Feature Film, Released between 1953-01-01 and 1953-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Torch Song (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

5.5
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A tough but unhappy Broadway star re-evaluates her life when she crosses paths with a blind pianist.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 1,130

2. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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78 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: 126,190

3. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

7.6
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80 Metascore

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: 36,712 | Gross: $20.00M

4. Peter Pan (1953)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.3
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76 Metascore

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: 125,108 | Gross: $87.40M

5. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.6
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85 Metascore

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: 42,974 | Gross: $30.50M

6. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

6.7
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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: 9,221 | Gross: $36.00M

7. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Approved | 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: 31,318 | Gross: $12.00M

8. 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 receive little attention.

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

Votes: 52,080

9. Man on a Tightrope (1953)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, 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: 1,164

10. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Army dispatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

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

Votes: 9,406

11. The War of the Worlds (1953)

G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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78 Metascore

A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

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

Votes: 32,450 | Gross: $4.36M

12. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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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: 20,349

13. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

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: 53,912

14. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.0
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84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. 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: 50,757

15. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 89 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: 23,301

16. Fear and Desire (1953)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama, Thriller, War

5.5
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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: 9,943

17. House of Wax (1953)

GP | 88 min | 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: 16,148 | Gross: $23.75M

18. Summer with Monika (1953)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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A pair of teenagers meet one summer day, start a reckless affair and abandon their families to be with one another.

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

Votes: 12,616

19. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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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: 10,309

20. Affair with a Stranger (1953)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.8
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When a TV gossip columnist wrongly announces that the marriage between now successful playwright William Blakeley and his wife Carolyn is breaking up, New York friends variously reminisce ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Linda Douglas, Monica Lewis

Votes: 440

21. Beat the Devil (1953)

Approved | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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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: 8,103

22. The Wild One (1953)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.8
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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: 14,536

23. I Vitelloni (1953)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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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: 15,763 | Gross: $0.10M

24. The Man Between (1953)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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In post-WW2 Berlin, when travel to the East was still possible, the sister of a British officer from West-Berlin is abducted by Communist agents and taken into the Soviet-sector where her eventual rescue is arranged by a German smuggler.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef, Geoffrey Toone

Votes: 1,622

25. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.3
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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: 20,601 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.0
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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: 6,242 | Gross: $4.91M

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

Approved | 80 min | 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: 6,932 | Gross: $5.00M

28. 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: 7,433

29. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

7.5
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation and accidentally, but good-naturedly, causes havoc.

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

Votes: 16,633

30. The Little Kidnappers (1953)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.1
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A Scotsman, Jim MacKenzie, living on a primitive homestead in Nova Scotia, is raising his two grandsons, Harry and Davy, following the death of their father in the Boer War. His son's death... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Jon Whiteley, Vincent Winter, Adrienne Corri, Duncan Macrae

Votes: 447

31. Calamity Jane (1953)

Passed | 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: 8,399

32. A Day to Remember (1953)

92 min | Drama

6.8
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A group of men from a London pub are going on a darts team outing to Boulogne. Various members of the party have different reasons for going and get involved in various adventures.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Stanley Holloway, Joan Rice, Odile Versois, Donald Sinden

Votes: 173

33. The Band Wagon (1953)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.5
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93 Metascore

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: 9,949

34. Niagara (1953)

Not Rated | 92 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.0
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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: 14,745

35. It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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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: 8,543

36. Devil's Canyon (1953)

Approved | 92 min | Western

5.3
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In 1897 Arizona, an ex-marshal is sent to the territorial prison where many of his enemies, among guards and inmates alike, are eager for a chance at payback.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Dale Robertson, Stephen McNally, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 352

37. Glen or Glenda (1953)

PG | 65 min | Drama

4.2
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A psychiatrist tells the stories of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda) and a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

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

Votes: 7,955

38. Pickup on South Street (1953)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.7
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 12,850

39. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 7,362

40. I Confess (1953)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 18,909

41. Recoil (1953)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama

6.0
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Jean Talbot poses as a crook to infiltrate the gang who killed her jeweller father, Michael.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Kieron Moore, Elizabeth Sellars, Edward Underdown, John Horsley

Votes: 119

42. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

7.1
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Marjorie Winfield's engagement to Bill Sherman, who has just arrived home from fighting in World War I, serves as the backdrop for the trials and tribulations of her family.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 1,915

43. The Man from the Alamo (1953)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Western

6.5
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During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Glenn Ford, Julie Adams, Chill Wills, Hugh O'Brian

Votes: 1,678

44. There Was a Young Lady (1953)

84 min | Comedy

6.6
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A super-efficient young secretary foils the plans of a gang of smash-and grab robbers.

Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Sydney Tafler, Bill Owen

Votes: 59

45. Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)

Passed | 99 min | Western

6.7
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During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe, William Demarest

Votes: 2,398 | Gross: $1.45M

46. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.3
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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: 7,131

47. The Naked Spur (1953)

Passed | 91 min | Thriller, Western

7.3
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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: 10,063

48. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

6.8
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A young boy dreams that he is in an imaginary world where, assisted by his family's plumber, he must save other piano-playing kids like himself from the dungeons of his dictatorial piano teacher who also mind-controls his mother.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 3,775

49. Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.1
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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 two gangsters looking for some money owed to them.

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

Votes: 5,493

50. Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky".

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Virgilio Riento

Votes: 1,288


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