Underrated 50sby hollywoodpsychic | created - 10 May 2014 | updated - 27 Jun 2018 | Public
An evolving list of 50s films that I feel all deserve more love. Some of these movies make the list for having low average user ratings. Others are here for having very few user ratings. All of these are movies I like. (Though some are certainly better than others!) Here, then, is my list of the best unappreciated, misunderstood and/or unknown 50s films that I particularly enjoyed, films that surely deserve higher ratings and/or a bigger audience.
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1. The Fireball (1950)
Approved | 84 min | Drama
Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he... See full summary »
2. Highway 301 (1950)
Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them
5. Five (1951)
Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.
9. Park Row (1952)
Approved | 83 min | Drama, Thriller
The Globe is a small, but visionary newspaper started by Phineas Mitchell, an editor recently fired by The Star. The two newspapers become enemies, and the Star's ruthless heiress Charity Hackett decides to eliminate the competition.
10. Something to Live For (1952)
Approved | 89 min | Drama
An actress becomes an alcoholic after being jilted. She is aided by an Alcoholics Anonymous member with whom she has an affair; however, he is married.
11. The Steel Trap (1952)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A Los Angeles bank assistant-manager devises a plan to steal money from the bank's vault and to flee to Brazil with his unsuspecting wife.
12. A Blueprint for Murder (1953)
Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Whitney Cameron suspects his sister-in-law has poisoned his brother and niece, but without proof how does he prevent the murder of his nephew?
14. Personal Affair (1953)
Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In a 1950s British village, a teenager, who is in love with her Latin language teacher, disappears, prompting the police to investigate the teacher, amidst public rumors of rape and murder.
15. Destry (1954)
Approved | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Music
In his desire to control a frontier town, ruthless town boss Decker appoints the town drunk as sheriff who, in return, hires gunfighter Destry as his deputy.
17. The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)
Passed | 75 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A dysfunctional family operating an isolated date farm in the California desert is threatened by the arrival of an extra-terrestrial.
18. Violent Saturday (1955)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.
19. The Black Sleep (1956)
Not Rated | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor.
20. Tension at Table Rock (1956)
Passed | 93 min | Western
A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets... See full summary »
23. The Mysterians (1957)
TV-Y7 | 85 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi
Shortly after a giant robot destroys a village, aliens from outer space arrive offering friendship. Will stupid Earth creatures tie these two events together?
Votes: 1,230 | Gross: $0.98M
24. Sorority Girl (1957)
61 min | Drama
A poor-little-rich-girl feels alienated by her mother and enacts a string of revenges on her fellow pupils at a girls' boarding school. However, she is outcast when one of her stunts nearly drives a girl to suicide.
26. Corridors of Blood (1958)
Not Rated | 86 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig, but soon finds himself addicted.
27. Giant from the Unknown (1958)
Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror
A very large, degenerate, Spanish conqueror is freed from suspended animation by lightning and goes on a killing spree in a small town.
28. The Haunted Strangler (1958)
Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Mystery, Horror
A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.
30. How to Make a Monster (1958)
Unrated | 73 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
When a master monster make-up artist is sacked by the new bosses of American International studios, he uses his creations to exact revenge.
31. Masters of the Congo Jungle (1958)
Approved | 88 min | Documentary
Documentary showing the struggles of the inhabitants--both human and animal--of what was then called the Belgian Congo.
32. City of Fear (1959)
Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A vicious killer escapes from San Quentin with a cannister of what he believes to be heroin but is actually a radioactive substance that threatens all Los Angeles.
34. Eyes in Outer Space (1959)
Approved | 25 min | Documentary, Animation, Short
Walt Disney, with the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Defense, uses music and animation to speculate on the use of space satellite technology (with a coordinated defense network) as a means to modify weather.
35. First Man Into Space (1959)
Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...
38. The Head (1959)
97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A scientist invents a serum that keeps a dog's head alive after its body dies. When the scientist dies of a heart attack, his crazed assistant cuts off his head and, using the serum, keeps ... See full summary »
40. The Wasp Woman (1959)
Not Rated | 63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A scientist develops a youth formula for a cosmetics queen from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical horrible side effects.