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1. All the King's Men (1949)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek

Votes: 12,651

2. Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy

Two Brooklyn wrestling promoters go to French Algeria in search of a famous Algerian wrestler but accidentally end-up in the French Foreign Legion.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patricia Medina, Walter Slezak

Votes: 2,663

3. Lights Out (1946–1952)
Episode: Just What Happened (1950)

30 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man stands trial for murdering another man by throwing him out a window.

Director: Laurence Schwab Jr. | Stars: John Howard, Richard Purdy, Alan Stevenson, Rita Lynn

Votes: 20

4. Alice in Wonderland (1949)

Not Rated | 76 min | Animation, Action, Family

This exceptional theatrical version of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic features a combination of live characters and stop motion animation.

Director: Dallas Bower | Stars: Stephen Murray, Ernest Milton, Pamela Brown, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 719

5. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

68 Metascore

Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 124,187

6. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 69,348 | Gross: $0.54M

7. Bwana Devil (1952)

Not Rated | 79 min | Adventure

British railway workers in Kenya are becoming the favorite snack of two man-eating lions. Head engineer Bob Hayward becomes obsessed with trying to kill the beasts before they maul everyone on his crew.

Directors: Arch Oboler, Robert Clampett | Stars: Robert Stack, Barbara Britton, Nigel Bruce, Ramsay Hill

Votes: 324

8. The Abbott and Costello Show (1952–1957)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family, Mystery

Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.

Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Sid Fields, Gordon Jones

Votes: 1,026

9. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

Approved | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

Rocky and Puddin' Head are waiting tables at an inn on Tortuga when a letter given them by Lady Jane for delivery to Martingale gets switched with a treasure map. Kidd and Bonney kidnap them to Skull Island to find said treasure.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Charles Laughton, Hillary Brooke

Votes: 1,949

10. Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Two workmen accidentally launch a space rocket intended for Mars, and find mistakenly landing in New Orleans just the beginning of their misadventures.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Robert Paige, Mari Blanchard

Votes: 3,018

11. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Craig Stevens

Votes: 3,968

12. 1. April 2000 (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

It is the year 2000 and the World Global Union is in charge, although other countries are allowed to elect their own government leaders, as long as they support the Union. When Austria's ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner | Stars: Hilde Krahl, Josef Meinrad, Waltraut Haas, Judith Holzmeister

Votes: 189

13. The Bespoke Overcoat (1954 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Drama

The ghost of a poor warehouse clerk who died from the cold persuades a tailor to steal a coat.

Director: Eric Fawcett | Stars: Alfie Bass, David Kossoff, Alan Tilvern, Oscar Quitak

Votes: 67

14. Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Action

Anthony Dexter---bare-chested most of the film with the smoldering nostrils from "Valentino"---as "Captain Kidd" is saved from hanging by an Earl who wants to get his hand on Kidd's ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Anthony Dexter, Eva Gabor, Alan Hale Jr., James Seay

Votes: 113

15. The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954)

Passed | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

In Ispahan, Persia, a barber mistakes an emerald ring as the prize to be delivered to a prince known far and wide, only to realize that a runaway Princess is the real treasure awaited, promising to escort her to her final destination.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: John Derek, Elaine Stewart, Thomas Gomez, Amanda Blake

Votes: 447

16. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 28,033 | Gross: $28.20M

17. Shower of Stars (1954–1958)
Episode: A Christmas Carol (1954)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A mean and miserly proprietor of a counting house in 1840's London is taken by ghosts to Christmas scenes of his youth, contemporary ones involving his family and employee, and lastly, a ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Levy | Stars: William Lundigan, Mary Costa, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 121

18. Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Fred Clark, Lynn Bari

Votes: 2,044

19. The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)

Passed | 75 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A dysfunctional family operating an isolated date farm in the California desert is threatened by the arrival of an extra-terrestrial.

Directors: David Kramarsky, Roger Corman, Lou Place | Stars: Paul Birch, Lorna Thayer, Dona Cole, Dick Sargent

Votes: 1,250

20. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marie Windsor, Michael Ansara

Votes: 4,981

21. Alias John Preston (1955)

Approved | 71 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

Wealthy John Preston arrives in small town Deanbridge. He invests in local businesses and gets involved in community affairs. Eventually, he meets a local belle, Sally, and wins her from ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Betta St. John, Alexander Knox, Christopher Lee, Sandra Dorne

Votes: 164

22. The Buster Keaton Story (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

An inaccurate retelling of the life of silent filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton.

Director: Sidney Sheldon | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Ann Blyth, Rhonda Fleming, Peter Lorre

Votes: 239

23. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry, Frank Puglia

Votes: 6,138

24. The Abominable Snowman (1957)

85 min | Adventure, Horror

A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis

Votes: 3,466

25. The Bride and the Beast (1958)

Not Rated | 78 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

When Laura and Dan get married, she's more interested in Dan's gorilla. It's revealed through hypnosis that she was Queen of the Gorillas in a previous incarnation.

