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Movies: Popular Movies of 1951

Movies in chronological context: 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1951st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 951st year of the 2nd millennium, the 51st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1950s decade. ()

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Alice in Wonderland(1951)

3.6/5 (with 2,494 votes)

On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland! Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards!

Strangers on a Train(1951)

1h 41min | Crime, Thriller, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 618 votes)

A deranged socialite accosts a tennis star with his theory that if two strangers trade murders, they can disguise their motives and avoid suspicion.

A Streetcar Named Desire(1951)

PG
| 2h 5min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 527 votes)

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

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.

Ace in the Hole(1951)

NR
| 1h 51min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 219 votes)

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to revitalize his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control media circus.

The Thing From Another World(1951)

NR
| 1h 27min | Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 209 votes)

Scientists and US Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while investigating at a remote arctic outpost.

An American in Paris(1951)

3.6/5 (with 203 votes)

Jerry Mulligan is an exuberant American expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend Adam is a struggling concert pianist who's a long time associate of a famous French singer, Henri Baurel. A lonely society woman, Milo Roberts, takes Jerry under her wing and supports him, but is interested in more than his art.

Quo Vadis(1951)

NR
| 2h 51min | Drama, History, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 147 votes)

Set against the back drop of Rome in crisis, General Marcus Vinicius returns to the city from the battle fields and falls in love with a Christian woman, Lygia. Caught in the grip of insanity, Nero's atrocities become more extreme and he burns Rome, laying the blame on the Christians. Vinicius races to save Lygia from the wrath of Nero as the empire of Rome collapses around them.

A Place in the Sun(1951)

NR
| 2h 2min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 135 votes)

An ambitious young man wins an heiress's heart but has to cope with his former girlfriend's pregnancy.

Scrooge(1951)

PG
| 1h 26min | Fantasy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 99 votes)

Ebenezer Scrooge malcontentedly shuffles through life as a cruel miserly businessman until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three spirits, sent show him how his unhappy childhood and maladaptive adult behavior over has let him a selfish, lonely, bitter old man.

The Lavender Hill Mob(1951)

1h 18min | Comedy, Crime
3.6/5 (with 87 votes)

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipments of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country.

Diary of a Country Priest(1951)

1h 55min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 77 votes)

An inexperienced, sickly priest shows up in the rural French community of Ambricourt, where he joins the community's clergy. But the locals don't take kindly to the priest, and his ascetic ways and unsociable demeanor make him an outcast. During Bible studies at the nearby girls school, he is continually mocked by his students. Then his attempt to intervene in a family feud backfires into a scandal. His failures, compounded with his declining health, begin to erode his faith.

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Cops and Robbers(1951)

1h 45min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 71 votes)

Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

Othello(1951)

1h 33min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 71 votes)

When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two conspire to bring Othello down. When their first plan, to have him accused of witchcraft, fails, they plant evidence intended to make him believe Desdemona is unfaithful.

Miracle in Milan(1951)

1h 40min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 70 votes)

Once upon a time an old woman discovers a baby in her cabbage patch. She brings up the child and, when she dies, the boy, Toto, enters an orphanage. Toto leaves the orphanage a happy young man, and looks for work in post-war Milan. He ends up with the homeless and organizes them to build a shanty town in a vacant lot. The squatters discover oil in the land and Toto sees a vision of the old woman who gives him a magic dove that will grant him anything he wishes.

The Man in the White Suit(1951)

1h 25min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 68 votes)

The unassuming, nebbishy inventor Sidney Stratton creates a miraculous fabric that will never be dirty or worn out. Clearly he can make a fortune selling clothes made of the material, but may cause a crisis in the process. After all, once someone buys one of his suits they won't ever have to fix them or buy another one, and the clothing industry will collapse overnight. Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures...

Bellissima(1951)

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.

When Worlds Collide(1951)

1h 23min | Science Fiction
3.1/5 (with 60 votes)

When a group of astronomers calculate a star is on a course to slam into Earth, a few days before, it's accompanying planet will first pass close enough to the Earth to cause havoc on land and sea. They set about building a rocket so a few selected individuals can escape to the planet.

Detective Story(1951)

1h 43min | Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 52 votes)

Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod, leads a precinct of characters in their grim daily battle with the city's lowlife. The characters who pass through the precinct over the course of the day include a young petty embezzler, a pair of burglars, and a naive shoplifter.

Summer Interlude(1951)

1h 36min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 52 votes)

A jaded prima ballerina reminisces about her first love affair after she is unexpectedly sent her lover's old diary.

Early Summer(1951)

NR
| 2h 15min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 51 votes)

In postwar Tokyo, Noriko, still single at the advanced age of 28, lives contentedly in an extended family household that includes her parents and her brother's family. An uncle's visit prompts the family to find her a husband.

Rabbit Fire(1951)

3.7/5 (with 50 votes)

Daffy Duck and Bugs argue back and forth whether it is duck season or rabbit season. The object of their arguments is hunter Elmer Fudd.

Directed by Chuck Jones

On Dangerous Ground(1951)

NR
| 1h 22min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 46 votes)

A big-city cop is reassigned to the country after his superiors find him too angry to be an effective policeman. While on his temporary assignment he assists in a manhunt of a suspected murderer.

Day of the Fight(1951)

13min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 45 votes)

American short subject documentary film in black-and-white, which is notable as the first picture directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick financed the film himself, and it is based on an earlier photo feature he had done as a photographer for Look magazine in 1949. 'Day of the Fight' shows Irish-American middleweight boxer Walter Cartier during the height of his career, on the day of a fight with black middleweight Bobby James, which took place on April 17, 1950.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick - With Walter Cartier, Alexander Singer, Nat Fleischer, Stanley Kubrick, Judy Singer

The Red Inn(1951)

1h 44min | Comedy, Crime
3.5/5 (with 37 votes)

A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the monk his habit of serving poisoned soup to the guests, to rob their possessions and to bury them in the backyard.

Flying Padre(1951)

G
| 9min | Documentary
2.6/5 (with 36 votes)

Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a mono-plane. The priestly pilot is seen dashing from one province to the next at the helm of his trusty Piper Club administering guidance (his plane, the Flying Padre) to unruly children, sermonizing at funerals and flying a sickly child and its mother to a hospital.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick - With Bob Hite

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman(1951)

3.4/5 (with 35 votes)

A dreamy, timeless romance based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman features sumptuous color cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Ava Gardner plays Pandora Reynolds, a woman who has never fallen in love-- but one who men kill and die for. When she meets dashing and mysterious ship's captain Hendrik van der Zee, he pushes her to commit the ultimate act of love.

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.(1951)

1h 57min | War, Action, Adventure, Drama
3.4/5 (with 35 votes)

A naval adventure, based on the novels by C.S. Forester, about the heroic, 19th-century British seafarer. The story sails with his ship, the Lydia, through battles with Spain and then France won with wit rather than might.

The Idiot(1951)

2h 46min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 34 votes)

Kameda, who has been in an asylum on Okinawa, travels to Hokkaido. There he becomes involved with two women, Taeko and Ayako. Taeko comes to love Kameda, but is loved in turn by Akama. When Akama realizes that he will never have Taeko, his thoughts turn to murder, and great tragedy ensues.

Royal Wedding(1951)

NR
| 1h 33min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 32 votes)

Tom and Ellen are asked to perform as a dance team in England at the time of Princess Elizabeth's wedding. As brother and sister, each develops a British love interest, Ellen with Lord John Brindale and Tom with dancer Anne Ashmond.

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