Sci-Fi '50s

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1. Destination Moon (1950)

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

After their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. This time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation ... See full summary »

Directors: Irving Pichel, Walter Lantz, Dick Lundy, Don Patterson, Paul J. Smith | Stars: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson

Votes: 3,480 | Gross: $5.00M

2. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 24,137

3. When Worlds Collide (1951)

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

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: 6,756

4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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: 74,379

5. It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 8,064

6. 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: 31,060 | Gross: $4.36M

7. 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: 27,623 | Gross: $28.20M

8. Godzilla (1954)

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

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: 27,159 | Gross: $2.42M

9. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 24,635 | Gross: $1.30M

10. Revenge of the Creature (1955)

Passed | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Men capture the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and make him an aquarium attraction, from which he escapes.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: John Agar, Lori Nelson, John Bromfield, Nestor Paiva

Votes: 5,156

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

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 6,544 | Gross: $5.00M

12. Day the World Ended (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 1,748

13. Not of This Earth (1957)

Approved | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 1,424

14. It Conquered the World (1956)

Approved | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser

Votes: 2,019

15. 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: 1,227

16. Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)

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

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: 1,455

17. War of the Satellites (1958)

Approved | 66 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Dick Miller, Susan Cabot, Richard Devon, Eric Sinclair

Votes: 606

18. The Wasp Woman (1959)

Not Rated | 63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist develops a youth formula for a cosmetics queen from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical horrible side effects.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris, William Roerick

Votes: 3,728

19. Teenage Cave Man (1958)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young man defies tribal laws and searches for answers. The result of his quest yields knowledge of past generations.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Robert Vaughn, Darah Marshall, Leslie Bradley, Frank DeKova

Votes: 1,255

20. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 2,672

21. The Fly (1958)

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

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: 19,834 | Gross: $3.00M

22. The Blob (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 21,584

23. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.

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

Votes: 34,804

24. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 3,686

25. The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist captures the Creature and turns him into an air-breather, only for him to escape and start killing.

Director: John Sherwood | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Leigh Snowden, Gregg Palmer

Votes: 2,862

26. Them! (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 18,807

27. This Island Earth (1955)

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

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: 8,397

28. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Professor Bernard 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: 5,149

29. Tarantula (1955)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A spider escapes from an isolated Arizona 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: 8,131 | Gross: $1.10M

30. 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: 2,953

31. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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

92 Metascore

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: 42,818

32. The Crawling Eye (1958)

Unrated | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 3,287

33. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist 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: 6,633

34. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 6,824

35. The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

Director: Ranald MacDougall | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 2,443

36. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Not Rated | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 4,547 | Gross: $0.48M

37. The Space Children (1958)

Approved | 69 min | Sci-Fi

An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Michel Ray, Adam Williams, Peggy Webber, Johnny Washbrook

Votes: 1,079

38. Target Earth (1954)

Approved | 75 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are strangers Frank and Nora.

Director: Sherman A. Rose | Stars: Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey, Richard Reeves

Votes: 967

39. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 11,402 | Gross: $11.00M

40. The Giant Claw (1957)

Approved | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, Louis Merrill

Votes: 3,014

41. The Deadly Mantis (1957)

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

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: 2,929

42. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith

Votes: 4,642

43. The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

Approved | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Giant mollusk monsters attack California.

Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried, Barbara Darrow

Votes: 2,306

44. The Black Scorpion (1957)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas, Mario Navarro

Votes: 2,386

45. Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.

Director: Arthur Crabtree | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Terry Kilburn, Kynaston Reeves, Kim Parker

Votes: 3,284