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1. 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: 70,600

Netflix

2. Early Summer (1951)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

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: 5,822

Netflix

3. The Browning Version (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 3,779

Netflix

4. Strangers on a Train (1951)

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

88 Metascore

A psychotic socialite attempts to force a professional tennis star to prove a theory that two complete strangers can get away with murder.

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

Votes: 110,775 | Gross: $7.63M

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5. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

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: 23,273 | Gross: $3.97M

Netflix

6. 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: 748

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7. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

96 Metascore

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: 88,716 | Gross: $8.00M

Netflix

8. 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: 26,293 | Gross: $4.50M

Netflix

9. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

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: 17,139

Netflix

10. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 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: 17,440

Netflix

11. 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: 2,981

Netflix

12. Meshi (1951)

97 min | Drama

Michiyo lives in the small place Osaka and is not happy with her marriage, all she does is cook and clean for her husband.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Ken Uehara, Setsuko Hara, Yukiko Shimazaki, Yôko Sugi

Votes: 1,142

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13. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Not Rated | 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: 7,979

Netflix

14. 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: 64,771 | Gross: $0.54M

Netflix

15. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

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: 10,969

Amazon Instant

16. Summer Interlude (1951)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

A lonely woman recalls her first love thirteen years prior during a brief summer vacation.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin, Annalisa Ericson

Votes: 4,054

Netflix

17. 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: 4,827

Netflix

18. 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: 6,050

reviewed

19. The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, War

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: 3,167

Reviewed

20. 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: 1,380

Amazon Prime

21. People Will Talk (1951)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 4,949

Amazon Instant

22. 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: 5,452

Amazon Instatn

23. The Idiot (1951)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama, Romance

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: 3,872

Netflix

24. 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: 5,103

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25. 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: 111,402

Netflix

26. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

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

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: 7,611 | Gross: $0.01M

Amazon Instant

27. Miss Julie (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A heiress begins to realize her attraction to one of her family's servants.

Director: Alf Sjöberg | Stars: Anita Björk, Ulf Palme, Märta Dorff, Lissi Alandh

Votes: 1,395

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28. 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: 2,013

Amazon Instant

29. The Enforcer (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A crusading district attorney finally gets a chance to prosecute the organizer and boss of Murder Inc.

Directors: Bretaigne Windust, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane

Votes: 3,638

reviewed

30. Susana (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

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: 1,579

Amazon Instant

31. Cry Danger (1951)

Passed | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, William Conrad

Votes: 1,764

Reviewed

32. The Well (1951)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Thriller

A small, racially-mixed American town succumbs to violence and utter mayhem after a white man suspected of kidnapping a missing black girl is released by the white authority.

Directors: Leo C. Popkin, Russell Rouse | Stars: Gwendolyn Laster, Richard Rober, Maidie Norman, George Hamilton

Votes: 552

reviewed

33. No Highway in the Sky (1951)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 2,787

Amazon Instant

34. 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: 22,028

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35. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

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: 3,546

Amazon Instant

36. Adventures in the Red Sea (1951)

Approved | 67 min | Documentary

Excellent documentary film about diving to the bottom of the Red Sea.

Director: Hans Hass | Stars: Hans Hass, Lotte Hass, Alfons Hochhauser, Leo Rohrer

Votes: 17

Amazon Prime

37. 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: 2,289

Reviewed

38. Storm Warning (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Marsha Mitchell, a traveling dress model, stops in a southern town to see her sister who has married a Ku Klux Klansman. Marsha sees the KKK commit a murder and helps District Attorney Burt Rainey in bringing the criminals to justice.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran

Votes: 1,174

reviewed

39. 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: 11,697 | Gross: $24.29M

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40. 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: 1,756

Reviewed

41. Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Guy Middleton, George Cole

Votes: 1,123

Amazon Prime

42. 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: 3,204

Reviewed

43. The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

Marriage broker Mae Swasey, who somewhat cynically arranges her loser clients' affairs, meets model Kitty Bennett and can't resist meddling in her life, by disentangling her from a married ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter, Scott Brady, Zero Mostel

Votes: 453

Amazon Instant

44. Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 1,819

Amazon Instant

45. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Drama, War

The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton

Votes: 1,464

Amazon Instant

46. Ginza keshô (1951)

87 min | Drama

A few days in the life of a quiet geisha, single mother of a young, smart boy, in the lively Tokyo quarter of Ginza. A woman devoted to other people's needs, she will end by taking part ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Ranko Hanai, Yûji Hori, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 219

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47. The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, Drama, War

The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler

Votes: 4,929

Netflix

48. 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: 2,245

49. The Girl on the Bridge (1951)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama

An elderly watchmaker stops a beautiful young blonde from committing suicide by throwing herself off a bridge. They eventually marry, and things go well until a man from the woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Hugo Haas | Stars: Hugo Haas, Beverly Michaels, Robert Dane, Anthony Jochim

Votes: 109

Reviewed

50. Show Boat (1951)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Family, Musical