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Movies Set in 1951

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Forrest Gump(1994)

PG-13
| 2h 22min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
4.3/5 (with 10,240 votes)

A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events—in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. But despite all he has achieved, his one true love eludes him.

The Finest Hours(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 57min | Action, Drama, History, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 619 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, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 1,665 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.

Raging Bull(1980)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 1,471 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.

Jersey Boys(2014)

R
| 2h 14min | Music, Drama
3.4/5 (with 257 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.

The Dressmaker(2015)

1h 58min | Drama, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 613 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.

The Day the Earth Stood Still(1951)

G
| 1h 32min | Drama, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 356 votes)

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

The Majestic(2001)

PG
| 2h 32min | Drama, Romance / Love, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 242 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.

Brooklyn(2015)

PG-13
| 1h 51min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 1,257 votes)

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

Trumbo(2015)

R
| 2h 4min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 597 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.

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War(2004)

R
| 2h 29min | Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 221 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.

Hail, Caesar!(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 46min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
3.0/5 (with 1,532 votes)

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

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M*A*S*H(1970)

R
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 309 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.

Cadillac Records(2008)

R
| 1h 49min | Drama, History, Music
3.6/5 (with 142 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.

Psycho IV: The Beginning(1990)

2.9/5 (with 72 votes)

Norman Bates is again released from the mental hospital he was placed in at the end of Psycho III after serving another few years and is apparently rehabiliated for the second time. Norman is now married to a young nurse named Connie and is expecting a child. However, Norman fears that the child will inherit his mental illness. Meanwhile, Fran Ambrose is a radio talk show host who is discussing the topic of matricide with guest Dr. Richmond, Norman's former psychologist. The radio station receives a call from Norman, who uses the alias "Ed" to tell his story.

The Hours(2002)

PG-13
| 1h 54min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 607 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.

Guilty by Suspicion(1991)

1h 40min | Drama, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 44 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...

Hollywoodland(2006)

R
| 2h 6min | Drama, Thriller, Crime
3.1/5 (with 130 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.

The Last Picture Show(1971)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 200 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.

I Am David(2003)

PG
| 1h 30min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 33 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.

Hoosiers(1986)

PG
| 1h 54min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 164 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.

Indignation(2016)

R
| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 104 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 22 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 Krays(1990)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama, Crime, History
3.1/5 (with 31 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.

Beat(2000)

R
| 1h 33min | Drama
2.4/5 (with 7 votes)

The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

The Passion of Ayn Rand(1999)

2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

The author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man... to the dismay of those close to her.

MacArthur(1977)

PG
| 2h 10min | Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 24 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.

The One and Only(1978)

PG
| 1h 37min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary's heart, although she's already otherwise engaged. But getting a job after college turns out much harder than expected; most directors take offense at his free interpretation of his roles. Desperate, he tries in wrestling. To avoid getting beaten up he stages the fights - and incidentally invents show-wrestling.

Ruby(1977)

R
| 1h 25min | Drama, Horror, Action
2.2/5 (with 8 votes)

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

Tune in Tomorrow...(1990)

PG-13
| 1h 47min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
2.7/5 (with 7 votes)

Martin works at the local radio station, which just hired a new scriptwriter with a reputation for great drama, Pedro Carmichael. Martin’s aunt Julia, not related by blood, returns home after many years away and Martin falls for her. Once Pedro finds out about this romance, he starts incorporating details of it into the script of his daily drama series. Soon, Martin and Julia are not only hearing about their fictional selves over the radio, but about what they are going to do next.

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