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Movies Set in 1951

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The Finest Hours(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 57min | Action, Drama, History, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 663 votes)

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

L.A. Confidential(1997)

R
| 2h 18min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 1,902 votes)

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.

Psycho IV – The Beginning(1990)

2.8/5 (with 84 votes)

Norman Bates recalls his childhood with his abusive mother on a radio show about boys who commit matricide.

Raging Bull(1980)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 1,660 votes)

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

The Dressmaker(2015)

1h 58min | Drama, Comedy, Western
3.5/5 (with 686 votes)

In 1950s Australia, beautiful, talented dressmaker Tilly returns to her tiny hometown to right wrongs from her past. As she tries to reconcile with her mother, she starts to fall in love while transforming the fashion of the town.

Brooklyn(2015)

PG-13
| 1h 51min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 1,318 votes)

In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Eilis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.

Hail, Caesar!(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 46min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
3.0/5 (with 1,622 votes)

When a Hollywood star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming, the studio sends their fixer to get him back.

The Day the Earth Stood Still(1951)

G
| 1h 32min | Drama, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 402 votes)

An alien and a robot land on Earth after World War II and tell mankind to be peaceful or face destruction.

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War(2004)

R
| 2h 29min | Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 259 votes)

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Jersey Boys(2014)

R
| 2h 14min | Music, Drama
3.4/5 (with 289 votes)

A musical biopic of the Four Seasons—the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert, it gets to the heart of the relationships at the centre of the group, with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto.

Cadillac Records(2008)

R
| 1h 49min | Drama, History, Music
3.6/5 (with 168 votes)

The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

The Hours(2002)

PG-13
| 1h 54min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 664 votes)

"The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.

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Trumbo(2015)

R
| 2h 4min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 652 votes)

The career of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is halted by a witch hunt in the late 1940s when he defies the anti-communist HUAC committee and is blacklisted.

M*A*S*H(1970)

R
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 381 votes)

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

The Last Picture Show(1971)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 230 votes)

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny and Duane, live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating a local beauty, while Sonny is having an affair with the coach's wife. As graduation nears and both boys contemplate their futures. Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business. Each struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else.

The Majestic(2001)

PG
| 2h 32min | Drama, Romance / Love, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 264 votes)

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Guilty by Suspicion(1991)

1h 40min | Drama, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 48 votes)

This compelling story vividly recreates Hollywood's infamous 'Blacklist Era'. The witch-hunt has begun and director David Merrill can revive his stalled career by testifying against friends who are suspected communists. Merrill's ex wife shares a whirlpool of scandals that draws them closer together while his chances for ever making movies again slips further away...

Hoosiers(1986)

PG
| 1h 54min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 189 votes)

High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.

Hollywoodland(2006)

R
| 2h 6min | Thriller, Crime
3.1/5 (with 138 votes)

The complicated life and controversial suicide of George Reeves is investigated by a fictional private detective who finds that there are reasons to suspect that Reeves may not have killed himself after all. The detective also finds that there is a little of George Reeves in himself, and maybe, each of us.

I Am David(2003)

PG
| 1h 30min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 34 votes)

Based on Anne Holm's acclaimed young adult novel North to Freedom, I Am David chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp on his own -- through sheer will and determination. All he has in his possession is a loaf of bread, a letter to deliver to someone in Denmark and a compass to help get him there.

MacArthur(1977)

PG
| 2h 10min | Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 28 votes)

The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in flashback as he visits West Point.

Indignation(2016)

R
| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 114 votes)

In 1951, Marcus Messner, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with anti-Semitism, sexual repression, and the ongoing Korean War.

Stone of Destiny(2008)

1h 36min | Drama, Crime
3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

Tells of the daring heist of The Stone of Destiny in the 1950s by a charming group of idealistic Scottish undergraduates, whose action rekindled Scottish nationalistic pride.

The Confession(1970)

2h 19min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 41 votes)

The vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, knowing he's being watched and followed, is one day arrested and put into solitary confinement by his blackmailers.

The Krays(1990)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama, Crime, History
3.1/5 (with 40 votes)

The Krays is a film based on the lives and crimes of the British gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, twins who are often referred to as The Krays and were active in London in the 1960s.

Ruby(1977)

R
| 1h 25min | Drama, Horror, Action
2.2/5 (with 9 votes)

Strange killings occur at Ruby's drive-in theatre, sixteen years after the murder of her gangster boyfriend.

Let Him Have It(1991)

1h 55min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which would forever shake England's belief in capital punishment.

A Hill in Korea(1956)

1h 20min | War, Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

Based on real events, A Hill in Korea charts the fortunes of a small group of British soldiers serving in the Korean War. Out on a routine patrol, the soldiers find that Chinese troop movements have cut them off from their own lines. They try to fight their way back to safety but with the enemy surrounding them on all sides, the prospects look bleak. Facing almost insurmountable odds, they decide to stand a fight.

Same Time, Next Year(1978)

PG
| 1h 59min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 29 votes)

A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner and, although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year—in the same hotel room—and the years pass each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on.

Beat(2000)

R
| 1h 33min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 8 votes)

The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

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