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Movies: Popular Movies of 1953

Movies in chronological context: 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1953rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 953rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 53rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1950s decade. ()

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Peter Pan(1953)

3.6/5 (with 2,085 votes)

Leaving the safety of their nursery behind, Wendy, Michael and John follow Peter Pan to a magical world where childhood lasts forever. But while in Neverland, the kids must face Captain Hook and foil his attempts to get rid of Peter for good.

Roman Holiday(1953)

G
| 1h 59min | Romance / Love, Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 708 votes)

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

Tokyo Story(1953)

2h 17min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 331 votes)

The elderly Shukishi and his wife, Tomi, take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi, a doctor, and their daughter, Shige, a hairdresser, don't have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko, the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953)

NR
| 1h 31min | Music, Comedy, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 297 votes)

Lorelei Lee is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond, much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw, Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone, a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage.

The Wages of Fear(1953)

PG-13
| 2h 33min | Drama, Thriller, Adventure
4.1/5 (with 273 votes)

In the South American jungle, supplies of nitroglycerine are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers on the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can result in death.

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.

From Here to Eternity(1953)

NR
| 1h 58min | Romance / Love, Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 213 votes)

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.

The War of the Worlds(1953)

PG
| 1h 25min | Science Fiction, Action
3.5/5 (with 212 votes)

The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills, until they discover it is the first of many transport devices from Mars bringing an army of invaders invincible to any man-made weapon, even the atomic bomb.

Shane(1953)

1h 58min | Drama, Western
3.8/5 (with 204 votes)

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smouldering settler and rancher conflict forces him to act.

Stalag 17(1953)

3.9/5 (with 192 votes)

It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17 and the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem—there seems to be a security leak.

How to Marry a Millionaire(1953)

3.4/5 (with 173 votes)

Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Ugetsu(1953)

1h 36min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 171 votes)

In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa, as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi and Ohama.

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Fear and Desire(1953)

1h 2min | Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 162 votes)

After their airplane crashes behind enemy lines, four soldiers must survive and try to find a way back to their battalion. However, when they come across a local peasant girl the horrors of war quickly become apparent.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick - With Frank Silvera, Paul Mazursky, Virginia Leith, David Allen, Dave Allen

The Big Heat(1953)

NR
| 1h 29min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 156 votes)

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday(1953)

NR
| 1h 27min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 136 votes)

Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom.

Directed by Jacques Tati - With Jacques Tati, Marguerite Gérard, André Dubois, Lucien Frégis, Michèle Brabo, Raymond Carl, ...

I Confess(1953)

NR
| 1h 35min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 133 votes)

Unable, due to the seal of the confessional, to be forthcoming with information that would serve to clear himself during a murder investigation, a priest becomes the prime suspect.

Niagara(1953)

NR
| 1h 32min | Thriller
3.4/5 (with 123 votes)

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.

Summer with Monika(1953)

1h 36min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 109 votes)

Monika from Stockholm falls in love with Harry, a young man on holiday. When she becomes pregnant they are forced into a marriage, which begins to fall apart soon after they take up residence in a cramped little flat.

House of Wax(1953)

1h 30min | Horror, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 103 votes)

A New York sculptor who opens a wax museum to showcase the likenesses of famous historical figures runs into trouble with his business partner, who demands that the exhibits become more extreme in order to increase profits.

The Wild One(1953)

1h 19min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 97 votes)

The Black Rebels Motorcycle Club ride into the small California town of Wrightsville, eager to raise hell. Brooding gang leader Johnny Strabler takes a liking to Kathie, the daughter of the local lawman, as another club rolls into town.

Pickup on South Street(1953)

NR
| 1h 20min | Crime, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 87 votes)

In New York City, an insolent pickpocket, Skip McCoy, inadvertently sets off a chain of events when he targets ex-prostitute Candy and steals her wallet. Unaware that she has been making deliveries of highly classified information to the communists, Candy, who has been trailed by FBI agents for months in hopes of nabbing the spy ringleader, is sent by her ex-boyfriend, Joey, to find Skip and retrieve the valuable microfilm he now holds.

The Robe(1953)

NR
| 2h 15min | Drama, History
3.4/5 (with 79 votes)

Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus' homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed.

Duck Amuck(1953)

NR
| 7min | Animation, Comedy
4.1/5 (with 76 votes)

The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

Directed by Chuck Jones

The Earrings of Madame de...(1953)

1h 45min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 72 votes)

In France of the late 19th century, the wife of a wealthy general, the Countess Louise, sells the earrings her husband gave her on their wedding day to pay off debts; she claims to have lost them. Her husband quickly learns of the deceit, which is the beginning of many tragic misunderstandings, all involving the earrings, the general, the countess, & her new lover, the Italian Baron Donati.

The Return of Don Camillo(1953)

1h 55min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 71 votes)

After his battles with the communist mayor Peppone, Don Camillo is sent in exile by his bishop in a remote village. Peppone thought he got the village in his hands. But when the municipality decide to build a dike against the periodic floods, the proprietor of the land refuses. War between the village clans is about to begin. Maybe only the strong hand of the priest could persuade the landlord to change his mind. Will Peppone passed over his pride and send for his enemy?

The Band Wagon(1953)

NR
| 1h 52min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 70 votes)

A Broadway artiste turns a faded film star's comeback vehicle into an artsy flop.

Julius Caesar(1953)

NR
| 2h | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 66 votes)

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic.

Hondo(1953)

1h 23min | Western
3.3/5 (with 64 votes)

Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

Calamity Jane(1953)

NR
| 1h 41min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love, Western
3.5/5 (with 62 votes)

Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok fuss, feud and fall in love. At first, Calamity is too busy fighting Indians and cracking a bullwhip to pay attention to such girlie things as dresses and perfume. She soon changes her mind when Katie Brown arrives in town.

The Naked Spur(1953)

NR
| 1h 31min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western
3.5/5 (with 61 votes)

Howard Kemp has been tracking killer Ben Vandergroat for a long time. In the Colorado Rockies, he teams up with prospector Jesse Tate and former Union soldier Roy Anderson. Thinking Kemp is a sheriff, they agree to help for a small fee. When they catch Vandergroat, he tells them Kemp is pursuing a $5,000 bounty. After demanding equal shares, the uneasy alliance heads for Kansas as Vandergroat tries to turn them against each other.

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