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1. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

78 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 118,920

3. The Man Between (1953)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

In post-World War II Berlin, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military man who married German Bettina Mallison. The naive Susanne... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef, Geoffrey Toone

Votes: 1,406

4. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla, Valentine Camax

Votes: 15,312

5. Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Family

91 Metascore

A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.

Directors: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin | Stars: Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams, Will Lee

Votes: 2,195 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Give a Girl a Break (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Debbie Reynolds, Dolly Sharp

Votes: 488

7. Remains to Be Seen (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

June Allyson plays a band singer working in New York City; Van Johnson is the manager of a fancy apartment house where a murder is committed. The victim is Allyson's wealthy uncle, and ... See full summary »

Director: Don Weis | Stars: June Allyson, Van Johnson, Louis Calhern, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 146

8. Vice Squad (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Police procedural film following a few cases assigned to LAPD captain of detectives Barney Barnaby.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Paulette Goddard, K.T. Stevens, Porter Hall

Votes: 466

9. Personal Affair (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In a 1950s British village, a teenager, who is in love with her Latin language teacher, disappears, prompting the police to investigate the teacher, amidst public rumors of rape and murder.

Director: Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Gene Tierney, Leo Genn, Glynis Johns, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 333

10. Inferno (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A tough, hard-driving business tycoon suffers a broken leg and is left to die in the desert by his scheming wife and her greedy lover.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Larry Keating

Votes: 1,103

12. Here Come the Girls (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Musical

A clumsy, full-of-himself chorus boy gets a chance at Broadway stardom when he's a stand in for a leading actor threatened by an infamous killer.

Director: Claude Binyon | Stars: Bob Hope, Tony Martin, Arlene Dahl, Rosemary Clooney

Votes: 325

13. The Long Memory (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Released from prison after twelve years, a wrongfully convicted British man seeks revenge on the witnesses who lied at his trial.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars, Eva Bergh

Votes: 869

15. The Cruel Sea (1953)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, War

The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 3,707

16. Raiders in the Sky (1953)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, War

War drama about the dangerous and stressful work of Lancaster bomber British crews during World War II.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ian Hunter, Dinah Sheridan, Bryan Forbes

Votes: 495

17. The Actress (1953)

Passed | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Former seaman Clinton Jones now works at a lowly job. His daughter Ruth wants to become an actress. Clinton gets fired and Ruth rejects the advances of Fred Whitmarsh. Her father gives her ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jean Simmons, Teresa Wright, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 1,063

18. The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr

Votes: 4,207

19. The War of the Worlds (1953)

G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

78 Metascore

A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 30,094 | Gross: $4.36M

20. Man on a Tightrope (1953)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 999

21. Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History, Romance

An unhappily married couple struggle to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated ship.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton

Votes: 5,904 | Gross: $4.91M

22. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 48,506

23. The Naked Spur (1953)

Passed | 91 min | Thriller, Western

A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 9,255

24. Pickup on South Street (1953)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

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

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 11,613

25. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

80 Metascore

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

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 33,984 | Gross: $20.00M

26. Niagara (1953)

Not Rated | 92 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter

Votes: 13,567

27. The Caddy (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

Although gifted golfer Harvey Miller is too nervous to golf in public tournaments, he acts as coach and caddy for friend Joe Anthony.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Donna Reed, Barbara Bates

Votes: 1,673

28. Project M7 (1953)

86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A secret jet aircraft capable of traveling three times the speed of sound is being developed by a group of scientists secretly. On the day of the test flight, one of the scientists dies in ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, James Donald, Robert Beatty, Herbert Lom

Votes: 76

29. The Glass Web (1953)

Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A beautiful but heartless television actress, uses seduction and tricks to blackmail the men in her life to a point, where she could get herself killed.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, John Forsythe, Kathleen Hughes, Marcia Henderson

Votes: 296

30. The Glass Wall (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to ... See full summary »

Director: Maxwell Shane | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Gloria Grahame, Ann Robinson, Douglas Spencer

Votes: 525

31. Meet Me at the Fair (1953)

Approved | 87 min | Musical

In 1904, Doc Tilbee, medicine show huckster and champion tall-tale teller, gives a ride to a young boy escaped from an orphanage, where bad conditions (the result of political graft) are ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Dan Dailey, Diana Lynn, Chet Allen, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 92

32. Battle Circus (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set in Korea and made during the war, this is the love story of a hard-bitten Army surgeon, and a new nurse ready to save the world.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson, Keenan Wynn, Robert Keith

Votes: 1,213

33. Forever Female (1953)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

An aging actress refuses to admit she is too old to play the ingénue role anymore.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Ginger Rogers, William Holden, Paul Douglas, James Gleason

Votes: 402

34. The Heart of the Matter (1953)

Approved | 100 min | Drama

An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during World War II falls in love with a young Austrian woman and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

Director: George More O'Ferrall | Stars: Trevor Howard, Elizabeth Allan, Maria Schell, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 323

35. The Lady Without Camelias (1953)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A new starlet is discovered and has ups and downs in Italian films.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Gino Cervi, Andrea Checchi, Ivan Desny

Votes: 1,233

37. Rhine Virgin (1953)

82 min | Crime, Drama

Reported missing in 1940, Jacques Ledru comes back to Strasbourg as Martin Schmidt. He tracks down his wife Genevieve, but she's remarried and has taken the head of his shipping company. She and her husband will do anything to get rid of Jacques and keep his company.

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Jean Gabin, Elina Labourdette, Andrée Clément, Olivier Hussenot

Votes: 58

40. A Husband for Anna (1953)

95 min | Drama

Anna Zaccheo is a beautiful young woman from a working class Neapolitan family. Her main concern is to find herself a suitable husband. She meets a young sailor Andrea one day and gets ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Silvana Pampanini, Amedeo Nazzari, Massimo Girotti, Umberto Spadaro

Votes: 95

41. Il viale della speranza (1953)

86 min | Comedy

Joys and disappointments of three young girls who dreaming of making a career in film: Luisa has talent and triumphs; Franca tries to seduce a producer, however no artistic skills, Giuditta... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Cosetta Greco, Marcello Mastroianni, Liliana Bonfatti, Piera Simoni

Votes: 60

42. The Juggler (1953)

Passed | 84 min | Drama, History, War

In 1949, former concentration camp inmate and Berlin native Hans Muller, immigrates to Israel where, due to psychological problems, he can't adjust to peacetime life.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Milly Vitale, Paul Stewart, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 433

43. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck, Folco Lulli

Votes: 49,131

44. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

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

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 45,012

45. The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Musical

Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her ... See full summary »

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Barbara Ruick, Bob Fosse

Votes: 534

46. The System (1953)

Passed | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Gambler John Merrick (Frank Lovejoy) is the head of a bookie syndicate and the newspaper is crusading against him and the rackets, primarily because Merrick is in love with Felice Stuart (... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Joan Weldon, Robert Arthur, Paul Picerni

Votes: 74

47. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

85 Metascore

In Hawaii in 1941, 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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 39,927 | Gross: $30.50M

48. Never Let Me Go (1953)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An American reporter stationed in post-war Moscow marries a ballet dancer, but their relationship is threatened by the country's political volatility.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Clark Gable, Gene Tierney, Bernard Miles, Richard Haydn

Votes: 598

49. Flight Nurse (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Biography, Drama, War

5.7