Sci-Fi Of The 50's(and a few of the 60's)

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1. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.8
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 68,704

2. It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.6
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A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strangely.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 6,825

3. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Sci-Fi

6.5
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson

Votes: 5,877

4. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 38,082 | Gross: $3.00M

5. This Island Earth (1955)

Approved | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.9
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Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller

Votes: 7,471

6. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 5,778

7. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 21,071

8. The War of the Worlds (1953)

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

7.1
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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: 27,595 | Gross: $4.36M

9. When Worlds Collide (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt

Votes: 5,794

10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.8
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

Votes: 37,825

11. Them! (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 16,486

12. Destination Moon (1950)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.4
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One of the first science fiction films to attempt a high level of accurate technical detail tells the story of the first trip to the Moon.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson

Votes: 2,928 | Gross: $5.00M

13. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

Approved | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran

Votes: 3,717

14. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | 79 min | Horror

7.0
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 20,194 | Gross: $1.30M

15. Gojira (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 21,741 | Gross: $2.42M

16. Day the World Ended (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.4
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In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens, Mike Connors

Votes: 1,474

17. The Blob (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr. | Stars: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland

Votes: 18,362

18. Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.5
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A teenage couple accidentally awakens an alien after hitting it with their car.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Steven Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 1,146

19. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.0
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Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 31,797

20. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 30,364

21. The Deadly Mantis (1957)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.8
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A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, Donald Randolph

Votes: 2,551

22. The Crawling Eye (1958)

Unrated | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.9
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A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

Director: Quentin Lawrence | Stars: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne, Janet Munro

Votes: 2,792

23. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.5
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A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepard, Michael Emmet

Votes: 3,299

24. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin, Robert Ivers

Votes: 2,080

25. Tarantula (1955)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva

Votes: 7,114 | Gross: $1.10M

26. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.4
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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: 5,241

27. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Not Rated | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.0
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When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, Roy Gordon

Votes: 3,806 | Gross: $0.48M

28. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Not Rated | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.7
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When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton

Votes: 13,062

29. Donovan's Brain (1953)

Approved | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

6.0
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Yet another version of Curt Siodmak's novel about an honest scientist who keeps the brain of a ruthless dead millionaire (Donovan) alive in a tank. Donovan manages to impose his powerful ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,204

30. The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

Approved | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

5.3
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Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March, he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller, Thomas Browne Henry

Votes: 1,170

31. Gorgo (1961)

Unrated | 78 min | Action, Drama, Horror

5.6
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Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.

Director: Eugène Lourié | Stars: Bill Travers, William Sylvester, Vincent Winter, Christopher Rhodes

Votes: 2,441

32. The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis | Stars: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

Votes: 6,094

33. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker

Votes: 12,834 | Gross: $10.00M

34. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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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: 24,216 | Gross: $28.20M

35. The Fly (1958)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 17,393 | Gross: $3.00M

36. Enemy from Space (1957)

Approved | 85 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

7.0
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Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sidney James, Bryan Forbes

Votes: 2,747

37. The Angry Red Planet (1959)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.2
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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: 2,343

38. Fantastic Voyage (1966)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

6.8
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A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 14,419

39. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.8
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Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson, Leslie Bradley

Votes: 2,205

40. The Flying Saucer (1950)

Approved | 69 min | Thriller, Sci-Fi

3.8
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Both the CIA and KGB investigate UFOs in Alaska: friend or foe?

Director: Mikel Conrad | Stars: Mikel Conrad, Pat Garrison, Hantz von Teuffen, Earle Lyon

Votes: 300

41. Rocketship X-M (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Sci-Fi

4.9
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An astronaut crew on their way to the Moon are unexpectedly propelled by gravitational forces and end up on Mars instead.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 1,801

42. Flight to Mars (1951)

Not Rated | 72 min | Sci-Fi

5.2
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Five astronauts successfully fly to Mars where they encounter seemingly friendly and advanced inhabitants who harbor covert plans to use their ship to invade Earth.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz, Virginia Huston

Votes: 712

43. Unknown World (1951)

Approved | 74 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

3.9
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Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Bruce Kellogg, Otto Waldis, Jim Bannon, Tom Handley

Votes: 713

44. Red Planet Mars (1952)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

4.9
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An American scientist is able to contact and communicate with Mars with shattering political, economic, and spiritual repercussions.

Director: Harry Horner | Stars: Peter Graves, Andrea King, Herbert Berghof, Walter Sande

Votes: 916

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

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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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: 5,464 | Gross: $5.00M

46. Not of This Earth (1957)

Approved | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, William Roerick

Votes: 1,117

47. Indestructible Man (1956)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

3.8
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Charles "The Butcher" Benton, a brutal death row inmate gets double-crossed by his crooked lawyer. He gets his chance for revenge when, after he's been executed, a bizarre experiment brings him back to life and more deadly than ever.

Director: Jack Pollexfen | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Max Showalter, Marian Carr, Ross Elliott

Votes: 1,777

48. Half Human (1958)

63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.0
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Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them, go to the island to capture the monster and wind up shooting its son. Then ... See full summary »

Directors: Kenneth G. Crane, Ishirô Honda | Stars: John Carradine, Momoko Kôchi, Akira Takarada, Akemi Negishi

Votes: 243

49. Radar Men from the Moon (1952)

Approved | 167 min | Action, Sci-Fi

4.5
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Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Brannon | Stars: George Wallace, Aline Towne, Roy Barcroft, William Bakewell

Votes: 657

50. Conquest of Space (1955)

Approved | 81 min | Sci-Fi

5.8
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An American-led team of International astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, Mickey Shaughnessy, Phil Foster

Votes: 1,129

51. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 148,364 | Gross: $33.40M

52. Five Million Years to Earth (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 7,868

53. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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In 1950s England, professor Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean, Thora Hird

Votes: 4,289