1950s Comedy-drama Movies

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3.8/5 (with 444 votes)

Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for work, spends all his time entertaining, and has been married and divorced three times. Meanwhile, Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who goes away to Paris for two years, and returns to capture David's attention, while falling in love with Linus.


| 2h 17min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 161 votes)

A fading music hall comedian tries to help a despondent ballet dancer learn to walk and to again feel confident about life.

Bus Stop(1956)

3.1/5 (with 75 votes)

Cowboys Beauregard Decker and Virgil Blessing attend a rodeo in Phoenix, where Decker falls in love with beautiful cafe singer Cherie. He wants to take Cherie back to his native Montana and marry her, but she dreams of traveling to Hollywood and becoming famous. When she resists his advances, Decker forces Cherie onto the bus back to Montana with him, but, when the bus makes an unscheduled stop due to bad weather, the tables are turned.

I Vitelloni(1953)

1h 43min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 230 votes)

Five young men dream of success as they drift lazily through life in a small Italian village. Fausto, the group's leader, is a womanizer; Riccardo craves fame; Alberto is a hopeless dreamer; Moraldo fantasizes about life in the city; and Leopoldo is an aspiring playwright. As Fausto chases a string of women, to the horror of his pregnant wife, the other four blunder their way from one uneventful experience to the next.

Mister Roberts(1955)

| 2h 3min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, War
3.5/5 (with 51 votes)

Mr. Roberts is as an officer who's yearning for battle but is stuck in the backwaters of World War II on a non-commissioned Navy ship run by the bullying Captain Morton.

Four Bags Full(1956)

1h 20min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 90 votes)

Two unlikely companions must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris.

Black Orpheus(1959)

| 1h 40min | Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 63 votes)

Young lovers Orfeu and Eurydice run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval, on the lam from a hitman dressed like Death and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira and passing between moments of fantasy and stark reality. This impressionistic retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice introduced bossa nova to the world with its soundtrack by young Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Auntie Mame(1958)

3.5/5 (with 34 votes)

Ten-year-old orphan Patrick Dennis has come to live with his marvelously madcap Auntie Mame, who lives life to the hilt. "Life is a banquet," Mame says, "and most poor suckers are starving to death!".

The Million Pound Note(1954)

| 1h 30min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

An impoverished American sailor is fortunate enough to be passing the house of two rich gentlemen who have conceived the crazy idea of distributing a note worth one million pounds. The sailor finds that whenever he tries to use the note to buy something, people treat him like a king and let him have whatever he likes for free. Ultimately, the money proves to be more troublesome than it is worth when it almost costs him his dignity and the woman he loves.

Directed by Ronald Neame - With Gregory Peck, Ronald Squire, Wilfrid Hyde-White, John C. Slater, Bryan Forbes, Jane Griffiths, ...

Good Morning(1959)

3.9/5 (with 76 votes)

A lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu’s perennial theme of the challenges of inter­generational relationships, Good Morning tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking in protest after their parents refuse to buy a television set. Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his child protagonists. Shot in stunning color and set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors’ new washing machine and unemployed husbands look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy refashions Ozu’s own silent classic I Was Born, But . . . to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan.

There's No Business Like Show Business(1954)

3.1/5 (with 33 votes)

Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

Baby Doll(1956)

1h 54min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 42 votes)

Archie Lee Meighan is a failing cotton gin owner who is married to Baby Doll, a 19-year old childlike beauty whose father arranged the marriage for financial reasons. As Archie awaits the arrival of Baby Doll's 20th birthday, the day that they are supposed to consummate their marriage, he faces interference from business rival Silva Vacarro, who plots to seduce Baby Doll away from Meighan.

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1h 55min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 64 votes)

Bellissima is a satire of the film industry, and centers on a mother and daughter after the latter attends an audition.

Cheaper by the Dozen(1950)

| 1h 25min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.1/5 (with 28 votes)

"Cheaper by the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island, to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in large families.

Beautiful but Dangerous(1955)

3.1/5 (with 7 votes)

The fictitious story of a real person called Lina Cavalieri who was known at the time as "the most beautiful woman in the world".

