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1. The Living Desert (1953)

Passed | 69 min | Family, Documentary

Documentary of the lives of flora and fauna in a desert in the US.

Director: James Algar | Star: Winston Hibler

Votes: 1,087

2. Gate of Hell (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, History, Romance

A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.

Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Kazuo Hasegawa, Isao Yamagata, Yatarô Kurokawa

Votes: 2,770

3. Martin Luther (1953)

Approved | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of German priest Martin Luther (Niall MacGinnis), covering his life between 1505 and 1530 A.D., and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Niall MacGinnis, John Ruddock, Pierre Lefevre, Guy Verney

Votes: 406

4. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 18,185 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Kansas Pacific (1953)

Approved | 73 min | Western

With the Civil War about to begin, Southern saboteurs attack frontier railroad construction.

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Eve Miller, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon

Votes: 550

6. Calamity Jane (1953)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey

Votes: 7,814

7. 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: 9,220

8. Man in the Attic (1953)

Unrated | 82 min | Mystery, Thriller

After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer, Frances Bavier

Votes: 1,178

9. House of Wax (1953)

GP | 88 min | Horror

An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 14,682 | Gross: $23.75M

10. The Proud and the Beautiful (1953)

103 min | Drama, Romance

Life in a small Mexican village where joy and misery, hope and pain, passion and guilt, love and decay, life and death are mixed in the peasants life and two French citizens who end up stranded in there, during a typhoid epidemic.

Directors: Yves Allégret, Rafael E. Portas | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Gérard Philipe, Víctor Manuel Mendoza, Carlos López Moctezuma

Votes: 716

11. 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: 3,693

12. The Heart of the Matter (1953)

Approved | 100 min | Drama

An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during WWII 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: 322

13. 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: 44,629

14. 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: 522

15. 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: 2,187 | Gross: $0.03M

16. White Mane (1953)

Approved | 47 min | Drama, Family

In the Camargue, France, a young boy bonds with a white haired horse that escaped from ranchers.

Director: Albert Lamorisse | Stars: Alain Emery, Laurent Roche, Clan-Clan, Pascal Lamorisse

Votes: 1,837

17. 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: 48,836

18. Violated (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Psycho stalks the streets of Greenwich Village, killing and scalping his victims.

Director: Walter Strate | Stars: William Holland, Lili Dawn, Mitchell Kowall, Vicki Carlson

Votes: 92

19. Lili (1953)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Votes: 2,992

20. City That Never Sleeps (1953)

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

Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman, Edward Arnold

Votes: 1,015

21. No Escape (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When the available evidence in a murder case points to a young woman as the main suspect, her boyfriend, a police detective, arranges for a struggling songwriter who is playing piano in a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Bennett | Stars: Lew Ayres, Sonny Tufts, Marjorie Steele, Lewis Martin

Votes: 266

22. The Fake (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama

An American has to guard da Vinci's "Madonna and Child" when it is being shown in Britain. When it arrives he suspects it is not the real painting.

Director: Godfrey Grayson | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Coleen Gray, Hugh Williams, Guy Middleton

Votes: 210

23. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

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

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 5,911

24. I, the Jury (1953)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Dectective Mike Hammer is determined to catch and kill the person who shot his close friend dead, so he follows clues that lead to a beautiful, seductive woman.

Director: Harry Essex | Stars: Biff Elliot, Preston Foster, Peggie Castle, Margaret Sheridan

Votes: 292

25. Jennifer (1953)

Not Rated | 73 min | Mystery

Agnes Langsley gets a job, through Jim Hollis, as caretaker of an old and vacated estate. The owner's cousin, Jennifer, was the last occupant and mysteriously disappeared. Agnes soon begins... See full summary »

Director: Joel Newton | Stars: Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Robert Nichols, Mary Shipp

Votes: 272

26. Donovan's Brain (1953)

Approved | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

Dr. Patrick "Pat" J. Cory is researching brains with his assistant and friend Dr. Frank Schratt and his wife Janice Cory through experiments with monkeys in a laboratory in his house. When ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Nancy Reagan, Steve Brodie

Votes: 1,292

27. 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: 29,947 | Gross: $4.36M

28. Phantom from Space (1953)

Approved | 73 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An alien being with the power of invisibility lands in Santa Monica. Killing two people who attacked him due to the menacing appearance of his spacesuit, the creature takes it off while ... See full summary »

Director: W. Lee Wilder | Stars: Ted Cooper, Tom Daly, Steve Acton, Burt Wenland

Votes: 917

29. Project Moon Base (1953)

Approved | 63 min | Sci-Fi

A saboteur posing as a scientist strives to destroy the world's first space station.

Director: Richard Talmadge | Stars: Donna Martell, Hayden Rorke, Ross Ford, Larry Johns

Votes: 879

30. Robot Monster (1953)

Approved | 66 min | Sci-Fi

The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.

Director: Phil Tucker | Stars: George Nader, Gregory Moffett, Claudia Barrett, Selena Royle

Votes: 4,194 | Gross: $1.00M

31. Mesa of Lost Women (1953)

Approved | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarfs in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.

Directors: Ron Ormond, Herbert Tevos | Stars: Jackie Coogan, Allan Nixon, Richard Travis, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 1,246

32. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié | Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 6,204 | Gross: $5.00M

33. A Virgin in Hollywood (1953)

Not Rated | 63 min | Comedy, Music

A young female newspaper reporter is assigned by her editor to investigate the seamier side of Hollywood.

Director: Klaytan W. Kirby | Stars: Dorothy Abbott, Thad Swift, Phil Rhodes, Carol Brewster

Votes: 53

34. Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky".

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Virgilio Riento

Votes: 1,159

35. Genevieve (1953)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More

Votes: 2,527

36. Trouble in Store (1953)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

Norman is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always !!), he wants to be a window dresser making up the public displays. Whilst ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Moira Lister, Megs Jenkins, Jerry Desmonde

Votes: 834

37. Striporama (1953)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Musical

46 Metascore

This is not a Documentary in any form, shape or fashion. But it is one of the very few exploitation-burlesque films that wasn't filmed with one camera from the back of a burlesque theater, ... See full summary »

Director: Jerald Intrator | Stars: Georgia Sothern, Rosita Royce, Jack Dimond, Mandy Kay

Votes: 51

38. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

A young boy travels to an imaginary world where, assisted by his family's plumber, he must save other piano playing kids like himself from the dungeons of his dictatorial piano teacher who also mind-controls his mother.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 3,483

39. The Pleasure Garden (1953)

38 min | Short, Comedy

People quietly or campily pass the time in an overgrown garden full of statues, while a puritanical, funereal gentleman posts bills prohibiting all leisure activities.

Director: James Broughton | Stars: Jean Anderson, Lindsay Anderson, Maxine Audley, Jill Bennett

Votes: 128

40. The End (1953)

35 min | Short

A short film which explores the last day in the lives of six different people.

Director: Christopher Maclaine

Votes: 230



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