 25,590 | Gross: $4.50M

24. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan, Fay Baker

Votes: 2,202

25. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 21,480

26. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

Approved | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain.

Director: Albert Lewin | Stars: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim

Votes: 2,417

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

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 5,305

28. Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Richard Todd, Ruth Roman, Mercedes McCambridge, Zachary Scott

Votes: 542

29. The Mating Season (1951)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ellen McNulty loses her hamburger joint and goes to see her son, who marries a socialite at the same time. Due to her modest background and a case of mistaken identity, Ellen poses as the newlyweds' cook.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Gene Tierney, John Lund, Miriam Hopkins, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 1,356

30. The Story of 'Hansel and Gretel' (1951 TV Short)

TV-G | 10 min | Short, Animation

A young brother and sister are kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch. Based on the brothers Grimm fairytale. Animated by Ray Harryhausen.

Director: Ray Harryhausen | Star: Hugh Douglas

Votes: 111

31. Anne of the Indies (1951)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In order to recover his ship impounded by the British, former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Debra Paget, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 932

32. The Man with a Cloak (1951)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1848 NYC, a Frenchwoman visits exiled former French Marshal Thevenet to ask for his financial help in behalf of his French grandson but Thevenet's house staff schemes to kill him and take his fortune.

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern, Leslie Caron

Votes: 757

33. Death of a Salesman (1951)

115 min | Drama

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: 724

34. The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Western

In 1871 a convict escapes, with other prisoners, to kill the man that framed him, but has second thoughts after meeting the man's beautiful future wife.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Ethel Barrymore, Zachary Scott

Votes: 573

35. Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, War

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: 2,668

36. Another Man's Poison (1951)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In an isolated house, mystery writer Janet Frobisher is involved in potentially murderous relationships.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steel

Votes: 1,708

37. Thunder in the East (1951)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, War

In 1947, in an independent India, Europeans are scrambling to evacuate Ghandahar which is besieged by a local warlord but sought-after by an American arms dealer.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Alan Ladd, Deborah Kerr, Charles Boyer, Corinne Calvet

Votes: 224

38. His Kind of Woman (1951)

Approved | 120 min | Action, Crime, Film-Noir

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt

Votes: 3,130

39. His Mouse Friday (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Short, Animation

Tom is shipwrecked on an island, which is inhabited by at least one mouse - Jerry. To thwart the hungry cat, Jerry disguises himself as a cannibal.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Paul Frees

Votes: 501

40. Der Verlorene (1951)

98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

German scientist murders his fiancée during World War II when he learns that she has been selling the results of his secret research to the enemy.

Director: Peter Lorre | Stars: Peter Lorre, Karl John, Helmuth Rudolph, Johanna Hofer

Votes: 770

41. The Blue Veil (1951)

113 min | Drama

Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges,... See full summary »

Directors: Curtis Bernhardt, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Richard Carlson

Votes: 278

42. Darling, How Could You! (1951)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy

Based on James Barrie's play "Alice Sit-By-The-Fire". In turn-of-the-century New York, a young girl who believes she's learned "the seamy side of life" from a risque play takes it upon ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Joan Fontaine, John Lund, Mona Freeman, Peter Hansen

Votes: 146

43. The Racket (1951)

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

In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, Tay Garnett, Nicholas Ray, Sherman Todd | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Talman

Votes: 2,215

44. The Story of 'Rapunzel' (1951)

TV-G | 11 min | Animation, Short

A young maiden is trapped in a tower by a wicked witch who took her at birth. Classic fairytale animated by Ray Harryhausen.

Director: Ray Harryhausen | Star: Del Moore

Votes: 143

45. Flying Padre (1951)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short

Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a monoplane. The priestly ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Fred Stadtmueller, Bob Hite, Pedro

Votes: 3,001