1953

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

The Big Heat

IMDb: 8.0
1953
89min

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.

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Salome

Salome

Salome

IMDb: 5.9
1953
103min

In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a prophecy. Enter beautiful Princess Salome, Herod’s long-absent stepdaughter. Herodias sees the king’s dawning lust for Salome as her means of bending the king to her will. But Salome and her lover Claudius are (contrary to Scripture) nearing conversion to the new religion. And the famous climactic dance turns out to have unexpected implications…

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Hondo

Hondo

Hondo

IMDb: 7.1
1953
83min

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

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The Man Between

The Man Between

The Man Between

IMDb: 7.1
1953
100min

“The Man Between” is a 1953 British thriller film directed by Carol Reed and starring James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef and Geoffrey Toone. A British woman on a visit to post-war Berlin is caught up in an espionage ring smuggling secrets into and out of the Eastern Bloc.

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

IMDb: 6.7
1953
80min

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 science fiction film directed by Eugène Lourié and stars Paul Christian, Paula Raymond and Cecil Kellaway with visual effects by Ray Harryhausen. The film is about an atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle that unfreezes a hibernating fictional dinosaur, a Rhedosaurus, that begins to wreak havoc in New York City.

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Miss Sadie Thompson

Miss Sadie Thompson

Miss Sadie Thompson

IMDb: 6.0
1953
91min

Sadie Thompson winds up stranded on an island and while her boat is being quarantined, she manages to stir up the blood of every marine on the base.

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The Neanderthal Man

The Neanderthal Man

The Neanderthal Man

IMDb: 4.4
1953
78min

A scientist develops a formula which will cause animals to regress to the form of their primitive ancestors, and tries it on himself with disastrous results.

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The Magnetic Monster

The Magnetic Monster

The Magnetic Monster

IMDb: 5.9
1953
76min

A young scientist’s experiment goes awry when he creates a monster from a radioactive isotope and finds that the creature consumes energy to grow in size and terrorize the nearby town.

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99 River Street

99 River Street

99 River Street

IMDb: 7.5
1953
83min

A former boxer –now taxi driver– gets mixed up with jewel thieves.

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From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

IMDb: 7.7
1953
118min

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.

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The Golden Blade

The Golden Blade

The Golden Blade

IMDb: 5.7
1953
81min

Harum is a fearless man of the people who comes to Bagdad to avenge the murder of his father and meets Krairuzan, a princess disguised as a commoner, working against a plot by a band of evil schemers trying to do away with her father, the Caliph. She gives Harum a golden sword which, in his hands, makes him invincible. Harum uses the sword in the name of justice and is doing quite well until a duplicate sword is placed in his scabbard during one of his off-guard moments, and he winds up in chains.

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Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate

IMDb: 7.2
1953
109min

Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great deal like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night threatens the production, as well as two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night.

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Niagara

Niagara

Niagara

IMDb: 7.1
1953
92min

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.

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War Arrow

War Arrow

War Arrow

IMDb: 5.8
1953
78min

A thrilling Cavalry-versus-Indians adventure starring Jeff Chandler as an Army official recruiting Seminole allies, against his superior’s wishes, to stop a planned Kiowa attack.

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The Wild One

The Wild One

The Wild One

IMDb: 6.9
1953
79min

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.

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Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil

IMDb: 6.6
1953
89min

The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne’er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel aboard an ill-fated tramp steamer en route to Mombasa.

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Little Fugitive

Little Fugitive

Little Fugitive

IMDb: 7.7
1953
80min

Joey Norton, seven years old, lives with his older brother Lennie in a lower middle class neighborhood of Brooklyn. Joey is too small to be taken seriously by Lennie and Lennie’s friends. One day, while their mother is away visiting her sick mother, Lennie and his friends play a joke on Joey. They stage an incident so that Joey thinks he has shot and killed his brother. Francois Truffault credits this classic with inspiring the French New Wave.

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Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

Pickup on South Street

IMDb: 7.8
1953
80min

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

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Titanic

Titanic

Titanic

IMDb: 7.2
1953
98min

Unhappily married, Julia Sturges decides to go to America with her two children on the unsinkable Titanic. Her husband, Richard also arranges passage on the luxury liner so as to have custody of their two children. All this fades to insignificance once the ship hits an iceberg.

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The Robe

The Robe

The Robe

IMDb: 6.8
1953
135min

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.

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The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

IMDb: 7.0
1953
71min

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

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Shane

Shane

Shane

IMDb: 7.7
1953
118min

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

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Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

IMDb: 8.1
1953
119min

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.

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How to Marry a Millionaire

How to Marry a Millionaire

How to Marry a Millionaire

IMDb: 7.0
1953
95min

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

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

IMDb: 7.2
1953
91min

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.

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Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

IMDb: 7.3
1953
101min

Doris Day and Howard Keel fuss, feud and fall in love as Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. At first curvaceous Calamity is too durned busy fighting Indians and cracking a bullwhip to pay mind to such girlie what-alls as dresses and perfume. She soon changes her mind when Katie Brown arrives in town.

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Blowing Wild

Blowing Wild

Blowing Wild

IMDb: 6.6
1953
90min

Wildcatter Jeff Dawson does his best to bring in a gusher in Mexico despite continual bandit raids. He asks for help from his ex-employer Ward Conway, but Conway, now married to Dawson’s ex-lover Marina refuses, fearing that his wife will want to renew her romance with the other man.

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The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

IMDb: 7.1
1953
85min

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.

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Three Steps to the Gallows

Three Steps to the Gallows

Three Steps to the Gallows

IMDb: 6.7
1953
81min

A U.S. sailor (Scott Brady) docks in London and in three days tries to save his brother from the gallows.

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Tokyo Story

Tokyo Story

Tokyo Story

IMDb: 8.3
1953
136min

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

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The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon

IMDb: 7.6
1953
112min

A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.

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