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 1,138 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.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Roman Holiday(1953)

| 1h 59min | Comedy, Romance / Love, Drama
4.0/5 (with 375 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.

Directed by William Wyler - With Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Tullio Carminati, Paolo Carlini, Claudio Ermelli, ...

Tokyo Story(1953)

2h 16min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 140 votes)

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but the children have little time for them.

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu - With Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara, Chieko Higashiyama, Eijirō Tōno, Haruko Sugimura, Kyōko Kagawa, ...

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953)

| 1h 31min | Music, Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 140 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.

Directed by Howard Hawks - With Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Marcel Dalio, Norma Varden, Steven Geray, ...

The Wages of Fear(1953)

| 2h 27min | Drama, Thriller, Adventure
4.0/5 (with 129 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.

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot - With Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli, Antonio Centa, Véra Clouzot, ...

The War of the Worlds(1953)

| 1h 25min | Science Fiction, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 119 votes)

The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills, but their joy is short-lived when they discover it has passengers who are not very friendly.

Directed by Byron Haskin - With Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Cedric Hardwicke, Les Tremayne, Edgar Barrier, Henry Brandon, ...


1h 58min | Drama, Western
3.7/5 (with 106 votes)

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

Directed by George Stevens - With Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon deWilde, Jack Palance, Edith Evanson, ...

From Here to Eternity(1953)

| 1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.7/5 (with 103 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.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann - With Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, ...

Stalag 17(1953)

3.9/5 (with 100 votes)

It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem - there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who doesn't hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but it doesn't extend to spying for the Germans.

Directed by Billy Wilder - With William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Sig Ruman, Robert Strauss, Peter Graves, ...

How to Marry a Millionaire(1953)

3.5/5 (with 88 votes)

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

Directed by Jean Negulesco - With Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, William Powell, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, ...


1h 34min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 77 votes)

In the civil wars of 16th century Japan, two ambitious peasants in Nakanogo want to make their fortunes. The potter Genjuro intends to sell his wares for vast profits in the local city, Omizo, while his brother-in-law Tobei wishes to become a samurai. A respected sage warns them against seeking profit in times of war but his advice goes unheeded, and their insistency leads to the ruin of their families.

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi - With Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō, Kinuyo Tanaka, Eitarō Ozawa, Mitsuko Mito, Ryōsuke Kagawa, ...

The Big Heat(1953)

| 1h 29min | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 72 votes)

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth.

Directed by Fritz Lang - With Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Carolyn Jones, ...

I Vitelloni(1953)

1h 47min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 72 votes)

Five young men linger in a postadolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape from their small seacoast town. They while away their time spending the lira doled out by their indulgent families on drink, women, and nights at the local pool hall. Federico Fellini’s second solo directorial effort (originally released in the U.S. as The Young and the Passionate) is a semiautobiographical masterpiece of sharply drawn character sketches: Skirt chaser Fausto, forced to marry a girl he has impregnated; Alberto, the perpetual child; Leopoldo, a writer thirsting for fame; and Moraldo, the only member of the group troubled by a moral conscience. An international success and recipient of an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, I vitelloni compassionately details a year in the life of a group of small-town layabouts struggling to find meaning in their lives.

Directed by Federico Fellini - With Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste, Leonora Ruffo, Claude Farell, ...

Fear and Desire(1953)

1h 2min | Drama, History
2.7/5 (with 62 votes)

A ficticious war in an unidentified country provides the setting for this drama. Four soldiers survive the crash-landing of their plane to find themselves in a forest six miles behind enemy lines. The group, led by Lt. Corby, has a plan: They'll make their way to a nearby river, build a raft, and then, under cover of night, float back to friendly territory. Their plans for getting back safely are sidetracked by a young woman who stumbles across them as they hide in the woods, and by the nearby presence of an enemy general who one member of the group is determined to kill.

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

I Confess(1953)

1h 35min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 61 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.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock - With Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, O. E. Hasse, Dolly Haas, ...

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday(1953)

| 1h 27min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 61 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, ...


1h 32min | Thriller
3.4/5 (with 59 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.

Directed by Henry Hathaway - With Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Lurene Tuttle, ...

House of Wax(1953)

1h 30min | Horror, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 51 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.

Directed by André de Toth - With Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones, Phyllis Kirk, Paul Picerni, ...

The Wild One(1953)

1h 19min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 47 votes)

A gang of forty motorcyclists, the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club, gate-crash a legitimate motorcycle race. They are eventually thrown out, but one of the gang steals the second prize trophy and gives it to their leader, Johnny.

Directed by László Benedek - With Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Lee Marvin, Robert Keith, Jay C. Flippen, Will Wright, ...

Summer with Monika(1953)

1h 36min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 42 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.

Directed by Ingmar Bergman - With Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, Åke Fridell, Renée Björling, Dagmar Ebbesen, Naemi Briese, ...

Pickup on South Street(1953)

1h 20min | Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 41 votes)

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Directed by Samuel Fuller - With Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Richard Kiley, Murvyn Vye, Willis Bouchey, ...

Duck Amuck(1953)

| 7min | Animation
4.1/5 (with 35 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 - With Mel Blanc

The Robe(1953)

| 2h 15min | Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 35 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.

Directed by Henry Koster - With Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie, Jay Robinson, Dean Jagger, ...

Invaders from Mars(1953)

3.1/5 (with 34 votes)

In the early hours of the night, young David Maclean sees a flying saucer land and disappear into the sand dunes just beyond his house. Slowly, all of the adults, including his once loving parents, begin to act strangely.

Directed by William Cameron Menzies - With Jimmy Hunt, Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Morris Ankrum, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, ...

The Naked Spur(1953)

3.4/5 (with 33 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.

Directed by Anthony Mann - With James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell

The Band Wagon(1953)

1h 52min | Comedy, Music
3.6/5 (with 33 votes)

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

Directed by Vincente Minnelli - With Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Jack Buchanan, Ava Gardner, James Mitchell, ...

It Came from Outer Space(1953)

3.2/5 (with 33 votes)

Author & amateur astronomer John Putnam and schoolteacher Ellen Fields witness an enormous meteorite come down near a small town in Arizona, but Putnam becomes a local object of scorn when, after examining the object up close, he announces that it is a spacecraft, and that it is inhabited...

Directed by Jack Arnold - With Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer, Russell Johnson, Kathleen Hughes, ...

Calamity Jane(1953)

| 1h 41min | Action, Music, Western
3.4/5 (with 31 votes)

The Wild West heroine Calamity Jane helps bring a star attraction to Deadwood and finds love.

Directed by David Butler - With Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey, Chubby Johnson, Dick Wesson, ...


1h 23min | Western
3.3/5 (with 29 votes)

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

Directed by John Farrow - With John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Leo Gordon, ...

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms(1953)

3.4/5 (with 29 votes)

An atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle unfreezes a hibernating fictional dinosaur, a Rhedosaurus, that begins to wreak havoc in New York City.

Directed by Eugène Lourié, Ray Harryhausen - With Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Lee Van Cleef, Donald Woods, ...
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