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Movies Set in The 1950s

Public list by WPS with 475 movies or TV shows/series

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Oppenheimer(2023)

R
| 3h | Drama, History
4.1/5 (with 2,359 votes)

The story of J. Robert Oppenheimer's role in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.

The Shawshank Redemption(1994)

R
| 2h 22min | Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 12,480 votes)

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Stand by Me(1986)

R
| 1h 29min | Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 2,471 votes)

Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern are four friends who decide to hike to find the corpse of Ray Brower, a local teenager, who was hit by a train while plucking blueberries in the wild.

GoodFellas(1990)

R
| 2h 25min | Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 5,556 votes)

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

The Godfather(1972)

R
| 2h 55min | Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 9,480 votes)

Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.

Grease(1978)

PG
| 1h 50min | Romance / Love, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 3,259 votes)

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?

Brooklyn(2015)

PG-13
| 1h 51min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 1,431 votes)

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

Forrest Gump(1994)

4.3/5 (with 12,194 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 Godfather Part II(1974)

R
| 3h 22min | Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 5,728 votes)

In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Rocketman(2019)

R
| 2h 1min | Music, Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 2,083 votes)

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

The Irishman(2019)

R
| 3h 29min | Crime, Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 2,970 votes)

Pennsylvania, 1956. Frank Sheeran, a war veteran of Irish origin who works as a truck driver, accidentally meets mobster Russell Bufalino. Once Frank becomes his trusted man, Bufalino sends him to Chicago with the task of helping Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful union leader related to organized crime, with whom Frank will maintain a close friendship for nearly twenty years.

Frivolous Lola(1998)

2.4/5 (with 86 votes)

The story takes place in northern Italy in the 1950's. Lola and Masetto are about to get married. Masetto wants to keep Lola as a virgin until they are married. But Lola is impatient to remain in chastity until the wedding night. She wants to be sure that Masetto is a good lover, before she commits herself into marriage. She does everything to trick Masetto into breaking the moral tradition.

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The Fabelmans(2022)

PG-13
| 2h 31min | Drama, Comedy
3.9/5 (with 928 votes)

Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.

The Imitation Game(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | History, Drama, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 7,736 votes)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

The Founder(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 2,147 votes)

The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

Raging Bull(1980)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 1,896 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.

Lolita(1997)

R
| 2h 17min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 746 votes)

Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.

Ray(2004)

PG-13
| 2h 32min | Drama, Music
3.7/5 (with 833 votes)

Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered coupling gospel and country together.

A Beautiful Mind(2001)

PG-13
| 2h 15min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 4,571 votes)

John Nash is a brilliant but asocial mathematician fighting schizophrenia. After he accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Where the Crawdads Sing(2022)

PG-13
| 2h 5min | Drama, Mystery, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 683 votes)

Abandoned by her family, Kya raises herself all alone in the marshes outside of her small town. When her former boyfriend is found dead, Kya is instantly branded by the local townspeople and law enforcement as the prime suspect for his murder.

Elvis(2022)

PG-13
| 2h 39min | Drama, Music
3.8/5 (with 1,427 votes)

The life story of Elvis Presley as seen through the complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Elvis(2021)

2h 37min | Drama, Music

A biopic about Elvis Presley, with focus on his early years.

Cinema Paradiso(1988)

PG
| 2h 4min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.2/5 (with 1,845 votes)

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Lolita(1962)

NR
| 2h 34min | Drama, Comedy, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 859 votes)

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.

Revolutionary Road(2008)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 1,707 votes)

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.

Sunset Boulevard(1950)

PG
| 1h 50min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 1,089 votes)

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

The Blind(2023)

PG-13
| 1h 48min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 6 votes)

Long before Phil Robertson was a reality-TV star, he fell in love and started a family, but his demons threatened to tear their lives apart. This is the true story that started a dynasty.

Directed by Andrew Hyatt - With Aron von Andrian, Amelia Eve, Connor Tillman, John Ales

I.Q.(1994)

PG
| 1h 40min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 190 votes)

Albert Einstein helps a young man who's in love with Einstein's niece to catch her attention by pretending temporarily to be a great physicist.

La Bamba(1987)

PG-13
| 1h 48min | Drama, Music
3.6/5 (with 299 votes)

Los Angeles teenager Ritchie Valens becomes an overnight rock 'n' roll success in 1958, thanks to a love ballad called "Donna" that he wrote for his girlfriend. But as his star rises, Valens has conflicts with his jealous brother, Bob, and becomes haunted by a recurring nightmare of a plane crash just as he begins his first national tour alongside Buddy Holly.

The Master(2012)

R
| 2h 17min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 1,303 votes)

Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World War II.

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