Hobson's Choice(1954)

1h 47min | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 35 votes)

Henry Hobson owns and tyrannically runs a successful Victorian boot maker’s shop in Salford, England. A stingy widower with a weakness for overindulging in the local Moonraker Public House, he exploits his three daughters as cheap labour. When he declares that there will be ‘no marriages’ to avoid the expense of marriage settlements at £500 each, his eldest daughter Maggie rebels.

The Rose Tattoo(1955)

| 1h 57min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 22 votes)

A grieving widow embarks on a new romance when she discovers her late husband had been cheating on her.

Room for One More(1952)

| 1h 38min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.1/5 (with 13 votes)

Anne and "Poppy" Rose have three quirky kids. Anne has a generous heart and the belief in the innocence of children. To the unhappy surprise of her husband she takes in the orphan Jane, a problem child who already tried to kill herself once.

The Seven Little Foys(1955)

2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

Vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy, who has vowed to forever keep his act a solo, falls in love with and marries Italian ballerina Madeleine. While they continue to tour the circuit, they begin a family and before long have seven little Foys to clutter the wings. After tragedy threatens to stall Eddie's career, he comes to realize that his little terrors are worth their weight in gold. - Chris Stone.

The Actress(1953)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

The true story of Ruth Gordon's early struggles on the road to stage stardom.

Last Holiday(1950)

1h 28min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 12 votes)

George Bird is a salesman of agricultural machinery who finds out that he hasn't long to live. On his doctor's advice, he goes to an exclusive seaside resort to spend his savings on one last holiday.

Illusion Travels by Streetcar(1954)

1h 30min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin," as it were. Unfortunately, the "one last spin" ends up being an all-night and all-day scramble to stay out of trouble, as they are confronted with situation after sometimes bizarre situation that prevents them from returning the "borrowed" Streetcar!


1h 31min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

W. Somerset Maugham introduces three more of his stories about human foibles.

My Six Convicts(1952)

| 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A psychologist takes on the daunting task of getting into the mind of prisoners. He must gain the trust and cooperation from a group of men who have no reason to help him and who might enjoy killing him.

Affair with a Stranger(1953)

1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Director Roy Rowland's 1953 drama, depicting the rocky marriage of a young model and her Broadway playwright-husband, stars Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Jane Darwell, Dabbs Greer, Nicholas Joy, Lillian Bronson and George Cleveland.

Adam and Eve(1953)

1h 39min | Comedy
2.6/5 (with 3 votes)

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1h 25min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 15 votes)

Paul Braconnier and his wife Blandine only have one thing in mind: to find a way to kill each other without risk. After listening to a radio show, Paul decides to go to Paris to meet a famous lawyer in the acquittal of the murderers. He tells the lawyer that he killed his wife. The lawyer asks Paul to reconstruct the circumstances of the drama. Without knowing it, he explains, in spite of himself, the way for Paul to murder his wife by putting the odds on his side to avoid death penalty or even be released...

The Rising of the Moon(1957)

1h 21min | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer must arrest a very old-fashioned, traditional fellow for assault. The man's principles have the policeman and the whole village, including the man he slugged, sympathizing with him. "One Minute's Wait" is about an little train station and glimpses into the lives of the passengers, with a series of comic setups. The third piece is called "1921" and is about a condemned Irish nationalist and his daring escape. Tyrone Power introduces each story.

Directed by John Ford - With Cyril Cusack, Noel Purcell, Denis O'Dea, Tyrone Power, Noel Purcell, Jack MacGowran, ...

Un rincón cerca del cielo(1952)

2h | Drama
4.0/5 (with 11 votes)

On reaching the capital, Pedro Gonzalez gets a lowly job and marries Margaret. After losing that job, get a new one as a bodyguard but is fired again. With so much poverty and despair Pedro believes that his only way out is suicide.

The Happy Time(1952)

1h 34min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

A violinist (Charles Boyer) and his brother (Louis Jourdan) guide one's son through his crush on the family maid in 1920s Ottawa.

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