Feature Film, Released between 1951-01-01 and 1951-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. The Browning Version (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

8.2
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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: 4,314

2. Early Summer (1951)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

8.2
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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: 7,139

3. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 19,388

4. Ace in the Hole (1951)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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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 rekindle 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: 30,921 | Gross: $3.97M

5. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

8.0
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97 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: 97,817 | Gross: $8.00M

6. Strangers on a Train (1951)

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

7.9
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88 Metascore

A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

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

Votes: 121,853 | Gross: $7.63M

7. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 122 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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76 Metascore

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: 19,799

8. Miracle in Milan (1951)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 6,263

9. Cops and Robbers (1951)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Steno | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Totò, Ave Ninchi, William Tubbs

Votes: 1,304

10. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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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: 75,674

11. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.7
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91 Metascore

In WWI Africa, 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: 70,612 | Gross: $0.54M

12. Othello (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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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: 7,462

13. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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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: 12,586

14. Westward the Women (1951)

Passed | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.6
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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: 2,742

15. Detective Story (1951)

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

7.6
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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: 7,090

16. The River (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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The growing pains of three young women contrast with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Votes: 5,509

17. The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, War

7.4
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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: 3,752

18. People Will Talk (1951)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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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: 5,704

19. The Mating Season (1951)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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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: 1,546

20. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.4
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68 Metascore

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, Jack Kinney | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 126,955

21. The Man in the White Suit (1951)

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

7.3
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An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but 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: 8,735 | Gross: $0.01M

22. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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78 Metascore

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: 6,140

23. The Enforcer (1951)

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

7.3
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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: 4,334

24. Cry Danger (1951)

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

7.3
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Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime for which he was framed in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

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

Votes: 2,113

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

Not Rated | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Moultrie Kelsall

Votes: 6,035

26. You Never Can Tell (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

7.2
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An ex-army dog inherits a fortune from his eccentric millionaire owner, and which is poisoned, asks the leader in the heaven for animals to send him back to Earth, as a human private investigator, to solve his own murder.

Director: Lou Breslow | Stars: Dick Powell, Peggy Dow, Joyce Holden, Charles Drake

Votes: 536

27. The Well (1951)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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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: 690

28. The Tall Target (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A New York City detective, traveling by train between New York and Baltimore, tries to foil an on-board plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln before he reaches Baltimore to give a major pre-Inauguration speech in 1861.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson

Votes: 1,664

29. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical

7.2
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A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina, Ann Ayars

Votes: 2,888 | Gross: $0.09M

30. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

7.2
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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: 3,974

31. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia 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: 13,370 | Gross: $24.29M

32. The Prowler (1951)

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

7.2
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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: 2,947

33. No Highway in the Sky (1951)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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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: 3,232

34. Decision Before Dawn (1951)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, War

7.2
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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: 2,382

35. Death of a Salesman (1951)

115 min | Drama

7.2
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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: 875

36. Bright Victory (1951)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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After he gets blinded by a German sniper's bullet in 1943, Sergeant Larry Nevins begins the long and painful road to recovery.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Peggy Dow, Julie Adams, James Edwards

Votes: 771

37. An American in Paris (1951)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.2
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83 Metascore

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: 29,955 | Gross: $4.50M

38. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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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: 25,263

39. Storm Warning (1951)

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

7.1
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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: 1,530

40. Rawhide (1951)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.1
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A stagecoach stop employee and a stranded woman traveller find themselves at the mercy of four desperate outlaws intent on robbing the next day's gold shipment.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Dean Jagger

Votes: 2,310

41. Payment on Demand (1951)

Approved | 90 min | Drama

7.1
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The film is about divorce but with flashbacks as to why divorce occurs.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Bette Davis, Barry Sullivan, Jane Cowl, Kent Taylor

Votes: 1,396

42. On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

7.1
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During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Jack Smith, Leon Ames

Votes: 2,250

43. The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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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: 601

44. Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

7.1
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The Kettles leave their ultra-modern home and return to the country looking for uranium. Ma and Tom's mother-in-law, Mrs. Parker, fight over whether their grandchild will be raised "hygienically".

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Meg Randall

Votes: 661

45. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

7.1
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A New York City swindler has until Christmas to come up with the $10,000 he owes a gangster, prompting him to go into scamming overdrive.

Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Frank Tashlin | Stars: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell

Votes: 1,642

46. Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

7.1
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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: 1,360

47. I'll Never Forget You (1951)

90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.1
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A scientist obsessed with the past transports himself back in time to 18th-century London, where he falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Tyrone Power, Ann Blyth, Michael Rennie, Dennis Price

Votes: 784

48. His Kind of Woman (1951)

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

7.1
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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: 3,807

49. Fourteen Hours (1951)

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

7.1
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An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget

Votes: 2,227

50. The Blue Veil (1951)

113 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 331


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