Director: Adrian Weiss | Stars: Charlotte Austin, Lance Fuller, Johnny Roth, William Justine

Votes: 359

26. Adam and Eve (1956)

78 min | Drama

Adam and Eve are placed by God in Paradise, but because of the world-famous boo-boo they committed, God cops an attitude and decides to teach them a lesson.

Director: Alberto Gout | Stars: Christiane Martel, Carlos Baena

Votes: 43

27. The Angry Red Planet (1959)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she doesn't remember the circumstances of the trip.

Director: Ib Melchior | Stars: Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden, Les Tremayne, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 2,734

28. 1001 Arabian Nights (1959)

75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Mr. Magoo's ancestor, Abdul Aziz Magoo, is the uncle of Aladdin, who falls in love with a princess.

Directors: Jack Kinney, Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Kathryn Grant, Dwayne Hickman, Hans Conried

Votes: 239

29. Congolaise (1950)

Approved | 68 min | Documentary

The expedition that shot this film was sponsored by the French Government and the Museum of Man, for the purpose of making a lasting record of the native tribes in French Equatorial Africa,... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Dupont | Stars: Robert St. John, Ray Morgan

Votes: 17

30. Counterplot (1959)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama

Man hides out in Puerto Rico from the police and his double-crossing attorney.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Forrest Tucker, Allison Hayes, Gerald Milton, Jackie Wayne

Votes: 102

31. Blades (1989)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

People are showing up sliced and diced at Tall Grass Country Club. Norman, the owner of the club, wants to avoid undue publicity on the eve of the televised pro-am tournament, and ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas R. Rondinella | Stars: Robert North, Jeremy Whelan, Victoria Scott, Holly Stevenson

Votes: 454

32. Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)

Unrated | 67 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A stone-encrusted body is unearthed at Pompeii, and people left alone with it keep dying of crushed skulls...

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Richard Anderson, Elaine Edwards, Adele Mara, Luis Van Rooten

Votes: 617

33. David and Bathsheba (1951)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore

Votes: 2,032

34. The Delinquents (1957)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

A frustrated young man, separated from his younger girlfriend, gets involved in a juvenile gang.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tom Laughlin, Peter Miller, Richard Bakalyan, Rosemary Howard

Votes: 485 | Gross: $1.00M

35. The Diamond Wizard (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

An American Treasury agent teams up with a Scotland Yard inspector to track down a group of thieves that are creating artificial diamonds out of sugar.

Directors: Dennis O'Keefe, Montgomery Tully | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Margaret Sheridan, Philip Friend, Alan Wheatley

Votes: 102

36. Encore (1951)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

Adaptations of three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham comprise this anthology film where the celebrated author introduces each segment of the film in front of the camera.

Directors: Harold French, Pat Jackson, Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Nigel Patrick, Roland Culver, Alison Leggatt, Charles Victor

Votes: 503

37. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 3,310

38. The Headless Ghost (1959)

Not Rated | 62 min | Comedy, Horror

Three teenagers encounter a ghost who is in limbo until he retrieves his lost head. They do their bit to help him find it.

Director: Peter Graham Scott | Stars: Richard Lyon, Liliane Sottane, David Rose, Clive Revill

Votes: 238

39. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

89 Metascore

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 94,496 | Gross: $9.45M

40. 1984 (1956)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien), whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Michael Redgrave, Jan Sterling, David Kossoff

Votes: 3,000

41. On the Threshold of Space (1956)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

Scientist is sent to investigate a faulty ejector seat, then sent into space to test it, showing an assortment of human weaknesses and strengths. Basically this is about the human predicament and drama, not space.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Guy Madison, Virginia Leith, John Hodiak, Dean Jagger

Votes: 154

42. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1952)

60 min | Drama

A modern New England man travels back to the days of King Arthur and battles Merlin the Magician.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Thomas Mitchell, Boris Karloff, Berry Kroeger, Salem Ludwig

Votes: 43

43. Pharaoh's Curse (1957)

Approved | 66 min | Horror

Archaeologists in Egypt find one of their crew has been turned into a blood sucking mummy after they have unleashed a three thousand year curse by entering a Pharaoh's tomb.

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: Mark Dana, Ziva Rodann, Diane Brewster, George N. Neise

Votes: 529

44. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,949

45. The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)

Approved | 84 min | Drama

After being shown what hypnotism can do, a doctor starts to study it in depth. When he experiments on a friend's wife, she regresses into an early life--that of Bridey Murphy. Several ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Langley | Stars: Teresa Wright, Louis Hayward, Nancy Gates, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 162

46. Spy in the Sky! (1958)

Unrated | 75 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller